FEATURE SCREENINGS: MWFF 2020

5 feature narrative films from around the world have been selected for our 2020 MWFF Feature Film Showcase.*

All showcases for the #2020MWFF will be available for viewing from 9am (CST) Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th at 7pm (CST). You can get your tickets online and in advance by clicking the link below.

BONE BARREL (United States)

Are you ready to rumble? The Bone Barrel Crew are going to break backs and bottles while trying to figure out what they are doing with their lives. The dynamic duo of Mike and Jordan are thinking about their future while the walking hurricane, Ben, can’t cope with being left behind.

Director: David Dawson

Midwestern media maker currently residing in Madison, Wisconsin. Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

CAN ART STOP A BULLET: William Kelly’s Big Picture (Australia)
*Award Finalist – Spotlight Feature

William Kelly, widely considered the social conscience of Australian art, once said “Art can’t stop a bullet, but it can stop a bullet from being fired.”

Filmed on five continents, with contributions from over 20 artists, thinkers and activists, this documentary explores the power of art to influence the violence in our world.

The film documents the creation of Kelly’s monumental artwork “Peace or War/The Big Picture”. It is a tapestry of history and art, drawn from major artworks and photos from the defining conflicts of their times. This immense visual collage allows the audience to navigate through time and place, meeting survivors of these horrific moments in history and the artists who have created work commenting on these periods, some of which have become iconic.

Director: Mark Street

For more about the film please visit: https://www.kellysbigpicture.com/


Elementa (New Zealand)
*Award Finalist – Spotlight Feature

Elementa is a black-and-white visual meditation of wilderness and the elements. Award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker Richard Sidey returns to the triptych format for a cinematic experience like no other.

Filmed over five years on seven continents, Elementa is Sidey’s second feature collaboration with ambient composer Boreal Taiga, and completes the director’s Speechless trilogy.

Director – Richard Sidey

Richard Sidey is a nature and wildlife filmmaker / photographer based in Wanaka, New Zealand.

For more about the film please visit: https://www.richardsidey.com/elementa/

L’ITALIANO CHE INVENTO’ IL CINEMA (Italy)

The reconstruction of the incredible life of the Italian pioneer, Filoteo Alberini, becomes the occasion for a reflection on the birth of Italian cinema and, more generally, on the Seventh Art and its nature as the “magnificent obsession”. A journey in the company of an exceptional storyteller, guardian par excellence of cinema’s forgotten ones, Georges Méliès, who conducts an investigation of this figure, practically unknown in our present day.

Director – Stefano Anselmi

After graduating from the Civic School of Cinema of Milan “Luchino Visconti” in Milan, Stefano Anselmi has been the first assistant director for cinema and TV fiction since 1999.


Thank You 5 (United States)
*Award Finalist – Spotlight Feature

THANK YOU 5 (a fully improvised comedy featuring an ensemble of emerging Chicago-based actors) tells the story of a fictional company of floundering thespians as they attempt to stage a production of ‘Prelude to a Tradition,’ an original work by playwright and director Kurt McAbbott.

THANK YOU 5 is a tribute to all of the unsung artists who endure so much, specifically each other, to create something memorable for audiences.

Directors – Michael Barnard & Reid Estreicher

MICHAEL BARNARD was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Drake University with a major in Radio and Television Production. As a teenager he won a Regional Emmy Award in the category of Arts/Entertainment/Documentary for a comical short he created called “Cold and Flu Season.”

A United States Marine and combat veteran, REID ESTREICHER has been involved in various facets of acting, comedy, voice over, stage and film since his teenage years, gaining his SAG Membership in 1996. He is a graduate of both Second City’s Conservatory and Writer’s Conservatory Programs.

* A note that due to the move online because of COVID – not all films selected for the 2020 MWFF will be available for screening online.

We hope you enjoy the films and you can pickup your full #2020MWFF online fest pass now at http://mosaicfilmfest.com/index.php/attend/

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