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Great American Wheat Harvest film wins EMMY®

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October 3, 2015
The Great American Wheat Harvest wins a 2015 Mid-America Regional EMMY® Award

Emmitsburg, MD

Film maker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC is excited to announce that his 2014 documentary the Great American Wheat Harvest film has received a Mid-America Regional EMMY® Award!  On Saturday, October 3, the Mid-America Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences held the EMMY® Gala in St. Louis, Missouri and the Great American Wheat Harvest was selected as the WINNER FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY – CULTURAL.

The Great American Wheat Harvest is the story about the American harvesters who risk everything to put food on our tables. Each year they travel from Texas north across the Western Plains harvesting wheat and other crops that feed the world. The film follows their journey and tells their stories.

The film aired on WQPT (Quad Citiies PBS) this past February, and consequently qualified to be submitted for the EMMY® nomination. As one of nineteen regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Mid-America Chapter is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards.

conradEMMYIt’s the first EMMY® nomination and win for Weaver. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in this manner, it truly was unexpected!  First, I want to thank my family: my wife, Jodi, and children, Laken and Spencer who supported me throughout the four years of production that went into making this film. Without their support and love, I couldn’t have worked on a project like this!  I also want to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this film possible, and for the staff at WQPT for airing the film on their Quad Cities PBS station. And last but certainly not least, I want to thank the harvesters who took a risk and allowed me to document their lives and work. I’m truly blessed to call them my friends!”

Weaver is currently working on a new documentary film called, Thirsty Land. It’s the story about the drought in the American West and its impact on agriculture, communities, and the environment. Thirsty Land is expected to be released in late 2016. Be sure to check out the photos and videos on the Thirsty Land Facebook page, or visit, www.thirstylandmovie.com.

Documenting “The Great American Wheat Harvest”

Originally Published by Aginfo.net

by Lacy Gray, click here for bio

Program: Food Forethought
Date: September 16, 14

Download Report: FFT091614.mp3

Long before I was even a twinkle in my Dad’s eye he worked as a custom wheat harvester, traveling around the Midwest, parts of the south and even up into the Pacific Northwest harvesting wheat. I always found his stories about those times interesting and entertaining. I was amazed that my Dad had done this. “The Great American Wheat Harvest” is a documentary film that tells the story of five hard working families and crews who travel the country harvesting that golden grain that as the film’s producers say, “feeds our Great Country and the World”. Produced by award winning director and producer Conrad Weaver, the film was four years in the making and is now touring the nation since its premier at the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C. on National Ag Day this past spring. Weaver says that the response he has received from the thousands of people who have viewed the film has been “overwhelmingly positive”. For those unable to attend a film screening a coffee table book is available which contains beautiful photos of the numerous harvest scenes he and his crew shot while making the documentary. For more information on the film visit greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

Wheat Harvest Documentary Reviews

By Cindy Zimmerman

nh-harvest-14-zackWe talked with a couple of the people at the showing last month of “The Great American Wheat Harvest” in Bismark, North Dakota and everyone seemed to give it two thumbs up.

“I think it will open people’s eyes if they see it as to how the whole industry works,” said Zack, a custom harvester from Girard, Kansas who was at the showing with his family. “I’ll let everybody know about it.”

A farming couple from North Dakota was excited to see people they knew on the big screen. “It was just great to see the whole run of the harvest…even though we’re farmers ourselves,” said Bonnie. “American people need to realize what wheat harvest entails and what it does for our country,” agreed her husband Lyle.

“Now everybody can understand what we do,” says Kim from Bowdon, ND, who works with a custom harvest family.
Listen: Interviews with Great American Wheat Harvest viewers

nh-harvest-14-truckRick Solberg, a cash crop product specialist with New Holland based in Bismark, says there’s a lot of heavy machinery in the movie of all different colors. “There’s certainly a lot of pride working with New Holland and seeing that product in the field and people who own it,” said Solberg. “It’s real life. There’s a big cross section of different manufacturers and equipment in the harvest.”

New Holland is one of the sponsors of the documentary and so is John Deere, Case IH, MacDon, and Claas. Wheat harvesting is color blind!

 

Interview with Rick Solberg, New Holland


New Holland 2014 Harvest Support

Frederick Film Maker Announces Maryland Premiere of Documentary

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Frederick Film Maker Announces Maryland Premiere of the Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary
Emmitsburg, MD – August 15, 2014   Documentary filmmaker and video producer, Conrad Weaver of Emmitsburg, MD announces that his film, the Great American Wheat Harvest will make it’s Maryland debut at the Holiday Cinemas in Frederick, on Thursday, August 28.  The evening will begin at 6:00PM with a meet and greet with Weaver, and the film showing at 7:15PM. There will also be a Q & A time after the film shows.
Weaver produced the documentary over the past four years that took him on a journey of more than 100,000 miles.  “The Great American Wheat Harvest is a compelling story that few people know about. It’s a story about agriculture, and about the process of harvesting that helps get our food from the field to the table,” Weaver explains.

