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Hello all! It's been awhile since I updated everyone on the ongoing ghost town documentary project, so here goes: The theatrical road show for "Ghosts of the West" in 2013-2014 was so successful (many sold out crowds) that we began work on the next installment of the film. It is mostly shot, but there are pickups to be done and all that goes with post-production. It is still at least a couple years off. In the meantime, I've been doing the lecture circuit with my next appearance at the Colorado Chautauqua (Boulder, CO) on Wednesday, April 3. When they first contacted me they asked if I happened to have a book, so naturally I had to create one. If you would like to check out some of the content of the book that is nearly ready for publication, or get an idea of what's in store for the NEXT movie, please check out the video for the kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/knightskypictures/ghosts-of-the-west-old-west-ghost-towns-book Thank you!
Greetings all! The Special Edition DVD of Best Documentary Award-winner "Ghosts of the West" is now available. It has begun appearing on the shelves of retailers in Colorado and Montana, particularly at places like South Park City, Virginia City, Nevada City, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR, and others. It's also available online for those not near any of those places. If you're interested, please take a look at http://www.ghostsofthewestmovie.com/store_index The first 25 copies ordered through the website will be signed by the writer-director. Also, it's the "special edition" because some of the extras included on it will NOT be on future pressings! Incidentally, for the Facebook-minded, our page there is http://www.facebook.com/GhostsOfTheWestmovie
Hi all! The Durango weekend (May 31-June 2) screenings went extremely well. Many who had never been to the theatre before came just for "Ghosts of the West". Audiences consisted of 20-somethings to 80+ year olds, and ranged from above-average to exceptional in size for the theatre at each screening. Q&A sessions were lively to say the least and quite a number of folks remained behind to tell us their personal stories. (One gentleman quietly thanked us for telling his family's story--his family had settled in and taken part in some of the events described in the film.) Last night, the theatre requested the go-ahead to show the film for weekly Saturday matinees in the summer (we of course said yes). Now some news for those along Colorado's Front Range that we're particularly excited about: The Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins will host a screening on August 3 at 7PM, and our long-awaited DENVER PREMIERE EVENT with cast and crew will be held at the LANDMARK ESQUIRE THEATRE on September 26 at 7PM. Tickets for the Esquire went on sale yesterday afternoon and they've already begun selling! Kickstarter VIPs needn't worry--their reserved-seat tickets have already been pulled. For all others--tickets can be purchased at the theatre box office, or online at either: tickets.landmarktheatres.com (this is directly through Landmark Theatres and is similiar to many other online ticketing sites for movie theatres) ghostsofthewestmovie.com/screening_dates.html (this is directly through production company Knight Sky Pictures, which will mail specially printed Event Tickets directly to your door) We are also offering discounts to groups for bulk ticket purchases (not available through Landmark). Thanks to all for supporting "Ghosts of the West". Remember to like us at facebook.com/GhostsOfTheWestmovie to get instant updates (and a few rumors) as they happen!
I appreciate it, Nick! We hope to get multiple stops on the roadshow and bring the film to areas where we filmed as much as possible. Help spread the word about us and send people over to www.facebook.com/GhostsOfTheWestmovie where we post the latest news as it happens.
Nick, Thanks for your interest. First, the best ways to get news as it happens are these: 1) liking/following the film on www.facebook.com/GhostsOfTheWestmovie We post updates immediately there. 2) visiting www.ghostsofthewestmovie.com This typically has major news, links to ticket and screening info, and of course the store. Second, several people who missed the kickstarter fundraising contacted me and asked about the theatrical roadshow and DVD (which will only be availabe to backers of the project or for purchase on the roadshow until 2014 at the earliest). We've set up a secondary fundraising campaign for the roadshow here if you're interested: http://www.ghostsofthewestmovie.com/store.html Finally, the kickstarter funding WAS successful, DVDs have been ordered, and the first stop on the roadshow is Durango, Colorado. Those screenings begin on Friday, May 31. Tickets are now on sale at: http://www.whatshappeningdurango.com Our plan is to continue in Colorado this summer, then expand the scope and range of the roadshow into other states according to how well each screening does (net proceeds from one show go towards the expenses for the next stop), and of course where the fundraising dollars come from! Thanks again for your interest, Ethan
Thanks, Bob! I hope so too! The more funding that comes in between now and 9PM mountain tomorrow (4/14), the further we can bring the roadshow from our homebase in Denver, Colorado! Enjoy the clip and music!
