2012 Official Selections

2012 Official Selections

Sep 25, 2012
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2012 2012 Flyway Film Festival Announces Official Film Selections

• Documentary “Journey to Planet X” to Kick Off Festival
• “Janeane From Des Moines” Selected for Closing Night
• Exclusive Friday Late-Night Shorts Screening

Today, the 2012 Flyway Film Festival officially announced the official selections for the 2012 2012 Flyway Film Festival. The Festival will run from Thursday, October 18 to Sunday, October 21 in Pepin and Stockholm, Wisconsin at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center and the Widespot Performing Arts Center. Now in its fifth year, the Festival has gained a reputation as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new local, regional, and international film and providing the movie-loving public with access to critically acclaimed filmmakers and film industry professionals from around the world.

The 2012 2012 Flyway Film Festival will screen over 35 feature films and shorts, representing 5 countries. This year, the Festival received more than 850 submissions from filmmakers around the world, an increase from 2011.

“Even thought this is our fifth year, it’s really a different Festival each time. The quality of entries was amazing this year and our advertising has never better,” said Executive Director Rick Vaicius. With the help of a 2012 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Bolster Creative, Twin Cities Comcast watchers will soon see the 2012 Festival ad spots airing on a variety of channels.

Journey to Planet X will kick off the Festival on October 18 at the Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm. Directed by Myles Kane and Josh Khoury, this documentary follows friends and scientists-by-day/amateur-filmmakers-by-night Eric Swain and Troy Bernier during the trials and tribulations of making of their most ambitious sci-fi endeavor to date and sheds light on their unique brand of “movie magic.” This feature is paired with Dinner at the Lake, a community short film project of the 2012 Flyway Film Festival. Directors Louis Fisher (Stockholm, WI) and Griffin Larson (Minneapolis, MN) bring to life an ominous little tale by celebrated mystery author Mary Logue with a cast comprised of talented residents from along Lake Pepin’s eastern shore.

In addition, the Festival will host an exclusive “Friday Night Shorts” screening at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center that will include Damian Horan’s acclaimed student film, Children of the Air (USA), as well as offerings from Flyway alumni John Roberts (The Wheel – Wisconsin, USA), Jay Cheel (The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends – Ontario, Canada), and Phillipe Lupien and Vincent Ethier (Punchy & Toothpick – Montreal, Canada), among other selections.

All are welcome to attend the free, family-friendly Kids Shorts programming block screening on Saturday morning at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center.

The politically timely mockumentary Janeane From Des Moines will close the Festival on October 21 at the Widespot Performing Arts Center. Directed by Grace Lee, native of Missouri, Janeane takes her audience on a journey with an “ordinary” woman who offers us an insider’s look at the American heartland’s ultra-right-wing movement.

Opening Night Film:
Journey to Planet X, Myles Kane and Josh Khoury (USA)
shows with Dinner at the Lake, Louis Fisher (Wisconsin) and Griffin Larson (Minnesota)

Closing Night Film:
Janeane From Des Moines, Grace Lee (USA)
shows with Man on the Bluff, Ben Vinar (USA)

Friday Night Shorts:
Vivienne Again, Kim Garland (USA)
The Wheel, John Roberts (USA)
Children of the Air, Damian Horan (USA)
Punchy and Toothpick, Philippe Lupien and Vincent Ethier (Canada)
Happy Voodoo, Jenny Goddard (USA)
Looking Past You, Jennifer Kramer (USA)
The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends, Jay Cheel (Canada)

Wisconsin/Minnesota Showcase:
The Wheel, John Roberts (Wisconsin)
Looking Past You, Jennifer Kramer (Minnesota)

Kids Shorts, Various Free Admission

The Price of Sand, Jim Tittle (USA) Screening as a Work in Progress
Last Day at Lambeau, Michael Neelson (USA)
We’re Not Broke, Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce (USA)
As Goes Janesville, Brad Lichtenstein (USA)
shows with Invested: The Story of Three Youth Social Entrepreneurs, Dawn Mikkelson (USA)
Dreams of a Life, Carol Morley (UK)
Plimpton, Tome Bean and Luke Poling (USA)
Janeane From Des Moines, Grace Lee (USA)
shows with Man on the Bluff, Ben Vinar (USA)

Teddy Bear, Mads Matthiesen (Denmark) Not For Children
Marvin, Seth, Stanley, Steven Gurewitz (USA)
shows with Bridges, Chris Bell (USA)
How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song, Gary King (USA)
Red Flag, Alex Karpovsky (USA)
shows with Crush, Rebecca Pugh (USA)
Caroline and Jackie, Adam Christian Clark (USA)
shows with Hellion, Kat Candler (USA)
L.A. Comedy Shorts Programming Block, Various (USA)
Supporting Characters, Daniel Schechter (USA)
La Sirga, William Vega (Columbia)
Pilgrim Song, Martha Stephens (USA)
Now Forager, Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin (USA)
shows with Planet X: The Frozen Moon, Troy Bernier and Eric Swain (USA)
The Sound of Small Things, Peter McLarnan (USA)

About the 2012 Flyway Film Festival
The 2012 2012 Flyway Film Festival runs October 18–21 in Pepin and Stockholm, Wisconsin. Over 35 national and international independent films will be shown in two venues, with many filmmakers and other industry professionals in attendance to interact with audiences via Q&A and other social networking events.

Regular screening and full festival passes, which will include the Opening Night Gala and access to the Festival Lounge at the Breakwater, are available online now at flywayfilmfestival.org. Individual tickets are available online now and will also be available during the Festival at the Festival and Venue Box Offices.

Pepin and Stockholm are a 60-minute ride from Rochester, Minnesota or Eau Claire, Wisconsin and 90 minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Flyway sprang from the monthly film programming and semi-annual filmmaker events curated by Rick Vaicius at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center in Pepin, Wisconsin in 2006.

Over the past four years, Flyway has brought over 120 filmmakers and film professionals into the local community. In addition to screening their remarkable films, it has become a unique venue for these filmmakers to network and discuss projects and the “state of the industry” in the film world.

Past Flyway guests of honor have included award-winning producer Ted Hope (Super, American Splendor), Brian Newman, SpringBoardMedia and former CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival; director/author Kelley Baker, (Birddog, “The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Making the Extreme No Budget Film”); and director/author Jon Reiss (Bomb It, “Think Outside the Box Office”).

2012’s esteemed Festival speakers will be Scilla Andreen, Co-founder and CEO of IndieFlix, and Paul Rachman, director/founder of the Slamdance Film Festival.

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Rick is the founder and director of the Flyway Film Festival.

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