Giorgi Mrevlishvili’s journey to UW-Milwaukee took him all the way across the globe. Coming from Tbilisi, Georgia, Mrevlishvili first visited Milwaukee in 2010 in order to film a documentary reflecting American researcher W.O. Field’s work in the Republic of Georgia in 1929. Field’s archives are kept in UWM’s American Geographical Society Library, where Mrevlishvili spent time with AGSL’s curator Christopher Baruth and the Director of UWM Libraries Ewa Barczyk.
On this trip, Giorgi was also introduced to several Peck School of the Arts faculty including Director of Graduate Film Studies Cecelia Condit, Film Chair Rob Yeo and Professor Dick Blau. Impressed by his visit, Mrevlishvili found himself back at the Peck School not even a year later—this time as a graduate student pursuing an MFA in Film.
“Meeting all these incredible and talented people, students and faculty members are the most valuable experiences I could ever get from these two years,” he says. “Here at the Peck School of the Arts, and generally speaking at UWM, I am impressed with mutual considerate relationships that teachers and students demonstrate towards each other.”
Mrevlishvili appreciates the time he has spent working with artists who share his passion for film. His passion has already led to some impressive work, as his films and works have been exhibited and screened at the American Geographical Society Library, Inova Gallery and Woodland Pattern, as well as the Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee Short Film Festival and even the Cannes Short Film Corner.
“It’s a really great experience when you get feedback from someone who has seen your work. It’s like the whole energy spent in creation comes back to you again,” he says. “To me, each exhibition, each person or audience is equally valuable.”
After graduation, Mrevlishvili plans to return to Georgia to direct a feature length film for which he has already started writing the screenplay. He looks forward to further exploring his passions for years to come. “Film is one of the youngest forms of art and therefore there are so many unexplored ways to be discovered,” he says. “The most important thing here is that the Peck School turned out to be an island for new discoveries and opportunities.”