The kickstarter campaign has hit its goal! Here is an update on our theatrical roadshow and the DVD release: The first screening of GHOSTS OF THE WEST in Durango, Colorado will be at the Back Space Theatre at 7PM on Friday, May 31. Additional screenings will take place at 4PM and 7PM on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. The filmmakers plan to be in attendance at all five shows (and plan to give a few things away too). The film will also play weekend matinees during the summer months. We currently are in talks with additional venues in Colorado and New Mexico and hope to have news on those in the short-term. The DVDs will go to the replication facility by the beginning of May, but please be aware that they will NOT be available for sale (not even on our website) until the theatrical road show is over. The ONLY way to get a DVD before 2014 at the earliest is: 1) purchase a copy from the limited supply the filmmakers will bring to the theatrical screenings they personally attend; or, 2) guarantee yourself a copy by joining the kickstarter campaign within the next 33 hours (by Sunday, April 14, 9PM Mountain Time). The link is below. If you visit (even to find out more about the film that hasn't been posted elsewhere), be sure to check updates #4 and #5 for a clip from the film's prologue and a sample of the theme music, respectively: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1979629452/ghosts-of-the-west-award-winning-ghost-town-doc-re Thanks for your support!
Yes... it's a sad truth that the printed word seems unpopular with those under 30. I'd always rather have a book than a tablet in my hand. Mine is a similar struggle--I prefer to shoot with film and the membership in that particular club is growing smaller by the day. I think eventually, it may just be me and Steven Spielberg. Anyway, once I get back into the "ghost town book accumulation mode", I'll be sure to take a look at yours. And yes... Amazon/CreateSpace definitely has a greed factor to it.
Thanks Cindy! Just $1,070 and 15 days to go! I haven't tried Indigogo. We're really hoping to just hit our goal on Kickstarter, which as an "all or nothing" deal--if we don't hit the goal, we get nothing. I posted an update earlier that announces some extra rewards we have in store for our backers should we actually exceed the goal by an extra $500. There's a short sample of music there as well--a clip from the film's theme song that played when they announced "Ghosts of the West" as the winner of the Best Documentary Award last month. What is your book? Is a smaller print run (and a lower funding goal) possible?
Hello all! Epic news for "Ghosts of the West: The End of the Bonanza Trail"! We just signed an exhibition agreement with an indie theatre in the tourist/college town of Durango, Colorado to show the film beginning June 1. There are currently 5 shows planned for opening weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday evenings, and Saturday/Sunday matinees). Additionally, weekend matinees are planned into the summer months. We are continuing to work with indie theaters on a roadshow for the film, but our first stop is finally confirmed. The confidence to sign the exhibition agreement came in big part from the support we've gotten at our kickstarter campaign to help fund the expenses related to it. We aren't at the goal quite yet, but we've only $1,251 left to raise out of the original $4,500. I just posted an update to the project containing a short clip from the film's prologue. Thanks again to all who have supported us. Please continue to share the link and spread the word. The more we raise, the more stops we can make on the roadshow! And remember to visit the project's kickstarter site to be among the first outside of the test screening audiences to see the clip: www.kickstarter.com/projects/knightskypictures/ghosts-of-the-west-award-winning-ghost-town-doc-re
Hi Bob, Those pledging at least $25 (and assuming the project meets its funding goal) will receive a DVD of the film (which is set to include approximately 15 minutes of deleted stories and interviews), have their name listed as a "Contributor" on the DVD package insert and on ghostsofthewestmovie.com, and get a fridge magnet of the movie's poster image. All pledge levels at $25 and up will get the DVD. The higher the level, the greater the incentives. For instance, the CD soundtrack gets added in at the $50 level; at $75 the DVD is signed; at $100 we add two VIP tickets to the Denver premiere screening, a bumper sticker, and list the backer as an "Underwriter", etc. Thanks for your interest! At least two theaters are waiting to hear the results of the kickstarter project--as well as the archive I have to pay for theatrical and DVD usage rights!
