Thursday April 4th
7 pm - Livescream - Dir. Michelle Iannantuono- 66 minutes
A popular video game streamer accidentally starts playing a haunted game, with deadly consequences for himself and his fans.
Pre-feature - Supine- Dir. Nicole Goode - 25 minutes
9 pm - Twisted Monster Short Block - 107 minutes
Monsters fuel nightmares and make some great villains. We assembled a block of film that feature some of the scariest monsters. It could just be the boogeyman in your room, vampires looking for their next kill, or a killer dinosaur on the loose but whatever it is sure to fill you with dread.
Friday April 5th
7 pm - Twisted Wisconsin Shorts - 112 minutes
Wisconsin has some talented filmmakers. We assembled that greatest and most twisted filmmakers for this years festival. Stay tuned after the block for a Q&A with attending filmmakers and the presentation of the Backbone of Wisconsin Horror Award to Mark Borchardt.
10:00 pm - Opening Night Party Featuring RatBatSpider (pass holder or purchased ticket for any session required for entry into opening night party) -We moved our opening night to Thursday but are keeping our Opening Night Party on Friday. This will be a great time to mingle and meet filmmakers and other great horror fans.
Midnight - Amazon Hot Box- Dir James Bickert - 83 minutes
An American college student named Penny is erroneously apprehended during a dissident round-up in the banana republic of Rattica. She is incarcerated into the island penal system overseen by Wardress Von Krupp who is constructing the world’s greatest information extractor. Crocodiles, religious zealots, psycho inmates and voodoo-based experiments block her every escape. Life is cheap and the jungle explodes in Amazon Hot Box.
Saturday April 6th
12 pm - The Next Kill- Dir. Mike McCutchen- - 80 minutes
The first animated feature film at Twisted Dreams. After the city’s deadliest serial killer breaks out of jail, the aging Texas Ranger that put him away comes out of retirement to stop the monster’s rampage, this time for good. Violence and hilarity ensue as the city is thrown into chaos with explosions, gun fights, car chases, and more!.
Pre-Feature - The Man Who Beat the Man - Dir. Ryan Kruger - 4 minutes
2 pm - PANEL DISCUSSION -Short Cuts: The Art of Short Filmmaking - 40 minutes - More info on the panel can be found here
3 pm - Twisted Thrills and Kills Short Block- 97 minutes
Killers, haunted paintings, cowboys can all be found in this block. This block will scare you and keep you tense. No time to relax during this block.
5 pm - Fang - Dir. Adam Steigert-74 minutes
One night, one drug induced murder, turn local junkies Chloe Romero (Melodie Roehrig) and Joe Spencer (Theo Kemp) into criminals on the run. With no place to hide, they take a road trip to a distant relative's house, only to find they're not running from the law, but for their lives as they're stalked and hunted by creatures of unknown origin.
Pre-feature A Sweet Life - Dir. Max Milner - 7 min
7 pm - How Rednecks Saved Hollywood Hosted by Joe Bob Briggs - 120 min
Spend a fast-and-furious two hours with America’s drive-in movie critic as he uses over 200 clips and stills to review the history of rednecks in America as told through the classics of both grindhouse and mainstream movies. You will learn:
· The identity of the first redneck in history.
· The precise date the first redneck arrived in America.
· The most sacred redneck cinematic moments.
· How Thunder Road, the Whiskey Rebellion, the tight cutoffs worn by Claudia Jennings in Gator Bait, illegal Coors beer, and the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash combined to inspire the greatest movie in the history of the world.
· Why the redneck is the scariest monster in all of film history, with visual evidence.
· The existential difference between Forrest Gump and Sling Blade.
· The reason God loves rednecks.
. . . and dozens of other historical facts that you didn’t realize you needed until Joe Bob deposited them in the rear lobe of your brain.
Please note this is a SPECIAL EVENT and no passes will be accepted for this show.
10 pm - Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Spook Show - 128 minutes
This year's spook show will feature performance by the Dark Hatter along with some of the craziest, goriest, and most violent films of the festival.
Sunday April 7th
12 pm - Twisted Comedy - 97 minutes -
Sometimes you need to mix a few laughs with your horror. This year we had some great horror comedies that we just had to have a full block of them. You will laugh and you will scream.
