Milwaukee Film’s Cultures and Communities Festival kicks off Sept. 6

Milwaukee Film’s Cultures and Communities Festival kicks off Sept. 6

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

Kpolly here. This week on Cinebuds we’re discussing one of the selections from this year’s MKE Film Cultures and Communities Festival, “Summertime.” The film is from Carlos Lopez Estrada (“Blindspotting,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) who collaborated with 27 young poets around Los Angeles to create a series of characters and stories that intersect throughout the film. It’s like a musical, but instead of songs about Oklahoma and South Pacific, we have integrated spoken word poems about sexuality, the trials of romance, and how much we love our moms!

It’s a very fresh approach to telling the stories of young people and the filmmaking reflects this freshness as well.  It’s a unique film that still has a broad audience appeal.  


We talk about this film and a few others we’ve seen from the C&C Fest that runs Sept. 6-12. The Cultures and Communities Festival tells stories from traditionally marginalized voices in a selection as varied in content as the artists making the work. Documentary, fictions, shorts films and great events. The fest is a hybrid of virtual AND in-person films. Check out everything at and get tickets or passes today!

We’ll also be discussing what we’ve been watching and NOT watching… huh!?
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