We need your ‘like’ for ‘Plein Air in Thin Air’

Click on this image and watch the two minute trailer. Click the ❤️ . You’ll be asked to log in with your facebook or set up an account.

I’m working on a documentary to be shot in Wyoming during August and we’re trying to win the Wyoming Short Film Contest. The theme is “WY am I Here?”

Please watch the trailer and give us a “like!” You’ll be asked to log in with your facebook account if you’re not already a vimeo user.

The Wyoming Film Office gives away $25,000 to the winner that goes toward a Wyoming production. We’ll be making the movie in Grand Teton National Park this August.

The top-10 are decided by popularity contest with no regard to production value. The winner is picked by a panel of judges based on the dogs selected by the production team friends and family – it’s click bait from the Wyoming Film Office. Everyone is having a problem with this, but it cuts down on those who sit at their computers and hit play, over and over.

The main voting criteria has to do with promotion of Wyoming.

Please watch the trailer and give us a “like!” You may have to log in with your facebook if you’re not already a vimeo user.

“WY Am I Here”? What if a 62-year-old grandfather of six decides to climb the spectacular Grand Teton and make never-before drawn pastel views of the expansive landscape?

Laramie artist Joe Arnold has been mountaineering for 50 years. He and his son, Jason, are planning an expedition to Grand Teton National Park for an ascent of the Grand Teton (13,776′) North Ridge route (rated 5.8).

It will be a five-day bonding experience for two generations of climbers with an unusual but creative mission at the summit.

Art 321 in Casper was the location for the CLICK! conference. Watch the Plein Air in Thin Air trailer and ‘like ‘

How did I come across this project?
I went to the Wyoming Arts Council CLICK! conference in Casper a couple weeks ago.

I ran into Joe Arnold. We were each presenting about our art works at the conference.

A couple years ago, Joe won a Wyoming Arts Council fellowship. I did a tribute video about his project which was a trek to Patagonia.

We got to talking. I was looking for a movie to make for the film office contest. I thought about my two works-in-progress, but wasn’t inspired.

Joe has a trailer finished, making it the perfect project.

Take a look and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the video player. We want to get into the top-10 of the beauty pageant.

Here’s the rest of the team:

  • Director and Director of Photography: Eric Randall
  • Production Assistants: Jacob Chmielowiec and Tim Hall
  • Music By: Dave Beegle davebeegle.com
  • Produced by: Alan O’Hashi and wyocomedia.com
  • Associate Producer: Jason Arnold
  • Executive Producer: Joe Arnold joearnold.org

CIFF and FFMF end 9-year run – watch for the WSFF

WSFF Logo Train

It was a good run. Wyoming Community Media ended a nine year run of the FAST Filmmaking Festival (formerly the Shootout) and the Cheyenne International Film Festival.

There was a method to the madness. The Cheyenne International Film Festival converged with the FAST Filmmaking Festival as the Cheyenne International FAST Film Festival in 2015, the final year.

There will no longer be stand alone festivals or filmmaking contests, so watch for the Whistle Stop FILM Festival – WSFF, chugging into a town near you, not only in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, but across the country.

7th CIFF 2015 now accepting film entries through March 30th

The 2015 edition of the Cheyenne International Film Festival is now accepting films for the May 26 - 30 event in Downtown Cheyenne.

The 2015 edition of the Cheyenne International Film Festival is now accepting films for the May 26 – 30 event in Downtown Cheyenne.

The 7th CIFF 2015 is now accepting entries.

As usual, we’re partial to movies with Wyoming story lines, made by Wyoming people, and/or shot in Wyoming.

Categories include shorts and features length documentaries and narratives as well as animations.

The festival is May 25 – 30, 2015 in Downtown Cheyenne including the Atlas Theatre. The CIFF provides a way for local communities to discuss their issues within the safe haven of the arts.

The entry fee is minimal, so please pay it. Check out the website by opening the CIFF logo on the left.

New Deal Artists in Wyoming documentary funded

Jackson Pollock and Thomas Hart Benton visited the Saratoga rodeo in 1938. Benton painted this mural with Pollock as the harmonica player at the card table on the left.

