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The acclaimed Nick Cave documentary "20,000 Days on Earth" is one of the Milwaukee Film Festival's Sound Vision selections for 2014.

Milwaukee Film Festival announces setlists for Sound Vision, Soundtrack


Milwaukee Film continued its outpouring of outstanding movies this morning by announcing its selections for the Sound Vision music documentary program, as well as for its live music series Soundtrack, hosted by The Hotel Foster.

This year's cinematic setlist features musicians and directors both legendary and little-known. The selections include:

  • "My Prairie Home," a look into the life of transgender singer-songwriter Rae Spoon while they tour across Canada.
  • "Finding Fela," the latest documentary from prolific Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (previously behind the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival centerpiece "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God"), this time focusing on musician and activist Fela Kuti.
  • "20,000 Days on Earth," a blend of rockumentary and fiction that attempts to capture the enigmatic essence of legendary musician Nick Cave.
  • "This May Be the Last Time," a documentary in which director Sterlin Harjo dives into a new investigation into his grandfather's disappearance 60 years ago and a look into the powerful American-Indian tribal hymns sung during the search.
  • "The Ballad of Shovels and Rope," Jace Freeman's documentary about the touring husband-and-wife folk duo of Shovels and Rope, also known as Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent.
  • "Revenge of The Mekons," a look into the genre-bending British band The Mekons.
  • "Take Me to the River," director Martin Shore's glance into the impact – past and present – and legacy of Stax Records and the Memphis music scene.
  • For a second straight year, Jonathan Demme's essential Taking Heads rockumentary "Stop Making Sense" hits the Milwaukee Film Festival, promising great music and literal dancing in the aisles.

In addition to the Sound Vision lineup, Milwaukee Film also announced most of its performers for the Soundtrack music series at Hotel Foster. Admission is free with a festival pass or ticket stub from the day's screenings; otherwise, regular admission is $5. The setlist goes as such:

Friday, Sept. 26: Championship
Saturday, Sept. 27: Le Freak
Sunday, Sept. 28: TBA
Tuesday, Sept. 30: Webster X, Soul Low and Bliss & Alice
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Aluar Pearls and Bumbac Joe
Thursday, Oct. 2: Wax Addicts (DJ) and Myles Coyne
Friday, Oct. 3: GGOOLLDD, Rio Turbo and Color Numbers
Saturday, Oct. 4: Castle Thunder
Sunday, Oct. 5: Space Raft and Mark Waldoch
Tuesday, Oct. 7: Whips, Pile and Party Unlimited LLC (Andy Silverman DJ set)
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Jayk
Thursday, Oct. 9: UniFi Records: Mixtape

The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 9 at the Oriental Theater, Downer Theater, Fox Bay Cinema and Times Cinema.


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