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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.

WFO – WCM to host filmmaker tour around SE Wyoming

Territorial Prison

The Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Community Media are hosting a tour for out of Wyoming filmmakers of Southeast Wyoming prior to the Cheyenne International Film Festival May 17 - 20. Space is limited!

Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Community Media are hosting a tour for out-of-Wyoming filmmakers of movie locations around southeast Wyoming in conjunction with the Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF).

The CIFF begins May 17 in Downtown Cheyenne with the local filmmaker and festival reception at the Depot Museum before the festival opens Friday evening May 18 and extends through Sunday May 20.

Thursday, May 17

  • 9:30      Depart Cheyenne (Cheyenne to Fort Laramie: 1 hour 44 minutes)
  • 11:30     Fort Laramie (Fort Laramie to Sunrise: 20 minutes)\
  • 12:10     Depart
  • 12:30     Hartville Lunch
  • 1:30       Depart Hartville
  • 1:40       Sunrise, Wyoming
  • 2:15       Depart Sunrise
  • 2:15       Molton Pass towards Laramie (Hartville to Laramie 2 hrs)
  • 4:30       Arrive at Territorial Park in Laramie
  • 5:30       Depart
  • 5:45       Check into Hotel
  • 6:30       Dinner and overnight in Laramie

Friday, May 18

  • 8:00       Breakfast
  • 9:00       Tour Laramie locations (see below for ideas)
  • 11:00      Depart for Vedauwoo
  • 12:30      Lunch at The Plains
  • 1:30        Trolley Tour (various historic locations, see below)
  • 4:00        Super Computer (or Terry Bison Ranch)
  • 6:00        CIFF Opening Night Reception – Atlas Theatre

For more information – contact Colin Stricklin at the Wyoming Film Office 307-777-3400; email Alan O’Hashi or call 307-509-0182

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.

‘Oh, You Cowgirl’ documentary film to screen July 23rd

Oh, You Cowgirl to screen July 23rd - Click the image and watch the trailer

The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, the Cowgirls of the West Museum and Wyoming Community Media in association with LightsOn! Downtown Group present a special screening of the documentary film “Oh, You Cowgirl” and a special appearance by director, producer and entertainer Shirley Morris.

Looking for something to do after the rodeo or before the night show? Be Inspired… See Oh, You Cowgirl Saturday July 23rd! Check out the event on facebook.

Buy tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door (checks, cash, credit cards) Walk up Box Office – Phoenix Books and Music 1612 Capitol Avenue 307-632-3476

They left a legacy so steeped in American Lore, you wonder, “Could it be true?” Take an unforgettable journey with the cowgirls who redefined the West.

Director and producer Shirley Morris learned about the cowgirls who came west as ranchers and homesteaders and the women of the wild west shows. It has become her passion and heart to bring their stories to as many people who will listen.

SHIRLEY MORRIS Director and Producer, 'Oh, You Cowgirl

Their contribution to the history of the west along with what they have given generationally in spirit is important and she believes the courage, tenacity, strength and grit of these women has contributed, greatly and unselfishly to who we are as westerners and Americans. Women have achieved so much and in many ways it is because of the cowgirls of the west who, as stated in the film, “…. were more courageous than they had a right to be.

The Historic Hynds Building has reopened as a cultural and arts center. The screening will be the inaugural film event in the unique venue located in the heart of Downtown Cheyenne.

Wyoming Community Media wishes all a Merry Christmas!

Wyoming Community Media (WCM) wishes all its supporters and volunteers a Merry Christmas. As we move toward the end of 2010 and into 2011, it’s been a very good year for WCM and we can only continue to move forward with continued support from you.

The year began with big plans for the Cheyenne International Film Festival and in five short months, the first annual event was a big success with 35 films screened at the Historic Atlas Theatre in Downtown Cheyenne. Opening night included a documentary film by Cheyenne native Dan Junge.

There was no rest because planning was soon underway for The Shoot Out Cheyenne in mid-October. There were 21 teams from Cheyenne, Riverton, Torrington, Laramie, Denver, Golden and Boulder, Colorado.

The Wyoming Arts Council granted funds for WCM to develop the New Creative Economy around digital media arts which gets underway with a training class at the Wind River Tribal College in Ethete, Wyoming during January 2011. Many thanks to our sponsors: Visit Cheyenne, Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority, Historic Plains Hotel and the Wyoming Film Office for making our season possible.

The Cheyenne International Film Festival is seeking entries for the 2nd event happening May 20 – 22 and hope CIFF2 will be better than the first.

All in all, it was a good year and WCM, the Cheyenne International Film Festival and The Shoot Out Cheyenne with you all a Merry Christmas! One last thing, Wyoming has been the setting for some great movies, including “The Homecoming – A Christmas Story” which was the inspiration for the “Waltons” tv series. Click on the DVD jacket to view the trailer.

Experience the Creative Economy Conference and Expo (E2CE) May 19th – Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! The Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) begins with an important pre-festival gathering for anyone wanting to learn about and experience the New Creative Economy. It’s not just about the intrinsic nature of arts and culture as community assets, but also how creative thinking is integrated into day to day activities.

So far, Wyoming Community Media (WCM) and Ignite Cheyenne are teaming up to provide a day-long experience. Join the facebook page by clicking on the Creative logo!

The ECE features hands-on seminars presented by experts and practitioners of digital media arts. Students of all ages including businesses owners, their employees and budding entrepreneurs will learn how to tell their stories better. Other ECE partners will be announced as they consent.

  • storytelling – scriptwriting, and story arc
  • basic still and motion pictures – composition, lights, sound and camera operation
  • digital music production – how to compose your own music
  • website design – blogging, email marketing
  • social media – how to maximize networks to increase profits
  • art integration – how educators can add creating thinking approaches in the classroom

Take away experiences that will enhance existing skills on the job, add new skills if you’re reinventing yourself. There will be a small registration fee, that includes lunch and a ticket voucher for a CIFF film program.

ECE will convene from 9am – 5pm the Hynds Building in Downtown Cheyenne – 1604 Capitol Avenue. There is a small small registration fee and two ticket vouchers for CIFF movie programs. Half of your registration is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Stay tuned for more details about seminars and presenters. Even if you don’t plan to attend, please pass the word to your friends and colleagues.

CIFF releases 35-film program and fetes Oscar-nominee Daniel Junge

35-fillms over 3 days The Cheyenne International Film Festival announced its program at the LINK Gallery. There are 35 films highlighted by two Oscar-nominated films. Live action short “Instead of Abracadabra” by Swedish producer Pat Eklund screens on Saturday night. CIFF honors Cheyenneite and Oscar-nominated producer Daniel Junge and his film “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, as well as “Come Back to Sudan” and “No Strings”.

The CIFF Call2Action program links local non-profit organizations with films to give them an opportunity to discuss their work with non-traditional audiences. This year, Call2Action includes “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” co-presented by the Laramie County Library Foundation; “The Sacred Hoop” co-presented by the Southeast Wyoming Intertribal Powwow Association; and “Wings of Silver” co-presented by local veterans’ organizations.

Encampment producer Candy Moulton is moderating a panel about Women in Film and screening her film “In Pursuit of a Dream” on closing night, along with “On the Trail: Jack Kerouac in Cheyenne”. John Allen Cassady (son of beat icons Neal and Carolyn Cassady) will be making a personal appearance. To see the entire schedule check out the website at http://www.cheyenneinternationalfilmfestival.com