Flyway Pubcast #6 – Jan Selby [Beyond the Divide]

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Flyway isn’t just shorts and features, for the lovers of the documentary, there are plenty of those each year too. Matt Gamble and I sat outside in the freezing cold and had a chat with Jan Selby, the director of the Axe Award for best documentary feature, Beyond the Divide.

Beyond the Divide is Jan’s first feature film and it’s already made quite the impact internationally. She’s hoping it will make an even greater impression in classrooms across the country. We also talk a bit about her first time at Flyway and her experience with other festival goers. Have a listen below…




Relevant Links:
Official site
Building the Pink Tower


Flyway Pubcast #5 – Rick Vaicius [Festival Founder and Director]

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Weven years and getting stronger! The Flyway Film Festival has gone from a little house with some movies to a really important cultural, social and professional event for a lot of people. From film makers to fans, the community at large to bloggers and critics, Flyway has most certainly struck a chord. Which is evidenced by its returning volunteers, film makers and audience members year after year.

Helping to make Flyway what it has become is greater than just one man, but you might find some people who disagree with that statement. It’s because Rick Vaicius is that man. He dreamed it. He booked it. And the people came. And they continue to show up; year after year.

So it’s with great pleasure that Matt Gamble and I got to hang out with Rick and drink all of his organic vodka, local microbrews and wines. Over said drinks we discussed the festival and what pains Rick and his family endure over the year to eighteen months to make Flyway a reality. Plus there’s a vicious rumor that Rick doesn’t like genre movies. Say it ain’t so Rick!




Relevant Links:
Flyway Official site
Minema Microcinema site
Flyway Facebook
Minema Facebook

Flyway Pubcast #4 – Chad McLarnon [Bear with Me]

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Generally we try to stick with the interviewee and their projects and interests. This time, Matt Gamble and I spend a good chunk of this interview berating Gary King for being too good to come to Flyway anymore. Part of the reason the discussion devolves as such is because number one, free vodka and number two, Chad is the D.P. on Gary’s current project.

But we talk about the nature of shorts, how working as a D.P. helps get the feet wet for the director’s chair and what it’s like working with other directors and how to see their vision and hopefully recreate that vision.




Relevant Links:
Best Part Productions
Home page

Flyway Pubcast #3 – Jaime Carroll and Nick Coleman [Jane Then Gone]

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Arguably, shorts are just as important at Flyway Film Fest as are the features films. They come in droves and it’s hard to whittle down the choices to just a select few that make the cut. It’s even harder to pick “the best” one. Jaime and Nick were a last minute submission to the festival and not only were accepted to the fest, but won the coveted Axe Award for best narrative short.

Matt Gamble (from Where the Long Tail Ends) and I chatted for a bit with these two and talked experience of winning an award, being at such a giving and inclusive festival for film makers and possibly how to gain secret passwords to exclusive projects and series. Have a listen…




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Meetup: The Series

Occultober – Day 28 – The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror
There’s something about those 70s horror films – the steady creep, the look and feel of their surroundings and, as exemplified by the original The Amityville Horror, the pace. This particular film grabs you early and then ever so gradually reels you in with only a very few slow spots (e.g. that sex scene between James Brolin and Margot Kidder went on a bit longer than I was comfortable with…). And to be honest, not much happens for most of the movie…But it still manages to keep you just a little bit nervous throughout and always waiting for the next incident. It’s that compounded and built-up dread that is almost its own reward and forces an engagement with the story and characters. It also hopefully pays off towards the end…In this case, the ending sort of gets away from the film a bit and it sputters just when it should be vrooming, but when a movie can build the tension this well (and throw in a bleeding stairway too), that can be forgiven.

After its release, the movie became the largest grossing independent film ever and held the record for a good 4-5 years afterwards. Short of the lovely job it does in building up that fear throughout, the reasons are pretty obvious. The film (and its book) purport to be about a “true story” of a family living in a possessed house which tries to make them leave (“GET OUT!!”). The occult was certainly a trendy thing at the time and with a storyline that feels so relatable (big rambling old houses do seem rather spooky…), you can understand how word of mouth spread as many people wondered if their own house’s bumps and creaks during the night may be similarly attributable to restless spirits and demons.

