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The first ever Milwaukee Women's Film Festival debuts this weekend

Milwaukee Women's Film Festival

This weekend (Aug 19-21) at the Underground Collaborative beneath the Grand Avenue Mall, the first ever Milwaukee Women's Film Festival will take place. The festival showcases local and worldwide films that celebrate women in film.

The festival will kick off with an opening night short and film.  The film, “The Ultimate No-Show,” is shot on an iPhone 6, and is about writer-director Laura Workman's experiences with a con man and the aftermath. The film will be preceded by the short “Final Statement,” where a woman recounts the horrific crime she committed, what led up to it, and her plea for social responsibility. Both filmmakers will be present for a Q&A afterwards.

The opening party will begin after the Q&A. The party will have pizza provided by Pizza Shuttle, the band Boom Boom Klap, and the virtual reality immersion experience “Across The Line,” which puts viewers in the shoes of a patient trying to enter a health center to obtain a safe and legal abortion. The full schedule and more information about the festival can be found on its website,

Admission to the opening night party is $15. General admission to films and shorts blocks is $10. Day passes are $30. Two and three-day passes are $60 and $70. Tickets can be purchased at Festival goers can also buy tickets at the door.

Check out the full schedule below.


Opening Night Party! Come celebrate with the Milwaukee Women's Film Festival. There will be an opening night film, followed by an evening of drinking and socializing. Boom Boom Klap will be performing. Pizza will be provided by Pizza Shuttle.  There will also be the virtual reality immersion experience "Across The Line," which puts viewers in the shoes of a patient trying to enter a health center to obtain a safe and legal abortion.

7:00 p.m. The Ultimate No-Show (1 hr, 13 mins)

  • preceded by Final Statement (20 mins)


1:30 p.m. Shorts Block 1 (1hr, 30 mins)

  • Two Rivers
  • If I Don't Lose, I'll Lose
  • My Father's Eyes
  • The Truth About Daisies
  • Hurricane Bonnie

4:00 p.m. Cotton String (1 hr, 3 mins)

  • preceded by Waste of a Fall (6 mins)

5:30-6:30 p.m. Women In Film Networking Event

  • an event for the women working in the Milwaukee film scene to meet and mingle

7:00 p.m. A Song For You (1 hr, 23 mins)

  • preceded by Darryl (16mins)

10:00 p.m. Bitchin' Shorts (49 mins) WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

  • Hara #3
  • Subversive
  • What Happens In Your Brain If You See A German Word Like...?
  • Masha Natasha
  • Rogue
  • Texting: A Love Story


12:00 p.m. Shorts Block 2 (1 hr, 23 mins) WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

  • Monique's
  • Where Are You, My Love?
  • Pretty Fishes
  • Under A Stone
  • Starry Night
  • Downward Dog

2:00 p.m. Shorts Block 3 (1 hr, 16 mins)

  • The House In The Envelope
  • Muscle
  • We Have 10 Minutes
  • Short Circuit
  • Vici
  • It's My Decision

4:00 p.m. Smile Again, Jenny Lee (1 hr, 48 mins)

  • preceded by Failed (3 mins)

7:00 p.m. Women Outward Bound (1 hr, 4 mins)

  • preceded by The Courage To Get There (12 mins)

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