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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.

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Live Coverage on KGWN.TV – LightsOn! NYE Ball Drop

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 26, 2011

CHEYENNE, WYO – LightsOn! Downtown Group brings in 2012 with Cheyenne’s version of the New Year’s Eve ball drop. Wyoming Community Media (WCM) is providing live video coverage on the KGWN Channel 5 website starting at 11:30pm on the Downtown Cheyenne Depot Plaza.

Host for the special edition of “Wyoming Greats” is Kati Hime of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine TV. “Wyoming Greats” is a web TV show about the news and events around Wyoming.

The live stream will also be carried on the Wyoming Community Media facebook page.

For more information call 307-509-0182

LightsOn! NYE ball drop on the Depot Plaza

Watch the Ball Drop 11:59:59

Click on the image of the 8' ball a top the 7-story crane and join the facebook event page!

Are you wondering how to spend New Years Eve? Stick in Cheyenne! What?

Yes, Cheyenne will be the place to celebrate 2012. Watch the ball drop in New York City’s Time Square, then come on down to Downtown Cheyenne.

LightsOn! Downtown Group is sponsoring an 8′ lighted ball dropping seven stories onto the Depot Plaza, 16th St. and Capitol Ave. According to KGWN News Channel 5, the 500 pound ball constructed by Puma Steel will be lowered by a crane donated by Yarber Construction. The idea is the brain child of LightsOn! Downtown Group board member Glen Garrett.

Revel with your friends and family at your favorite Downtown Cheyenne eatery or watering hole then wander over to the Depot Plaza to watch the festivities beginning at 11:59:59 MST.

If you still are a homebody, watch the ball drop live on the WCM and KGWN websites. The exact links will be made available later in the week.

Join the facebook page to keep up with the latest.

Cheyenne International Film Festival now accepting entries for 2012

Click on the Withoutabox logo to enter your short or feature film in the Cheyenne International Film Festival

The Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) is now accepting entries. This year CIFF has partnered with Withoutabox for outreach and processing of film festival entries. We’re big on good stories, in fact, good stories trump production value. The CIFF happens May 17 – 20 in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Historic Atlas Theatre.

As usual, CIFF prefers to receive online screeners to cut down on the number of tapes, DVDs cut, plastic boxes, sleeves, envelopes that are wasted as a result of film festival entries. You can upload for free through Withoutabox.

A great benefit of entering CIFF via Withoutabox is, your film gets an imDb page, which is the gold standard with regards to film cred! CIFF fees are pretty low compared to many festivals. We generally don’t give out fee waivers. There are lots of things you can do to raise the $30 pittance – sell something, have a rummage sale, ask your friends and families for $30, cut back on the number of beers or coffees you drink this month.

I know there are a bunch of broke filmmakers out there, but as you’ll note, we are soft on first time filmmakers. CIFF also has the Wyoming Showcase category. If you have a movie about Wyoming, set in Wyoming, or if you’re a filmmaker, director, writer, photographer involved with a movie with or without a Wyoming connection, that increases your chances for CIFF selection.

CIFF also has a Call2ACTion category. We seek films having to do with women’s issues – domestic / dating violence; Native American issues; service veteran issues; films about life and death; and uplifting stories about people moving themselves out of poverty

The movies are screened by a group of judges consisting of movie fans, producers, writers. Like all film festivals we make no apologies for the films that get selected for screening.

Lights Camera Action video production workshops set

Lights Camera Action workshop participants frame up a shot during a recent session in Downtown Cheyenne


Lights, Camera, Action! Wyoming Community Media presents its video production seminar. You’ll produce a short film during the class. Classes are held at the Hynds Building – 1608 Capitol Avenue.

August 31 – 10am – 4pm
September 10 – 9am – 3pm
September 13 – 10am – 4pm

Learn the basics about how to operate a video camera, setting up lights and sound and the fundamentals of screenwriting while working on an actual film production project.

Here’s the video produced by the a similar production class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21Tsch-q86w&NR=1

Thank you to the Wyoming Arts Council, Laramie County Community College and Wyoming Film Office for their support.

The Shoot Out Cheyenne set for Sept 23 – 25: $1000 Top Prize

Click on the TSOC logo and get to the registration page.

The Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour film making festival is set for September 23 – 25 in Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming. Last year, 21 teams took the challenge and competed for $1000 in top prize money. Enter online by clicking on the TSOC logo.

Production groups of 1 or more are challenged to complete a 7-minute movie in 24 hours starting Friday night, September at 6pm in the lobby of the Historic Plains Hotel.

Contestants deliver their finished movie on a tape or digital file by 6pm on Saturday at 6pm.

You don’t have to be a filmmaker to enjoy the event. The top 10 films will be screened on Sunday afternoon September 25th at the Atlas Theatre 211 W. 16th Street – Doors open at 1pm with entertainment and movies and awards at 2pm. Refreshments will be available in the lobby.

For details, check out the website at: http://www.theshootoutcheyenne.com/

WCM documenting Cheyenne Cherub Mural Project

Cheyenne Cherub Mural - Downtown Cheyenne

The Cherub Mural Project is being documented by Wyoming Community Media. Click on the image to watch a video and meet the artist.

There’s a new face in town. The Cheyenne Cherub Mural project has begun. Murray Properties decided to use the back of their building at the corner of 17th Street and Warren Avenue in Downtown Cheyenne as the canvas for a 41′ x 66′ mural of a renaissance cherub.

Muralist Michael Cooper and his wife Mickie operate a small Tennesee-based business called Murals & More and now find themselves in the Cowboy State with their paints and brushes. It’s a family affair with son Brad Lewis from Jackson also in on the project.

Mural Project Producer Ed Murray hired the Coopers when he and his wife Caren spied examples of their work in Nashville.

Why cherubs? Murray explains that cherubs are a mainstay in Old West saloon and hotel art and symbolize restfulness and peace. He cited his father’s antique collection which includes a large group of cherubs which was an influence on him while growing up in Cheyenne.

Michael Cooper is known for realistic, 3-dimensional looking works on flat surfaces.

The Coopers are busy preparing the wall for the paint application, using high pressure water and a LEED – approved latex paint solvent to remove the old paint.

Cooper estimates that the project will take three weeks, but has allotted a month.

The “First Stroke” ceremony is set for Thursday August 18th at 10am.

Murray invites all to attend the event at the base of the mural just past the foot of the viaduct – 16th Street at Warren Avenue.

Keep up with the project progress by “liking” the A New Face in Town – Cheyenne Cherub Mural facebook page.