Opening and closing night films helmed by up-and-coming female filmmakers; tickets and passes on sale here

The opening and closing night films for the October 19-23 Flyway Film Festival are directed by emerging filmmakers of the female persuasion.

Girl Asleep, Australian Rosemary Myers’ “weird and wonderful” directorial debut, will open the Flyway at the Villa Bellezza Winery in Pepin, Wisconsin on Thursday, October 20th, at 7:30 PM.

The closing film will be American Fable, a haunting Midwestern tale “gorgeously shot and helmed with a sense of daring and verve” (Variety) by Anne Hamilton, who shot the film in Wisconsin and Illinois. It will screen at the WideSpot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm, WI at 5:00 PM on October 23.

“We’ve seen an amazing crop of independent American and foreign films directed by women in the past year,” noted Flyway programmer Jim Brunzell III. “The Oscars may have snubbed female directors, but women are rocking the indie film world.”

Brunzell selects films for several festivals in addition to the Flyway, including Sound Unseen and the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival. He attends festivals all over the country, serving on juries and evaluating films.

“I’m looking forward to this year’s Flyway films unspooling,” said Brunzell, “and it’s especially exciting to be highlighting women filmmakers.” Brunzell, who lives in Austin, Texas, has seen numerous woman-directed short films coming out of Austin this year, several of which will be included in the Flyway’s short film programs.

Other films by women in the lineup include:

  • June Falling Down, by Rebecca Weaver: A woman returns to her hometown in Door County for the wedding of her best friend, which finally forces her to come to terms with her losses and move forward with her life.
  • Memories of a Penitent Heart, by Cecilia Aldarondo: Twenty-five years after Miguel died of AIDS, his niece tracks down his gay lover and cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama.
  • Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass, by Kelly Nathe and Norah Shapiro: The story of an elite moonshine produced in the heart of Minnesota by Catholic farmers during Prohibition, and the modern-day attempts of a micro-distillery to resuscitate the brand as a premium whiskey.
  • The Nine, by Katy Grannan: An intimate and unflinching portrait of a ravaged community living on Modesto’s South Ninth Street—“The Nine”—a barren street in California’s Great Central Valley, the setting for The Grapes of Wrath and Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother.”
  • Political Animals, by Tracy Wares and Jonah Markowitz: The story of the gay rights movement through the eyes of four groundbreaking lesbian politicians who took the fight for the causes most personal to them into the halls of government.

Photo: From the set of director Anne Hamilton’s fairytale thriller “American Fable,” filmed in Wisconsin and Illinois. American Fable will be the closing night film at the 2016 Flyway Film Festival, which runs from October 19 – 23 in Pepin, Stockholm, and Alma Wisconsin and Red Wing, Minnesota.