The Milwaukee Film Festival preps for Opening Night

CREATED Sep. 26, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 26, 2013

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  • Kyle Heller, Kristen Coates, and Peter Lowe work diligently 'behind the scenes' at the Milwaukee Film Festival.

MILWAUKEE - The 5th annual Milwaukee Film Festival opens Thursday night. 

Along with the pageantry comes long hours for the festival staff.

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"Opening Day is a big day for us," said Managing Director Kyle Heller.  "The Opening Night film is a sell out.  The party that follows afterwards usually brings 2,000 people."

It's a lot of hard work, but it's worth it.

"We are all set to go," said Operations Manager Kristen Coates.  "We love when we get to festival time. You'll never see us sitting in a theater watching a movie. But we enjoy the running around, we love the craziness."