Celebrated documentary Kiki to screen on new Opening Night date Wednesday, October 12

MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival announces award-winning documentary, Kiki, will screen at the Oriental Theatre on Opening Night, Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30pm. The 31st Annual Festival, one of the longest running international festivals in the city, will continue Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 23.

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

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.

Please note: The Festival moved Opening Night to Wednesday, October 12 to avoid overlap with the UWM Union’s Distinguished Lecture series which is hosting the founders of Black Lives Matter at the UWM Union on Thursday, October 13. (More info on that event here). An additional screening of Kiki is scheduled at the UWM Union Cinema on Sunday, October 16 at 1:00pm.

The Festival is presented by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres in the UWM Peck School of the Arts. The Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Cream City Foundation, Wisconsin Gazette, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Pride, Jack H. Smith of Shorewest Realtors, Bronze Optical, and Joseph R. Pabst.

Tickets may be purchased at the Peck School of the Arts Box Office: arts.uwm.edu/tickets

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