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Milwaukee Record: 'Critically acclaimed ‘The Flagmakers’ tells a story of America, immigrants, Milwaukee'
The phenomenal new documentary short "The Flagmakers" is a remarkable story, an American story, and a Milwaukee story. It's produced by Giannis Antetokounmpo and is now streaming on Disney+.
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There’s a new documentary short that was just released that focuses on a business right here in Milwaukee County, and on the lives of the many people working there.
That business is Eder Flag, the largest manufacturer of flags and flagpoles in the nation, located in Oak Creek. Through this documentary — The Flagmakers, now streaming on Disney+ — you get to know the people who make these flags, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. It’s an American story. It’s a Milwaukee story.
It’s a terrific story and one that’s really worth watching, and it’s receiving a whole lot of attention and acclaim right now, as one of the films on the short list to be nominated for an Academy Award.
We had the opportunity to talk with the filmmakers behind The Flagmakers, and with one of the people featured in the film, for this piece that is published in partnership with our friends at Milwaukee Record.
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Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won 13 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
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