Cinema Hooligante

The Milwaukee Film Festival enters its 5th year of hosting an absolute buffet of culture to the denizens of its eponymous metropolis (suck on that people of Golden Corral, Delaware!). Upwards of 200 internationally produced films spanning a century’s worth of cinema will screen over the course of 15 days beginning this Thursday (9/26) and concluding on Thursday, October 10th.

While covering the Milwaukee Film Festival I had the opportunity to sit down with the co-directors & co-writers of Dead Weight, Adam Barlett and John Pata, as well as the film's composer Nicholas Elert. What follows is the second half of my interview with the filmmakers as we discuss the music of Dead Weight and the state of Indie-horror filmmaking.

While covering the Milwaukee Film Festival I had the opportunity to sit down with the co-directors & co-writers of "Dead Weight", Adam Barlett and John Pata, as well as the film's composer Nicholas Elert. What follows is the first half of my interview with the filmmakers as they discuss the trials of micro-budget, indie-horror filmmaking and the power of collaboration.

What did I learn over the course of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Cinema Hooligante Program? Five things specifically:

1: I love living in a city that gives a shit about fucked up, unlovable, and/or unsung movies.
2: The creepiness of spiders is inversely proportionate to their size.
3: Those whacky Danes make me blush.
4: Inbred mutant plots are still (thankfully) going strong in quality movies.
5: Claymation is probably the only thing that can still bring me close to reintroducing my beer to the world. (Other than peeing. But then it’s urine and not beer. Right? Right.)