South Pass City, approximately 90 miles north of Rock Springs, is a historic site administered by the state of Wyoming. It consists of over 30 log, frame, and stone buildings, along with the Carissa Mine and Stamp Mill.
South Pass City Historic Site
Recently, I’ve been going through my old VHS video tapes and digitizing them to DVDs. These tapes contain my travels and explorations between 1995 and 2009. I thought I’d start releasing some video shorts of my early travels on this forum.
The back story for this particular video is as follows. On March 30, 1996, I made a short hike of about a mile and a third up the lower third of Surprise Canyon, on the western slopes of the Panamint Range, Inyo County, California. This canyon is just outside of Death Valley National Park. This canyon has running water running year round through the stretch shown, fed by substantial Limekiln Springs, and the canyon is a water wonderland. For those not familiar with the area, refer to the two maps. The first one shows the canyon in relation to the region, the other a close up of the canyon and the ghost town of Panamint City. The blue line in the close up image shows the route that was taken.
My next series of videos will be based on a trip in 2000 that I took with Lew Shorb. Lew is a board member here, as well as owner of the popular website http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm
In breaking with my past habit of culling out historical sites and ghost towns and creating short videos dealing with these, I decided to keep the exploring part of Explore Forums in and create videos of each day of my travel and exploration, including our camps. Scenery, travel, camping ghost towns and wide open spaces.
Part one of this series, as well as subsequent videos, will all appear here within this same thread. Part I will start in my garage, where I was finishing up with the packing my truck. The following day, after work, I begin my travels to meet Lew Shorb at Rhyolite, Nevada ghost town.
Our three day, two night travels prowled about the "Nevada Triangle" section of northeastern Death Valley National Park; and will include such sites as:
1. The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad
2. Gold Bar
3. Phinney Mine
4. Strozzi Ranch
5. Currie Well (LV&T RR)
6. Mud Springs Summit (LV&T RR)
7. Happy Hooligan Mine
This video, that of March 30th and 31st, will start off this series; and is brief, only being 3:28 long. Nevada-Triangle_Shorb-2000_Part-1.wmv
So, below is my narrative of part one of this series to give full context of what is seen in the video. It will probably take longer to read than the video is long.
Exploration Field Trips:
May 1-3, 2000
Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
What do you do with three authors, two 4x4’s, two two-way radios, three cameras, and camping supplies? Send them to Death Valley, of course. For three days in the first week of May, 2000, fellow authors and historical researchers Alan Patera, Alan Hensher and myself explored Death Valley north and south.
Alan Patera writes and publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph books. Alan Hensher has been published in several periodicals as well as authoring several books, centering primarily on the history of Mojave Desert sites.
Alan Patera, who hails from Oregon, came south to California and picked up Alan Hensher; then the two came my way. At the time I was living in Ridgecrest, California. After overnighting with my wife and I, the three of us took off for Death Valley. Alan was busy researching and photographing for a future edition of WESTERN PLACES, this time centering on the camps of the Funeral Range, which forms the eastern border of east central Death Valley. Circumstances and changes of our journey lead Alan to plant the seeds of two more future books, this time centering just outside the northernmost section of Death Valley.
Northern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
(and a Blip of Southeastern Oregon Thrown in for Good Measure)
June 19 - 28, 2001
This is the trip that I consider to be my favorite trip I have ever undertaken. It had been in the planning stages since the previous December. Originally, quite a number of people were invited and had semi-committed themselves to come along. Over time, however, eventually the number of people whose semi-commitments became firm commitments to this trip narrowed to four. And I was one of them.
Below, a list of historic locations we visited – in the order that we visited them:
1. Bodie & Benton Railway, California.
2. Stillwater, Nevada.
3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
4. Unionville, Nevada.
5. Midas, Nevada.
6. Spring City, Nevada.
7. Paradise Valley, Nevada.
8. Buckskin, Nevada.
9. National, Nevada.
10. Delamar, Idaho.
11. Silver City, Idaho.
12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
13. Pattsville, Nevada.
14. Aura, Nevada.
15. Cornucopia, Nevada.
16. Edgemont, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
17. White Rock, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
20. Metropolis, Nevada.
21. Charleston, Nevada.
22. Jarbidge, Nevada.