The film tells the story of five harvesting families and crews who travel from Texas to the Canadian border each year harvesting wheat. “At first I thought it would be a film about big farm machinery and beautiful landscapes – and those things are there – but it’s really a story about people.” The harvesting families and farmers Weaver met over the past four years have become some of his best friends, and the film explains how they take incredible financial risks most people wouldn’t dream of taking, in order to make a living. The work they do enables the rest of us to have food on our tables.
The Great American Wheat Harvest had it’s national Premiere at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC on National Ag Day in March, and has since been screening in theaters and special events around the country. According to Weaver, thousands of people have already seen the film and the response is overwhelmingly positive. Weaver says he hopes people will have a better understanding of where their food comes from and what it takes to get a loaf of bread to the table.

In addition to the film, Weaver has recently published a coffee-table book containing beautiful photos of harvest scenes he and his crew shot while making the documentary. The photo book is available for purchase at the film web site: GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com and will be available at the Frederick event.

Weaver is releasing a DVD and Blu-ray disc in October that will contain the feature film, as well as many extra features not seen in the film. For more information about the film, or to pre-order a DVD or Blu-ray, visit www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com.

Holiday Cinemas is located at 100 Baughmans Lane, Frederick, MD 21702.

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New Holland Agriculture Sponsors North Dakota Premiere

Emmitsburg, MD – August 14, 2014 –
Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces New Holland Agriculture as the North Dakota Premiere sponsor for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film, featured at the Bismarck’s Grand 22 movie theater Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m.

Weaver invites and welcomes the public to attend and recognizes New Holland Agriculture as one of the many companies and agricultural organizations that provided support for the production of the film. Earlier this year, the North Dakota Wheat Commission, along with other North Dakota state agriculture groups and agencies, also teamed up to sponsor the film.

“We are excited to be back in North Dakota and and welcome the support of New Holland as we present the film for the first time to North Dakota movie goers,” he says. “The state’s wheat farming families will recognize many scenes and relate to the family farm story of Stuart and Katie Dilse near Scranton.”

The Zeorian Harvesting & Trucking of Manley, Nebr., and the L. Petersen Farms of Hodgeville, Saskatchewan, both run New Holland combines on the wheat harvest route from Texas and Canada and also are profiled in the film. The Zeorian’s tell their story of the wheat harvest through the All Aboard Wheat Harvest custom harvester blog, produced by High Plains Journal and sponsored by New Holland Agriculture.

“New Holland is pleased to sponsor the showing of this important documentary film in North Dakota, the state that leads the nation in hard red spring wheat and durum production,” says Mark Hooper, New Holland Director of Marketing, North America. “As an advocate for agriculture, we feel this film is a smart way to connect consumers with the North American wheat growers and custom harvesters who produce their food.”

New Holland provides combine service to custom harvesters through the New Holland Harvest Support Team, which travels with the wheat harvest. The Harvest Support Team of equipment experts will be attending the film showing in Bismarck. The Grand 22 Theatre is located at 1486 Interstate Loop.

For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, GAWH National Executive Co-Coordinator, call (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

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/

Media Coverage of Our Film Premiere

From KNEB.com

“Great American Wheat Harvest” film premiers

At the National Agriculture Day celebration in the nation’s capital, “The Great American Wheat Harvest” documentary made it’s debute. The film directed by Conrad Weaver set out to show how wheat goes from the field to the table. The film took more than two years to go from concept to finished project. Weaver is excited to see the project come to fruition. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, He compared the experience to childbirth.

“A lot pain leading up to it and then once we have the film out there it’s a big sign of relief and exciting,” Weaver said. “It’s a big day, glad to be on this side of things”.

The film explores the life of four custom harvest crews who travel from the heart of Texas to the Canadian border harvesting the wheat that feeds America and the world. Weaver says like agriculture, the story has several unexpected turns.

“The one harvest crew that we thought we would spend a lot more time with, actually had a lot very bad year as far as harvest,” Weaver said. “They had very little wheat to cut, so we didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with them. So I guess that’s a surprise and and a twist we didn’t really anticipate, but I guess it’s kinda par for the course for harvest. Every year is different and harvest season has its own surprises”.

The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary will now be shown around the country. Weaver says next week they will have screenings in Lincoln and Scottsbluff.

“So we’re excited to be there to bring this film to the general public,” Weaver said. “Beyond that we have screenings the next three or four weeks in various cities and we’re working on big plans to get this film into theaters around the country”.

The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary will be premiered in western Nebraska at the historic Midwest Theater on Friday, April 4 at 7:30.

