Category: Production

Beloit International Film Festival


Today  is the start of the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) which run through Sunday February 17, 2013. BIFF celebrates its eighth year of promoting the power of film and this year two doc|UWM films are showing at the festival. My Way Home and Passing the Baton will be playing multiple times throughout the weekend so do not miss your chance to see both of these films as well as the many other great films. Plus, My Way Home has even been nominated for a “BIFFY” award. So, keep your fingers crossed.

My Way Home


Thursday(Feb.14):  10:00 pm –  Rotary Center  BUY
Saturday(Feb.16): 11:00 am – Rock County Historical Society  BUY
Saturday(Feb.16): 1:30 pm – Cheese People/ Nikki’s Café  BUY

Passing the Baton


Thursday(Feb.14): 10:00 pm  –  Eclipse Center  BUY
Saturday(Feb.16): 1:30 pm – La Casa Grande  BUY

If you find yourself in Beloit we hope you catch both of these great films!


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

A Musical Engagement

The end of the semester is always a crazy time around the doc|UWM office. Students are frantically working on edits and it’s not uncommon for us to be running out on a last minute shoot. When the band Blessed Feathers said we could film their Tuesday night concert at Turner Hall we jumped at the chance.

Jaquelyn Beaupre and Donivan Berube of Blessed Feathers

Jaquelyn Beaupre and Donivan Berube of Blessed Feathers

After meeting the band and putting a wireless microphone on the band’s lead singer Donivan Berube the crew began following him around the venue, getting him used to the camera, and recording him as he mingled with family, friends, and fans. Most people, even performers, are not used to have a film crew following them. 

Jon Klett filming Donivan of Blessed Feathers and a fan.

Jon Klett filming Donivan of Blessed Feathers and a fan.

We’ve spent the entire semester documenting bands for our Cream City Soundcheck video series and at this point in the class I am confident enough with my student filmmakers that I feel I can give them a little more distance, hover a little less, and trust their instincts. While the crew was taking a break from filming I overheard Colin Perkins, a student from the class, say that he heard Donivan talking about being nervous and having a ring in his pocket. My ears perked up and I quickly began asking questions. Mistakenly, I thought Donivan and Jaquelyn Beaupre – the other half of the band – were already married, or at least engaged. I began to question my assumption and ran off in pursuit of an answer. 

Behind the scenes planning the shoot.

Behind the scenes planning the shoot.

Not wanting to ask Donivan directly, I inquired with others who knew the band. Luckily, local filmmaker Erik Ljung was also there documenting the band. Erik and I proceeded to have an interesting conversation where we each tried to figure out what the other knew. He finally realized that my students had discovered Donivan’s plans for the night. Erik then admitted that Donivan was indeed going to propose Jaquelyn after the fifth song in their set. Taking this information, I ran back to our crew and told everyone to be prepared for the proposal. While I am sure no one on our crew was as nervous as Donivan, I could sense that everyone on our team knew the uniqueness of this moment and the importance of capturing it with our cameras. 

Thomas Sorenson filming at the Blessed Feathers show.

Thomas Sorenson filming at the Blessed Feathers show.

So much of documentary is about being in the moment and capturing that moment. It’s a certain sort of excitement you don’t get from scripted filmmaking; that uncertainty and unpredictability of life happening before your eyes. doc|UWM has gotten to film a lot of magical moments, but this is certainly one for the ages. 

Donivan pops the question.

Donivan pops the question.

We wish Donivan and Jaquelyn the best and congratulate them on this new chapter in their lives. We also want to thank them for allowing us to share it with us and we can’t wait until next semester when get to take them on an adventure in Milwaukee. So, that leaves us one with one big question, “Where do we go from here?”

