Listen to ‘Cinebuds Live: The Thing’ at the Oriental Theater

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Writing by: Kristopher Pollard

We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

On a very special episode of Cinebuds — It’s CINBUDS LIVE! We’re so delighted to share our live Cinebuds taping that went down during the 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival. 

Photo courtesy of MIlwaukee Film.

The 40th anniversary screening of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” on 35mm played to a packed main house at the Oriental Theater on April 28, and then little old us came out afterwards to chat discuss the film and chat with the audience.

We had a blast talking about the gross ’80s latex monsters, the whodunnit nature of the story, and, of course, the general appeal of one Mr. Kurt Russell. It was a lovely experience to chat on a stage with so much history behind it and talk to some folks who were just as into this magically gooey film as we are! Take a listen!

And don’t forget to visit us on instagram at @cinebudspodcast.  And Subscribe, Like, and Share anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Film

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‘Navalny’ and ‘The Warrior Princess’ win the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award at the Milwaukee Film Festival

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At the beginning of each screening at the Milwaukee Film Festival audience members were handed a small paper ballot and asked to vote for the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award. Honestly, it’s so much fun. It’s one of those things that makes the festival really special. As an audience member, YOU are the judge. It’s power. And recognition of your great taste.

Well, we are happy to announce, the winners of this year’s Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award. For Best Feature the award went to “Navalny.” (dir. Daniel Roher), an urgent and real-time political thriller about Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny; the film showed as Milwaukee Film’s Centerpiece screening.

Best Short went to “The Warrior Princess.” directed by Vianca Fuster, former 88Nine Community Stories producer and Milwaukee native. It’s Fuster’s debut short documentary about Milwaukee’s own Violet “The Warrior Princess” Lopez, a five-time amateur national boxing champion who believes that boxing shouldn’t just be a “boy’s sport.”

Milwaukee Film also announced that the 2023 Milwaukee Film Festival will take place from April 20 – May 4. 2023.

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The Milwaukee Film Festival saved one of its best films for closing night

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For the first time in two years, the Milwaukee Film Festival is back in person. And the Cinebuds are ready!

Every day during the 2022 MIlwaukee Film Festival, Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard of Milwaukee Film have a pick for you. They’ll talk about each day’s lineup, share their favorites and get you ready for the following day.

Find our daily previews every day during the festival — even on the weekends! — right here at RadioMilwaukee.org. And if you prefer to listen, subscribe on Spotify and Apple to have the podcast version delivered right to you!

“Petite Maman”

Thursday, May 5 at 8PM at the Oriental Theater

Céline Sciamma’s much anticipated follow up to PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, PETITE MAMAN follows 8-year-old Nelly as she travels to her mom’s childhood home after the death of her grandmother. As Nelly explores the house and nearby woods, she befriends a neighbor her own age to whom she bears a striking resemblance. A critical darling, Mark Kermode at Observer UK says PETITE MAMAN “goes straight into my list of the greatest films ever made for children of all ages.”

Get tickets here.

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We suggest seeing this nature documentary that is scored by Nick Cave at the Milwaukee Film Festival

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For the first time in two years, the Milwaukee Film Festival is back in person. And the Cinebuds are ready!

Every day during the 2022 MIlwaukee Film Festival, Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard of Milwaukee Film have a pick for you. They’ll talk about each day’s lineup, share their favorites and get you ready for the following day.

Find our daily previews every day during the festival — even on the weekends! — right here at RadioMilwaukee.org. And if you prefer to listen, subscribe on Spotify and Apple to have the podcast version delivered right to you!

“The Velvet Queen”

Wednesday, May 4 at 1:15PM at The Avalon Theater

The wild, mountainous peaks of Tibet–a gorgeous, frigid world that resembles a lunar landscape–are inhabited by regal antelope, soaring falcons, herds of yak, lumbering bears, and the diminutive but forbidding Pallas’ cat. But, for our guides, the Holy Grail is the majestic, elusive snow leopard. Their adventurous sleuthing is punctuated by intimate conversations about the existential nature of their quest. With epic visuals and original music by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, THE VELVET QUEEN is a not-to-be-missed, swoon-worthy experience. Preceded by SNOWSTORM Dir. David Busse.

Get tickets here.

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Embrace Greek Weird Wave with this film that lives up to the name

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For the first time in two years, the Milwaukee Film Festival is back in person. And the Cinebuds are ready!

Every day during the 2022 MIlwaukee Film Festival, Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard of Milwaukee Film have a pick for you. They’ll talk about each day’s lineup, share their favorites and get you ready for the following day.

Find our daily previews every day during the festival — even on the weekends! — right here at RadioMilwaukee.org. And if you prefer to listen, subscribe on Spotify and Apple to have the podcast version delivered right to you!

“Apples”

Tuesday, May 3 at 9:30PM at The Times Cinema

Writer-director Christos Nikou joins the ranks of the Greek Weird Wave with this deadpan, absurdist comedy. After catching a mysterious illness that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris (Aris Servetalis) finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help patients build new identities from the ground up. Prescribed daily tasks on cassette tapes so he can create new memories and document them on camera, Aris slides back into ordinary life, meeting Anna (Sofia Georgovassili), a woman who is also in recovery.

