Flyway Launches New Microcinema with Screening of “The Overnighters”

OvernightersTo celebrate the opening of its new “Minema,” a 40-seat microcinema in Pepin, Wisconsin, the Flyway Film Festival will screen the groundbreaking film The Overnighters on July 25th and 26th.

The Overnighters director Jesse Moss spent two years following workers lured by the oil rush to Williston, North Dakota. The film takes unexpected turns as a local Lutheran pastor offers the men shelter and counsel at his community church, putting the commandment “love thy neighbor” to the test. The film won a Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The new Flyway Minema will bring the best of independent film to the Lake Pepin area with monthly screenings and events.

“We believe that the Flyway can be a year-round cultural asset, as well as an annual event,” says Flyway Film Festival executive director Rick Vaicius. “Keeping the festival spirit alive throughout the year seems like the logical next step as we continue to grow the Flyway.”

The Minema is located in downtown Pepin at 406 1st Street, near the world-renowned Harbor View Café. Formerly an ice cream shop, the building will now be home to the Minema as well as the Flyway Film Festival office.

The film will screen on Friday, July 25th at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, July 26th at 7:00 pm (please note different start times).

Tickets are available here.

$7.00/ ticket online in advance

$8.00 at the door beginning one hour prior to start time

Presentation of The Overnighters is sponsored by Lake Pepin Partners in Preservation, Maiden Rock Concerned Citizens, and Buffalo Defenders.


Pepin, WI (March 18, 2014) — Local organizations along Wisconsin’s Great River Road are bringing the controversial film GASLAND PART II to the Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm, WI on April 12 at 7:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by Maiden Rock Concerned Citizens, Lake Pepin Partners in Preservation, Widespot Performing Arts Center and Flyway Film Festival.

jfAus2In this followup to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Watch the trailer here.

In the year since GASLAND PART II premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the U.S. has seen even more oil spills, gas explosions, pipeline leaks, and polluted water sources. For those who live along the Great River Road, where fuel tanker trains rush endlessly through every town, these tragedies seem all too close at hand.

The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane.

A discussion will follow the screening. There is no admission charge. Free will donations accepted at the door.

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