Metcalf would like the world to know Midwestern talent.¬† As a means to that end, he‚Äôs using the Milwaukee International Film Festival as a tool toward showcasing, encouraging and exposing local talent.
In addition to showing 11 days of films from around the globe, the Milwaukee International Film Festival also highlights locally-created movies.¬† You‚Äôll be able to watch both full-length features and shorts that submitted for the Midwest Filmmaker Competition.¬† The competition is open to filmmakers from the dozen states considered to be in the Midwestern region, including Wisconsin. ¬†
To develop up-and-coming talent, Metcalf produces and sponsors the MIFF Student Screenwriting Competition.¬† Earlier this year, 25 scripts were chosen from all of the entries by Milwaukee area high school students.¬† Concepts from the student‚Äôs imaginations ranged from a one-page description for a brief film to mythic trilogies of epic proportion.¬† Those selected students attended a training seminar of screenwriting instruction by Metcalf and local writers, then submitted their revised screenplays.¬† Metcalf says the winner was chosen because the script was the most ‚Äúexciting.‚ÄĚ ¬†
The new 13-minute film of competition winner and Pius XI High School senior Vincenzo Balistreri, ‚ÄúShe Never Screams,‚ÄĚ is the fruition of a collaboration of Metcalf as producer, local film industry veteran Jeff Fitzsimmons as director, and lots of local talent chipping in.¬† Balistreri himself was hands-on every step of the way and acted as a production assistant for the duration of the filming. ¬†
You can watch Balistreri‚Äôs debut film, described in the MIFF program as the exploration of an ordinary man‚Äôs detachment from the world, as part of the festival‚Äôs Milwaukee Filmmakers Showcase on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7:15 p.m.¬† Expect to see Balistreri himself pull up in front of the Oriental Theatre in his white hearse with flames painted up the sides for the premiere of his first screenwriting effort.¬† That‚Äôs the kind of car you want a creative teen to have, isn‚Äôt it?
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