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*** Last Day Update***
Ted Hope and Jon Reiss Consulting perks are still available!
Can you help push us to $12,500.00? If so you could get a chance to dunk noted cynic, crowdfunding expert and filmmaker Lucas McNelly in a Flyway Dunk Tank. Who wouldn't want a chance at that?
Dear Fellow Film-lover, Filmmaker, or Film Festival Supporter:
Each October, the Flyway Film Festival brings the best in independent film to western Wisconsin via a four-day festival, in addition to providing monthly, admission-free community film events throughout the year.
Over the last five years, Flyway has steadily grown in the sleepy, tourist-driven communities of Pepin and Stockholm, garnering critical acclaim along the way:
“@FlywayFilmFest hosts a blossoming TrulyFree Film community. Completely impressed with the conversation, commitment, & spirit! Great folks!”
—@TedHope: Ted Hope, Academy Award-Nominated Producer, 21 Grams and American Splendor
“It’s an experience like none we’ve had at other film festivals, and, even better, it’s in the center of a community that wants us there.”
— Julie Keck, co-founder, King is a Fink Productions
A good portion of the Festival’s yearly operating budget is dedicated to deliberate efforts to bring filmmakers, actors, and other film industry personnel from around the world into our community—to date, nearly 120 in total. In addition to screening their remarkable films to an accessible, appreciative audience of locals and visitors, Flyway has become a unique venue for these filmmakers to network and discuss projects and the “state of the industry” in the film world.
As you can imagine, it takes enormous resources to create such an event. Each year, we are awed by the talent and dedication of our filmmakers and humbled by the dedication of the volunteers who work tirelessly to create a unique film experience for our attendees. For 2012, we are again the recipients of a JEM (Joint Effort Marketing) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, which will allow Flyway to continue to expand our marketing to a broader audience.
Unfortunately, there are still many shortfalls within our overall operating budget, which is why we are appealing to you for additional help. As can happen in times of economic uncertainty, and especially in a small community with limited resources, some of our valued sponsors are not able to meet (or exceed) their prior year contributions and we now are faced with a serious financial challenge in making our 2012 Festival happen.
In order to ensure that we can continue to provide our audience and filmmakers with the intimate, outstanding independent film programming and events that they have enjoyed for the last four years, we are launching a 21-day Kickstarter Campaign to raise the $10K Flyway vitally needs.
I’ll be frank: we need your assistance, support, and energy to help Save Flyway 2012.
A few things to know about Flyway:
- Flyway is completely volunteer-run.
- Every penny of the Kickstarter $10K will be used to bring in filmmakers and other industry personnel to Pepin and Stockholm. Any funds raised that exceed our goal will be used for other Festival enhancements, such as technical equipment upgrades, and making sure we can continue our free community programming throughout 2013.
- Our projected 2012 Festival attendance will contribute over $115K in economic stimulus to our greater community.
- Flyway wants to continue building its reputation as a festival that matters in an intimate, accessible, and unpretentious way that fosters participation and personal ownership.
So, what do you say? Help us Save Flyway?
If you've been here, you know us, and – we hope – would like to see us continue to grow and thrive.
If you haven’t yet been to Flyway, we cordially invite you to attend our 5th annual Festival this October 18–21 and see firsthand how your help makes Flyway great!
If you know others who support the arts and film, please feel free to share this information.
Rick Vaicius, Executive Director
Facebook: Flyway Film Festival
Twitter: @flywayfilmfest / #saveflyway
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