Markie In Milwaukee

Matt Kliegman (2019 Documentary)

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Assembled from over 10 years of footage, Markie in Milwaukee tells the story of a midwestern transgender woman as she struggles with the prospect of de-transitioning under the pressures of her fundamentalist church, family and community.

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In Brief: MARKIE FROM MILWAUKEE (2019) Slamdance 2019

I don’t have a great deal to say about MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE other than see it. This is a portrait of a giant of a man who transitioned into being a woman and decided to transition back because of his faith and reaction of his family. It is a deeply moving portrait of a person trying to find themselves in their own eyes and the eyes of God.

I was moved.

The reason I don’t have a lot to say is because I don’t want to talk about Markie, rather I just want to go up to him and give him a hug and say I’ve got your back. That’s a weird reaction to have to a film, but it’s a testament to Matt Kliegman’s film which does more than just show us an interesting character, but instead makes us his/her friend.

While Markie is going to get all the attention, we need to take some time out and note how good a job Kliegman did in putting the film together. After seeing the film I genuinely feel like I’ve been hanging out with Markie for years and not an hour and a half. Kliegman‘s ability to do that is rare because most filmmaker don’t often manage to have the walls between a subject and the audience be so utterly obliterated.

Yes, this is a film that is more than just a portrait of person trying to find themselves, this is a thoughtful and thoughtful examination of what the self is. What part does belief and religion play in all of that? Kliegman gives us much to chew on and a couple of weeks after seeing the film for the first time I am still pondering it. The fact that I am still pondering it is another reason that I don’t have a lot to say right now. The fact that this is a film that requires interaction with it is what makes it so great. We can’t simply say it was good and move on, but we much wrestle with it.

This film is a masterpiece. It is also one of the best films at Slamdance and highly recommended.

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Slamdance 2019: Exclusive MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE Trailer Debut

Given the current political climate in the U.S., and especially, having in mind the recent attention drawn to transgender rights issues, it’s difficult to imagine a better time for Markie in Milwaukee to arrive. It will screen at the Slamdance Film Festival later this week.

Directed by Matt Kliegman, the documentary was “assembled from over 10 years of footage,” according to the official synopsis. “Markie in Milwaukee tells the story of a Midwestern transgender woman as she struggles with the prospect of de-transitioning under the pressures of her fundamentalist church, family and community.” The film’s producers include Kliegman, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Morgan Whirledge, Larry Fessenden, and Andrew Moynehan.

We are proud to debut the trailer, which you can watch below. The film will screen at Slamdanceon Saturday, January 26 and again on Tuesday, January 29.


Markie in Milwaukee, which was a 2015 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program selection, tells the engrossing story of a 7 foot tall transgender woman from Wisconsin who transitions back to a man because of her faith. It is a heart-wrenching journey. Wenzel, a former Baptist minister, is a dynamic force that is a truly inspiring.

MATT KLIEGMAN (Director) – Matt Kliegman is known for his work on Bomb Fetish (2012), Markie in Milwaukee (2019) and Carriage (Everybody Knows Where Babies Come From) (2008).

LARRY FESSENDEN (Executive Producer) – Larry Fessenden is an actor and producer and the director of the art-horror films DEPRAVED,NO TELLING, HABIT, WENDIGO and THE LAST WINTER, as well as he TV films SKIN AND BONES and BENEATH. He has operated the production shingle Glass Eye Pix since 1985 with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts.

Produced by: Matt Kliegman, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Morgan Z Whirledge
Starring: Mark Wenzel