Event | Advance Screening of the White Stripes “Under Great White Northern Lights”

88Nine RadioMilwaukee and The Times Cinema present an advance showing of “Under Great White Northern Lights” – the White Stripes concert film – this Friday, July 30th at 9:30.  Proceeds from this Friday’s screening will benefit Radio Milwaukee.  The Screening this Friday night at 9:30 at The Times Cinema is the kick-off to next week’s regular engagement.

Immediately prior to “Under Great White Northern Lights” will be a screening of an excerpt of the new R.E.M. collection “When The Light Is Mine – The Best Of The I.R.S. Years”, and we’ll be giving away copies of this DVD and the new deluxe edition of R.E.M.’s “Fables Of The Reconstruction” after the White Stripes movie. The advance screening of “Under Great White Northern Lights” will be this Friday, July 30th at 9:30 pm at The Times Cinema at 59th and Vliet in Milwaukee – brought to you by 88 Nine, Radio Milwaukee.


Film Screening | Rocky Trails – Thursday, May 20th at The Oriental

88Nine RadioMilwaukee is proud to welcome Rocky Trails. Rocky Trails is a Hyper-Hipster 80s Horror Comedy about five kids that discover a mysterious abandoned building where bad things happen. Written and Directed by Drew Rosas.

World Premiere Screening on May 20th 2010 in Milwaukee WI, at the Oriental Theater 7pm. $8

How to turn $300 in to $30 Million via Youtube

That sounds like some kind of sales pitch or some line from an informercial. Well it isn’t. It was happens when young aspiring talented filmmaker does something out of love and passion. Fede Alvarez is the filmmaker out of Uruguay  created an amazing little film short on youtube for a mere $300.  He posted the video barely over a month ago and has gotten over 4 million views. Apparently someone in Hollywood took notice and Alvarez was getting offers left and right.  He finally accepted an offer from Ghost House pictures for $30 million.  That is better than any stock investment you could ever  have imagined.

The movie will be sponsored by director Sam Raimi, whose credits include the Spiderman and Evil Dead films.

Fede Alvarez’s short film “Ataque de Panico!” (Panic Attack!) featured giant robots invading and destroying Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. (BBC)

Check the video out for yourself.  Now that is the power of creativity.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston..Free Screening

We’ve just confirmed with our friends at Turner Hall Ballroom that we will be presenting a FREE screening of The Devil and Daniel Johnston on Wednesday, August 5th at 8PM. Yes, there will be popcorn to go along with those $3 PBR Tall Boys that we all know and love.  All ages are welcome (for the movie, not the tall boys)

Daniel Johnston at Turner Hall- 2007

Daniel Johnston at Turner Hall- 2008 Photo by: C.J. Foeckler

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the movie tells the story of Daniel Johnston, an Austin based musician who suffers from bipolar disorder.  He’s truly a fascinating and inspirational human!  Back in the day, he’d make tapes and hand-distribute them around Austin.  Rumor has it that when the tapes would run out, he’d re-record all the music rather than dubbing a new version…pretty awesome!  His music has been covered by the likes of Wilco, M. Ward, Tom Waits and may more famous musicians.  Kurt Cobain was also a big fan of Daniel Johnston and in fact often wore a t-shirt depicting the cover of Johnston’s Hi, How Are You album.

Flea and Kurt Cobain

Flea and Kurt Cobain

Below is the trailer for The Devil and Daniel Johnston.  Check it out and stop by Turner Hall on August 5th for a free screening.  Also, make sure to come back on August 14th to see Daniel Johnston live.

Evolution of Hip Hop: Film, “New Muslim Cool”

Of any music genre, Hip Hop is the most powerful and one of the most misunderstood genres of music.  Mainstream media and audiences generally see hip hop is all about money, violence and sex and nothing more.  Mainstream do not see hip hop as a diverse culture and a culture that has major global influence.  The music was created by people who felt left out by mainstream society and it is still is.  It is  a tool used to create unity, social justice, and to uplift one’s community and environment.

On June 23rd, the PBS show POV will debut a documentary to illustrate the true power of Hip Hop with a film called New Muslim Cool. The film tells the story of a Puerto Rican-American rapper named Hamza Pérez who pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself.

New Muslim Cool is Islam as you have never seen it. It is also hip-hop as you have probably never heard it. This film gives audiences an insider’s view of a little-known cultural fusion between Muslims and street beats that has been developing since the very beginnings of hip-hop culture. The result is a surprising challenge to stereotypes of both Muslims and urban youth in America that encourages viewers to look critically at the “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West.

In my opinion, there is no other music or artform that has so much power and influence to make a difference.

Respect the Architect: Archiculture, A Documentary


In my continuing series “Respect  The Architect”,  I search out interesting things related to Architecture, and design.  The most recent thing I discovered hits close to home.  As you know, I got my college degree in Architecture from Howard University, and that experience was a life changing experience. No other Major can compare to experience of Architecture School. The thing I recently discovered is a documentary on the experience of  Architecture School through the eyes of the students and professors. The film is called Archiculture.

Archiculture is a documentary centering on five diverse students in a single studio at one university throughout the entirety of their thesis project. The film will convey a mere sliver of time, wholly representative of the experience to create a student’s paramount work. The footage will illustrate the range of emotions and process of this extremely intense period at the conclusion of an academic career. It is our goal for the documentary to possess educational, entertaining, realistic and inspiring qualities in response to the dynamic world these students face.

The profession of architecture deals with the design of spaces for people. Architects study how people interact and respond to space in order to provide a better understanding of the spaces they create. Archiculture documents this study by capturing Architecture students and their interactions with one another within the studio environment….”

Just watching the trailer alone brought back so many memories, good and bad.  But you know what, I have no regrets in pursuing Architecture. I truly believe if we applied the education process of Architecture to all of education, business and life we would have a better world. The film is directed by David Krantz and Ian Harris. The film even includes an interview with David Byrne who attended RISD(Rhode Island School of Design). Check out this clip with David Byrne.

The film’s website keeps a progress of the filmmaking process with blogs, videos, and more. The theatrical trailer will be released this summer.  I assume the film will be out before the end of 2009.

p.s.: If you know an architect or architecture student give them a big hug or better yet buy them a drink.

LOL! Super Bowl Breaks!

This is way better than watching two team I know nothing about play football in Florida!
Here are my favorite Super Bowl commercials from Sunday’s game…

Which was your fav? Hit me up here on the Soundboard, or email me at jordan@radiomilwaukee.org.