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It's Flyway or the highway. We love film, we love fun, we love Flyway and hope you do too! You can help make the 2012 festival happen.

*** 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.

Sincerely,

Rick Vaicius, Executive Director

Facebook:   Flyway Film Festival

Twitter:        @flywayfilmfest / #saveflyway

Web:             flywayfilmfestival.org

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    Our gratitude and acknowledgement on screen, in print and on the web as part of the 2012 Flyway Film Festival Kickstarter Team.

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    Get a copy THINK OUT SIDE THE BOX OFFICE by Jon Reiss. "The ultimate guide to film distribution and marketing for the digital era" This is an indispensable book for filmmakers of all skill levels trying to navigate the current landscape of distribution and marketing options today.

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    Join the 2012 Flyway Film Festival Kickstarter Award Jury. Vote for the best short film in our specially curated Kickstarter Short Film Award category from among all the 2012 Flyway Short Film entries.. Jurors will receive access to a password protected link to view all the short films in the catagory and vote for your favorite online. Competition will run from October 1, 2012 to October 17, 2012. The winning film and filmmaker will receive a coveted Flyway Axe award by noted sculptor David Culver. One Kickstarter Juror chosen at random from those submitting online ballots will also receive a commemorative Flyway Axe award of their very own!

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    Filmmaker Consulting. Get one hour of consulting about an on-going or upcoming project with award winning filmmaker Xan Aranda (Andrew Bird- Fever Year and Kartemquin Films). Must be scheduled to take place during the 2012 Flyway Film Festival.

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    90 minutes of filmmaker consulting with director and actress Alexia Anastasio (Adventures in Plymptoons! & Ginger Girls). Can be in-person or via Skype (Transportation costs for in-person meeting are at bidders expense)

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    2012 Flyway Film Festival Kickstarter VIP Pass- Enjoy everything that Flyway has to offer: Access to all film screenings Admission to the Flyway Kickoff Gala Thursday October 18 with complimentary food and beverages. Complimentary Joia Soda at Flyway Screening venues all weekend long! Access to the Flyway Festival Lounge, with complimentary snacks and beverages. A personalized Kickstarter VIP Backer badge and lanyard.

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    Filmmaker consultation with Jon Reiss. One hour (plus viewing of film project if needed) via phone or in person (Backer will be responsible for travel and other related costs)

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    Be the presenting Sponsor of a film block! Our programming staff will match you, your upcoming film project or business with a 2012 Flyway Film Festival film screening block at either the Widespot Performing Arts Center or Lake Pepin Art & Design Center during the festival on Saturday October 20 or Sunday October 21. Your presenting sponsorship will appear on the festival website, in our printed program and on screen before the show!

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    You can become the next indie film darling or hearthrob. You'll receive a part in Director, Producer Sean Hackett and Frederick Thornton's upcoming Independent feature film. This backer will have a walk-on role, deliver a line and have lunch on set with cast and crew. (Transportation and accommodations not included)

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    Indie Filmmaker Consulting with Brian Newman (Founder/consultant at Sub-genre Media, focusing on entertainment and cultural industry business development and distribution, and former CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute) 2 Hours of consulting about your indie film project via Skype or in person (bidder responsible for transportation).

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    Get a Filmmaker VIP Gift Bag Enjoy a Filmmaker/VIP Gift Bag which includes all of the following and more: 2012 Flyway Film Festival Kickstarter VIP Pass- Enjoy everything that Flyway has to offer: Access to all film screenings Admission to the Flyway Kickoff Gala Thursday October 18 with complimentary food and beverages. Complimentary Joia Soda at Flyway Screening venues all weekend long! Access to the Flyway Festival Lounge, with complimentary snacks and beverages. A commemorative gift bag. A personalized Kickstarter VIP Backer badge and lanyard. A complimentary Flyway T-Shirt A handmade and much coveted Flyway coffee mug by Deneen Pottery and more!

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    Sail on beautiful Lake Pepin with Captain Dave Sheridan aboard the fabulous sloop Messenger for you and up to 7 of your friends. Enjoy a two hour excursion with complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Must be booked directly with Sail Pepin. This perk is valid for one two hour excursion and must be booked before October 2013.

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    Indie Film Consulting with Producer Ted Hope (Academy Award-Nominated Producer of 21 Grams and American Splendor and current Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society. One hour of consulting services from one of the most influential indie film producers on the scene. Consulting is via Skype or in person in NY or San Francisco (Bidder responsible for transportation)

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    Party like a rock... er film festival star! 2 Kickstarter VIP Passes, one for you and one for a guest, a VIP gift bag. Complimentary popcorn and Joia Soda at each venue for you and your guest. Admission to the Flyway Film Festival Lounge with complimentary snacks and beverages. Complimentary dinner for two at the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin during the festival. ... and finally, reserved comfy seating just for you at each venue.

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