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Local Lives, National Voices: Brad Lichtenstein

By Ellie Gettinger, Education Director

In thinking about the show “Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman” we wanted to develop a number of ways for visitors to connect with this exhibit. Beth Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, but her work and renown is national. We wanted to find other people who fit this bill–who choose to live in Wisconsin and have reach throughout the country. Our first “Local Lives, National Voice” speaker is filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein. He will be speaking at JMM on September 18 at 5:00 PM. RSVP Here>>

I first met Brad Lichtenstein through his work at UW-Milwaukee. He founded the docUWM program and created a film with the students there called Chosen Towns, which in some ways is a preview to his newest movie, There are Jews Here. While There are Jews Here is about small Jewish communities nationally, Chosen Towns reflected on the small Jewish communities throughout Wisconsin.

His work extends well beyond shrinking Jewish communities. He has created work for Al Jazeera America, PBS, and the Washington Post among other national outlets. This piece examines the changing political culture in Wisconsin for a series that appeared on the Washington Post’s website:

Over a year ago he launched Precious Lives, a powerful  radio series on WUWM, examining the impact of gun violence on Milwaukee. He sat down with the host and producer of the series after the unrest in Sherman Park this summer to have a candid talk about what they had just experienced. This conversation is an important way to reflect upon the state of our city and different ways of engaging. You can find that talk here>>

At his talk at JMM, he will be talking about the breadth of his work, including his new film. There are Jews Here will be screened at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Tickets are available here!