November 20, 2020
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MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE opens virtually today at BAM, Brooklyn NY

Steamclam Media in association with Glass Eye Pix presents
A film by Matt Kliegman
Executive producer Larry Fessenden

“This film is a masterpiece.”

“A significant contribution to the contemporary
canon of transgender narratives.”

“Heartwarming and Heartbreaking. Who is Markie? A human being,
in all their marvelous complexity. That’s all we need to know.”
 

Now playing near you!!
Check local listings HERE

Today is Trans Day of Remembrancean annual observance on
November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people
whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Click HERE for more info

November 16, 2020
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Markie In Milwaukee opens at BAM! FRIDAY Nov 20, 2020

Glass Eye Pix is pleased to announce the release of
a documentary directed by Matt Kliegman. 

MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE unspools virtually at BAM,
this FRIDAY November 20, 2020

Get your ticket HERE

When fundamentalist Baptist minister Mark Wenzel decides at age 46 to come out as a transgender woman named Markie, it ends her 20-year marriage, estranges her three children, and sees her dismissed from her beloved church and exiled to the margins of her community. Markie’s aim is simple: to be a good person and lead a devout life. Her struggles reveal the depth of our country’s fixation on identity—political, spiritual and personal—and an acute fear of those who don’t fit neatly within their own communities. When those around you won’t accept you for who you are, how do you find a way to accept yourself?

Drawing on over a decade of vérité footage and interviews, director Matt Kliegman makes his feature debut with a Diane Arbus-inspired observational style: at once intimate and voyeuristic, tragic and hopeful.

Also opening across the country!
Check listings for cities and  showtimes!

Distributed by Icarus Films

October 29, 2019
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Hammer To Nail: MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE is “heartwarming and heartbreaking”

From Hammer To Nail: A documentary alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking, director Matt Kliegman’s Markie in Milwaukee follows Markie Wenzel, a transgender woman in Wisconsin, as she alternates between male and female identities, torn between her innermost desires and the pressures of religion and family. When we first meet her in 2013, she is a he, in the process of destroying photos and evidence of her female self, becoming, once more, Mark Wenzel. We then flash back to the process, begun in 2005, of Mark becoming Markie. A deeply religious man – and evangelical preacher, as well – Mark had long struggled with the woman inside him, begging to be let out. Married and a father of three, he was at a loss, until finally he just came out as Markie, unable to bear the strain any longer. The fact that he was 7 feet tall, weighed 400 pounds and was, in his own words, very masculine, complicated matters. Who would accept such a man as a woman?

Remarkable in its frank discussion of an important matter, Markie in Milwaukee is also extraordinary for its seemingly unfettered access to its protagonist, who appears all in for this intimate dissection of their process, even if they are not always sure what that process means. Who is Markie? A human being, in all their marvelous complexity. That’s all we need to know.

See Full Review HERE

October 24, 2019
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MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE at NEWFEST! Sunday October 27 @ 4:00 pm

Steamclam Media in association with Glass Eye Pix presents Matt Kliegman’s powerful doc.
Executive Produced by Fessenden.
Please join the filmmakers and Markie for our first New York screening!
 Tickets to the screening HERE
February 4, 2019
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MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE takes home the Silver at Slamdance

The STEAMCLAM / GLASS EYE PIX doc wins honorable mention
in the category of Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize.

Deadline has all the winners

January 28, 2019
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Unseen Films: Markie in Milwaukee “a masterpiece”

From UNSEEN FILMS:

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.

Read Full Review HERE

January 25, 2019
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Screen Anarchy celebrates MARKIE IN MILWAUKEE trailer