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"Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists" is one of the eight selections for the Milwaukee Film Festival's new Art + Artists program.

Milwaukee Film Festival announces new Art + Artists program

There's a whole lot of new coming out of the Milwaukee Film Festival this year. The festival already announced its new Film Feast program, and now comes the Art + Artists program, a collection of eight documentaries about the fascinating minds behind the work and worlds of visual and performing arts.

"There's a real appreciation and support for the arts in Milwaukee," said Jonathan Jackson, artistic and executive director at Milwaukee Film. "Collectively, we understand that art is a driving force in our city's future and a catalyst for its growth and vitality. Art + Artists had a natural home here and we hope this program resonates with the Milwaukee art community and our festival audience at large."

The program's inaugural picks include:

  • "Advanced Style," director Lina Plioplyte's film about seven women who haven't let their advanced ages – ranging from 62 to 95 – or societal expectations get in the way of their chic, eclectic fashion sense.
  • "Art and Craft," a look into the life of Mark Landis, a philanthropic art forger with perfect counterfeit carbon copies hanging in 40 museums across 20 states.
  • "Born to Fly," a documentary focusing on choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dance company of daredevils, who look to push the limits of dance, art and the human body with their terrific – and sometimes terrifying – performance pieces.
  • "Crumb," director Terry Zwigoff's lauded documentary about cult cartoonist Robert Crumb – whose work qualifies as politically incorrect, perverse, controversial and captivating – celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
  • "Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists," a glimpse into the world and works of The Chicago Imagists, an art movement born in the Windy City in the '60s that created crazed and colorful masterworks on the outside of the other growingly mainstream pop art and minimalist scenes of the times.
  • "Living Stars," a collection of Buenos Aires residents rocking out and getting down to their favorite pop songs in the cozy comfort of their homes and offices.
  • "Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face," a look into the life of the famed and sometimes controversial photographer.
  • "Sol LeWitt," a glimpse into the the life, philosophy and work of the reclusive, brilliant conceptual artist (whose "Wall Drawing 88" currently calls the Milwaukee Art Museum home).

The Milwaukee Film Festival starts Thursday, Sept. 25 and runs through Thursday, Oct. 9.


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