Award-winning Stagecoach film got "reel" at the library
- Every film needs a compelling story to bring it to life. When filmmaker Jen Tennican and writer Rebecca Huntington began to flesh out the ideas, characters and tales that would make up the meat of their film "The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads," they headed for the library.
- The duo wanted a ready-to-use, conveniently located space (that didn't need hours of pre-cleaning, like their offices) to let their creativity take shape. "The library rooms are 'no muss, no fuss.' They're like having a blank slate, which allows you to be more creative. They're a nice, neutral space that helps you to focus and lends professionalism to meetings," said Tennican.
- With Tennican's enthusiastic leadership, the "Stagecoach Bar" film was produced by a local team under the auspices of the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum. The independent film paints a vibrant picture of how one small bar became the melting pot for Jackson Hole, celebrating local characters and the valley's history from the 1940s through the present day. Still gathering awards, the independent documentary has won ten accolades ranging from "Best Documentary" to the "Golden Reel Award" from film festivals around the nation. See images, stories and a clip about the film at http://www.thestagecoachbarfilm.com.
- "The Stagecoach film is about having community spaces where everyone can come together, and there's a similar ethos at the library. The library is also a place where you go and discover a lot about something you never knew, and our productions are a lot like that, too," says Tennican.
- Tennican doesn't sit still. She has now used the library rooms to gather groups of local creatives for even more of her projects. This community-minded filmmaker is currently working on pieces for the teaching group Mobius, http://www.mobiusmoves.com, to teach science standards to kids via dance and movement, a documentary about two, strong-minded local women intimately involved with the Turpin Meadows dude ranch, a short film about the cultural and architectural significance of the Hardeman Barn, and short vignettes about adults rediscovering their passion for participating in the arts.
- Check out more of Tennican's work at http://www.jentenproductions.com. Or learn how to get your own study room reservation at http://tclib.org/index.php/about_tcl/pages/meeting_rooms1.
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