Lu volunteered for the Flyway for several years as the communications director and panels programmer before taking on the role of interim executive director. She has been a documentary filmmaker, writer, producer, grants administrator, computer programmer, ESL teacher, and so on. She does marketing communications for the Minnesota Film & TV Office and other clients, and she teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
This is Trevor Porath’s 4th year being involved with the Flyway, and first year on the board. He has over a decade of experience on other non-profit boards, and this year is focused with the Flyway on its non-profit incorporation, governance and strategic planning, fundraising, and attending other film festivals to bring back best practices for the Flyway. Professionally, Trevor has worked all over the US in various industries as a management consultant, and for the past 15 years has held marketing and product development leadership positions in the healthcare industry. When he’s not traveling for work, Trevor lives between Stockholm, WI and Minneapolis, MN where you’ll often find him walking or running his Italian Greyhounds or catching a few miles on his bike.
Scott is a resident of Pepin, a participating community member and business owner. Scott's interest and passion around the Flyway Film Festival resides with the goal of seeing the film festival continue to grow and be a long-term, sustainable contributor to the wonderful Mississippi Flyway experience.
Former Operations Manager from 2008-2015, there isn’t a lot that Diana hasn’t had some kind of hand in since the fateful day in early 2008 when she found herself creating programs in Microsoft Publisher and building the operational structure for a film festival. A top-notch researcher, organizer, and inveterate addict of movies of all kinds, she has been a contributor to Flyway film programming, as well as in the hospitality, volunteer training, venue management, ticketing/box office, community outreach, and special events areas for the Festival.
Irene has been part of Flyway since its inception in 2008, and she's done almost all there is to do with the film festival. She serves on the Flyway board and planning committee. Most filmmakers hear from her when it's time to coordinate travel and lodging at Flyway. Irene sez, "I think Flyway is a huge asset to our community and I am committed to seeing Flyway grow into more than just a 'regional' festival."
Board Vice President
"Hello my friends! A true Midwestern upbringing with a strong desire to explore and travel. You CAN go home. BFA University of MN-Duluth, MFA Art Institute of Chicago. Spent formative creative years in Duluth, Chicago, NYC, Minneapolis. Started arranging flowers after college in Chicago; every artist needs a day job, right? Flowers have taken me everywhere ever since - Pepin, Wisconsin to Paris, France. Studio work, hotel installs, New York retail floral line, multiple retail stores, wholesale line, floral aisle at Target, wedding designer, event planner. clipping flowers for daily deliveries, backyard functions, Pinterest parties, intimate formal weddings, casual outdoor gatherings at destination sites, designing decor for The American Friends of Versailles Galas. Years at the Telluride Film Festival taught me what’s good, always looking for it. Flyway is a chance to bring it local and create an experience for all. Party? Give me five minutes..."
Mary Anne Collins-Svoboda
After retiring from her retail store, Mary Anne went back to the University of MN. to become a certified Festival and Event Planner. Other activities include: Past President of Mississippi Valley Partners, Past President of West Coast of Wisconsin, Founder and manager of Dog Days of Stockholm, Parade manager for Stockholm’s 4th of July Parades, Sales person for Flyway ads for several years, and Elected board member for the Town of Stockholm.
Programming & Marketing
Tracy Tabery-Weller is currently a freelance executive producer living in Stockholm, Wisconsin, producing music, video/film and web content. She has produced commercials, videos & radio for agencies in Minneapolis for 15 years. She recently left her post as head of content production at ad agency, mono, to live life a bit more "fully" away from the city. She loves indie film and has produced films with Director Phil Harder. She is a music lover and performer who has played in a handful of bands in Mpls, mainly with The Psychedelicates, Still Pacific and is currently in Shellycoats and Woodland Creatures. She has edited music videos for Har Mar Superstar, Selby Tigers, and others. She studied German & Studio Arts at U of MN and attended Graz University in Austria. Prost!
Short Films Programmer
Mira K. Lippold-Johnson is an Austin-based director and editor whose films focus on the internal struggles of courageous women. Her first short film, a movie musical called The Letter E, won a Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at Bend Film Festival, and her latest short film, Bad Things (2018), has won awards at Women Texas Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, and Austin Revolution Film Festival. She holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Harvard University and an MFA in film production from the University of Texas.
"I was initially asked to volunteer for Flyway Film Festival in 2011 by a friend from high school. I had no idea what I was getting into, but thought it would be a fun adventure in a beautiful location…and it was! So much so, that I’ve come back again and again. I love the variety of volunteer opportunities (ticket sales, venue set up, running supplies and people between venues, etc.) and the people I’ve worked with have been wonderful. In 2016, I took on the challenge of Volunteer Coordinator for the Festival volunteers. It was an amazing (and exhausting) Festival! I took a year off, but now I’m back and ready to work with all our Fabulous Volunteers! (We couldn’t do the Festival without you!)"
Jerry has been volunteering with Flyway since 2010. He has designed, built and maintained digital film servers for multiple-venue film projection for the Flyway, and he serves as lead film projectionist and tech resource during yearly run of the festival. He trains and supervises other festival tech/AV team members.
Operations and Ticketing
Melissa’s feature-length screenplay, Dog Year, was a semi-finalist in both the American Zoetrope and Slamdance screenwriting competitions. Her next screenplay, Cordelia, was optioned in 2009. In 2012, she was awarded the McKnight Fellowship, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and was selected as part of the Emerging Narrative Program for Independent Film Week in New York City for her screenplay, Chicken Day.
Print Traffic Manager
Adam Hansen owns Rivertown Comics & Games with his wife Sarah. They are bringing the weird to Red Wing.