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Production on Film Launched at John Deere Harvester Works

Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Filmmaker Launches 2013 Production at John Deere Harvester Works Factory in Moline, Ill.

Frederick, MD – Jan. 23, 2013 – The Great American Wheat Harvest (GAWH) documentary filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces the film’s 2013 production launch beginning with footage he recently shot at the John Deere Harvester Works Gold Key Factory Tour in Moline, Ill.

As a GAWH Legacy Sponsor, John Deere Moline factory executives and staff members opened its factory doors for the documentary film crew to record Jim and DeAnn Deibert of JKD Harvesting, a premier custom harvesting business based in Colby, Kan, as they took their fourth exclusive Gold Key Experience tour to pick up their John Deere STS combines.

While wheat harvest footage featuring the JKD Harvesting crew can be seen in the original GAWH trailer, Weaver says capturing the Deiberts with their new combines brings perspective to the innovative processes that exist today to help farmers and harvesters become even more productive in what they do. “We appreciate John Deere and their hard-working staff for helping us tell the Great American Wheat Harvest story,” he says.

Great American Wheat Harvest Legacy Sponsors will receive national recognition during pre- and post-production and credited for their support of the success at the film’s premieres and during distribution. John Deere celebrates 176 years as a long-time leader in agricultural equipment and technology.

Jennifer Hartmann, John Deere communications manager, says the Gold Key Tour experience gives its customers behind-the-scenes access to the factory, personalized interaction with the employees and an opportunity to start their own combine for the first time with a skilled Harvester Works operator.

“There is always a great sense of pride in the building when our employees can personally thank customers, who have a direct connection to those who produce and harvest the food we all eat,” Hartmann says. “We appreciate how the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film will tell the complete ‘farm-to-table’ story by including the important role
harvesting equipment helps to increase efficiency in the field.”

The Deiberts started their harvesting business in 1971 and have grown from a one combine operation to several STS John Deere combines with a variety of headers, grain carts and trucks. They travel May through December from North Central Texas to North Dakota harvesting crops such as wheat, oats, barley, durum, spring wheat, field peas, flax, wet corn,
soybeans, dry corn, milo, and sunflowers. “We’ve know many of our customers for more than 20 years,” Jim Deibert says. “We rely on our customers to raise good crops, and they rely on us to bring good people and equipment to
harvest them.”

Deibert commends Weaver for producing the Great American Wheat Harvest film. “This story has needed to be told for a long time,” he says. “Not only from an historical aspect, but to help the American people understand what wheat growers and custom harvesters go through to produce the food that ends up on their table.”

Follow the film’s 2013 production schedule and wheat harvest at www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com and find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to the development and education of telling this vital story of North America’s agriculture. For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, National Executive Co-Coordinator, at (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com.

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Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters Sponsor Film

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Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film Receives International Support and Sponsorship from the Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters Inc.

Frederick, MD – Jan. 15, 2013 – The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film outreach just got bigger with the recent support and sponsorship of the Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters Inc., (ACCHI), says independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC.

Weaver announces the new ACCHI sponsorship after being a keynote speaker at the association’s recent annual convention in Saskatoon, SK, where harvesters and industry representatives from both the United States and Canada gathered to work towards improving the custom harvesting business.

“We now have support on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border in our effort to help better connect consumers to the North America wheat growers and customer harvesters who make their food supply a reality. Weaver says. “We thank ACCHI for recognizing the opportunity to collaborate on this international documentary film.”

Formed in April 1983, ACCHI initially dealt with a specific and immediate immigration issue program to successfully guaranteed future access to the United States market through the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Act and NAFTA.

However, as the group celebrates its 30th anniversary, ACCHI president Shawn Gallagher of Vermillion, AB, says the organization quickly evolved to promote and improve communication and understanding with farmers, the public, equipment dealers, manufacturers and all levels of government.

“This project meets the objectives of our organization very well, therefore it was not a difficult decision for our members to agree to support it,” Gallagher says. “The thought of ‘telling your story or someone else will’ truly resonated with me personally.

“On behalf of ACCHI, we look forward to working with Conrad Weaver as he documents the endeavors of everyone involved in supplying much of the world’s wheat supply and thank him for sharing this with the public.”

