The Milwaukee Film Festival ended its 11-day run Sunday with attendance up 17 percent over last year.
The festival boosted its year-round members to 406 from 166 at the end of last year's festival.
Among awards issued by the festival were the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards. The best feature was "Louder Than a Bomb," directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel. It focused on four young Chicago poets preparing for a youth slam.
The best short was "The Wheel," directed by John Roberts.
You can find a complete list of all award winners at the Milwaukee Film Festival website.
Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for OnMilwaukee.com. He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.
A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.
In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at OnMilwaukee.com.
When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.