Get tickets here.

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‘Black Lens Shorts: Black Love Through A Black Lens’ are back by popular demand for a reason

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For the first time in two years, the Milwaukee Film Festival is back in person. And the Cinebuds are ready!

Every day during the 2022 MIlwaukee Film Festival, Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard of Milwaukee Film have a pick for you. They’ll talk about each day’s lineup, share their favorites and get you ready for the following day.

Find our daily previews every day during the festival — even on the weekends! — right here at RadioMilwaukee.org. And if you prefer to listen, subscribe on Spotify and Apple to have the podcast version delivered right to you!

“Black Lens Shorts: Black Love Through A Black Lens”

Monday, May 2 at 9PM at the Times Cinema

First presented during Black History Month, this program is back by popular demand. Each of these films offers an exploration of what love means, whether in relationships, intimate situations, or self-worth. Ranging from explorative documentaries to poignant melodramas to delightful comedies, these films consider what love was, what love is, and what love can be.

Get tickets here.

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For all you sci-fi nerds, this film at the MKE Film Festival is for you

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For the first time in two years, the Milwaukee Film Festival is back in person. And the Cinebuds are ready!

Every day during the 2022 MIlwaukee Film Festival, Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard of Milwaukee Film have a pick for you. They’ll talk about each day’s lineup, share their favorites and get you ready for the following day.

Find our daily previews every day during the festival — even on the weekends! — right here at RadioMilwaukee.org. And if you prefer to listen, subscribe on Spotify and Apple to have the podcast version delivered right to you!

“Gagarine”

Sunday, May 1 at 2PM at The Oriental Theater

Youri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Cité, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his home are leaked, Youri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship” before it disappears into space forever. Ages 13+.

Get tickets here.

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Let’s dance at ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ Saturday

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For the first time in two years, the Milwaukee Film Festival is back in person. And the Cinebuds are ready!

Every day during the 2022 MIlwaukee Film Festival, Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard of Milwaukee Film have a pick for you. They’ll talk about each day’s lineup, share their favorites and get you ready for the following day.

Find our daily previews every day during the festival — even on the weekends! — right here at RadioMilwaukee.org. And if you prefer to listen, subscribe on Spotify and Apple to have the podcast version delivered right to you!

“David Byrne’s American Utopia”

Saturday, April 30th at 7PM at The Oriental Theater

Dust off your dancing shoes! DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA brings the Talking Heads frontman’s critically acclaimed Broadway show to the screen in a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar- and Emmy-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre, Byrne is joined by an ensemble of musicians (including Milwaukeean Angie Swan), singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount.

Get your tickets here.

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MKE Film Festival’s centerpiece film is as timely as it gets

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For the first time in two years, the Milwaukee Film Festival is back in person. And the Cinebuds are ready!

Every day during the 2022 MIlwaukee Film Festival, Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard of Milwaukee Film have a pick for you. They’ll talk about each day’s lineup, share their favorites and get you ready for the following day.

Find our daily previews every day during the festival — even on the weekends! — right here at RadioMilwaukee.org. And if you prefer to listen, subscribe on Spotify and Apple to have the podcast version delivered right to you!

“Navalny”

Friday, April 29 at 6PM at The Oriental Theater

After Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny falls deathly ill on a plane in 2020, doctors confirm that he has been poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent used in attacks on other dissidents. Despite Putin’s vociferous denials of involvement, Navalny (still recovering), investigative journalism outlet Bellingcat, and others investigate his attempted assassination and discover a stunning smoking gun implicating the Kremlin. Daniel Roher’s NAVALNY is a must-see documentary thriller that reveals a courageous and controversial would-be president who will sacrifice everything to reform Russia.

Get tickets here.

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We would love to see you at Cinebuds Live: ‘The Thing’ Thursday

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For the first time in two years, the Milwaukee Film Festival is back in person. And the Cinebuds are ready!

Every day during the 2022 MIlwaukee Film Festival, Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard of Milwaukee Film have a pick for you. They’ll talk about each day’s lineup, share their favorites and get you ready for the following day.

Find our daily previews every day during the festival — even on the weekends! — right here at RadioMilwaukee.org. And if you prefer to listen, subscribe on Spotify and Apple to have the podcast version delivered right to you!

Cinebuds Live: “The Thing”

Thursday, April 28 8 p.m. at the Oriental Theater

Milwaukee Film and RadioMilwaukee are thrilled to team up for an unforgettable 40th anniversary screening of “The Thing” on 35mm, presented by Cinebuds hosts Justin Barney and Kristopher Pollard! The spicy boys themselves will view the film alongside our audience and then stick around afterwards for a live podcast recording on stage where you can get in on the banter during the Q&A. The hot takes will give new meaning to “Man is the warmest place to hide.” We would love to see you in the audience! Ask Kpolly an embarrassing question! Cause a scene! Be unhinged! We are here for it!

Get tickets here.

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