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Reflection on the Flyway Film Festival Part 1

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Flyway Film Festival, a second year festival that is based out of Pepin, Wisconsin. The festival featured 69 films from over 14 different countries.

First I’d like to give a look in to what the overall experience of the festival was like. Pepin, Wisconsin, for those that don’t know, is a quaint small river town in southeastern Wisconsin located on a Lake Pepin, which is conjoined to the Mississippi River. A portion of the event was held in the nearby town of Stockholm, which had an eclectic mix of shops and locally owned eateries for festivalgoer to dabble from. The screenings for the films was held at the Lake Pepin Art and Design Center and a screening room crafted above the Stockholm Pie Co.

The first set of films I attended was the festivals short films segment at the Art and Design Center. The showing screened 10 short films with an array of styles and themes. Stacy Harrison, the director of the film Last Chance Romance, was in attendance for the screening of her film. Stacy is a filmmaker who currently lives in the UK but is originally from the United States. Her last film was the award winning short Gorgeous Labor of Love. My personal favorite from the group was Woman’s Work, a comedic and visual remarkable fusion of comic book and live action footage. The film tells the tale of a mundane housewife turned superhero. The director is Chad Benton, a graduate from North Carolina School of the Art’s and a native of South Carolina.

The best narrative feature went to the film Storm, directed by Hans Christian Schmitt. Typeface won best Documentary, directed by Justine Nagan. The winner of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Showcase Award, which is award to the best film directed by a filmmaker from either state, went to Cheese Wars, directed by Taylor Pipes.


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