Movie to be featured Saturday and Sunday at Wellington Regent Theater

Great American Wheat Harvest’ movie to be featured Saturday and Sunday at Wellington Regent Theater

July 11, 2014

Sumner Newscow report — There are still two showings of the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film being shown at the Wellington Regent Theater as part of the Wheat Capital of the World’s 114th annual celebration of the Kansas Wheat Festival. The second and third showing is Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Independent filmmaker Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC, from Emmitsburg, Md., will be available from 1 to 2 p.m., before the Sunday afternoon screening for a meet and greet with movie patrons and media interviews.

“We’re excited to be attending and to be a part of this annual event that honors the Kansas wheat farmers and harvesters,” Weaver says. “We spent a lot of our production hours here in Kansas and our fans are sure to recognize some familiar people and places.”

At the “Meet and Greet”, Weaver will be available to give updates and interviews about the film’s progress since it’s national premiere screening on National Ag Day on March 25 in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He reminds patrons and supporters that a portion of the proceeds for this film will go to help support Feed My Starving Children, a Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Wheat Shines in the Spotlight

Published from the High Plains Journal

Wheat shines in the spotlight

By Jennifer M. Latzke


Members of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., and Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation presented a $1.1 million check to the OSU wheat breeding program before the special screening of the “Great American Wheat Harvest” movie April 16. Much of the donation came from royalties earned by OSU-bred wheat varieties that were marketed through OGI. Gary Clark, OSU vice president, accepted the check. (Journal photo by Kylene Scott.)

It’s rare that farmers and custom harvesters get the red carpet treatment.

But at the recent screening of the documentary film “Great American Wheat Harvest,” wheat farmers and custom cutters finally got their due recognition.

An audience of about 200 gathered at the Oklahoma State University Student Union April 16 to view the film. The documentary follows three custom harvester crews on the harvest trail from Texas to Canada, including All Aboard Wheat Harvest correspondents Taylor Zeorian and Emma Misener.

The Misener family, of Misener Family Harvesters, Elk City, Okla., was on hand for the event. Dan Misener said that he and his family were happy to be a part of the movie because it serves as a great tool to promote agriculture and to show just what wheat harvest crews do for American consumers every year.

“This is a very real portrayal of what we do,” Misener said. Filming happened to fall in the midst of the worst drought covering much of the Great Plains, which presented a very real risk to custom cutters who have no insurance to fall back on when fields are unharvestable.

Director and Producer Conrad Weaver attended the screening and said it was a privilege to spend three years and more than 100,000 miles traveling up and down the trail to film the harvest crews and share their story with the public. Weaver said the idea to do this film came from his wife, who encouraged him to approach the topic.

“The general public needs to understand what goes on in agriculture, and what really goes on,” Weaver said. “This is real reality, not manufactured. It was filmed as it happened.” He found enough drama and inspiration naturally in telling the story of wheat harvesters who manage rising equipment and labor costs, Mother Nature’s moods, and traveling away from home for months on end.

The film has an Oklahoma connection. It features OSU wheat breeder Brett Carver, talking about the public wheat breeding at OSU and other land-grant universities. It also showed former Oklahoma Wheat Growers President Jimmy Musick, Sentinel, Okla., and Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte as they toured wheat fields in the state in the spring searching for freeze damage.

Much like harvest is a collaborative effort, so too was funding for the film, which came from a variety of industry and individual sponsors. Sponsors came from all segments of the industry, from state wheat commissions to equipment dealers and custom cutters themselves.

Just prior to the beginning of the film, the OWC, OWGA, Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., and the Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation presented a $1.1 million check to the wheat breeding program at OSU, much of which came from royalties earned by wheat varieties bred by OSU and marketed through OGI. Dignitaries took to the stage to take a picture with Gary Clark, vice president of OSU, as he was presented the check.

The “Great American Wheat Harvest” film is now available to theaters for exhibition. Weaver said he’s working on getting it into as many theaters as possible to share the message of agriculture. Farmers can help spread the word by talking to their local independent theaters and asking them to bring the film to their community. It’s also available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray via the film’s website, www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

The process of telling custom harvesters’ stories through this film was a privilege, Weaver said.

“Thank you,” Weaver said in his introduction of the film. “Thank you to the wheat farmers and those individuals who help them, from those of us who eat.”

Jennifer M. Latzke can be reached by phone at 620-227-1807 or by email at jlatzke@hpj.com.

Date: 4/28/2014

Wheat Harvest Film Debuted at Ag Day Festivities

AgDayPremiere-1-24The debut of The Great American Wheat Harvest was seen by many during Ag Day activities this year in Washington D.C. Chuck took time to chat with Barry Nelson, John Deere, who was a huge sponsor of the production. He also spoke with the director, Conrad Weaver. Both couldn’t have been more excited with how the film turned out and can’t wait to get it out for the whole world to see.

“It exceeded my expectations.” Barry said, “After being able to see the final cut of the film, seeing the reaction from the crowd, but also how Conrad Weaver the producer was able to tell the story of these different custom cutters going on the harvester trail and how difficult it is. Boy, I think it’s a great story and now we are excited to see where the film is going to be debuted and shown across the US.”

