WI/MN Showcase

WI/MN Showcase Films

Black Gold Boom

Roughneck Family Garvin Photo Black Gold Boom is a public media project exploring North Dakota's oil boom. The project includes 50 radio stories, multiple videos and "Rough Ride: The Oil Patch Tour," an interactive documentary. The website is a 2013 Online News Association finalist and the winner of a 2013 Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award.
Closing Night Film

Citizen Koch

CitizenKochStill_01 [courtesy Matt Wisnieski] Money has long played a starring role in politics. But the Supreme Court’s 2010 landmark ruling in Citizens United v. FEC marked seismic shift in how America’s elections are fought and financed. The ruling was engineered in part by corporate and far-right interest groups that had long sought to undermine the influence of unions and small donors. Their state-by-state campaign to reshape elections found its test market in Wisconsin – birthplace of progressivism, the Republican Party, and government unions. From Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, the Oscar-nominated filmmakers who made Trouble the Water, winner of the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best documentary, comes Citizen Koch, a story about money, citizenship, and democracy.
World Premiere

Death To Prom

renesashafrankiegrass Two best friends make the best of going to high school by dreaming up fashion magazine photo shoots, and bribing their siblings to model for them. René indulges his fantasies and loves designing clothes. Frankie lives for her camera and punk rock. They both fall for Sasha, the shy soccer player with a soft spot for poems by Pushkin. When the three of them are caught between competing invitations to prom, their high-fashion drama could destroy their friendships along with the entire prom. Matthew Stenerson won the 2012 McKnight Screenwriting Grant for the Death To Prom screenplay.


Flyway2013_Logo_360x360 While trying catch up with his academics, Xeng struggles to overcome his experience of sleep paralysis.

Fifty Lakes, One Island

Fifty Lakes One Island EDIT 01434710 In 2011, Chicago filmmaker George Desort spent eighty nights on Isle Royale, a wilderness island on Lake Superior. Traveling alone with his camera equipment and as much food as he could fit into his kayak, Desort explored the rugged terrain of the island, filming himself each difficult step of the way. Desort’s breathtaking footage paired with his personal, unvarnished story-telling result in a film that will spur viewers to visit the outdoors as soon as possible.


forward05 "Forward" (Wisconsin's state motto) is an activist-level view of the uprising that swept state senators out of office, triggered the third governor recall election in American history, and inspired the Occupy movement that swept the country. This film uses the reflections of people involved in the protests of winter 2011 to show what galvanized non-radicals into a movement that quickly drew international attention to Madison, Wisconsin for political action unlike anything seen in America since the Vietnam War.

Friday Night Shorts

Flyway2013_Logo_360x360 Join us for a specially-curated selection of short films on Friday night. There's something for fans of every genre -- the perfect way to top off Flyway's Opening Night! Titles in this block include: -Chausseur directed by Chris Kelly -Sunburn directed by Jayce Bartok -Behind Me directed by Rebecca Pugh -Grandma's Not A Toaster directed by Andrew Napier -Jabberwockey directed by Ted Eschweiler -Deal Travis In directed by Kim Garland -Epilogue directed by Dylan Allen Additional information can be found in each film's individual listing.

Girl Meets Bike

GIRL MEETS BIKE GIRL MEETS BIKE is a story of love at first sight, but not how you think. Kat showers her first bike with all the confused passion we give that certain person (or bike) who first steals our heart. As her new friends vie for her affection, one emerges as Kat's first love, further revealing the complexity and ambiguity of her desire. What Kat really sees in the bike is her own chance for freedom. And who doesn't love to be free? Shot in part on location in Stockholm, Wisconsin and on nearby county roads.

Golden Hour

GH_STILLS_02 Jim is troubled by memory loss and is desperate to uncover his past. He relies on a book of prompts and post-it reminders to get him through simple daily tasks. Jim's mind has become scrambled with film clips of his life, where he searches to uncover the fragmented memory of a lost love. As his visions are revealed, Jim's memories begin to invade his reality - cold autumn streets are blurred with crashing waves and hot summer sand. Jim becomes consumed with unraveling the Golden Hour.
Opening Night Shorts Program

Grandma’s Not A Toaster

grandmas-not-a-toaster Three siblings plot to steal their ailing Grandmother's fortune, without realizing that Grandma has a plot of her own.
Opening Night Shorts Program


Jabberwocky Imprisoned in a winter wonderland, Alice and the Hatter must confront the Jabberwock in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll's poem.

Mysteries of the Driftless

driftles2 What strange forces saved one isolated section along the Upper Mississippi River from the repeated crushing and scouring effects of glaciers during the last two million years? What pre-ice age throwbacks survived here in this unique geologic refuge that holds more Native America effigy mounds, petroglyph caves, strange geologic features, and rare species than anywhere in the Midwest? These questions and more are answered in this captivating documentary.

Overpass Light Brigade

03 The film showcases OLB's simple, beautiful approach to performance art and playful action that beckons any who want to creatively join public discourse and voice concerns an elitist political system clamors to quiet. The movement was forged in the activist climate of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011. Since OLB's inception, dozens of affiliations have sprung up across the nation focusing on a range of causes, from environmental protections to marriage equality and more.
World Premiere

River Road Romance

RRR - still1 Big changes can happen in small ways. A chance encounter between two middle-aged strangers begins a story of tentative love on the Great River Road. Will both find what they need when neither one is looking?

Sunday Flyway Shorts

Flyway2013_Logo_360x360 Start the final day of the 2013 Flyway Film Festival with an exploration of the short film form. From regional filmmakers to international. From charming heartwarming stories to explorations of the paranormal. Some of the best short films we've ever considered are here!
World Premiere

The Negative

Negative_promo_1_web The place where photography, memory, and a broken destiny collide. “The Negative,” explores the idea that a camera captures more than just an image, it captures a bit of soul.
Wine & Cheese Reception

Wine and Cheese Reception at Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery

MRWCbottle This event is free and open to the general public. Before the Festival’s Opening Night Feature Film, please join us for a wine and cheese reception hosted by Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery. A great way to start a weekend of great fi lms! Located at W12266 King Lane in Stockholm (just 2.6 miles from Highway 35), take Spring Street/County Rd. J north to County Rd. E and follow County Rd. E to King Lane (on the left).
  • Historic Stockholm Hotel
  • Red Wing Framing
  • Great River Coffee Roasters and Cafe