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Flyway Film Festival starts Oct. 18

PEPIN - The Flyway Film Festival has announced the selections for the 2012 festival, which will run Oct. 18-21.

The festival will be held at the Lake Pepin Art and Design Center in Pepin and the Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm.

Now in its fifth year, the festival showcases new local, regional and international film.

The 2012 Flyway Film Festival will screen over 35 feature films and shorts from five countries. This year the festival received more than 850 submissions from filmmakers around the world.

"Even though this is our fifth year, it's really a different festival each time. The quality of entries was amazing this year and our advertising has never better," said Executive Director Rick Vaicius.

"Journey to Planet X" will kick off the festival on Oct. 18 at the Widespot Performing Arts Center. Directed by Myles Kane and Josh Khoury, this documentary follows friends and scientists/ filmmakers Eric Swain and Troy Bernier during the trials and tribulations of making of their most ambitious sci-fi endeavor to date.

This feature is paired with "Dinner at the Lake," a community short film project of the festival. Directors Louis Fisher and Griffin Larson bring to life an ominous little tale by mystery author Mary Logue with a cast comprised of talented residents from along Lake Pepin's eastern shore.

In addition, the festival will host an exclusive "Friday Night Shorts" screening at the Lake Pepin Art and Design Center that will include Damian Horan's student film, "Children of the Air," as well as offerings from Flyway alumni John Roberts, Jay Cheel and Phillipe Lupien and Vincent Ethier.

All are welcome to attend the free, family-friendly Kids Shorts programming block screening on Saturday morning at the Lake Pepin Art and Design Center.

The politically timely mockumentary "Janeane from Des Moines" will close the Festival on Oct. 21 at the Widespot. Directed by Grace Lee, native of Missouri, Janeane takes her audience on a journey with an "ordinary" woman who offers an insider's look at the American heartland's ultra-right-wing movement.