Barry believes this film sets itself apart from other documentaries because it really tells the story of the families involved in this and how hard it is to predict the weather, manage the equipment and make sure they are in the right place at the right time.

You can listen to Chuck’s complete interview with Barry here: Interview with Barry Nelson

Conrad said, “It’s kind of like giving birth. You have all the toil for years and now you have birthed this thing called a movie and it’s exciting, it’s thrilling and it’s a relief to be done. But now the real work begins of getting the message out to the people.”

For the next two years Conrad said he will be busy making sure the world sees this production. They are also still looking for sponsorships to help fund marketing dollars to help get this in theaters everywhere. In the future Conrad is toying with some other project ideas all relating to agriculture. We should expect to continue to see and hear his name mentioned as a true advocate for the agricultural community.

You can listen to Chuck’s complete interview with Conrad here: Interview with Conrad Weaver

Original Content: http://agwired.com/2014/04/16/wheat-harvest-film-debuted-at-ag-day-festivities/

National Premiere Sponsorships Available

NationalAgDayWow!!  Can you believe we are less than 30 days away from our National Premiere Screening of the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film!?  We’re excited that the screening of this important film is a part of National Ag Day in our Nation’s Capital and are thrilled to be able to show it at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

An important event like National Ag Day brings many people, organizations, companies, and government agencies who are all concerned with producing food for our growing world.  We are looking forward to showcasing this film to these groups of people in Washington, DC.

In order to make this a successful event, and to include as many people as possible, we are looking for companies, organizations, and individuals who would consider becoming a “Friends of the Film” Hospitality Sponsor at the National Premiere event.   A  “Friends of the Film” hospitality sponsorship will allow your organization or company to be recognized at the event and be among the representatives of other vested businesses, organizations and individual partners who help bring food from the field to the table and ultimately, to the consumer.

Your Hospitality Premiere Screening Sponsorship helps cover venue and reception expenses and commemorates the launching of this national treasure film that will be archived for generations to see and learn about the entire network of those involved in food production. We invite you to be a part of agriculture history!

Deadline: Hospitality “Friends of the Film” Sponsorship forms must be received by Monday, March 10.

For your sponsorship consideration, please see the following benefits:

Hospitality “Friends of the Film” Sponsorship ($1,000)

- Recognition in the Commemorative Program (Logo included) as a Hospitality Partner Sponsor  of the National Premiere.
- Recognition at the “Meet and Greet Breakfast Reception”
- Receive an autographed copy of the film upon release of the DVD/BLU-RAY.

Fan of the film ($500)

- Listed in the commemorative program
- Recognition at the Meet and Greet Breakfast Reception
- Receive an autographed copy of the film upon release of the DVD/BLU-RAY.

Supporter ($250)

- Listed in the commemorative program
- Receive an autographed copy of the film upon release of the DVD/BLU-RAY.

Individual ($100)

- Listed in the commemorative program
- Receive an autographed copy of the film upon release of the DVD/BLU-RAY.

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To make a payment online using your credit card, make your selection below, then click the “Buy Now” button.


Sponsor Selection
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If you would rather send a check, please make your check payable to:
ConjoStudios, LLC
343 Mountaineers Way
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Thank you for your consideration. For information about additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact: National Executive Coordinators

Melody Dobson & Jody Lamp
406-690-5503 or 406-698-9675

Email contacts:
Melody@GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com, Jody@GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com

With Highest Regards,

Jody & Team GAWH

New Sponsorship from Nebraska Wheat Board

Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film Enters Post-Production; Receives More State Support from Nebraska Wheat Board
Emmitsburg, MD – Nov. 12, 2013
nebraskaWith wheat harvest filming complete and post-production in progress, the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film, independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces the Nebraska Wheat Board (NWB) recently approved and appropriated funding to become one of the film’s new executive sponsors.

Weaver says NWB gave its endorsement early in the film project when in October 2012 NWB chairman, Von Johnson, and the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association (NWGA), president, Dayton Christensen, provided the Great American Wheat Harvest with a letter of support to endorse the film’s mission of connecting consumers with wheat farmers and harvesters.

As we’ve traveled throughout Nebraska this past year, we’ve come to know and appreciate how this state’s wheat board supports its producers and the whole network of people it takes to grow, produce and harvest their crop, Weaver says. “This is an organization that understands the educational impact this film will have by bringing conversation about food from the field to the table.”

In 2009, NWGA created the Mobile Baking Lab as a tool to educate consumers on where their food comes from and connect producers and consumers through fresh-baked wheat foods like cinnamon rolls, bread, cookies and pasta. The Mobile Baking Lab, along with its NWGA volunteers, travels across the United States to events to provide demonstrations of wheat nutrition, education and food choices.

“The cities of Lincoln and Scottsbluff are slated as the two-film premier sites for Nebraska during our state wheat-belt tour, so we look forward to working with NWGA and having the Mobile Baking Lab at these events,” Weaver says. “We welcome more state wheat commissions, businesses, organizations and individuals to collaborate with us in their cities and state’s film events.”

