Brady Street History | Brady St Bid
Brady Street History | Brady St Bid
Brady Street History | Brady St Bid

The Brady St BID is working with Sean Kafer and doc|UWM’s media center to create a one-hour documentary about the history of the Brady Street neighborhood, starting with the pre-European settlement up to the modern day. Students will film and conduct interviews with long-time residents, local historians, and important figures, creating a compelling look at how the neighborhood has evolved.

The documentary crew will film from autumn 2022 through 2023. The final film is intended for submission in the 2024 Milwaukee Film Festival as well as other national and international documentary film festivals.

This project is an opportunity to show Brady Street’s rich history of ethnic and economic diversity to the world.

Brady Street History | Brady St Bid

BRADY STREET HISTORY

Brady Street History | Brady St Bid
Brady Street History | Brady St Bid

Profile

Sean Kafer is the Director of doc|UWM, the UW-Milwaukee Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres (FVANG) through the Peck School of the Arts. Kafer has been creating documentary films for 20 years. His first feature-length film, Valley Maker—following Kafer’s observations down the Mississippi river from a hand-built raft—premiered at the Milwaukee Film Festival. It’s not uncommon to find Kafer around the city working with a number of community organizations. His goal has been to highlight the positive, overlooking stories in Milwaukee, as the city is often depicted as an unsafe environment.

Education & Experience

  • MFA & BFA: Film, UW-Milwaukee
  • Teaching Faculty II: Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres Program
  • Director: doc|UWM
  • Company: bullhornfilms.com

Profile

Rachel Taylor is the Executive Director of the Brady Street Business Improvement District (BID). She holds a bachelor of arts in graphic design from Mount Mary University and a Master of Business Administration from Alverno College, and she has been the executive director of the BID since March 2020. Her goals for this project are to engage a new audience with the rich and exciting history of Brady Street and provide an opportunity for students to develop their skills.

Profile

Erin Hastings is a filmmaker finishing up their BFA in film at UW-Milwaukee. They are the social media manager for the Brady Street Business Improvement District (BID) and have been involved with the BID’s festivals over the past year. Erin adores film, with a primary focus on documentary. Their goal is to find and share stories that deserve to be told.

Profile

Hi, I’m Sammy Holte, a junior at UWM. Working alongside doc|UWM and the Brady Street BID, I am excited to push my work ethic, artistic boundaries, and relationships with the students and community of Milwaukee. As a California native who has been in Milwaukee for a short time, I’m happy that the Doc program has made me feel at home and given me a strong sense of comradeship. Outside of the inspiring work with the program, I am a passionate cinephile; this has led me to blog, podcast, and (hopefully) take up filmmaking as a career!

BRADY STREET HISTORY

Brady Street History | Brady St Bid
  • Frank Alioto

  • Pat Suminksi
  • Shirley & Carl Ferguson

  • Bert Stitt
  • Dane Baldwin
Brady Street History | Brady St Bid

BRADY STREET HISTORY

Brady Street History | Brady St Bid
Brady Street History | Brady St Bid

The Brady Street documentary will be funded through the Brady St BID’s 501(c)3 nonprofit arm, Brady Area Foundation for Art and Education. Donations are tax deductible.

Checks should be made payable to Brady Area Foundation for Art and Education, and mailed to:

Please notify the BID if you are mailing in a donation by emailing bradystbid@gmail.com.

Brady Street History | Brady St Bid

BRADY STREET HISTORY

Brady Street History | Brady St Bid
Brady Street History | Brady St Bid