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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

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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.

WCM seeks content about Occupy movement in Wyoming for documentary

WCM is curious about Occupy Wyoming and wants to document it. WCM seeks digital video, images, music, audio. Click on the flag to go check out the Occupy Wyoming resource nexus.

Imagine when the Occupy Wall Street movement gets untracked? It’s just a matter of time when the tipping point happens. Occupy Wall Street in Wyoming is evidence that the tipping point is near. This site won’t be updated much, but will serve as a resource about Wyoming-based OWS efforts to the outside world. Dynamic info will be a result of locally-maintained facebook pages, groups and local websites.

Why is Wyoming important? The movement in Wyoming is unique and demonstrates the ubiquity of its appeal when considering the Equality State is the least populated – 565,000 people. It has only two cities over 50,000 – Casper and Cheyenne and dominated by the Republican Party – State legislature 76 GOP; 14 DEM.

Wyoming Community Media (WCM) is putting this information together with an eye on documenting the Occupy Wall Street movement in Wyoming. Wyoming should be an Occupy movement bell weather state. If the movement gains traction in a conservative stronghold, it will be clear the message is cross cutting.

This is one of many unofficial online resources for the growing occupation movement happening around Wyoming and the world. Here’s what the official unofficial Occupy Wall Street website has to say:

“Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. OWS is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations . . .The occupations around the world are being organized using a non-binding consensus based collective decision making tool known as a “people’s assembly”.

If you have links to video, photo albums, music, etc. contact WCM by email.

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.

Gallery 71 Cheyenne Frontier Days art show and sale opens

Click on the image "Of Beauty and Beast" by Georgia Roswell do download the show catalog

The Gallery 71 art show and sale sponsored by the Cheyenne Class of 1971 is now open at the Deselms Gallery, 300 E. 17th Street in Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming. Four artists have their works on display through the end of the class reunion on August 7th.

The artists include Dave Rowswell, Georgia Rowswell, Diana Helzer and Sumiko O’Hashi (from the collection of Alan O’Hashi).

Click on the image “Of Beauty and Beast” by Georgia Roswell to download a copy of the show catalog.

The show is a collaboration among the Class of 1971, LightsOn! downtown group, Wyoming Community Media and the Deselms Gallery.

For more information about the class reunion, please check out the webpage at http://www.cheyenne71.com and join the facebook page at http://www.cheyenne71.org