"Remembering Milwaukee" short film captures city's despair & hope
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This past weekend, as the city began to get quieter and quieter, director of photography Wes Tank – of Tankthink – and director Adam Carr went out to shoot footage for a new short film they call "Remembering Milwaukee," which they posted to the Milwaukier Than Thou Facebook page and which you can see here...
The 2-minute and 38-second film was made on Friday with a drone launched from – and included footage above – Union Cemetery, the inner harbor, Sherman Park, Mitchell Street, Jackson Park and Midtown Center.
"I called my friend and collaborator Wes on Friday, and after feeling like we were both struggling with the 'new normal,' we improvised a collaboration," says Carr.
"We decided to do six drone launches, so I sent him a map of meaningful and important places that have been on my mind lately and he went out to drone solo."
Evocative music by adoptahighway – called "City Ghosts (Revisited)" – sets a dark mood as the camera swoops and swoons over these sites scattered throughout the city, capturing neighborhoods, the lake, the Downtown skyline, the geometric lines painted on parking lots and a rain-drenched Union Cemetery.
"We watched the footage on a late night Zoom session and started seeing all these ideas/patterns," adds Carr. The Midtown Center's parking lot jumped out at me. The contrast of the lines painted for parking and the cracks that emerged and all of the emptiness – it's been empty before COVID-19, but feels like the moment.
"That was the 'a-ha' for us, and Wes started editing. Then we called in our friend adoptahighway who we've collaborated with before. He'd also posted about how challenging this moment is for him as a professional musician, so we knew he was in the same headspace. He was in immediately."
The result is a lovely, pensive, quiet film, one that really captures the eerie feeling out on the streets these days, where at times there are few people about.
"We wanted something that could ride the lines of despair and hope," says Carr, "as many people are clinging to both right now.
"The 'remembering' was an operative term -- we wanted to remind people of the city out there, even places they may not know."
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