Jackson Pollock and Thomas Hart Benton visited the Saratoga rodeo in 1938. Benton painted this mural with Pollock as the harmonica player at the card table on the left.

WCM was funded by the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Wyoming Arts Council to produce a documentary about New Deal artists in Wyoming. We have some leads but need more. Are there any historians out there who have any info or can point us in the right direction:
– EE Stevens murals in Niobrara County
– Jackson Pollock and Thomas Hart Benson in Saratoga during July 4th in the 1930s
– Alan True asked by Lester Hunt to design the license plate bucking horse
– Robert Russin did his WPA art elsewhere but moved to Wyoming and taught at UW
Production will happen when the weather breaks in the spring.

FAST Filmmaking Festival winners announced

The FAST Filmmaking Festival in Cheyenne screened the top movies and presented awards at the Historic Atlas Theatre in Downtown Cheyenne. The top films can be watched on the YouTube Channel.

“Preservation” by Shawn Crochet and “The Diary of Robert Metchum Dodge” tied for Best Picture. Here are the films that played at the event, including the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board documentary about the board’s work and it’s sponsorship of the FFMF.

1) Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board Documentary

2) Wyoming Hereford Ranch – Directed by Barbara Sandick

– Best Historic Preservation Treatment $50

– Best Cinematography $50

3) Historic Haunting – Directed by Steve Stoner

– (tie) Best Comedy $25

4) Why Historic Preservation Matters – Produced by Keefe Van Dyke

– (tie) Best Comedy $25

– Best Actor – Keefe Van Dyke $50

5) Power to Forgive – Produced – Directed by Jake Ward

– (tie) Best Youth Film $100

6) New Friends – Directed by Brendon Threewitt (movie shot on an iPad)

– (tie) Best Youth Film $100

7) Tunnels – Directed by Miranda Threewitt

– Silver Spur – two free youth entry fees in 2015

8) Found – Produced by Yari Figueroa

– Silver Spur – two free regular entry fees in 2015

9) Preservation – Directed by Shawn Crochet

– (tie) Best Film – Shawn Crochet $250

– Best Actress – Morgan Martin $50

– Best Director – Shawn Crochet $50

– Best Screen Play – Shawn Crochet $50

10) Diary of Robert Metcham Dodge – Directed by Cole Smith

– (tie) Best Film – Cole Smith $250

– Best Music – Walker Smith $50

CIFF 2014 screens May 19 – 24 and closes with Dan Junge’s ‘Fight Church’

Dan Junge's latest documentary screens Saturday May 24th.

The 2014 Cheyenne International Film Festival screens in Downtown Cheyenne May 19 – 24 at the Hynds Building Theater and the Atlas Theatre.

The CIFF programs are all in the evening and feature, food, live entertainment and movies.

The CIFF closes with “Fight Church” the latest documentary by Oscar winner and former Cheyenneite Dan Junge.

Tickets are available online through the website and will be on sale at the Phoenix Books and Music walk up box office on May 8th.

Here’s the program (subject to tweaks):

Program 1 – Monday May 19th (Cosponsored by Bevara Digital)
Doors open 6:30pm
Hynds Building – Capitol Avenue and Lincolnway
7:30pm
“The One Who Loves You” by Katharyn Grant
It’s 1974. Gloria Bethune faces a bleak existence when she retreats to her small hometown after failing as a singer in New York. She falls for a drifter who claims to be the former manager of a famous Country singer. Through this flawed man’s apparent faith in her, Gloria’s passion for singing is reborn, but she is pushed into uncharted territory.

Includes a live performance by Kayti Grant.

