Welcome to Flyway 2014!

The 2014 festival takes place October 23-26th in Pepin, Stockholm, and Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. Join us!

Lineup! Official 2013 Flyway Film Festival Selections Announced

Two Oscar-buzz films make their regional debut; North American premiere of Stephen Rea vampire drama

The RocketPEPIN, WI, September 24, 2013— The opening and closing films at this year’s Flyway Film Festival come from two different worlds: an endearing drama about a Laotian kid whose family thinks he’s bad luck (The Rocket), and a hair-raising takedown of big money in Wisconsin politics (Citizen Koch). In between, the sixth annual Flyway Film Festival will treat audiences to an array of more than 50 dramas, comedies, and documentaries, including several premieres, two 2013 Academy Award submissions – and a star-studded vampire film. The festival runs from October 17th to October 20th in Pepin and Stockholm, Wisconsin.

“We scour the world for the best up-and-coming independent writers and directors,” says festival programmer Jim Brunzell III. “Two of our selections were just announced as Academy Award submissions for best foreign-language film, so we know we’ve made some popular picks.” One of those films, The Rocket, will be the Flyway’s opening-night film on October 18th; the other, a Belgian romantic drama called Broken Circle Breakdown, will screen on October 19th at 7pm.Broken Circle Breakdown

Brunzell won’t commit to a particular favorite – “they’re all outstanding” – but he mentions being particularly excited about a few films:

A Field in England (directed by Ben Wheatley) is a “really terrific genre-bending film,” according to Brunzell. “I’m over the moon about being able to program it. It’s a challenging piece, something of a horror film, something of an experimental film, set during the British Civil War of the 1640s.  Not for everyone, but it’s definitely one of the standouts this year.”

White Reindeer (directed by Zach Clark), a quirky tragicomedy about a woman obsessed with Christmas, is “the funniest thing I’ve seen all year,” reports Brunzell.

TheInstitute1-300x168The Institute (directed by Spencer McCall) is a documentary about a fantastical alternative reality game that was played in San Francisco for several years. “People playing the game got totally wrapped up in following mysterious clues around the city,” Brunzell says. “It’s a fascinating take on society and the way we’re willing to blur the lines between fantasy and reality. It’s a wild, ambitious film.”

Zero Charisma (directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews), a comedy about a down-at-heels video gamer, struck Brunzell as meaningful, although he’s not a gamer himself. “It’s about the time in a person’s life where they think they’ve got everything under control – and then someone comes in and upends it,” according to Brunzell. “I totally got where this guy was coming from.”

Rick Vaicius, Flyway Film Festival’s executive director, agrees with Brunzell that Flyway 2013 is the most impressive lineup to date. “We’ve established a reputation among up-and-coming directors for being a great filmmaker-centric festival,” says Vaicius. “Regionally, Matt Stenerson and Jeremy Wilker chose Flyway for the world premiere of Matt’s award-winning comedic script, Death to Prom. Internationally, we’ve got the North American premiere of a hot new vampire film, Styria, starring Stephen Rea and Elinor Tomlinson.”carmilla(Julia Pietrucha)-pushes-lara-further

Vaicius adds that there’s a strong regional environmental theme this year. “Two films feature this region: Fifty Lakes, One Island is by a Chicago filmmaker (George Desort) who spent 80 nights on Isle Royale,” says Vaicius. “It’s screening with Mysteries of the Driftless (Rob Nelson), a beautiful short film about the strange geology of our area in Wisconsin.

“There’s definitely something for everyone in the Festival this year.”driftles2

Click here for the full schedule. Films will be shown at three venues: the WideSpot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm, the Villa Bellezza Winery in Pepin, and the Pepin Village Hall.

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Flyway panels and workshops: Yes, Midwest filmmakers and screenwriters CAN make it in “the Biz”

PEPIN, WI, September 10, 2013— When Midwestern screenwriters ask industry insiders how to break into the business, the usual advice is, “Move to L.A.” Not so fast, say the experts featured at the 2013 Flyway Film Festival panels and workshops, October 17-20.

“Regional filmmakers and screenwriters sometimes feel isolated from the networks and contacts their L.A. counterparts have,” says ScriptMag.com editor Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, one of the film industry experts offering workshops at the Flyway this year. “But there are ways to work the system, no matter where you live.” She will speak on a panel entitled “Breaking In Outside of Hollywood,” along with award-winning Minnesota screenwriter Michael Starrbury and California writer/director Mike Ott, whose latest film, Pearblossom Hwy, will screen at the Flyway.

Bowerman will also offer a unique screenwriting workshop for writers at all levels: “Screenwriters, Bring Out Your Scenes!” Writers who sign up can bring a scene from an in-progress screenplay for local actors to read aloud, followed by a feedback session. “There’s no substitute for hearing your work read out loud when you’re working on dialogue,” says Bowerman.

With crowdfunding expert Emily Best (Seed&Spark) as this year’s keynote speaker, the “how-to’s” of crowdfunding – funding a film by raising money from a large number of people via the internet — will be a topic throughout Flyway 2013. Best will speak on a “Crowdfunding 101” panel with industry leader John Trigonis (IndieGoGo) and crowdfunding veterans Jessica King and Julie Keck (King is a Fink Productions). Two workshops will follow:

- How To Crowdfund. Seriously. Emily Best will expand on new crowdfunding models and teach specific techniques that allow filmmakers to create sustainable film careers.
- Crowdfunding Charm School, or, Fan Dancing For Filmmakers: How To Charm The Pants Off Your Backers. The freewheeling, often hilarious writer/producer team known as King is a Fink will share the tips and tricks they’ve learned during their numerous crowdfunding campaigns.

The panels are free. Workshops are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Some workshops have an attendance limit, so early signup is recommended. For more information and tickets, please click here.

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