I put off seeing this box office winner until just recently as I had always assumed it would be a fairly tedious affair with much mumbo-jumbo. Instead it’s quite intriguing…And though there certainly is a bunch of mumbo-jumbo spewed (with a whole lot of gusto from both Rod Steiger and Helen Shaver), just like many of the occult practices and beliefs, it’s all in service of tightening its grip on its audience. Not so great if that’s done to suck in unsuspecting people to believe in demonic acts, but perfect for a horror movie.

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Flyway Pubcast #2 – Matt & Kim Garland [Shorts Programmers]

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A couple of years ago, Matt and Kim were here at Flyway with their short film, Vivienne Again. This supernatural short was immediately and audience hit, hence, Matt and Kim are now working on finishing up the trilogy of the world they’ve created.

Take a listen to the discussion Matt Gamble and I had with this pair. There’s a method to the madness that can be programming short films and they give some hints to film makers about how to get accepted into festivals. They’re a fun couple and always bring energy to Flyway.

Be sure to take a look at some of the links below to see more about the shorts program at Flyway as well as the projects still in the works for Matt and Kim.



Relevant Links:
previous Flyway interview
Flyway shorts program
Write, Direct, Repeat
Official site
Matt Facebook
Kim Facebook

Flyway Pubcast #1 – Erica Anderson [Seed & Spark]

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One of the key ingredients to independent film making that the Flyway Film Festival likes to focus on each year is crowd sourcing. Through dollars as well as promotion. One of the more ingenious outfits that help audiences be a part of a film’s production is Seed & Spark.

Seed & Spark differs from other crowd sourcing platforms (e.g. IndieGoGo, Kickstarter) in a couple of key ways. Number one, they don’t support just anyone and everyone with an idea. Each project is reviewed on an individual basis and deemed worthy of appearing on the site. On top of that, contributors and users can actually view the films they’re helping to fund (and others) on the site’s streaming platform.

There are some other elements that make Seed & Spark a little bit more special too, and our guest, kicking off our series of pubcasts, is one of the founders of the project and director of crowdfunding, Erica Anderson. Matt Gamble and I sat down with Erica and she explains things a lot better than I can…



Relevant Links:
Official site

Occultober – Day 27 – Lemora: A Child’s Tale Of The Supernatural

Lemora: A Child’s Tale Of The Supernatural
The full title of the film is the key to its real meaning (and is much more accurate than the straight up horror title Lady Dracula that it is also known as). The supernatural is certainly afoot in the movie, but this is a young girl’s viewpoint and it’s her own impression as to what the temptations and changes are that she is facing as she moves towards womanhood and how they manifest themselves. Though not quite as gorgeous and creative as something like the amazing Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders was in depicting a teenage girl’s whirlwind of life changes or as scary and bloody as that same aspect is depicted in Ginger Snaps, Lemora does bring a dreamlike, slightly off-kilter feel to the story of the very sheltered and religious 13 year-old Lila.

She leaves her hometown after receiving a cryptic letter from a woman named Lemora asking her to come see her sick father. He had recently run off without a trace after murdering his wife and her lover. On the way there, she experiences a creepy bus trip, sees ghoulish creatures chasing them and witnesses a battle between those ghouls and a group of cloaked dracula-like beings after the bus breaks down. After passing out, she ends up at Lemora’s house and winds up being kept in a cell. She is eventually welcomed inside the proper house after being told the cell was to protect her from what was outside – not to keep her inside. Lemora, though extremely pale and with dead eyes (possibly just a side-effect of her terribly wooden acting), claims that after a ceremony the following day she will be able to see her diseased father. Lila is swept up in the witch-like Lemora’s promises, but when she catches her sucking the blood from a young boy, the jig appears to be up…

The blood-like wine, the blue moonlit nights and the danger that seems to be everywhere around her all serve as stand-ins for Lila’s confusion over her changing body and the number of choices she now has as a growing young lady. Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith, who became quite the B-movie queen, is very good as the young Lila and perfectly captures that transition from innocence to awakening. The film ran afoul of many Catholic groups for its immoral attributes (a lecherous priest, implied lesbianism, Lila’s fall from grace, etc.), but seems to have found traction with many film fans. Go ahead and give in to the temptation…

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