Milwaukee Film is showing Black History Month through a Black Lens

Milwaukee Film is showing Black History Month through a Black Lens

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Milwaukee Film's Black Lens begins year-round programming in February with these films by black filmmakers

Throughout February, Milwaukee Film is showcasing the work of black filmmakers.

The screenings are part of its Black Lens series and include feature films, shorts and documentaries.

Curator Dr. Donte McFadden joined me in studio to talk about the films he’s selected for Black History Month.

Black Love through a Black Lens

Coming up on Valentine’s Day, Milwaukee Film presents Black Love through a Black Lensa shorts program that focuses on love.

Shorts include “UR Mines” (Jeff Lucky), “French Fries” (Shahari Moore), “B Love” (Janine Sherman Barrois), “90 Days” (Jenna Frederique Aponte, Nathan Hale Williams) and “Their Eyes Were Watching Gummy Bears” (Raafi Rivero).

The screening begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion that touches on various aspects of black love along with the films. It will begin at 8 p.m. at the Colectivo Prospect Back Room, 2211 N. Prospect Ave.

“Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams”

She was Milwaukee’s first African American Alderwoman and Judge and she was Wisconsin’s first black female Secretary of State.

Vel Phillips passed away nearly a year ago, but her legacy surely will live on for decades to come.

Coming up on Feb. 18, on what would have been her 96th birthday, Black Lens will screen “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams,” the definitive documentary on her life and legacy. The film begins at 6:30 p.m.

Photo via Black Lens/Milwaukee Film

Find the full schedule for Black Lens here.