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College Flicks at Madison College: The Blood is at the Doorstep

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Madison Area Technical College

1701 Wright Street

Room D1630 B

Madison, WI 53704

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Brought to you by a partnership between Wisconsin Film Festival and Madison College (School of Art and Science; Business and Applied Arts, Intercultural Center, and Center of International Education, and Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement)

This event includes a free screening of poignant, insightful, and topical films on themes related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. A short discussion over themes and topics of the film will follow each screening. The director of the film will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

ABOUT THE FILM

On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer responding to a non-emergency wellness check in a popular downtown park.

Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them. Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy, this explosive documentary takes a behind the scenes look at one of America’s most pressing social issues.

Director Erik Ljung has meticulously crafted a piece of essential viewing, one that has much to contribute to our understanding of the ongoing epidemic of police violence. We get to know Dontre, and watch as his family transforms into activists. We see the complex layers of engagement when a mourning family’s desires diverge from those of fellow activists, and feel their frustration and anger with institutional responses.

The setting may be Milwaukee, but it could just as well be anywhere—and it’s a film every concerned citizen here should see.

AWARDS

WINNER: 2018 Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) - Best Editing of a Feature Documentary

WINNER: 2018 Salem Film Festival – Michael Sullivan FRONTLINE Award for Best Journalism in a Documentary

WINNER: Audience Award for Best Feature Film, 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

WINNER: Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Filmmaking – Indie Memphis Film Festival - 2017

WINNER: Best Feature Documentary Award, 2018 Beloit Film Festival

WINNER: Golden Badger Award, 2018 Wisconsin Film Festival

WINNER: Best Documentary Feature – Monmouth Film Festival 2017

WINNER: Best Documentary Storytelling – Destiny City Film Festival 2017

The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick from SXSW 2017

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Madison, WI 53704

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