In my past life, I had a robust career working with local, state, federal and tribal governments. I left all that behind while chasing life in the free-enterprise system.
That transition was met with a bunch of challenges. Being a risk taker, I knew the possible consequences of leaving the steady public sector.
After being laid off a couple jobs following 9/11, I grew tired of working for marginally competent bosses.
I qualified for unemployment twice and was told by my friends to take a risk and try something I’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t because I was always stuck in a “job.”
My second breadline in 2008, led me to some video production classes at the local public access TV station. That training eventually grew into me being Director and Producer at Boulder Community Media.
I haven’t looked back on my evolutionary path.
Self employment isn’t without its challenges. Every morning I wake up unemployed and constantly developing the next project. The latest is the second installment of the Jack Kerouac digital scroll project. The episode is about his trek through six rural Nebraska towns.
Small town spirit is a big interest of mine.
I’ve been involved with community journalism since 1963 when I wrote for my elementary school paper, the FairView, through high school and college and then writing for the Wyoming State Journal.
After moving to Colorado in 1993, I was plying my fund raising and city – tribal economic development experience when the economy tanked in 2001 and 2008.
There wasn’t much community journalism opportunity, so I resurrected my writing prowess as a screen writer. My first short screenplay, “Stardust”, won an award in the 2005 Denver Screenwriting Center contest.
My newspaper forte’ was column writing about just about anything. I’ve been doing some recreational column writing on my facebook page. My friend, colleague and web guru Peter Wayne suggested that I move my facebook notes into this blog site which will improve my search engine optimization (SEO).
These notes are random thoughts about random topics – sports politics, personal experiences, movie stuff, which I hope to organize into a memoir.
As for current projects, I recently received some funds from the Wyoming Arts Council and Wyoming Humanities Council to make two documentaries about some of the New Deal artists who created work in Wyoming and another about the “Art of the Hunt.”
I returned from a trip to the Wind River Indian Reservation and as a volunteer for BCM am working on a virtual reality movie with a group of tribal students.
“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community” about my recovery from my death bed at Silver Sage Village is on the private screening circuit.
In the summer of 2013, I co-produced a SAG indie narrative movie “Mahjong and the West” which premiered at the semi-important Woodstock Film Festival in October 2014.
Over the years, I’ve produced directed, filmed and/or edited several short movies, “Running Horses” (Runner Up – Wyoming Short Film Contest), “On the Trail: Jack Kerouac in Cheyenne” (Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival, Top 10 Wyoming Short Film Contest), “Gold Digger” (Boulder Asian Film Festival), “Adobo” (Boulder International Film Festival), “A Little Bit of Discipline” (Rosebud Film Series), and two feature length documentaries “Your Neighbor’s Child” (Wyoming PBS and Rocky Mountain PBS), and “Serotonin Rising” (American Film Market, Vail Film Festival). I also directed and produced the award winning stage play “Webster Street Blues” by my childhood friend Warren Kubota.
Boulder Community Media also does business as Wyoming Community Media and Nebraska Community Media. I wish I could say I was becoming a mega media mogul, but I’m too much of a do-gooder and prefer to “spread around the wealth.”
BCM is a non-profit production group dedicated to democratzing electronic media on the large and small screens, printed page and stage by providing sustainable and community-based content.
I mostly work with community based media producers, organizations, and socially-responsible businesses to develop their content via – the written word, electronic and new media, the visual and performing arts in a culturally competent manner – I’m what’s commonly called a niche TV and movie producer.
Along with all this is plying my forte’ – fund development through grant writing, sponsorship nurturing and event planning.
ECOS – I dusted off my community and economic development hat and positioned it as Environmental and Cultural Organizational Systems. There’s a tab on the website that explains what ECOS is doing. During these times of intercultural conflicts, political upheaval and cultural divisions, there’s a need for cultural competency training, diverse housing opportunities and cultural brokerage to assist businesses and organizations better manage the change that’s happening in the world around us.