Hands down, my favorite part about the Milwaukee Film Festival is the Cream City Cinema series.
It showcases the work of Milwaukee-based filmmakers, giving them a chance to screen their films at venues not normally available to them, like the Oriental Theater, Times Cinema and the Fox-Bay Cinema.
This year, the Cream City Cinema series features five feature length films, 14 short films, and another seven shorts directed entirely by local youth.
In the weeks leading up to the film fest, 88nine is previewing select films from the Cream City series, bringing you the personal stories from the films' directors.
This week, we welcome Bobby Ciraldo and Andrew Swant, makers of Hamlet A.D.D. It's a retelling of the Shakespearian masterpiece, adapted for the YouTube generation. The bold comedy introduces time travel and space ships into the plot and features an offbeat cast, including Dustin Diamond (Screech from Saved by the Bell) and the filmmakers themselves.
Shot entirely in front of a green screen, the bizarre film will make you laugh… and probably forever alter your perception of the Bard's classic.
Click the player above to hear their take on the film.
Hamlet A.D.D. has two showings during the Milwaukee Film Festval:
- Saturday, September 27 | 9:45 p.m. | Oriental Theater
- Tuesday, October 7 | 9:30 p.m. | Times Cinema
WEB EXTRA: Click the Soundcloud player below to hear why Ciraldo and Swant choose to work in Milwaukee instead of leaving town for Hollywood.
Check out the film's trailer:
For more about the Cream City Cinema series and to see the full lineup, check out Tarik Moody's recent blog entry.