In addition, Weaver acknowledges the opportunity and potential to update the name of the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film as more Canadian-based individuals, businesses and organizations come on board to financially back the film.

In 2012, Great American Wheat Harvest major sponsors and strategic partners included John Deere, MacDon Industries, U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc., Teresa Scanlan Miss America 2011 and Harvest For Kids. Upcoming 2013 events for the Great American Wheat Harvest include the Ag Connect Expo & Summit and U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc., Annual Convention, both in Kansas City, Jan. 29-31; and National Ag Day, March 18-19 in Washington D.C.

Visit the website at www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com to find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to the development and education of telling this vital story. 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.

Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, Signs Strategic Partnership

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Agriculture Advocate Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, Signs Strategic Partnership with Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Filmmaker

Frederick, MD – Nov. 14, 2012 – Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, as a strategic partner for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film. Earlier this year, Scanlan filmed a public service announcement to help recruit interest in sponsorship and create awareness to the story of connecting consumers to North America’s wheat growers and custom harvesters. (more…)

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John Deere Sponsors Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film

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Frederick, MD – Oct. 24, 2012

Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces John Deere, as a Legacy Sponsor for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film. In an effort to help better connect consumers to those who produce their food, the film encapsulates the stories of North America’s wheat growers and custom harvesters.

“It speaks highly of the commitment and foresight of a company like John Deere to help us capture, preserve and showcase the cultural heritage that has shaped our way of life,” says Weaver. “A production of this magnitude only becomes reality with the support of those visionary leaders, like John Deere, to see it through to the end.”

John Deere celebrates its 175th anniversary as a long-time leader in agricultural equipment and technology. Barry Nelson, manager of media relations for John Deere Ag and Turf Division, says John Deere applauds the contributions hard-working U.S. and Canadian custom harvesters and farmers make every day to help produce the world’s food supply.
“We want to thank and honor those farmers whose mission it is to provide healthy and nutritious food to a growing world population,” says Nelson. “We recognize the value of supporting a documentary film like the Great American Wheat Harvest to further open the dialogue between producer and consumer and to demonstrate how we bring food from the field to the market.”

In addition, Nelson says that through their extensive dealer network, John Deere provides innovative farm machinery, technology and services to help producers gain even more efficiency in their farm operations.

Weaver acknowledges the many milestones and innovations made by John Deere that have helped farmers and harvesters become even more productive in what they do. “The folks at John Deere are the hard-working, pioneering, kind of people who we are featuring in our film. We’re thrilled that they have joined us in telling the Great American Wheat Harvest story,” he says.

Weaver recently worked with Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, who endorsed and supported the project by filming a public service announcement to help recruit interest in sponsorship. The film’s trailer recently received international recognition when it won the 2012 Silver Award at the 33rd Annual Telly Awards competition.

Great American Wheat Harvest Legacy Sponsors will receive national recognition during pre- and post-production and credited for their support of the success at the film’s premieres and during distribution.

Visit the website at www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com to find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to the development and education of telling this vital story of North America’s agriculture production. A digital file of the promo trailer also is available upon request. For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, National Executive Co-Coordinator, at 406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com.
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Film Partners with Non-Profit Group

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Harvest For Kids and Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film Executives Form Strategic Project Partnership at New World Record-Breaking Event

Frederick, MD – Sept. 27, 2012

Harvest For Kids, a Canadian-based, nonprofit organization focused on creating sustainable community development programs that help bring hope to children in the developing world, and ConjoStudios, LLC., production company for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film, form a strategic project partnership in an effort to raise greater awareness to the production, harvesting and distribution of a common food supply between the two countries.

Executives for Harvest For Kids and national event coordinators for the Great American Wheat Harvest plan to officially announce the partnership near Saskatoon, SK, Oct. 6, as the farmers of Saskatchewan attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most combines harvesting in a single field. A group in Ireland holds the current record of 208 combine harvesters working simultaneously on a single field. Manitoba farmers set the record in 2010 at
the Harvest For Kids event.

Derek Unrau, executive director of Harvest for Kids, and Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC, agree that the focus on agriculture production and overall mission to help bring food sustainability to children, families and communities around the world align to create synergy for additional collaborative partnerships for both projects.

