Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On The Road With "Oh, You Cowgirl!"

Filmmaker, Shirley Morris stated her goal for her documentary film, "Oh, You Cowgirl!" was to make sure the history of the early twentieth century cowgirl was never forgotten again and would be shared for many generations to come.

"Oh, You Cowgirl!" is on the road with the Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival - Next stop, Wyoming, Platte Valley and the Grand Encampment Museum.

The Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival (Filmmakers Interactive Local Meetups) is a series of screenings of independent movies, which may be of local interest, of interest to a particular group of people with a community or just for entertainment.

The miracles of technology have made it easy to make the WSFF program available to any community around the world if they have a way to view the content – on a computer monitor, stream online, a projector and screen.

Local organizers are asked to write a short narrative explaining the audience, the venue and a very basic outreach plan which can include word of mouth, email and phone trees, mailing, tradition media like newspapers and radio, social media such as facebook.
WCM provides movies and a small stipend to defray the event costs.  The local organizer provides the venue and brings in an audience.  It is preferred that the programs are offered free of charge, but donations may be gathered.
The Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival is a means to integrate and converge the arts into communities and venues where movies aren’t normally shown and to provide new audiences for independent movies.
Local organizers can pick any location to screen the program – in a private home on a computer or television; in a church basement, at the local library, in the back room of a restaurant.
Right Now:The Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival is coming to the Platte Valley! The first night of the festival will begin at 4:30 pm Thursday, October 25th, with a pre-movie social at the Saratoga Resort and Spa followed by the films “Gambling for the Future” and “A Land Out of Time”. “Gambling for the Future” focuses on the Wind River Casino and its focus on the economic development of the Wind River Indian Reservation. “A Land Out of Time” features Carbon County locals and is about oil and gas development in the West. The second night of the WSFF will start at 5 pm at the Grand Encampment Museum with the film “Oh, You Cowgirl” and will be followed by “Merritt”; a western version of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” written, performed, and directed by the Encampment 9thGrade English Class. “Oh, You Cowgirl” is a film about the culture of the cowgirl and the legendary Prairie Rose Henderson. Discussions will follow all films.

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