By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Dec 23, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Milwaukee Film, the newly formed independent organization dedicated to hosting Milwaukee's premier film festival, has announced plans to host a 10th anniversary screening of Chris Smith's award-winning cult hit "American Movie" and the Milwaukee premiere of Faythe Levine's highly anticipated documentary "Handmade Nation."

"American Movie" will screen on Thursday, Jan. 22, and "Handmade Nation" will screen on Thursday, Feb. 5. Both screenings are at 7 p.m. at Landmark's Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave.

When "American Movie" premiered Jan. 22, 1999, at the Sundance Film Festival, it earned the Grand Jury award, secured a distribution deal from Sony Pictures Classics and went on to accumulate prizes and critical accolades around the world.

The second of the two screenings, "Handmade Nation," documents the new wave of craft that is capturing the attention of the nation. It's the feature film debut of Faythe Levine, co-owner of Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery in Bay View and organizer of the yearly indie craft fair Art vs. Craft. Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities and covered more than 19,000 miles to interview subjects of the film. A book by the same title, written with Cortney Heimerl, was published in October by Princeton Architectural Press.

Further details about the both events, including guest appearances, will be released in early January.

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.