October 2013

Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening With Paul Attanasio”

Congratulations to our five blog readers who won tickets to the Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening with Paul Attanasio” last week.

We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!

Evening with Paul Attanasio


For those of you who don’t know, Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer. He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.

On Saturday evening, Paul was a special guest at the Oriental Theatre and took part in a question and answer session  where he discussed his career, influences and his thoughts on the film industry today with Artistic and Executive Director of the Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson.

An Evening with Paul Attanasio

Artistic and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson, introduces the evening's event.

Artistic and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson, introduces the evening’s event.

We found the retrospective to be informative and incredibly interesting. Paul had attended Harvard Law School before he got an internship at the Washington Post. There, he ended up having the opportunity to audition for the role of  film critic. At the young age of 24, he was selected and spent three years in the job.

During the event, Jonathan read an excerpt from a review Paul had written on the 1987 Sylvester Stallone movie, “Over the Top” and Paul laughed along with the audience as he admitted to being quite green  and having “two gears”–one condescending and sarcastic about the film and one highly praising and glowing.  Read Paul’s review of “Over the Top” here.

Jonathan and Paul discuss Paul's career and the film industry during Saturday's event.

Jonathan and Paul discuss Paul’s career and the film industry during Saturday’s event.

But Paul says he learned a lot during his time as a film critic and considers it his education in the industry. He made a lot of connections and he was able to develop his writing skills as well. He left the Post when producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave him a screenwriting job.

Flash forward to today and Paul’s been nominated for just about every industry award there is, including the Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe.

The audience was treated to clips from Paul’s movies and TV shows, followed by his insight into certain elements of the plot, characters, dialogue and more.

Toward the end of the evening, Paul looked ahead to his next projects, including reading the opening scene for The Vatican, a project he is working on with Showtime.

Finally, the audience had a chance to ask their own questions of Paul as the evening concluded.

Were you in attendance on Saturday night? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Have any recommendations for films that we can still have a chance to check out between now and Thursday, when the Festival wraps up? Please share!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Film Festival, we hope you can get there this week. More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.

Milwaukee Film Festival 2013




Brewers Mini Marathon + 10K Wrap-Up

Last Saturday, over 7,000 participants from 41 states turned out at Miller Park for the second annual Brewers Mini-Marathon, (with a 10K added on this year!). For the most part, runners had great weather–a beautiful fall day that got just a little warm toward the end of the race.

The scenic course took runners past the Palermo’s Pizza Factory, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Marquette University, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Miller Valley, Saz’s Restaurant, through Miller Park with a loop on the warning track and ended just outside the front of the ballpark.

Congratulations go out to Scott Mueller of Pewaukee, Wis. who finished the Brewers Mini first overall with a time of 1:13.50–a pace of 5:38!  The women’s top finisher was Dani Fischer of Madison, Wis. with a time of 1:18.30.  If you’ll recall, Dani was our top female finisher last year as well; she beat last year’s time by 19 seconds! For the 10K, Aaron Nodolf of Menomonee Falls, Wis. was the top finisher with a time of 34:20.

If you ran one of the races, or if you want to see how your friends and family finished, detailed results can be found here.

This year, we also asked you to submit your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersMini. We pulled a few of our favorites and included them below. Enjoy!

[To see more images that Cait has pulled into a Storify story click here.]

Congratulations and thank you to Jason Hartlund, Tai Pauls and the Brewers Enterprises crew; the over 750 volunteers; and John Cary and the MACC Fund for helping with what turned out to be a fantastic day.

Please feel free to leave your comments below about this year’s race and make plans for next year’s event that will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  For those of you who read our blogs about training for the race, we hope your enjoyed today and look forward to seeing you next year!



“An Evening With Paul Attanasio” Ticket Giveaway

Brush up on your movie trivia cinema buffs!  We have a special trivia contest for you today!

The Milwaukee Film Festival was kind enough to donate five pairs of tickets to Saturday’s “Evening With Paul Attanasio” as a part of the ongoing film festival.  We decided to host a little movie trivia contest for our readers to distribute the tickets.

We have come up with five questions based on baseball movies and the first five people to correctly answer all five questions correctly will win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s event, “An Evening With Paul Attanasio.”  The event takes place at the Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee’s East Side at 7:30 p.m.  Please e-mail your answers to johnandcait@brewers.com and we will announce the winners tomorrow!  Good luck!

1. What was the score of the game when Rick Vaughn made his Major League debut in the movie Major League?

2. Scott Hatteberg hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run to win the 20th consecutive game for the A’s in 2002.  Who did he pinch hit for?

3. What year did The Sandlot take place?

4. Jackie Robinson’s #42 was retired by Major League Baseball in 1997, can you name the first and last Brewers players to wear 42?

