Join In: Milwaukee Running Film Festival

With all the great running movies being produced, it seems only right that Milwaukee should get it’s very own film festival that’s all about our favorite sport. The first Milwaukee Running Film Festival will take place on Thursday, December 8. The event will run from 6-8pm at Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield.

Below, Brian Frain, event co-organizer, tells us more about the upcoming event.

[Note: The December event is sold out – watch the Milwaukee Running Film Festival Facebook Page for details about additional screenings!]

Why did you decide to create the Milwaukee Running Film Festival?

We decided to do a film festival because it’s the best way to get runners of all types together without feeling the pressure of running a certain pace or with more skilled athletes. A film festival brings runners together to watch first hand the challenges and accomplishments of other runners. It’s really a cool thing!

What films will be screened during the festival and how did you select them? Can you give us a short description of each film?

The films that will be screened are Brothers, The Double, Skiing the Hard Rock 100, and Maggatron. The featured film is Brothers and was selected because of my friendship with the Puzey brothers. I offered to put together a film fest to spread their amazing story. We decided to add the other 3 films to make it an event, and primarily because all athletes featured are Altra and Nathan runners that train together and race together.  I don’t want to give away the films so briefly: Brothers is about Tommy Rivers Puzey and his brother Jake’s experience in the TransRockies 6 day race. The Double is a chronicle of Jeff Browning’s attempt at breaking the combined finish time for the Hard Rock 100 and Western States 100. Skiing the Hard Rock 100 is Jason Schlarb’s adventure skiing the Hard Rock 100 course shortly after running it. Maggatron is Maggie Guterl’s experience running Western States 100.

Tell us more about what will happen at the event – is there a timeline of events/films?

The event will start at 6pm at Performance Running Outfitters – Brookfield. We will have food and beverages available for people as well as giveaway items! Altra will also be there demoing shoes during the event. We will start with Maggatron – her film was the first to debut of the four featured. Then we’ll watch The Double and Skiing the Hard Rock 100. We’ll finish up with the feature film, Brothers. Larger giveaways from Altra, Nathan, Swiftwick and other sponsors will be held between films….I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

How will proceeds from the event be used?

Each person that attends pays $10 and all proceeds are donated to the Kettle Moraine Natural History Association to build the Tom Bunk shelter at Scuppernong. Tom Bunk passed away a couple of years ago and was an incredible man in the running community. All raffle prizes were donated to us by athlete sponsors, which was super awesome of them! All giveaways and raffles are optional!

Why should all MKE runners consider attending this event?

Every runner should consider coming to the event not only because the films will be incredible but to support Tom Bunk and the trails and roads we run on every day. It takes so much work to have the trails and running paths that we do – so it’s a great way to give back. It’s also worth coming to meet new runners in the community, share running stories, and get a couple free things!

Thanks for chatting with us, Brian! We can’t wait for the upcoming event and look forward to more Milwaukee Running Film Festival screenings in the future!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

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