MUFF 2014


Diane Kitchen (Milwaukee, WI): Diane Kitchen’s experimental documentaries, Before We Knew Nothing and Roots, Thorns, were made with the Ashaninka people in Peru’s Amazon Basin and have screened at diverse venues including the Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, and internationally in France, Chile, Denmark, Bolivia, Hungary. Exhibition of recent films Wot the Ancient Sod and Quick’s Thicket include Montreal’s First Peoples’ Festival, the Whitney Biennial, London Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. She has received grants from the Smithsonian Institution, Jerome Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts/Film in the Cities, and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

 Scott Stark (Austin, TX): Scott Stark has made over 80 films and videos since the early 1980s, and has created numerous moving image installations, live performances and photo-collages. He received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Cinematheque from 1984-1991. His work has shown nationally and internationally in venues as diverse as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Cinematheque, the Film Festival Rotterdam, the Tokyo Image Forum, and many others. His 16mm film Angel Beach was invited into the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and in 2007 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His 2013 film The Realist showed at numerous worldwide film festivals and was on several year-end “best” lists. His work has garnered numerous awards. He lives in Austin, Texas. He is the webmaster for Flicker (, the web resource for experimental film and video.

David Witzling (Milwaukee, WI): David Witzling is a 1979 vintage Aquarius. He earned a BA in 2001 from UW-Madison after studying literature and philosophy. Since 2001 he has lived in Milwaukee, worked as a graphic designer, and shown his video work at a variety of alternative venues. His interests include the history of science, Modernist art, and the philosophy of religion. In 2009, he completed an MFA in film at UW-Milwaukee, and subsequently taught photography at Carroll University. He currently lectures in the Department of Film at UW-Milwaukee and is serving as the Program Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology Program in the Peck School of the  Arts. His recent video “Echoes of Information” was selected for Volume 31 of the Journal of Short Film.


Best of Festival
Gente Perra (Dog People), dir. Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy

Best Documentary
Let Us Persevere in What We Have Resolved Before We Forget, dir. Ben Russell

Second Place Documentary
Nile Perch, dir. Josh Gibson

Best Expanded Cinema
Second Hermeneutic, dir. Michael A. Morris

Best Experimental Video
Ice Survey: Tenney Park (Madison, Wisconsin), dir. Renato Umali

Best Experimental Film
Short, dir. Robert Todd

Best Essay
Will O’ the Wisp, dir. Andrew Kim

Best Personal Doc
Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game, dir. Roger Beebe

Best Animation
Elsewhere, The Survivors, dir. Ali Aschman



THURSDAY May 1, 2014

Juror Presentation

David Witzling:

Echoes of Information (3:15, SD, Color, 2006)
Everything is Normal (1:30, HD, Color, 2013)
Midnight Train to Twilight (7:45, BW, 2014)
To the Inland Ocean (4:30, Color/BW, 2014)
Rosette (5:45, Color/BW, 2011)

Diane Kitchen:

ROOTS, THORNS (16mm, 23 minutes, color, sound,1992)
THE PENFIELD ROAD (16mm, 5 minutes, color, sound, 1998)

Scott Stark:

Hotel Cartograph (newly restored print, 16mm, 12min, 1982)
Nocturnal Symmetries (double projection, 16mm, 12min, 2014)


FRIDAY May 2, 2014

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival & Milwaukee Underground Film Festival presents…

with curator BRADFORD NORDEEN in person!

Join the MILWAUKEE LGBT FILM/VIDEO FESTIVAL and the MILWAUKEE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL in welcoming Dirty Looks NYC, a regular and regularly daring platform for experimental LGBT+ film, work canonical and brand new, that is as smart and artful as it is edifyingly queer.

