"The Blood is at the Doorstep" set to debut at Milwaukee Film Festival
A real-life story that unfolded in Milwaukee hits the big screen Friday night at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
“The Blood is at the Doorstep”, directed by Erik Ljung, focuses on Dontre Hamilton’s family. Dontre was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in 2014 after a confrontation in Red Arrow Park.
The film shows his family’s search for answers, the protests, and the community activism in the three years that followed.
CBS 58 Morning News anchor Jessica Tighe asked Dontre’s brother Nate about his reaction to the finished film. He described it as a love story for justice.
"There’s moments in there that makes us laugh. There’s moments in there that makes us cry and there’s also moments in there that re-upset us, but the overall picture was to show how much we care for Dontre and how the system we feel failed him,” Nate Hamilton said.
“The Blood is at the Doorstep” had its world premiere in March at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It’s been shown in a handful of cities since and Nate says the crowd has given his family a standing ovation each time.
We’ll see how southeastern Wisconsin responds when the film has its homecoming.
“I'm hoping public officials see this and say, hey, we could have did this a little better. And I'm hoping community members say, hey, we could have supported a little differently. We could have came out because it was a righteous cause," Nate Hamilton said.
There are three public showings during the Milwaukee Film Festival. Two are already sold out.
The Hamilton family will participate in a Q&A session after each showing.