The Flyway Film Festival again will offer an eclectic variety of films to the Mississippi River towns of Pepin and Alma, Wis., and Red Wing. The festival, which runs Oct. 19-22, has attracted national attention for its creative spirit and inclusive nature.
Flyway has chosen the documentary feature "Stumped" to open the festival 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sheldon Theatre, following its recent successes at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Tallgrass Film Festival.
Will Lautzenheiser lands a dream job teaching film. After his first two classes, he visits the hospital for a persistent pain that, unbeknownst to him, was being caused by a deadly infection. To save his life, doctors amputated his arms and legs.
In this deeply personal story, Will copes with the loss of his filmmaking career by pursuing stand-up comedy; navigates an evolving relationship with his partner, Angel, and gradually transforms, physically and spiritually, with newly transplanted arms.
Flyway Executive Director Rick Vaicius offers high praise for the film, directed by Robin Berghaus, about the astonishing, transformational journey of a young man in the prime of his life who suddenly faces a seemingly insurmountable medical challenge.
"We really see Will's struggle—from his loss of independence to rehab—and the potentially life-threatening effects of the groundbreaking surgery to regain some of his lost independence," Vaicius said.
Filmed over four years, "Stumped" runs 72 minutes.
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