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Associated Bank becomes Bank of Milwaukee Film Festival


MILWAUKEE, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Milwaukee Film announces increased support for the 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Milwaukee Film Festival at the Oriental Theatre

Associated Bank becomes the Bank of the Milwaukee Film Festival and has committed to a multi-year agreement including Festival promotion and programming throughout the year with Associated Bank colleagues, clients, and friends.

"We are moving our banking relationship to Associated Bank and are  excited by the deep engagement on our Board of Directors by its Executive Vice President John Utz.  As an organization that cares deeply about our city, we're proud to now bank with the largest Wisconsin-headquartered bank," explains Milwaukee Film's Artistic and Executive Director, Jonathan Jackson.

In 2014, Associated Bank Executive Vice President John Utz joined the Milwaukee Film Board and its Finance Committee, further solidifying the relationship between the two organizations.

"As the largest bank in Wisconsin and a long-standing supporter of the arts, we are proud to be the bank of the Milwaukee Film Festival to help further enrich the community," says John Utz, Executive Vice President for Associated Bank.  "It is an honor to be a Milwaukee Film board member and support this extraordinary showcase of cinema, education, and conversation." 

In addition to the continuing and increased support from past sponsors, such as Donald & Donna Baumgartner, Mandel Group, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Herzfeld Foundation, the Milwaukee Film Festival announces a substantially increased partnership with United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

United Way served as a Sustaining Sponsor during the 2014 Festival but chose to significantly increase their 2015 presence reinforcing a shared goal to convene, educate, and drive vitality in our region. Now, with the support of Johnson Controls, they have become a leading sponsor of the Milwaukee Film Festival and will partner on educational enrichment opportunities with Milwaukee Film.

"United Way helps people – it's that simple. United Way's mission is all about people working together to achieve common goals in our community," says Brian McKaig, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way. "Partnering with Milwaukee Film is a great opportunity to educate people in our community about the ways they can come together to create lasting change."

As one of the fastest-growing cultural events in the region, the Milwaukee Film Festival provides an incredible opportunity to connect with an ever-expanding and diverse cross section of the community. Advanced ticket sales for the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival are up 39% over 2014.

Through sponsorship, the festival continues to engage with the city by providing entertainment and education.  This year the festival raised a combined $2,400,000 in cash, goods, and services, including 26 new sponsors that include KOSS, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Public Library, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the NAACP - Milwaukee Branch, Badger Liquor, and more.

A complete list of sponsors for the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival is below.


Presenting ($200,000+)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Donald and Donna Baumgartner
Herzfeld Foundation
Marianne and Sheldon Lubar
Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig

Leading ($50,000+)
Associated Bank, Bank of Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee Magazine, Official Magazine
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Argosy Foundation
The Heil Family Foundation
Christine Symchych and Jim McNulty
The David & Julia Uihlein Charitable Foundation

Producing ($30,000+)
88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Avalon Theater and Times Cinema
John Axford
Brewers Community Foundation, Inc.
Brico Fund
KOSS, Official Headphones
Lowlands Grand Cafes
Mandel Group
Simple DCP, Official Digital Cinema Sponsor
Stamm Technologies

Supporting ($20,000+)
About Face Media
Art City
BelAir Cantina
Colectivo Coffee
The Electric Sun Corporation
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
     Rosemary and William Sprinkmann Fund and the Grace G. Horn Fund
Helen Daniels Bader Fund, A Bader Philanthropy
Johnson Controls Foundation
Mary and Ted Kellner
Mary Ann and Charles LaBahn
Metroparent Magazine &
Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, Official Law Firm
Milwaukee Business Journal
Milwaukee Record
Neroli Salon & Spa
Nicholas Family Foundation
North American Camera
RDI Stages
Shepherd Express
Tap Milwaukee
Urban Milwaukee
UWM Department of Film
WJMR Jammin' 98.3
WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio

Providing ($10,000+)
Badger Liquor
Beans & Barley
Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust
Crispin Cider Co.
Fox-Bay Cinema Grill
Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Inc.
The Hotel Foster
Laughlin Constable
Lone Shoe Graphics
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee Pulse
NAACP - Milwaukee Branch
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
The Railway Exchange Building
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Contributing ($5,000+)
Johnson Controls
Milwaukee Arts Board
Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation
Quantum LS
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Wisconsin Arts Board
Wisconsin Humane Society
Wisconsin Gazette
WNOV 860am "The Voice"
Zeidler Center for Public Discussion

Sustaining ($2,500+)  
The Art Institute of Wisconsin
The Bay Restaurant
Black Shoe Hospitality
Florentine Opera Company™
Frieda and William Hunt Memorial Trust
Jim Phillips, LLC
Peggy Ann Family Foundation
Ralph Evinrude Foundation, Inc.
Sabljak Raether Hogerton
SURG Restaurant Group 

About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it's at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film's mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

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The 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 24-October 8, 2015.

About Associated Banc-Corp

Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) has total assets of $27 billion and is one of the top 50, publicly traded, U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services in over 200 banking locations serving more than 100 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film's independent board is made up of the following members: Chris Abele (Past President); John P. Bania; Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Dr. Robert M. Davis; Michael Drescher; Karen Ellenbecker; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Cecelia Gore; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Susan Haise; Katie Heil; Patti Keating Kahn; Michael G. Klein; Tracey L. Klein (President); Kenneth C. Krei; Mary Ann LaBahn; Alexander Lasry; Steve Laughlin (Past President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Dave Stamm; Julia Taylor; John Utz. Emeritus members: Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

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