April 2, 2013
The last few years have been busy at UW-Milwaukee’s Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres, still better known simply—and for good reason—as the film department. During the chairmanship of Rob Yeo, the Hollywood Reporter named UWM one of the top 25 schools for film. Perhaps the evidence for the department’s ranking comes from its alumni. Films by two UWM graduates, Chris Thompson’s The Jeffrey Dahmer Files and Christine Khalafian’s The Powerbroker, were favorably reviewed recently in the New York Times; a third grad, Robyn Braun, is editor for the Nicktoons’ series “Alien Dawn.”
In addition, three current undergrads earned internships at the Cannes Film Festival; work by faculty and students has been accepted—and awarded prizes—at festivals in recent years. Graduates and interns are working in Milwaukee’s growing video production industry in a variety of venues, including Robert W. Baird, Medical College of Wisconsin and even a YouTube video for John Henson from the Milwaukee Bucks.
And now, the department widens its scope by establishing an archive and research center for an important Indian filmmaker, Adoor Gopalakrishnan. UWM will be the depository for 35mm prints from nine of his 11 feature films as well as many of his 30 documentaries and short subjects. There will also be an Adoor Gopalakrishnan scholarship for UWM film students researching his work or making movies in his spirit on social justice. “He’s had a very full career,” Yeo says. “He has a strong connection to the culture and history of his area in India. He has a remarkable ability to bring the landscape alive.”Read the full article at Express Milwaukee.