We’re delighted to announce the two jurors for the 2017 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival. Ephraim Asili and Mónica Savirón will both be in attendance for the duration of the festival. They will each present individual juror programs over the weekend and will also be responsible selecting jury awards for our films in competition. Both of these artists have offered such remarkable energy to the experimental film community as both artists and curators. We are honored to have them on board.
Ephraim Asili is a filmmaker, DJ, and traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. His films have screened in festivals and venues all over the world, including the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, San Fransisco International Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, MoMA PS1, LAMOCA, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. As a DJ, Asili can be heard on his radio program, In The Cut, on WGXC or live at his monthly dance party Botanica. Asili currently resides in Hudson, New York and works as a full-time visiting artist in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College.
Mónica Savirón is an independent curator, writer, and experimental filmmaker. Originally from Madrid and currently based in New York City, her work explores the cinematic possibilities of sound and avant-garde poetics.
As a curator, she has organized shows at the Museum of the Moving Image, Microscope Gallery, UnionDocs, and Anthology Film Archives. Her essays about avant-garde and artists’ cinema have been published internationally. For ten years, she also directed a weekly radio show on documentary and experimental films while producing the television show Documenta2.
She has collaborated with preservationist and artist Bill Brand; and archived and preserved the legacy of American avant-garde filmmaker and cellist Beryl Sokoloff.