2 pm- PANEL DISCUSSION -How to Get Your Film Distributed - 40 minutes - More info on the panel can be found here.
3:15 pm - Straight Edge Kegger -Dir. Jason Zink - 81 minutes
A young punk and a houseful of drunks square off against the gang of militant straight edgers that he's abandoned.
5 pm - Twisted Reality Block - 108 minutes
People love movies to take them to different worlds, but some worlds you might not want to go to. These films take you to the dark realms where technology brings terrifying realities, post apocalyptic worlds have deadly consequences, and a genie can turn your life upside down.
7:15 pm - Lake Michigan Monster - Dir. Ryland Tews - 78 minutes
The eccentric Captain Seafield hires a crew of specialists to help him plot revenge against the creature that killed his father. After several failed attempts, Seafield is forced to take matters into his own drunken hands. What began as a simple case of man verses beast, soon turns into a rabbit hole of mysterious unknowns and Lovecraftian hijinks. Lake Michigan Monster -- banned in four lakes!
Pre-Feature- Tryst - Dir. Jac Kessler- 26 min
2 pm Sunday April 7th at the Times Cinema
A panel discussion with talented filmmakers who were able to get their film pick up for distribution.
Moderator - Ross Bigley
Ross Bigley is a filmmaker and festival programmer for the Milwaukee Short Film Festival.
Jay Thornton is a writer, screenwriter, filmmaker, gadfly, binge-eater, and non-practicing humanist who—as one half of the Thornton Brothers, along with his brother Chris—has optioned original features, sold pitches, been hired on assignment to write original screenplays and to adapt literary material, optioned one original TV show, scored a development deal on another and is deep in post-production on their directorial debut, the homegrown indie horror-thriller feature CACTUS JACK. Member of the WGAw and represented by Rosa Entertainment and United Talent Agency.
Jay Sapiro is a partner in the motion picture production company Three Tortured Minds, and has been a producer and director for more than 20 years. Jay’s first feature-length horror film, The Nursery (co-producer, co-director, post-production supervisor, editor), was picked up by Uncork’d Entertainment and released internationally in 2018. The Nursery was awarded “Best Actress in a Feature – Madeline Conway” and “Best Director” at Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival. It also screened at The Chicago Horror Film Festival and The Halloween Horror Picture Show.
Christopher Micklos is a writer, director, and partner in the motion picture production company Three Tortured Minds. His first film, The Nursery (screenwriter, co-director, co-producer), was distributed internationally in 2018 by indie horror distributor Uncork'd Entertainment. Micklos and co-director Jay Sapiro won Best Director honors for The Nursery at the 2018 Twisted Dreams Film Festival.
2 pm Saturday April 6th at the Times Cinema
Short Cuts: A Discussion on the Art of Short Filmmaking will be a panel discussion about telling fleshed out stories in a short amount of time. Dealing with all of the issues that come with that and the response of some folks to the art form. The panel will feature some very creative and talented folks who know a lot about making great short films.
Moderator - Ron Purtee
Ron Purtee is a writer, director, producer and podcaster who has been directing for over 10 years and is the mind behind the Becoming Undead and Social Media Massacre series. You can listen to The Ron Purtee Show at www.anchor.fm/theronpurteeshow
Danny Villanueva Jr. is a Mexican-American film writer/director born on April 6, 1989 in Chicago, IL. He studied Digital Filmmaking/Video Production at the Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. In 2012, he launched a horror-themed web channel, How Bizarre, which featured segments such as short films, mini-documentaries on destinations with eerie or haunted history, and bite-sized horror themed cartoons. Danny is currently in production on his first feature-length film, a supernatural drama/horror anthology which is expected for a 2019 release under How Bizarre Pictures.
Anna Sampers has worked in programming and development for the nonprofit Milwaukee Film since 2009. She was the organization’s sole grant writer in addition to curating the “Shorter Is Better” section of the Milwaukee Film Festival since its first annual event in 2009. In 2018, she became Milwaukee Film’s Senior Programmer, continuing to oversee many of the festival’s shorts programs while also curating features for both the annual film festival and the organization’s newly acquired year-round cinema. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Anna received her BFA in Film, with a double minor in Film Studies and Spanish. Anna is also an accomplished, award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Ivy Film Festival, among others.
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