5. Who was the Opening Day pitcher for the Rockford Peaches in A League of Their Own?



The Complete Wrap Up of the 2013 Brewers Season

Today at Miller Park, Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin held his end of season press conference.  The 45 minute session touched on a number of topics about the 2013 Brewers and what the off-season and future hold for the team.

In addition, the Brewers Media Relations Department released the annual end-of-season notes packet!  Always a popular piece of information to get Brewers media (and now fans) through the off-season, the end-of-season notes has everything you need from a statistical standpoint.

You can click this link for the: End_of_Season_Notes.

Here are two videos from two videos with some highlights of what Melvin had to say:

There are a lot of signs that the entire organization is looking ahead to 2014.  As Cait mentioned earlier, the field renovation is already underway, the baseball ops department is looking ahead and here in media relations, we will soon get started on the 2014 Media Guide!



Milwaukee Film Festival to Feature “An Evening With Paul Attanasio”

With the Brewers season over, Brewers fans (and employees like myself) find themselves with a little more free time on their hands.  Milwaukee is a great city and has a lot of activities to fill that void including an event that began late last week, The Milwaukee Film Festival.

Now you are probably thinking to yourself, ‘Why are John and Cait selling me on the Film Festival?  What do they know about films?”  I am not promising I am a movie expert by any means.  I am your average fan of movies, but I just wanted to shed some light on an event that is fun and exciting in town.  I also love some of the unique theaters in Milwaukee like the Oriental and Downer—both showcased throughout the festival.  We are lucky to have an event like this in our city and I am happy that the Brewers recognize the importance of culture like this by sponsoring the festival.

Last Thursday, the Film Festival hosted its annual Opening Night Party at the Discovery World Museum on the lakefront.  It was a great event with a lot of energy and excitement.  A live performance from local singer/songwriter Evan Christian was featured along with the Milwaukee debut of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble came from New York City to perform and can be seen in Brothers Hypnotic, a featured film at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival.  They brought the house (or tent) down with their hip hop and jazz combo that filled the room with unique sounds.

Another part of this year’s film festival that is close to the Brewers is “An Evening With Paul Attanasio.”  Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer.  As a part of a special event this Saturday at the festival, Paul Attanasio will be honored.  He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.

Paul Attanasio

Paul Attanasio

The event will take place at the Oriental Theatre at 7:30 p.m.  Paul Attanasio will discuss his career, influences and his thoughts of the film industry today.  I’m guessing he might also talk a little Brewers baseball as he closely follows his brother’s team.

Cait and I will be at Saturday’s event so if you have any questions about Paul Attanasio’s previous film projects or the industry in general, let us know and we will pass the question on to him and get it answered for our wrap up.

As a part of the Brewers Community Foundation sponsorship of the Milwaukee Film Festival, weekday Education Screenings for area elementary, middle and high school students have been made possible. Each day finds nearly 1,000 students at the Oriental Theatre for an incredible cinematic experience–complete with the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages to greet them on the way out!

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I do have a list of movies that I would like to see before the festival ends next week (click here for a complete schedule).  Again, I’m no expert and am not pretending to be a critic, but these films looked interesting to me and I thought I would share:

Muscle Shoals – Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Fox Bay Cinema Grill

Earth – Friday, 7:00 p.m. Oriental Theatre

Google and the World Brain – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Fox Bay Cinema Grill and Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m. Downer Theatre

2001: A Space Odyssey – Saturday, 10;30 p.m. Oriental Theatre (I’ve seen it before, but never on the big screen!)

12 O’Clock Boys – Monday, 7:15 p.m. and Thursday, October 10 Oriental Theatre

More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.

What is your favorite baseball movie of all-time?  Vote below or if I forgot your favorite, let us know in the comments section below.



Grounds Crew Already Hard at Work for 2014

Just over a week after the Crew played its last home game of the 2013 season, the field at Miller Park looks completely different.

Brewers Director of Grounds, Justin Scott, is already hard at work for next season--replacing the field at Miller Park.

Brewers Director of Grounds, Justin Scott, is already hard at work for next season–replacing the field at Miller Park.

This week, the Grounds Crew is working on replacing the surface, approximately 4″ deep.

“We’ll bring in 1000 tons of new sand, till it, compact it, grade it, and bring in new sand-based sod,” Brewers Director of Grounds, Justin Scott, said.

The sod is coming from Graff’s Turf Farm in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Graff’s supplies turf for many MLB fields, including Busch Stadium, Coors Field, and Kauffman Field among others.

The last time the Grounds Crew took on this project was in fall of 2008.



Thank You, Brewers Fans!

It’s true, Brewers fans really are the best fans in all of baseball.

Thank you so much for coming out to Miller Park and showing your support this season. We can’t wait to see you back out here again in 2014!

Thank You Brewers Fans 2013

Just 116 days until Brewers On Deck!


John & Cait


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