Guess what? The 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival is just around the corner! This year’s fest is set for April 21 – May 5, and will include both in-person screenings and virtual screenings. We can’t wait.

About those in-person screenings: Today, Milwaukee Film revealed that MFF2022 will take place at three theaters: the Oriental Theatre (all three screens), the Avalon Theater, and Times Cinema.

“We heard loud and clear that people appreciated the ease of the virtual offerings in 2020 and 2021, especially amidst many unknowns,” says Cara Ogburn, Milwaukee Film Artistic Director, in a press release. “This year’s hybrid festival offers options for an all-virtual experience (using our virtual-only pass) as well as in-cinema screenings of every program. My recommendation? Mix and match, using the all-access pass available for members or by bundling a virtual pass with some six-packs of in-cinema single tickets.”

A reveal of the fest’s 200+ films is set for April; for now, Milwaukee Film is teasing some highlights. There’s a 40th-anniversary screening of John Carpenter’s The Thing on 35mm (complete with a live episode of the Cinebuds podcast), and a screening of Spike Lee’s 2020 documentary David Byrne’s American Utopia (featuring Milwaukeean Angie Swan).

“We are ecstatic to see all our festival friends back in our cinemas together—laughing and crying together and letting conversation about films spill out into the lobbies,” says Ogburn. “And this year’s lineup is shaping up to continue to offer something for everyone—a return of all of our favorite program categories audiences have come to know and love, from Black Lens to Cream City Cinema to GenreQueer to Rated K: For Kids to Worldviews and so much more in between—and quite simply, two weeks of the best films of the year.”

Oh, and expect some goofiness from the fine folks at Milwaukee Record (that’s us), who will once again sponsor the Cinema Hooligante program.

Milwaukee Film explains that “virtual film screenings are available by purchasing an all-access festival pass (including in-cinema film screenings and other events) or a virtual-only pass. Individual tickets will also be available for all in-cinema screenings and in discounted six-packs now. Discounted passes and ticket packages are available NOW. Prices increase on March 12.”

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