Category: Alumni

“Spectacle! at The North End” brings together doc|UWM alumni

doc|UWM alumni Kurt Raether has produced Spectacle! at The North End, a film in six genres(Silent, Space, Noir, Fantasy, Musical, Independent). Written by Raether and W.C. Tank, the project was commissioned by the Mandel Group to Plaid Tuba and Honeycomb Productions for an installation at The North End.

Many other doc|UWM alumni are also involved with the project, including John Roberts, Carol Brandt, Quinn Hester, Becky Cofta, Maxwell Larsen, Ryan Reeve and David Busse. Congratulations to all the doc|UWM alum and all the other fine Milwaukee filmmakers who worked tirelessly to pull of this spectacle.

Silent directed by Andrew Swant

Space directed by WC Tank

Noir directed by Eric Ljung

Fantasy directed by John Roberts

Musical directed by Kurt Raether

Independent directed by Carol Brandt

The film will premiere tonight at The North End apartments on 1551 N. Water St from 6pm to 9pm.


Meet Matthew Dwyer

Matthew DwyerMatthew Dwyer first picked up a camera to document musical performances, and that desire to record is what keeps him working. He has been photographing and videotaping local bands in Milwaukee for over 5 years and loves it.  Matthew is proud to call Milwaukee home and hopes to use his talents to improve an already great city. When not at work with Cream City Soundcheck as the associate producer, Matthew works as a freelance animator and videographer in the greater Milwaukee area. He graduated from UW-Milwaukee in May 2012 with a BFA in Film.


Favorite Documentaries

-This American Life (TV Series)

-The Comedians of Comedy

-American Movie

-Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

-Indie Game: The Movie

-Bill Cunningham New York


Favorite Bands

-The Books



-Dan Deacon

-Los Campesinos!

-We All Have Hooks for Hands


Favorite Concert Experiences

-Kidcrash (Milwaukee, July 2007)

-Monotonix (8th Note Cafe 2007 & Bayview Legion, April 2010)

-Broken Social Scene (Pabst Theater, October 2010)

-The Books (Turner Hall, December 2009)

-Los Campesinos! & Titus Andronicus (Madison Union, February 2009)

-Bloc Party (Pabst Theatre, September 2007)


Favorite Milwaukee Places


-Collector’s Edge Comics

-Riverwest Public House

-Classic Slice (North Ave Location RIP)

-Comet Cafe

-Brewed Cafe


For more information about the Cream City Soundcheck project, visit

Alumni Reunion

It’s always nice to hear back from alum working in field, especially when they are helping one another out. Brady Holden and Robyn Braun first worked together in 2006 on our Elder Abuse project. This week they reunited in New York City.

Brady wrote to tell us about a new project he’s working on for Northern Light Productions, “So, we’re profiling 5 people around the U.S. about any financial hardship they’ve experienced and highlighting the changes they’ve made to their spending and savings habits that may position themselves to a better retirement…I hired Robyn semi-last minute because all of our sound-skilled-staff-members were unavailable and I knew Robyn was in NY.” Robyn adds, “At first I wasn’t sure if I’d be free so I recommended some sound friends to Brady, but they were all busy.  Then my regular gig editing Alien Dawn for Nickelodeon went dark so I actually got the whole week off and everything worked out!  It was great to work with Brady again and shoot a little interview, just like old times. “

Rockstar Alum and Current Student

Congratulations to Cole Quamme and Kurt Raether. Their band The Fatty Acids just received a Milwaukee music award from 88.9 Radio Milwaukee for Best Music Video

Cole (with the drum and the cowboy get-up) produced one of our forth coming Water Docs, about a fresh water researching working in south east Wisconsin and Kurt (who shot and edited the video) is part of the student filmmaking teams that will be documenting local and national bands performing at either the Pabst Theater or Turner Hall.

American Runescapes Opening

American Runescapes by Todd Rongstad

doc|UWM alum Todd James Rongstad’s Masters Thesis Show, American Runescapes opens tomorrow night.  Built from the foundation of old photographs and modern text, the American Runescapes show is the culmination of twenty-two years of multidisciplinary education and inspiration.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 17 · 5:00pm – 7:00pm

UW-Milwaukee, Mitchell Hall, Art History Gallery, Room 154

Art will be for sale, PLEASE SUPPORT LOCAL ART

Show runs through March 1st.