Two of the many, many highlights of the recently wrapped 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival were screenings of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, both in glorious 35mm. But while it was incredible to see both classics projected on celluloid, it was disappointing that neither came complete with smells. No whiff of salty (and deadly) ocean breeze, no hint of musty (and haunted) hotel carpeting. Happily, the upcoming Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival will make up for this odoriferous oversight on Friday, October 23, when it presents a special 35mm screening of John Waters’ 1981 camp classic Polyester, complete with “Odorama” scratch and sniff cards for the first 150 attendees. Prepare your nostrils for “New Car Smell,” “Pizza,” and “Flatulence”!
Of course, there’s a whole lot more to the 30th annual film and video fest, which will take place October 15-25 at the Oriental Theatre and UWM Union Cinema. The Opening Night film, From This Day Forward, finds director Sharon Shattuck exploring her father’s gender transition (Shattuck and her father, Trisha, will be in attendance); while the Centerpiece film, The Summer of Sangailé, chronicles a 17-year-old girl’s dreams of becoming a pilot (the film won Best Director and World Cinema awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival). Other highlights include the Kenyan anthology film The Stories Of Our Lives, and the Closing Night ensemble drama Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party.
Both From This Day Forward and The Summer of Sangailé will screen at the Oriental on October 15 and October 21, respectively, while the rest of the fest’s selections (including Polyester) will screen at the Union Cinema. Tickets for the Opening Night and Centerpiece films are $15 for the general public, and $10 for students and seniors 60 and older. All other tickets are $9 for the general public, $7 for seniors and Union Cinema members, and free for UWM students. Check out the full festival schedule here.