2004 MSFF Archive

Date: Sunday June 6th, 2004
Location: The Times Cinema 
               5906 West Vliet Street
Our Goal: To spotlight emerging artists, and give a focus to Midwest filmmakers.

Created by local and independent filmmakers, the Milwaukee Short Film Festival is proud to provide local talent with a venue for their work to be seen. Through community support, we are able to put on this festival every year. 

The Films:

The Grocery
by Karen Lindholm Rynkiewicz
A story about the power of love. While grocery shopping, an older drifts into romantic memory. Soon, the whole store is swept up in a dancing fantasy.

Karen Lindholm- Rynkiewcz is a filmmaker and high school teacher. Her film, Portrait of a Dog, was screened at the Rosebud Cinema in Wauwatosa.
watch the film on IMDb:

Der Wald (The Woods)
by Erin McCann
A young lad, disheartened by the metorpolis in which he lives, escapes to the woods. He is given sanctuary until he breaks a promise, enabling horror to ensue; a tragic ending to a tragic tale.

Graduated from UWM with a BA in film studies in 2002, Erin enjoys film making of any kind, but is attracted to animation for the pure joy of creation.

by Eric Gerber
Touching an infected person's lesions can transmit cells containing the virus. Only total absence of any contact with infected tissue will avoid transmission.

Eric is a film student at UWM, he has shown work in our 4th and 5th festival. He also has another film in the festival entitled What Remains.
Film's IMDb page:


God Knows Your Lonely Soul
by Howie Goldklang
This was screened at Slamdance, Park City UT 2004

Howie Goldklang is a filmmaker rooted in the tradition of silent film and music video. In 2004 he founded the Milwaukee based music video company, Establishment Productions.
watch film:
by Jeff Fitzsimmons
Timing is everything.

Jeff attended college at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and the Evergreen Collage in Washington State, studying photography and film. After college, he worked in the film industry in nearly every position from Peon to Assistant Director. Jeff won the grand prize in the 5th festival with his film 'Gaucer'. He also submitted the film Drift for this festival and appears in another entitled Leavings by Dan Wilson.
watch the film:

by Carlo Besasie
Many different people toss coins into a fountain, hoping to change their unpleasant situations, but a homeless man often removes the coins, interfering with their destinies. Starring Mark Metcalf (National Lampoon's Animal House, Seinfeld) and Suzanne Grazanna (West Wing, One Hour Photo).

Carlo Besasie completed his film degree at the UWM, graduating with honors in 1993. He is currently in pre-production on his first feature film.
read about the film:
watch trailer:

Louis & Me
by Mariko Ujisha
Obsession leads to self-destruction. What happens when a wife is obsessed with a lifeless handbag and the husband gets jealous? This film shows the extremes of today's overzealous consumerism with name brand culture.

Mariko had a film in the last festival, and won an honorary award for acting in Dreams of America.

Oak Hill Picture Show
This is a short preview of a film in production.
by Michael Moynihan
A video sketchbook of notes and ideas of three projects now being worked on and created by playwright/director/video maker Michael Moynihan. The final results may end up on stage or screen or perhaps both. The three segments are: 1) A documentary about Musician, Fire Performer, Body Artist and Photographer Sandy Jungwirth. 2) An experimental animation entitled Panic Attack or Panic Disorder. 3) Free on the www: Staire. Consists of satirical content appropriated (that is, stolen) from various places on the www. People send me such things. Presently in very early stages of development/structuring.
watch a clip:
by Jeff Becker
Based on a Czech myth of a water spirit that haunts Czech rivers, this short classic horror film traces the first and last shift of Josef Svarec, a river maintenance worker who despite several ominous warnings is seduced by a mysterious woman.

Jeff Becker is a recently returned Milwaukee native. Graduating from the George Washington University in Washington, DC with a major in Electronic media, Jeff attended a semester program at FAMU, the Czech film school in Prague, Czech Republic during the fall of 2002.

by Lilly Czarnecki
A girl turns into a monster.

Lilly is currently a film student at UWM. Aside from making films, she enjoys writing music and performing in her band.
Her IMDb profile:

by Dan Wilson
Starring Jeff Fitzsimmons who also has work in the festival (Pre, Drift)

View the film here:

by George Geider
Valerie Lewis, a 19 year old college student is obsessed with an ex-boyfriend. She places an unhealthy importance on her appearance and social life, these mistakes take a toll in a shocking ending.

After editing low budget television commercials for an NDC station in Rhinelander, George enrolled as a Radio, television, film major at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh three years ago. Valerie is his first attempt with narrative film.

Reclaimed Treasure
by J J Burkart
This is a documentary telling the story of the Silver Falls region of Oregon. It is a classic story of man versus nature. Silver Falls goes from a pristine old-growth forest to a stumpy wasteland and back before finally gaining protected status as a state park. Winner of Northwest Regional Emmy for Outstanding Student Work in 2003.

J.J. Burkart grew up in Plymouth, WI on Crystal Lake. He studied film at UW Ð Madison before the vast landscapes of Oregon beckoned him. While finishing his undergraduate Journalism degree, he took a documentary film making class and decided on a project that drew upon his love for nature.
view other awards:


Good Morning
by Ryan Dillion
During the winter in a small, dirty, blue-collar town. Philip, an owner of a men's tailoring shop, who lives alone and centers his life around the work he doesn't much care for, exits a bar looking for a woman to ease his immediate concerns of loneliness and sexual frustration.

Ryan was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and has a BA from Columbia College Chicago in film and video. Currently Ryan is living in Milwaukee, while working on writing several features, as well as wrapping up a short script with the plan of filming it this fall in Chicago and Milwaukee.

What Remains 
by Eric Gerber
A glimpse inside a man's fascination with preserving the remains of insects.

Eric's IMDb page:


mind plasma! 
by Andrew Rosas
Part comedy, drama, and deceptively funny-yet-serious strip-mall philosophy, mind plasma! follows performance artist T.J. Richter through a series of brain-wave bending interviews and screaming daydreaming performances climaxing in a low-budget low-brow Greek tragedy surprise ending.

Andrew is a 23 year old undergraduate student studying film at UWM. He works in both 16mm film and digital video in a variety of genres including narrative, experimental and documentary. He is currently an intern for the local production of the documentary Almost Heaven, intending to air nationally on PBS in late 2005
watch the film:
part 1
Part 2


by Jeff Fitzsimmons
Exhaustion takes its toll.
watch the film:


How To Not Kill Everyone
by Kathy Fischer
An extremely intelligent man struggles to control his murderous fits of rage.

Kathy Fischer is a local filmmaker.

After Poe
by Lincoln Nelsen
Two men bicker at a fast food drive through window.

Lincoln Nelsen got his start fours years ago when a small multi media production company fell into his lap. With complete creative freedom , he was soon making decisions that would help one of the smallest and most technologically advanced production houses in Wisconsin gain exposure and strengthen it's body of work. He currently freelances around the Midwest constantly looking to create art that moves emotions 


Best Film - Eric Gerber for "Aldara."

Second place Honorary Mention
- tie between Howie Goldklang's "God Knows Your Lonely Soul" and Ryan Dillon's "Good Morning."

Artistic Achievement
-Mariko Ujihisa  "Louis and Me."

Special Artistic Vision -Jeff Fitzsimmons won for two works "Pre" and "Drift."
Acting-Dawn Youngs and Jeremy Zeman in "Good Morning."

Audience Award -Carlo Besasie for "Wishtaker."

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