By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Sep 02, 2007 at 6:08 AM

On Friday, Sept. 21 Academy Award nominated actor Willem Dafoe ("Platoon" and "Shadow of the Vampire") comes back to Milwaukee for the opening of the Milwaukee International Film Festival (MIFF).

This "Tribute to Willem Dafoe" will feature Dafoe taking questions from festival patrons at screenings of films he has starred in and received inspiration from. These include "The Last Temptation of Christ," "Shadow the Vampire" and the U.S. premiere of Dafoe's latest film.

Dafoe studied drama at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but left before graduation to join Milwaukee's avant-garde group Theatre X. 

The new trailer for MIFF is now on YouTube and on the festival's site. View it at the link below.

The fifth annual film festival runs Sept. 20-30 at Landmark's Oriental and Downer Theatres, the Times Cinema, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World and the UWM Union Theatre.

Advance ticket purchases to MIFF films are recommended as films do sell out. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 5 online at, at MIFF's box office in the Oriental Theatre, and by phone at (414) 225-9761. is a proud supporter of MIFF.


Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.