Program 2 Tuesday May 20th (Cosponsored by the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board)
Hynds Building – Doors open 6:30pm
7:00pm
“First Batch” – by Steve Kline (TRT 7:00)
A dark comedy that chronicles the first batch. Winner of the Shoot Out Cheyenne
“WyoMericana” by Mykal Vanatta (TRT 16:00)
A short documentary about three bands preparing to go on the WyoMerican Tour.
Jay Shogren Shanghai’d  Band live performance

Program 3 Wednesday May 21 (Cosponsored by Cheyenne Sister Cities)
Hynds Building – Doors 6:30pm
Reception and drumming performance sponsored by the Cheyenne Sister Cities program
7:30pm

“20 meters of love in Montmartre”  by Pierre GAFFIÉ (TRT: 5min)
Paris, early in the morning… 4 women, unknown to each other, find a secret link between them through their faces and through their arts…
“The African Guest” by Nkanya Nkwai and Bob Larue. (TRT 89min)
A new independent film about a young African man’s journey to a new life in America. Filmed in Colorado-USA and Bonakanda Cameroon.

The Cheyenne Zombie Fest screens five shorts on Thursday May 22nd.

Atlas Theatre – Doors 6:00pm
Reception Cosponsored by the Cheyenne Zombie Festival
7:00pm
“Lily”
By Jeff Miller
The Hynds Building is the setting for a ghostly encounter in this top 10 film from the Shoot Out Cheyenne.

“The Shivers”
A fearless teen is dared into surviving a night inside the historic haunted Atlas Theatre, where he makes some unexpected friends.

“I’m Paranoid”
By Renee Michelle Macey (TRT: 23 min.)
A reality-show interviews a woman who is obsessed with preparing for the zombie apocalypse, much to the embarassment of those around her.

“Junk Food”
By Justin Batson (TRT: 37 min.)
A woman who puts up with her poison-tongued co-workers wonders if she is going crazy, as people begin turning up dead around town.

“Abduction”
By Jerry Steinhour (TRT: 21 min)
A young couple spiral into madness when their young daughter disappears on the morning of her birthday.

DSC_0060Program 5 Friday May 23 (Cosponsored by Body Lines Dance Theatre)
Atlas Theatre – Doors open 6:00pm
Reception Cosponsored by the Body Lines Dance Theatre
7:00pm
Live ballet demonstration by the Body Lines Dance Theatre with Leslie O’Hashi
8:00pm
“Ballerina” documents five ballerinas from the Kirov Ballet

Program 6 Saturday May 24 (Cosponsored by Judy Fossum Voice Overs)
Atlas Theatre – Doors 6:00pm
Reception Cosponsored by Judy Fossum Voice Overs
7:00pm
Wyoming Short Film Contest winner
“Til the Well Runs Dry by Charlie Craighead

“Fight Church, by Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel
FIGHT CHURCH is a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts.

WCM producing ‘Mahjong and the West’ feature in Jackson Hole

Mahjong and the WestWyoming Community Media (WCM) is coproducing a feature movie entitled “Mahjong and the West” in Jackson Hole this summer. The story by Alyssa Carpenter of Casper and her writing partner Jeanette Bloom begins shooting August 1 and is directed by Joe Musynski. WCM and the Wyoming Film Office are holding a Movie 101 crew member orientation on July 16 at 7pm in the CWC Jackson classroom at the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson. Join the facebook page to keep up with the latest

When a young New Yorker returns to Wyoming to bury her mother, she reconnects with an old friend and must confront the traumatic event that made her leave home fifteen years ago.

MADDY (20s) runs a New York interior design firm with her mother, Diane. When a hit and run accident kills Diane, Maddy returns to rural Wyoming for the funeral, where she finds her grieving grandmother, SHIRLEY (60s/70s) living with JUNE (60s/70s). Home for the first time in fifteen years, Maddy reconnects with KATE (20s), an old childhood friend with whom she shares a violent, troubled past. As both young women tiptoe around their history, they live hard and booze their way through the mourning process along with JACK (20s/30s) and STEWART (20s/30s), two local bull riders.

When ANDY (20s/30s), a local barfly, makes a glib reference to their mutual trauma, it catches a drunk Maddy off-guard, and she smashes a beer bottle over his head, landing her in jail for the night. While she awaits her trial, the girls continue their kamikaze course, running from the past and toward thrills and comfort—mostly drinking, sex, and bull riding. But pressure builds and their extended reunion proves that neither control nor chaos can erase their past.