– Ryan Sarnowski, instructor/co-producer

Blessed Feathers – Proposal – Cream City Soundcheck Special Feature (by creamcitysoundcheck)

Meet Quoc Quan Le

Quoc Quan Le

Quoc Quan Le was born and raised in the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He graduated from Oshkosh North where he excelled in sports like football and track. Early exposure to photography and a close bond with friends helped him realize the beauty and joy in filmmaking which led him to UW-Milwaukee. He has interned for Food Network and Milwaukee Film.


Favorite Documentaries
-Being Elmo
-Jiro Dreams of Sushi
-Man on Wire


Favorite Bands
-The Killers
-Bon Iver
-The Script
-Taylor Swift


Favorite Concert Experiences
-The Killers
-Taylor Swift
-Brandon Flowers
-Spilled Canvas
-Lupe Fiasco


Favorite Milwaukee Places
-Pabst Theatre
-Rosebud Cinema
-Kopp’s Frozen Custard
-Whitnall Park
-Miller Brewing Company


For more information about the Cream City Soundcheck project, visit

Meet Betty Allen

Betty Allen

Meet Betty Allen from Seymour, Wisconsin.  She is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She started as a Psychology major but her passion for videography and editing drew her to pursue a career in film.  Her goal is to work with LGBT themed narrative and documentary work.


Favorite Documentaries

-Paris is Burning
-Grizzly Man
-Hoop Dreams
-The Times of Harvey Milk

Favorite Bands
-Tegan and Sara
-Brand New
-Bon Iver
-The Joy Formidable
-Alicia Keys
-Death Cab for Cutie

Favorite Concert Experiences 
-Tegan and Sara/City and Colour-2009
-Silversun Pickups/Manchester Orchestra- 2010
-Regina Spektor- 2008
-The Joy Formidable- 2012
-Passion Pit- 2010
-An Horse-2012

Favorite Milwaukee Places
-Bradford Beach
-Boswell Books
-Art Bar
-Milwaukee Art Museum
-Pizza Shuttle
-Oriental Theatre


For more information about the Cream City Soundcheck project, visit

Meet Jared Harrington

Jared Harrington

After living in Seattle throughout his childhood, Jared Harrington moved to the Milwaukee area in 2001, where he attended Pewaukee High School and graduated in 2010. He now attends UW-Milwaukee, where he studies Film and Spanish. Outside of UWM, Jared enjoys time with his family and friends, playing golf and ping pong, and rooting for the Seattle Seahawks.


Favorite Documentaries
-Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team
-The Heart of the Game
-Paradise Lost Series
-Man on Wire
-Inside Job


Favorite Bands
-Vampire Weekend
-Kings of Leon
-Bon Iver
-Death Cab for Cutie


Favorite Concert Experiences
-Death Cab for Cutie
-Motionless in White, I See Stars, Trivium & Asking Alexandria
-Lupe Fiasco
-Imagine Dragons


Favorite Places in Milwaukee
-Miller Park
-Comet Cafe
-The Safehouse
-North Point
-Ma Fischer’s
-The Eatery


For more information about the Cream City Soundcheck project, visit

Meet Chris House

Chris House

Chris House was born in Milwaukee and raised in Brown Deer. He has a deep love and appreciation for all things Milwaukee, and indeed, all things Wisconsin. He tried his hand at a degree in Architecture, but after two years finally admitted it was not for him. Now an Arts Tech major, he enjoys the splendid mixed bag of subjects and disciplines. Chris enjoys also all types of nerdy things including, but not limited to, music, movies, TV, comics, video games and books.


Favorite Documentaries
-Life in a Day
-Waiting for Superman
-Exit Through the Gift Shop
-Bowling for Columbine
-Fat Head


Favorite Bands
-Nine Inch Nails
-Rise Against
-The Beatles
-Childish Gambino


Favorite Concerts Experiences
-Rise Against (all 3 times)
-Three Days Grace
-Linkin Park
-Shiny Toy Guns


Favorite Places in Milwaukee 
-The Lakefront
-The Parks
-Brewers Games
-Art Museum
-Any bar with a good drink special


For more information about the Cream City Soundcheck project, visit