Flyway Film Fest Dispatch #8: Xan Aranda

    Director of shorts for the Flyway Film Festival is veteran programmer, Xan Aranda, founder and director of the Chicago Short Film Brigade and writer/producer of other feature films. Xan spoke with us last year with her in competition film, Milking the Rhino. This year she’s here to help promote Prisoner of Her Past and give us an exquisite...

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Flyway Film Fest Dispatch #7: Jed Schlegelmilch and Damon Holland

    Final night at the Flyway Film Festival and during the drink-a-thon that is the closing night gala party, we managed to finally catch our very busy friend and now film maker, Jed Schliegelmilch, for a quick sit down to discuss his new film, Absence/Presence. This extremely personal documentary follows Jed on a quest of sorts to explore a little...

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Flyway Film Fest Dispatch #6: Filmmakers Alyssa and Athena Lobit

    Back for another round of interviews, Gamble and I sat down this time with a pair of film makers. This was the writer/star and producer of this year’s Flyway Film Festival “Best Narrative Feature” award, The Things We Carry. After seeing the film I can understand why. It has some great performances, high production value,...

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Flyway Film Fest Dispatch #5: Documentarian Howard Reich

    One of the most intriguing films to come to Pepin this year is the documentary Prisoner of Her Past. Chicago Tribune Jazz critic Howard Reich sits down with us to talk about how and why his mother of 69 years one day decided to flee her Chicago home in the middle of the night insisting to police later that people were trying to kill her. After an...

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Flyway Film Fest Dispatch #4: Producer Jeremy Wilker

    Always happy when a film comes around the bend that was produced and shot locally for us Minnesotans. Shooting in MN is a tough racket but the producers of Triumph67 are willing to tackle it and the subject matter and the players involved is something not seen before and it looks to be a really special project. Since this interview was recorded...

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Flyway Film Fest Dispatch #3: Director Gary King

    Director Gary King sits down with Matt and Andrew as the only film maker with two films screening at the Flyway Film Festival this year: Death of the Dead and What’s Up Lovely. This is Gary’s second year at Flyway after last year’s screening of RowThree favorite, New York Lately. Death of the Dead is essentially Flyway’s...

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Flyway Film Fest Dispatch #2: Director Jay Cheel

    Most everyone reading this site already knows Jay Cheel from FilmJunk and The Documentary Blog. Mr. Cheel is here at Flyway to show his short Cooking with Gerry before Gary King’s feature Death of the Dead. The film played wonderfully in front of an audience and both Jay and Gerry (despite his absence) became an instant star and talk of the...

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Flyway Film Fest Dispatch #1: Director Rick Vaicius

    We’re back in Pepin, Wisconsin once again for the third annual Flyway Film Festival and Gamble and Andrew are here for more “pubcasting” with various film fans and film makers over this amazingly fun weekend with all sorts of fantastic independent film. Rick Vaicius is the festival director and chief programmer and was not only...

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