It’s time to dig in.

The 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival is set to return to Milwaukee movie screens April 21 – May 5. The 14th annual fest will feature 134 features and 150 short films from 43 countries. All films will screen in-person at either the Oriental Theatre, Avalon Theater, or Times Cinema; sixty-nine features and all of the shorts programs will also be available virtually.

And what are those films? Today, Milwaukee Film unveiled the full lineup for MFF2022. Check out the program HERE.

There’s a lot to love. Want indie films with big indie stars? Get your tickets now for The Good Boss with Javier Bardem, 892 with John Boyega, or Cha Cha Real Smooth with Dakota Johnson. How about music documentaries? There’s Charli XCX: Alone Together; Look At Me: XXXTentacion; Buddy Guy: Chase The Blues Away; and the Courtney Barnett doc Anonymous Club.

Craving the midnight movie vibe? Then you’ll love the Milwaukee Record-sponsored Cinema Hooligante program, featuring everything from urban slasher flicks and sci-fi (Bitch Ass, Neptune Frost), to slow-burn thrillers and anime (Watcher, Belle). Oh, and a 35mm screening of John Carpenter’s The Thing, complete with a live post-film episode of the Cinebuds podcast!

As always, Milwaukee films and filmmakers will receive plenty of love, too. There are two installments of the ever-popular “Milwaukee Show” (these sell out fast), several Milwaukee-focused documentaries (including Messwood), and several Milwaukee features (including Drew Britton’s They Want Me Gone).

Other films of note: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria (starring Tilda Swinton), a film that has been on a “one-city-at-a-time” screening tour; Opening Night documentary The Pez Outlaw, which is about, well, an international Pez dispenser smuggler; and David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee and featuring Milwaukee’s own Angie Swan on guitar. (Sadly, due to availability issues, the annual screening-slash-dance-party of Stop Making Sense won’t be happening.)

There’s a LOT more to be discovered (all hail the return of “Shorts: The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Shit”!) so, like we said, dig in. Tickets and passes for the 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival are on sale NOW.

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Milwaukee Film Festival will take place at Oriental, Avalon, Times theaters, include ‘The Thing’ on 35mm

2022 Milwaukee Film Festival set for April 21 – May 5, intends to be in-person