Tonight’s program ail look back across three years of Dirty Looks NYC offerings, with special guest BRADFORD NORDEN, Dirty Looks’ curator, who will be on hand to talk about his singular series and the incredible of roster of work he will share. He described tonight’s program this way:

“Dirty Looks NYC culls from our first three years of programming with film and video spanning 1990 – 2013, all titles which shaped or defined Dirty Looks NYC as a project and the queer moment, at large. Looking back from the edge of queer futurity, Dirty Looks NYC: Three Years features queer takes on Black Power, riot grrrl, maternity, and Madonna’s “Vogue”…”

Tom Rubnitz – The Mother Show (with Tom Koken and Barbara Lipp)
Chris E. Vargas – Extraordinary Pregnancies
Narcissister – The Basket (w Josef Kraska)
Charles Atlas – Butcher’s Vogue
Michael Robinson – The Dark, Krystle
Luther Price – Home
Charles Lofton – O Happy Day
Jill Reiter – Frenzy
Michael Lucid – Dirty Girls


In Effluence accord; Emulsion by Karissa Hahn
Microbiologist by Travis Rademacher
Elsewhere, The Survivors by Ali Aschman
Synthesis (yugen pt. 1) by Paul Rabe
Stille Dag (Silent Day) by Aleksander Johan Andreassen
Current 1-3 by Sean Kafer
Waxing + Milking by Alee Peoples
Ghost Poem by Lindsay Greer
Living Fossil by Sean Hanley
A Million Miles Away by Jennifer Reeder


Peacock/Alexander Stewart
Short/Robert Todd
Nile Perch/Josh Gibson
Lunar Phases/Matt Rossoni
A Study in Natural Magic/Charlotte Pryce
Light Year by Paul Clipson
45 7 Broadway/Tomonari Nishikawa
Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget/Ben Russell

SATURDAY May 3, 2014


A Dirty Looks NYC presentation:


Hosted by BRADFORD NORDEEN, Creative Director and Curator of DIRTY LOOKS NYC

Associated with New York’s East Village drag scene of the late 1980s, Tom Rubnitz (1956-1992) crafted low-budget, candy-colored video fantasies, mingling pop culture and counter-culture in outlandish conceptions including mock infomercials and cooking shows.

This evening’s program revives a frosted cakewalk of treasures, featuring performance luminaries like RuPaul, Ann Magnuson and Lady Bunny.

Dirty Looks NYC shares the work in collaboration with Video Data Bank.

To screen:
The Mother Show (1991)
Frieda! (The Movie) (1980)
From the Files of the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge (1983) Chicken Elaine (1983)
Made for TV (with Ann Magnuson) (1984)
John Sex: The True Story (1983)
Plastic Rap with Frieda
(* with Tom Koken + Barbara Lipp as “Frieda”) (1983)
Drag Queen Marathon(1986)
Hustle With My Muscle (1986)
Strawberry Shortcut (1989)
Pickle Surprise (1989)
Summer of Love PSA (1990)



Story of The Very Busy and Important Man by Neil Gravander
In, Light In! by Ken Paul Rosenthal
Jellybeans by Scott Fitzpatrick
[deterritorialization] by Ben Balcom
[Phrases] by Ben Balcom
Red Luck by Mike Olenick
Scattered in the Wind by Lori Felker
Standards of Perfection by Andrew Kim
Difficult Loves by Paul Clipson



Massachusetts Farm by Josh Baum
Waveland by Cade Bursell
Doubt #2 by Josh Lewis
Sleeping District by Tinne Zenner
Resistfilm/Pablo Marin
With Pluses and Minuses by Mike Stoltz
Will ‘o the Wisp by Andrew Kim

SUNDAY MAY 4, 2014


The Present Compendium: a Comprehensive Inventory of 24 Items, in 5 Volumes, in the instance of the Present Print, on the Occasion of it’s Present Screening by Chris Hoag
Ice Survey: Tenney Park (Madison, Wisconsin) by Renato Umali
The Whale Story by Tess Martin
Crux Film by Alexander Stewart
Uncertain Ground by Ian Nesbitt
Snow Globe by Tony Porter
Hermeneutics by Alex Dmitriev
Historia Calamitatum (The story of My Misfortunes), Part ll: The Crying Game by Roger Beebe
Fall 1&2 by Aaron Zeghers
The Thief by Ali Aschman



Une Terre Familiere by Marianna Milhorat
Osmoverse by Daniel Larson
Tacoma by Courtney Krantz
Conjuror’s Box by Kerry Laitala
Death Songs and Car Bombs by Brendan & Jeremy Smyth
Sjave Danu, Los Angeles County, California, 2013 by Silvia Las Fadas
Gente Perra (Dog People) by Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy
Second Hermeneutic/Michael Michael A. Morris