No Studios Open House Recap
By Livia Peterson
Founded by the award winning filmmaker John Ridley, Milwaukee’s new creative hub No Studios, located on 1037 West McKinley Avenue in downtown Milwaukee launched this weekend. The open house included film screenings, beer tasting, and mingling and socializing with like minded folks.
As one immediately enters No Studios, artists, writers, and the like feel at home. The creative juices flow without hesitation. Despite Los Angeles and New York City are often associated with such entertainment industries, the perfect combination of Milwaukee Film, Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance, and No Studios puts Milwaukee on the map to have an established film industry and so much more.
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, No Studios offered coffee, pastry, and beer tasting, ice cream social, the Brewer game, and What They Had advance screening in which was free and open to the public. No Studios members enjoyed live music during the evening. What They Had is directed by Elizabeth Chomko, starring Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner, Michael Shannon, and Robert Forster, and debuts in limited release on Friday, October 19, 2018.
No Studios allows one to socialize with a purpose - indeed, the hashtag used on social media to discuss the creative hub. I met and chatted with some awesome folks and therefore, No Studios reminds us we are not alone in our given industries. We have camaraderie in the film, theatre, art, architecture industries to name a few, locally and nationwide. Mr. Ridley gives us a multitude of reasons to thrive as artists in Milwaukee. The future is looking bright, as Milwaukee may be a small city and we deserve opportunities to share our art and indeed, Mr. Ridley provided us that and more.