Von Johnson, chairman of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says the board supports the film as it strengthens the organization’s mission of promoting Nebraska wheat farmers and providing an interactive tool to help explain wheat’s role in the world’s agricultural food production and diet. “We believe the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film shows an overall perspective of American agriculture and will highlight how our state’s wheat farmers take an active role in growing the world’s wheat food supply,” Johnson says. “We hope viewers will
come away with a better understanding of our modern farming practices.”

The Nebraska Wheat Board now joins Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee as state wheat sponsors. Other Great American Wheat Harvest major sponsors include: John Deere; U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc.; C& B Operations; MacDon Industries; Case IH; Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters;
TMCO/National Manufacturing; and media partner, AgWired, an online media service at http://agwired.com.

Local Broadcaster to be in Documentary

By CHABELLA GUZMAN Staff Reporter

MINATARE — Farm Broadcaster Howard Hale has been following wheat harvests for more than five years.

Now, he has company in documentary filmmaker Conrad Weaver, director, producer and president of Conjostudios LLC of Maryland. Weaver is creating a documentary on wheat harvesting that will follow wheat from the seed to the table. Since January, he has been on the road filming across the wheat belt, which includes Nebraska.

Stops in the Panhandle included one in Chappell, with Jesse Smith at a grain elevator; with Meghan Spyke at Frenchman Valley Coop in Lodgepole; and Wednesday morning with Hale.

Hale was born and raised in Minatare. He was raised in agriculture and was selling ads at KOLT when he had the opportunity to become a broadcaster.

“The station manager said I was the only person there that knew about agriculture, and I moved over to broadcasting in 1985.” Hale said.

He did harvest reports and was doing part-time work for a station in Brush, Colo., when U.S. Custom Harvesters approached him in 1992 to do contract work.

“I did harvest reports from coast to coast and from border to border,” Hale said.

Weaver and his camera have also been moving across the wheat belt. He has had help from Jody Lamp and Melody Dobson, national executive co-coordinators of “The Great American Wheat Harvest” documentary.

“We are at the halfway point, halfway through with the harvest and halfway through with the film,” Dobson said.

Weaver has been following three harvest crews across the wheat belt — Deibert Harvesting; Tracy Zeorian, a custom harvester and president of the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.; and Misener Family Harvesters.

Since the documentary started three years ago, Conrad and his wife, Jody Weaver, have met many harvesters.

“These are really hardworking people,” Jody said. “I’ve learned so much growing up in the city. I never thought of the process it took and all the partners involved to get my loaf of bread to the table.”

The growers themselves do some of the wheat harvesting, but many will hire harvesting crews. With time the equipment has become bigger and better, where GPS systems can pretty much drive a tractor.

“There are fewer harvesters, but they can cover more acres as the equipment has changed,” Hale said.

He added that it’s cost effective for a large farm to hire harvesters, with two to 10 machines, than have the machines sit around most of the year.

“Harvesting wheat has to be done on a timely basis. When it’s ready, you have to get it out of the fields,” Hale said.

Hale has been inducted into the hall of fame for U.S. Customs Harvesters, Inc.

The documentary is expected to be done in March, and Lamp said they are hoping to do theatrical presentations, including one in Scottsbluff.

For more information on the documentary, visit www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

Rural Radio Foundation contributes to Wheat Harvest movie

 

Rural Radio Foundation contributes to Wheat Harvest movie

The Great American Wheat Harvest movie is moving through the panhandle and Wednesday it got a financial boost when the Nebraska Rural Radio Association Foundation donated $1,000 toward the project.

Westco CEO and President David Briggs, who is chairman of the Foundation Board, says the film which will document the 2013 wheat harvest, fits one of the key missions of the Foundation, educating America about the story of agriculture.

Producer-Director Conrad Weaver graciously accepted the check from Briggs during a presentation at the KNEB studios.

Weaver says production on the movie has already chronicled significant differences in yield, from crippled drought stricken crops in Texas and western Kansas to tremendous yields in eastern Kansas, where rain has been plentiful. The film crews were in the Chappell area and southwest of Kimball recently and will move north into Montana and all the way to Saskatchewan, Canada.

The goal is to have the movie debut on National Ag Day in Washington, D.C in March of 2014 and then tour in movie theaters throughout America, including the Historic Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff.

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On the Move

July1-0595Come out and join us as the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film crew heads north and back out on the wheat harvest with its U.S. Custom Harvester Inc., crews in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana!

We don’t want to miss an opportunity to visit with you.

Please see the schedule below for filmmaker Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC:

July 23-24: Imperial and Scottsbluff, NE

July 25-27: Wall, SD and surrounding area

July 28-30: Billings, MT and surrounding area
BlackIn addition, we are taking pre-orders for the NEW Great American Wheat Harvest T-Shirts! Show your support and help share the story by ordering your 2013 Harvest Crew shirt (see attached pictures) at http://www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com/t-shirt-order-page Please expect to wait a couple of weeks to receive your shirt. We’ll send them out as soon as we can. Thank you so much!

To schedule media interviews, speaking appearances or inquire about sponsorship opportunities/benefits contact me, Jody L. Lamp at (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com.