 

From Agwired.com

Great American Wheat Harvest Premier

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Great American Wheat HarvestThe National Premier Screening of The Great American Wheat Harvest movie took place yesterday as the first of many National Ag Day activities. On hand were the stars of the documentary that include:

Jim Deibert – JKD Harvesting
Jim & Tracy Zeorian – Jim Zeorian Harvesting
Dan, Kristy, & Emma Misener – Misener Family Harvesting
Lee Petersen – L. Petersen Farms
Eric Wolgemuth – Wolgemuth Harvesting

I spoke with this group of awesome and passionate custom harvesters before the film premier. I asked them about their experience of being filmed for the project. They all really enjoyed working with the producer, Conrad Weaver, and believe he truly captured their livelihood as it really is. They hope the non-farm public will feel what they feel.

You can listen to my interview with the harvesters here:Interview with Custom Harvesters

The film is now ready for prime time and Conrad is busy working on distribution. Later this year we’ll also be able to order a copy of the movie. I’ll announce that when we get the details.

You can find photos from all National Ag Day activities online here: 2014 Ag Day Photo Album

 

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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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

Feed My Starving Children Partners with Documentary Filmmaker

FMSC_logo_horizontal_PMS_647CConjoStudios, LLC., President, Conrad Weaver announces his plans to support the efforts of FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN through the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN, a Christian nonprofit based in Coon Rapids, MN, and founded in 1987,  provides nutritionally complete meals for starving, malnourished and hungry people in nearly 70 countries. The prepackaged dry meals cost less than a quarter to make and are 100 percent donor funded and assembled by volunteers in the United States.

Weaver says the mission of FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world aligns with the related theme of the Great American Wheat Harvest’s efforts to raise greater awareness to the production, harvesting and distribution of a necessary, sustainable food supply, like wheat.

Mark Crea, executive director/CEO of FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN, says the nonprofit partners with other faith-based and humanitarian-minded organizations, like ConjoStudios, to maximize its ability to feed God’s children. The group currently has concentrated relief efforts in the Philippines where one of the worst storms ever recorded — Typhoon Haiyan — struck the southeast Asian island last November.

“Because of our partners, we were immediately able to open and fill extra food-packing sessions and ship an additional 5.4 million emergency meals to the Filipinos,” Crea says. “We will continue to pack meals for our Filipino brothers and sisters, as we keep our meal commitments to other countries, too.”
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN has received nine consecutive 4-star evaluations from Charity Navigator; putting them in the top 1 percent of charities in the United States that they review; is recognized by Intelligent PhilanthropyTM for its Commitment To Transparency; and has met the all 25 Accountability Standards of the Charities Review Council.
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About ConjoStudios, LLC
ConjoStudios, LLC is owned and operated by award-winning videographer and producer,
Conrad Weaver. Conrad has provided video services for government agencies, media
agencies, large and small companies, non-profits and individuals.
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SAVE THE DATE: The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film National Premiere Screening kicks off National Ag Day on March 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Seats are limited and you must RSVP for this event at: https://gawhpremiere.eventbrite.com

For more information, visit the www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com website. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities/benefits or more information about the national premiere in Washington, D.C., contact me, Jody L. Lamp at 406-698-9675 or by email at jody@GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com

New Sponsors Announced for Documentary

NorthwestFarmCreditServices

westbred_logo For Immediate Release:
The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary filmmaker, Conrad Weaver, of ConjoStudios, LLC  announces the addition of three new executive sponsors:
claas
CLAAS of America, Inc., WestBred, and Northwest Farm Credit Services.

In addition to its sponsorship, Weaver says CLAAS of America Inc., recently hosted the film’s “After the Harvest” post-production interviews and wrap-up with the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., at its facilities in Omaha, NE.

“As we near our national premiere screening at National Ag Day in Washington, D.C., we welcome the capacity and partnership with the addition of these new executive sponsors,” Weaver says.

CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products.  For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

WestBred® specializes in the development of small grains germplasm with assets in all classes of wheat. WestBred varieties are based on one of the leading sources of small grains germplasm and proprietary seed genetics in North America and sold through a nationwide network of more than 100 licensed seed companies.

Farm Credit Services also known as Northwest Farm Credit Services or Northwest FCS, is part of the 97-year-old Farm Credit System, the largest single provider of credit to American Agriculture. With corporate headquarter offices in Spokane, Wash.,  Northwest FCS has branches in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film National Premiere Screening kicks off National Ag Day on March 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Seats are limited and you must RSVP for this event at: https://gawhpremiere.eventbrite.com

For more information, visit the www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com website. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities/benefits or more information about the national premiere in Washington, D.C., contact me, Jody L. Lamp at 406-698-9675406-698-9675 or by email at jody@GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com