CTF E-Newsletter, November 15, 2019

This e-newsletter is designed to provide a brief update on the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the happenings of its grant recipients.

It is our promise that this e-newsletter be brief, interesting and hopefully something that will provide you with ideas and contacts with other organizations around the state. If you wish to have your activity highlighted in this e-newsletter, please contact Renée Bovée, WCTF Program Coordinator.

DRUMLine Holiday Spectacular, November 26

drumline.jpgOn November 26th at 6:30 pm DRUMline Holiday Spectacular will be in Gillette at CAM-PLEX. The “DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular” show takes you on an unforgettable musical journey through the most beloved chart-topping holiday classics. Imagine the festive sounds of holiday cheer combining Gospel, Jazz, Soul, Motown rhythms, and The Nutcracker Suite mixed with a hip-hop beat and the driving force of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band. You have to see the “DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular” to experience the magic and musicianship!

DRUMLine Live’s dazzling vocalists and talented musicians, coupled with energetic choreography, spectacular lighting, and beautiful holiday costumes, make this Holiday Spectacular one of the coolest, most exciting, and dynamic shows EVER!! Wait until you see our show-stopping unique version of “The Little Drummer Boy,” highlighted by the creative sights and sounds of the HBCU drumline. From the modern sounds of Mariah Carey’s #1 holiday hit, “All I want for Christmas Is You,” Ariana Grande’s, “Santa Tell Me,” and Justin Bieber’s, “Mistletoe” to the classic favorites, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” and “Jingle Bells,” this rockin’ Holiday Spectacular will have audiences around the globe dancing in the aisles. Our incredible musicianship and talented performers will fill you with holiday cheer from the first tap of the drum to the very last song of the show!

The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund has provided grant dollars to support DRUMLine Live visit Gillette area high schools to conduct workshops and demonstrations. DRUMLine Live performers will also a a matinee performance for all 6th grade Campbell County students.

The “DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular” comes direct from Producer, Don P. Roberts and the extraordinary musical team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movie, “Drumline,” and VH1’s, “Drumline: A New Beat.” DRUMLine Live’s soulful renditions of your favorite holiday songs are guaranteed to fill your heart with joy. It’s the perfect treat. So grab your mistletoe and bring your entire family to this amazing and fun-filled experience that will have you singing the entire holiday season. Tickets can be purchased online.

The Drift: An American Cattle Drive, Best Documentary

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The Drift - Winner Best Documentary Laurel at TWBFF.png“The Drift: An American Cattle Drive”, supported by a Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund grant, won the top prize for documentary feature film in October at the Wild Bunch Film Festival in Willcox, Arizona. 

“The Drift” is a feature-length documentary about a Wyoming cattle drive that goes from the Green River Valley to the high meadows near the Continental Divide in the Wind River Mountains. Families in the area have saddling up to do the near-100-mile drive on horseback for over a century, making it one of the oldest and longest cattle drives on horseback in the American West.

The film was produced by Caldera Productions, based in Lander, WY, with shooting stretched over five years.

Producer Geoff O’Gara thanked the cowhands and the local historians for providing a wealth of stories and photographs. While it was difficult traveling with the herd and shooting in the high country, O’Gara said the hardest thing was winning the trust of the old families who run the Drift. “They’re a little wary of media, the same as they are of grizzly bears and blizzards,” said O’Gara. “They’ll want to see you wrestle a calf or two before they invite you to dinner. But once you’ve got their trust, they give you their whole life, without too much polish on the boots.”

The Drift - Winner of Golden Spur for Best Screenplay.jpgIn addition to the Wild Bunch award, “The Drift” was recognized for Best Screenplay by the Western Writers of America. It will be screening at various events and festivals in 2019-20, and is available for viewing on DVD and digital rental and download. Purchasing and details can be found at www.thedriftdocumentary.com

Caldera Productions is a Lander, Wyoming based independent film company that produces both short and feature documentaries. Other WCTF supported productions include “Ferret Town” about the discovery and re-introduction of the endangered black-footed ferret in Wyoming (May 2019), and soon to be released “State of Equality”(December 2019), a co-production with Wyoming PBS about Wyoming becoming the first government to grant voting rights to women. For more information see www.calderaproductions.com. For events, screenings and media please contact Rose Steller Burke at rose@calderaproductions.com

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