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February 25, 2020

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Local churches to sponsor presentation of documentary film at ArtStart Jan. 26

What does segregation feel like?

That question is the focus of "Invisible Lines," a documentary film from 88Nine Radio Milwaukee to be shown Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at ArtStart, 68 S. Stevens St. in Rhinelander.

"In this feature-length documentary, 10 Milwaukee residents of color share their personal stories of segregation, racism, and prejudice. No narrator. No script. Just conversations between people," organizers said in a press release announcing the showing.

The all-Milwaukee cast includes high school senior Amelia; Milwaukee's unofficial Black Mayor, Reuben Harpole; biracial brothers and working artists, Darren and Vedale; mother and daughter Dianné and Luz, who offer a Spanish-language chapter to the film; community activists Vaun and LaToya, who discuss gun violence and colorism; and close friends Jeanette and Selma, who both identify as queer and talk about the role of chosen family in the LGBTQ community,. the release states.

"Each of the film's chapters also integrates a performance by a Milwaukee artist," the release states. "Through spoken word, visual art, dance, and music, they showcase the richness in Milwaukee's creative community."

"Invisible Lines" invites viewers to experience conversations they would not ordinarily hear, and encourages the audience to do one thing not often done in this increasingly noisy world - listen, the release continues.

Rev. Meredyth Albright of St Augustine Episcopal Church, one of the film sponsors, shared why a story from Milwaukee is important information for people living in the Northwoods.

"Our communities are fairly homogeneous and we may think we don't have a segregation issue, that it doesn't affect us. But it does," Albright shared. "Those of us in the majority culture may not even realize we are behaving in a way that makes persons of color feel unwanted, excluded or even threatened. Sponsoring this film is important to St. Augustine's because we want to understand all people better, so that we may better serve them. The opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from our Wisconsin neighbors to the south allows us to open our minds and perhaps evaluate how we treat others."

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rhinelander is also a sponsor of "Invisible Lines."

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

ArtStart is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization located in the historic Federal Building in downtown Rhinelander with a mission to strengthen the community through arts education and cultural engagement.

For more information, contact ArtStart by phone at 715-362-4328, email, or visit

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