Weaver says the Great American Wheat Harvest’s strategic partners, like Harvest For Kids, provide services or products related to the theme of the documentary film and have committed time and/or resources toward the publicity and success of the film. “As production progresses, our strategic partners will be represented in our marketing and promotional materials,” he says. “So, we’ll be including footage from the 2012 Harvest For Kids record-breaking event in the film.”

In addition to announcing the partnership during the Harvest For Kids world record harvest celebration event, the day includes free activities for all ages. After the harvest, a celebration concert featuring Canadian Country Music Association’s Best New Country Group Nominee High Valley will be held at the Forest Grove Church in Saskatoon.

Unrau say funds for Harvest For Kids Children’s Programs and Micro Projects are raised through sponsorship, advertising, general donations and grain sales and run programs in conjunction with its parent organization, Children’s Camps International, in India, Kenya, Cambodia, Belize, Fiji, and Cuba.
“We work in many areas where children grow up being told they will never amount to anything and are never given a chance at life,” Unrau says. “Through the camping programs, we have seen lives of children and young people changed with the new sense of value they receive.”

Production for the Great American Wheat Harvest continues in 2013, with a scheduled debut of Spring 2014. Visit the website at www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com to find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to the development and education of telling this vital
story.

CONTACT INFORMATION
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.

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.

Resource Links
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/conjostudios
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Conjostudios
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/conjostudios
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/conjostudios

HARVEST FOR KIDS
About Harvest For Kids
We are focused on creating sustainable community development programs that will bring hope to children in the developing world. Showing them that there is hope for a future.

Resource Links
Website & Blog: http://harvestforkids.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/harvestforkids
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarvestForKids
Videos: http://harvestforkids.com/media/2010-harvest-video/

 

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan Endorses Film

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan Endorses Film

Written by Conrad Weaver

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:32

 

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan Speaks Out to Promote American Documentary Wheat Harvest Movie

Frederick, MD – April 25, 2012 – Continuing her efforts to speak out in support of American agriculture, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan joins Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC, to help promote and share the story of where our nation’s food comes from and how it is produced.
Filming on location from her hometown area of Gering and Scottsbluff, Neb., Scanlan plans to help Weaver voice a call to action for American agriculture to support and promote the production of the Wheat Harvest Movie, an American documentary set to release Spring 2014.

Scanlan says she is honored to be an advocate for the film, which will encompass a 10-state region and showcase the lives of hard-working American families, who spend as many as 100 days each year traveling from state to state harvesting the wheat that feeds the world.

“Because the average American is becoming generations removed from the farm, most people don’t understand the connection between the thousands of family farms across the country and the food that ends up on their table,” she says. “It’s important for us to keep telling the story and inform people about the farmers and harvesters that help make our food supply a safe, abundant, and affordable reality.”

Weaver applauds Scanlan’s continued efforts to speak out for agriculture and carry the positive story to non-agriculture audiences who might not otherwise hear the farmers and ranchers message.

“We couldn’t be more honored to be working with Teresa in this capacity and appreciate the national presence she brings to American agriculture,” he says. “The farmers and harvesters featured in the movie take an incredible financial risks to ensure this vital crop helps feed our nation and world.”

Weaver also recently collaborated with two Billings, Mont., based independent, public relations and marketing consultants to serve as ConjoStudios’ national executive co-coordinators for the Wheat Harvest Movie. Melody Dobson of Baseline Communications and Jody Lamp of Lamp Public Relations & Marketing will provide strategic planning, public relations and marketing services to bring a collaborated group of partners together for support of the project.

The new movie title will be announced soon. A promotional trailer for the film can be seen atwww.greatamericanwheatharvest.com. A digital file of the promo trailer also is available upon request.

call (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@greatamericanwheatharvest.com

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.

Resource Links

Wheat Harvest Movie Twitter: @wheat_harvest
Website& Blog: http://www.conjostudios.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/conjostudios
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Conjostudios
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/conjostudios
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/conjostudios

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Movie Trailer to be Featured at Film Festival

The promotional trailer for the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary will be featured in the Clifton Film Fest on Saturday July 21st at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.  The GREAT AMERICAN WHEAT HARVEST is a documentary film being produced that will tell the story of hard-working custom harvesters who travel from the heart of Texas to the Canadian border harvesting the wheat that feeds our Great Country and the World.
The Clifton Film Fest is a film festival located in Northern Virginia showcasing original films made by the surrounding community.

