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
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.
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.
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!