by Dan Wilson
Curtis Williams wants to entertain you. He sees Milwaukee’s potential as a mecca of arts and entertainment, and through his company, All Access Entertainment, Inc., is presenting Second Saturdays as a way to showcase film, music, and arts to local audiences. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Curtis graduated from Shorewood High School and attended Louisiana’s Grambling State University, earning a degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently a Dropout Recovery Specialist with the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee. The genesis of Second Saturdays was Willams’ realization that Milwaukee groups are very insular. He’s all about networking and making connections, but finds that difficult in Milwaukee. “No one interacts!” he points out. A little over a year ago, he started Second Saturdays to provide an event where Milwaukee’s professionals can gather to meet each other, network, and enjoy quality entertainment. While he envisions a vide variety of entertainment possibilities, so far he’s only screened films. Curtis and his screening committee are very selective about the films they’ve screened so far, choosing only those that have garnered critical acclaim or awards. Since the inception of Second Saturdays, he’s screened films such as “All About You” and “Me and Mrs. Jones,” and “Skin Deep,” directed by Sacha Parisot (see Skin Deep article). Parisot was on hand to field questions about the film, a winner of several awards at the American Black Film Festival and Jamerican Film Festival. For now Williams is self-funding Second Saturdays. He’s actively looking for sponsors to help bring more films and entertainers to the city. Information about Second Saturdays and All Access Entertainment, including a schedule of upcoming events, can be found on the web at http://www.secondsaturdayfilms.com/.