LGBT Film Festival explores a world of queer voices

mkelgbtfilm_milwaukeeprideWe are proud to sponsor the 31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival!

Milwaukee Pride is honored to present the award-winning Opening Night documentary Kiki on October 14 at 7:30 P.M., at Milwaukee’s beautiful Oriental Theater.  We will be debuting our 2017 Save the Date trailer at the Opening Night ceremonies!

Revisiting the scene documented in the landmark 1990 film Paris is Burning, Sara Jordenö & Twiggy Pucci Garçon’s film unfurls a series of portraits of LGBTQ youth-of-color as they find inspiration and agency in the balls of Kiki scene, an artistic and activist collective legendary for its dance and performance.

kiki_milwaukeeprideThese young people contend with homelessness, illness, and prejudice as they assert expressions of identity and fight for social justice.

Among its prizes, Kiki won the Teddy Award for Best LGBT Documentary at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival and Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Writing in Vanity Fair, Richard Lawson has described the film as “joyous and genuinely inspiring,” while the Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan calls the film “wonderfully alive and emotional.”

“It’s an ultimately uplifting film and one that doesn’t patronize or placate,” writes Lanri Bakare in The Guardian.

Kiki also screens Sunday, October 16 at 1:00 P.M at the Union Cinema.


The 2016 festival schedule is now available online!

The 31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film & Video Festival offers many cinematic highlights, including:

Real Boy

realboy_milwaukeeprideBennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager on the brink of adulthood.

As he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett embarks on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.


First Girl I Loved

firstgirliloved_promotional_still_an_fieldSeventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her Los Angeles public high school.

But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton, he does his best to get in the way. Clifton, see, has always harbored a not-so-secret crush on Anne.


Jewels Catch One

jewelscatchone_waveJewels Catch One documents the oldest Black owned disco in America and establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist, and healer, Jewel Thais-Williams, who stood up against hate and discrimination for 42 years.


Lazy Eye

lazyeye1-0What if “the one that got away” suddenly returned?

Passions reignite when, Dean, a graphic designer in Los Angeles, gets an email, out of the blue, from Alex, an ex-lover he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years.



summertime_milwaukeeprideSensual and elegant, Catherine Corsini’s Summertime follows Carole and Delphine as they fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France.


Don’t miss a stunning series of Men’s Shorts, Trans Shorts Women’s Shorts and Community Shorts throughout the festival!

There are also several FREE film showings to choose from, including:

mensshorts_milwaukeeprideGet your tickets at the UWM box office or at Outwords Books!  Special student and senior rates available.  All Union Cinema shows are FREE for UWM students.   Support the festival’s future and see all films for just $100!  See all ticket pricing options.

For ongoing updates , follow the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival on Facebook.

Milwaukee Pride is proud to continue our long-standing sponsorship and support of this cinematic journey, which celebrates the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals throughout our shared history.  We thank our Proud Partner, the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival for being a community advocate for our organization.