The Flyway Team
Rick Vaicius, Flyway Founder
“Rick Vaicius’ passion for film came when he was a college student at the University of Minnesota. He would stuff envelopes for the owner of the Rivertown Theatre, David Lee, in exchange for free admission to the independent films that were screened the theatre. He founded the film program for the Lake Pepin Art and Design Center, which screened independent films at the gallery twice a month, and later spawned the creation of the Flyway Film Festival.”
— Chris Nelson
Jim Brunzell, Programmer
Jim Brunzell III is a film journalist, film festival director/programmer and sports nerd hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been reporting and writing on film for the online daily publication Twin Cities Daily Planet since 2007 and has a weekly column entitled “The Optimistic Pessimist,” where he has covered the Sundance, Toronto, Seattle, Tribeca, and Chicago International film festivals. Jim worked at The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival before leaving to work with Sound Unseen Music/Film/Art festival as lead programmer. In 2012, he took over as Sound Unseen festival director for its 13th annual festival and also became the narrative programmer for the Flyway Film Festival.
Jim created a local monthly film series, “The Defenders,” at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis, where local personalities choose a secret film without revealing the title before the screening and then defend their choice to the audience following the screening. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JimBrunzell_3.