To view an online version of the trailer, visit: http://youtu.be/8hKwHO35I5E

Festival Information:
2012 Festival: Saturday July 21st
Day Showings: $5 per showing
Evening Showing: $10
All Day Saturday Pass: $20 includes all 3 showings during the day and evening showing

Visit http://cliftonfilmfest.com for more information.

For more information about the film, visit: http://www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com

For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, Lamp Public Relations & Marketing, call (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@lampprandmarketing.com.

Movie Trailer Wins Silver Telly

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Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary Film Maker Wins Silver Telly Award for Movie Trailer

Frederick, MD – May 30, 2012 – Amongst nearly 11,000 entries from 50 states and numerous countries, Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC, recently was named the Silver award winner in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards for the GREAT AMERICAN WHEAT HARVEST documentary movie trailer.

Set to release Spring 2014, the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary will follow the wheat harvest 10-state region from Texas up to the Canadian border, featuring the stories of America’s wheat producers and the hard-working harvesting crews. Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, helped launch the film’s title and endorsed and supported the documentary project by filming a public service announcement to help recruit interest in sponsorship.

“I’m thrilled to be a Silver Telly winner for the Wheat Harvest Movie trailer,” says Weaver, who previously received a bronze Telly Award for the documentary, Mi Refugio. “It’s an honor to be selected and recognized for the work we’ve put into this project.”

Less than 10 percent of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, which is the highest honor in the Telly Awards.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” says Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Conjostudios’ accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate
video departments in the world.

In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals and each a past winner of a Silver Telly, selects the Telly Awards winners. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work –entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. For more information about the Telly Awards, visit www.tellyawards.com.

Visit greatamericanwheatharvest.com to find out how you can help and make a financial contribution to the development and education of telling this vital story about American agriculture production. A digital file of the promo trailer also is available upon request. For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact:

Jody L. Lamp, Lamp Public Relations & Marketing,
call (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@lampprandmarketing.com.

 

Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan Endorses Film

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan Speaks Out to Promote American Documentary Wheat Harvest Movie

Frederick, MD – April 25, 2012 – Continuing her efforts to speak out in support of American agriculture, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan joins Maryland-based independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC, to help promote and share the story of where our nation’s food comes from and how it is produced.
Filming on location from her hometown area of Gering and Scottsbluff, Neb., Scanlan plans to help Weaver voice a call to action for American agriculture to support and promote the production of the Wheat Harvest Movie, an American documentary set to release Spring 2014.

Scanlan says she is honored to be an advocate for the film, which will encompass a 10-state region and showcase the lives of hard-working American families, who spend as many as 100 days each year traveling from state to state harvesting the wheat that feeds the world.

“Because the average American is becoming generations removed from the farm, most people don’t understand the connection between the thousands of family farms across the country and the food that ends up on their table,” she says. “It’s important for us to keep telling the story and inform people about the farmers and harvesters that help make our food supply a safe, abundant, and affordable reality.”

Weaver applauds Scanlan’s continued efforts to speak out for agriculture and carry the positive story to non-agriculture audiences who might not otherwise hear the farmers and ranchers message.

“We couldn’t be more honored to be working with Teresa in this capacity and appreciate the national presence she brings to American agriculture,” he says. “The farmers and harvesters featured in the movie take an incredible financial risks to ensure this vital crop helps feed our nation and world.”

Weaver also recently collaborated with two Billings, Mont., based independent, public relations and marketing consultants to serve as ConjoStudios’ national executive co-coordinators for the Wheat Harvest Movie. Melody Dobson of Baseline Communications and Jody Lamp of Lamp Public Relations & Marketing will provide strategic planning, public relations and marketing services to bring a collaborated group of partners together for support of the project.

The new movie title will be announced soon. A promotional trailer for the film can be seen at www.wheatharvestmovie.com. A digital file of the promo trailer also is available upon request.

For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, Lamp Public Relations & Marketing, call (406) 698-9675 or by email at jody@lampprandmarketing.com.

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.

Resource Links

Wheat Harvest Movie Twitter: @wheat_harvest
Website& Blog: http://www.conjostudios.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/conjostudios
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Conjostudios
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/conjostudios
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/conjostudios