The Milwaukee Film Festival's Origin Story

Oct 8, 2018

The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival opens on Oct. 18. This year’s festival marks 10 years in its current incarnation, and the first in which will feature a renovated Oriental Theater as home to Milwaukee Film.

The lobby of the Oriental Theater in Milwaukee.
Credit Audrey Nowakowski

"[The Oriental is] something that a lot of filmmakers who come through the city comment on. A lot of cities don’t have theaters like the Oriental. Milwaukee does — it’s one of the festival’s main selling points," says Milwaukee Magazine Cultural Editor Lindsey Anderson.

Before audiences can see this year’s selected films with their popcorn (and yeast) handy, Anderson gives a history lesson on the festival and a revealing look into the people who made it happen in her feature in this month’s magazine.

Anderson joined Lake Effect’s Audrey Nowakowski in the studio to share the story of the growing festival: