Milwaukee Film Festival goes 'filmless' for first time
Patrick Wodzinski and Angela Catalano sitting inside the "vault" at Milwaukee Film.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Film Festival is going "filmless".
The fifth annual festival kicks off Thursday and the staff is busy ingesting all of the movies.
"Right now we're (downloading) all of our films," said Programming Manager Angela Catalano. "Most of it is actually digital content this year."
Weeks before the festival, the staff received flash drives and DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) which are films inside an external hard drive.
"It's been a huge transition for us," Catalano explained. "It's a massive overhaul of content."
The industry is slowly wading itself into the Digital Age. It's a transition Catalano compared to the silent film-to-sound evolution.
"We're still in that weird in-between stage," she said. "We're not really sure what (technology) is going to stick. In five years, we could be using something entirely different."
Not every filmmaker has the best digital equipment. But no matter how the films were produced, the staff worked diligently to upload every film.
"We're looking to find great film art from artists all around the world," Technical Coordinator Patrick Wodzinski said. "Many people don't have a lot of resources but can make a great film. We need to make sure their content gets on screen."