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Flyway launches 'microcinema'

The Flyway Minema houses a microcinema and the Flyway Film Festival office.

To celebrate the opening of the new Flyway Minema - a 40-seat “microcinema” in Pepin, the Flyway Film Festival will screen the groundbreaking film “The Overnighters” Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26.

Director Jesse Moss spent two years following workers lured by the oil rush to Williston, North Dakota.

The film takes unexpected turns as a local Lutheran pastor offers the men shelter and counsel at his community church, putting the commandment “love thy neighbor” to the test.

The film won a Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

As for the Flyway Minema, the plan is to bring the best of independent film to the Lake Pepin area with monthly screenings and events.

“We believe that the Flyway can be a year-round cultural asset, as well as an annual event,” Flyway Film Festival executive director Rick Vaicius said. “Keeping the festival spirit alive throughout the year seems like the logical next step as we continue to grow the Flyway.”

The Minema is located in downtown Pepin at 406 First St. Formerly an ice-cream shop, the building is now the home to the Minema along with the Flyway Film Festival office.

The film will show at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door.

The presentation of “The Overnighters” is sponsored by Lake Pepin Partners in Preservation, Maiden Rock Concerned Citizens and Buffalo Defenders.

If you go...

What: See the film “The Overnighters” at the new Flyway Minema in Pepin.

When: 8 p.m. Friday July 25 and 7 p.m. Saturday July 26

Where: 406 First St., Pepin

Cost: $7 in advance, $8 at the door