Milwaukee Film Educator Fellowship Renamed to Honor Dr. Melinda Krei

The Fellowship program supports educators  by providing funds and resources  to  teaching projects  

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 – Milwaukee Film has renamed its educator fellowship, an annual cohort-based professional development program that supports educators with resources to encourage the use of film and digital media in the classroom, to honor the late Dr. Melinda Krei, the nonprofit announced on Tuesday. 

Eleven Milwaukee-area educators have been selected for the 2020-21 Melinda Krei Educator Fellowship, including educators that serve elementary through high school students. 

Structured like a seminar, the free program offers Festival films as well as various readings and discussions. The hands on experience takes approximately 30-40 hours to complete all leading to a capstone presentation. 

“We’re thrilled to once again have the opportunity to support and encourage educators, and we are humbled that the Krei family has chosen to support this program in honor of Dr. Krei,” said Cara Ogburn, artistic director for Milwaukee Film. “The use of film and digital media in the classroom is invaluable especially during these virtual teaching times, and we’re excited to have educators ready to adapt with us and take part in this experience,” she added. 

Dr. Melinda Krei was a lifelong teacher, devoted educator, and passionate activist for academic issues. Dr. Krei, who passed away in 2019, is survived by her husband Ken Krei and their son Andrew Krei, both of whom have committed donations to support the program for five years. Ken Krei is the board chair elect for Milwaukee Film. 

The opportunity for elementary educators to take part in the program is new for this year’s cohort. 

“We’re so excited to be able to continue growing this program and reach more educators,” said Marielle Allschwang, Education Manager for Milwaukee Film. “We are committed to continuing to serve local educators and their students.”  

Educators will share their capstone presentations and final projects in early 2021 which will be open to the public as well.  

For more information on the Melinda Krei Educator Fellowship and the 2020-21 recipients, visit


About Milwaukee Film   

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. Milwaukee Film operates the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. The 12th annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held Oct. 15-29, 2020. For more information or to become a Member, visit  

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About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors  

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Chris Abele (Past Board Chair), John P. Bania, Donna Baumgartner, Kristina Bell, Elizabeth Brenner, Lori Brissette, Kathryn Murphy Burke, Héctor Colón, Karen Ellenbecker, Jeff Fitzsimmons, Alexander P. Fraser (Immediate Past Board Chair), Carmen Haberman, Susan Haise, Katie Heil, Patti Keating Kahn (Board Chair), Michael G. Klein, Tracey L. Klein (Past Board Chair), Michael J. Koss Jr., Ken Krei, Alexander Lasry, Steve Laughlin (Past Board Chair), Emilia Layden, Michael R. Lovell, Joan Lubar, Marianne Lubar, Steve Mech, Susan Mikulay, Mark Mone, Kenneth W. Muth, John Ridley, Joseph A. Rock, Lacey Sadoff, Dave Stamm, James E. Stoll, Julia Taylor, John Utz and Kimberly Walker, and emeritus members Tom Barrett and Jacqueline Strayer.  


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