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The ‘Aging Gratefully’ in cohousing film series now available to stream

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Book a personal appearance by “Aging Gratefully: The Power of Good Health and Good Neighbors” filmmaker Alan O’Hashi who will screen the film and facilitate a discussion. Stipend is negotiable!

The “Aging Gratefully in Cohousing” documentary series Video on Demand is now available. The three movies can be rented or purchased.

WCM and BCM are developing a mixed use intentional and creative community in Cheyenne called Lincoln Court. If people are interested in some of the concepts and ideas about cohousing, check out these movies.

You can also book a screening for your community or general audience by obtaining a screening license for a nominal donation.

To purchase or rent, click on the Video On Demand (VOD) links below:

“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Good Health and Good Neighbors” (Run Time: 50min – 2017) Filmmaker and Silver Sage Village senior cohousing resident Alan O’Hashi is mostly recovered from his death bed illness in 2013. As a result of that experience he’s become much more aware of his health. One of his neighbors circulated information about a research study at the University of Colorado about the effects of exercise on brain health. Curious, he was selected to be a research subject. To measure success, one of the criteria is emotional health and strength of relationship building.

Does living in a cohousing community be an added benefit to physical exercise? He interviewed six residents of newly-formed Germantown Commons to find out their motivations to living in cohousing and whether living intentionally with neighbors was a positive experience and what physical activities happen in a group setting.

Germantown Commons Residents:

  • Essie Sappenfield (retired)
  • Doug Luckes (still working)
  • Suzanne Glasgow (still working)
  • Sarah Carroll (single mom)
  • Chris Corby (still working)
  • Ginger Lange (retired)
  • Vicki Metzgar (retired)

Also Appearing:

  • Bryan Bowen, AIA (Caddis Architects)
  • Angela Bryan PhD,( Principal Investigator CU FORCE study)
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Book a personal appearance by “Aging Gratefully: The Power of Culture and Traditions” filmmaker Alan O’Hashi who will screen the film and facilitate a discussion about his experiences. Stipend is negotiable.

“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Culture and Traditions” (Run Time: 30 min – 2017) My latest trek took me to South Africa where I’m investigating a third documentary in the Aging Gratefully series. This pilot is mostly based some initial research and my impressions that span from Tolstoy to Gandhi to Mandela to the present time.

There’s an intentional community being formed in the Town of Memel and the Township of Zamani in the South African Free State Province by a friend and colleague, Steven Ablondi and his wife Cindy Burns. Steve and I serve on the National Cohousing Association board of directors.

I tagged along with the Memel Global Community architect and my across the street neighbor Bryan Bowen and a couple of his crew, Jamison and Molly. Bryan lives in the Wild Sage Cohousing community in Boulder.

I embedded myself with a local buy named Shakes in the Black African community and even though it was only for a couple days, I gained quite a bit of insight into the cultural dynamics, which are not unlike those I encounter among my Northern Arapaho tribal member friends.

As this story develops, how Native American tribes could incorporate cohousing concepts into its growing housing demand will also be investigated. There are generations-long traditional tribal cultures that have a norm about multi-generational care for elders. Does it it makes any sense to form intentional communities around these customs?

This is a 30 minutes pilot of my visit shot mainly on an iPhone 6s and I’m not sure if anything will come of this story. I’m collaborating with a fellow filmmaker, Pieter Lombaard, who appears in the short. We’re trying to figure out a good story with a great arc. What do you think?

Memel Global Community featured denizens:

  • Steven Ablondi (cofounder)
  • Bryan Bowen (Caddis Architects)
  • Shakes Mafanela (SheWins sports coordinator)
  • Marley Hauser (SheWins volunteer)
  • Pieter Lombaard (Binary Film Works)
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Book a personal appearance by “Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community” filmmaker Alan O’Hashi who will screen the film and facilitate a discussion about his experiences. Stipend is negotiable!

“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community” (Run Time: 51min – 2015) In the first of the series, what if 25 senior citizens decided to grow old together in a cohousing community? Learn about their illness, angst, and fun times while owning and maintaining 16 condos, a common house and community gardens.

Cohousing is a collaborative living arrangement. Residents own their own homes, live private lives but share in the ownership and upkeep of common spaces such the garden and common house.

It’s a challenging way to live, but living together more intentionally is a hedge against being alone and isolated through the twilight years of life.

Filmmaker and Silver Sage Village resident Alan O’Hashi was on his death bed in December 2013. Following a 6 week hospital and rehab stay and a month of home confinement, he joined a yoga community to regain his strength, but learned more about himself than just getting healthier.

Through his reflections, he recounts his continuing recovery and weaves those experiences with the perspectives of neighbors with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and those who find themselves in supportive neighborly care giving roles.

Cohousing pioneers Katie McCamant and Chuck Durrett and gerontologist Anne Glass phD offer their perspectives about senior cohousing living.

Silver Sage Village featured residents:

  • Lindy Cook (nurse)
  • John Huyler (facilitator)
  • Henry and Jean Kroll (retired from San Francisco)
  • Dan Knifong (retired professor)
  • Jim Leach (Silver Sage Village developer)
  • Margaret Porter (retired federal government)

Also Appearing:

  • Anne Glass phD (University of North Carolina Wilmington Gerontology Program Coordinator)
  • Chuck Durrett AIA (McCamant and Durrett Architects)
  • Katie McCamant (The Cohousing Company)
  • Larissa Ortiz (teacher The Little Yoga Studio)

The Denver Post published a story prior to “Aging Gratefully” production beginning and KGNU radio did a story about it post production

If you have questions about purchase, rental or booking a screening, email Boulder Community Media

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 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.

LCCC board discusses focus group results

The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees discussed the Hynds Capitol Core project at its March study session. The project plans to construct 65 apartments in the renovated Hynds Building and new construction over the “Hole”.

Video streaming by Ustream
The meeting video can be viewed above and the Hynds Capitol Core focus groups are the first agenda item.
The LCCC Board voted in February to extend the Letter of Intent with the Hynds Capitol Core project. The second phase includes community-based focus groups to evaluate the impact of introducing up to 100 new residents in downtown Cheyenne; safety and transportation issues.

WCM to live-stream NYE Ball Drop 2012

WCM will be live streaming he New Years Eve ball drop beginning at 11:50pm. Click on the image and be directed to the player.

WCM will be live streaming he New Years Eve ball drop beginning at 11:50pm. Click on the image and be directed to the player.

Wyoming Community Media (WCM) will live stream the New Years Eve ball drop from Depot Plaza in Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The stream will begin at 1150pm.

Click on the image on the left of last year’s event to be redirected to the WCM live web stream link.

LCCC Board approves LOI for student housing over The Hole and The Hynds

Architect Glen Garrett discusses the basic lot configuration of The Hole and The Hynds Building at the October 3rd LCCC Board of Trustees study session. The Hynds Capitol Core Project constructs a mixed use development including 65 apartments in new construction over The Hole and the renovated Hynds Building. Click on the image to view the full architectural presentation.

The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees met on Wednesday October 117th. On the regular meeting agenda was formal consideration of its intentions to occupy about 65 apartments in Downtown Cheyenne.

The Board unanimously agreed to move foward with a student housing preference survey and determine an appropriate management approach. Download a copy of the Letter of Intent by clicking on the LOI link.

New construction is planned to cover the long-vacant “Hole” and The Hynds Building renovated for the mixed use project that also includes commercial and civic space.