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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.

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

US Custom Harvester’s Convention

The USCHI Convention Exhibit Hall

This past week I spent several days at the US Custom Harvester’s convention in Grand Island, NE. Over 900 people involved in harvesting attended this event which is held annually. Attendees can take advantage of meeting other harvest crews, equipment manufacturers, and support industries. The sharing of ideas and experiences helps harvest crews stay current with the latest technologies and tools to make the harvest more efficient and cost effective.

It was great to meet supporters!

We had a booth in the trade show to make people aware of the Wheat Harvest Movie. I was able to meet with quite a number of our supporters and hopefully gained some new supporters along the way. The convention is hosted by our Platinum sponsor for the Wheat Harvest Movie the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. I want to thank the board of the USCHI for letting me come and be a part of the convention, and I want to thank them for letting me speak the the entire group during the lunch meeting on Thursday.

The feedback I got from the harvesters and quite a number of supporting industries was very positive. People are excited that we’re telling the story of the harvest and not just trying to make a drama-filled TV show. They especially liked the beauty shots in the movie trailer; those are my favorite scenes too, of course.

While at the convention, one of my goals was to meet and talk with as many potential sponsors as possible. I was able to do that, meeting with representatives from MacDon, New Holland, Case IH, John Deere, Gleaner Combines, and others. Although I didn’t get anyone signed on board to sponsor during the convention, they were all very receptive, and a number of the larger companies ready for more discussions about this.

We’ll keep you posted, of course!  If you’re interested in supporting this project, please go to the web site and click on the “DONATE” button. We’re looking for a few $500 club  and $1000 club members. Would you consider joining us?

Thank you for reading, and we’ll keep you posted on our progress!

Conrad

Movie Promoted on Kansas Ag Show

We want to give a huge thank you to Moriah Wagner for appearing on the AG am in Kansas show to promote the US Custom Harvesters and the Wheat harvest Movie!  AG am in Kansas is a 30 minute daily TV show highlighting the �Good News� about Kansas agriculture, including livestock, crops and AG Business stories along with features about Young Farmers, Master Farmers, Rural Lifestyles, Healthy Yards, Events around the state and much more!  Click here to watch the interview.

 

Making Connections on Twitter

Last evening I participated in the #agchat conversations on Twitter. If you’ve never participated, or are not on Twitter, I encourage you to sign up and join in. #agchat is a weekly chat session (Every Tuesday at 8PM EST) with people from all over the USA and from around the world who are involved in agriculture. This chat is usually sponsored by the AgChat Foundation. Each #agchat session has a moderator who poses questions for discussion, last night’s theme revolved around jobs/college degrees in agriculture. These sessions always give me an opportunity to talk about the Wheat Harvest Movie, and last night was no exception. At the beginning of each chat session there is time for introductions, then at the end we’re given opportunity to make a pitch, so that’s where I promote the film. The result is that I usually gain a number of followers for the @wheat_harvest twitter account, and I make meaningful connections with people interested in the project.

So, in case you’re wondering, here’s how it works:

1. Sign up for a Twitter account if you don’t have one already. My accounts are @wheat_harvest and @conjostudios.

2. Use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to manage your twitter feeds. These applications will help you manage your tweets, and make it easier to follow specific conversations like #agchat. I like TweetDeck, mostly because I’m more familiar with it,but it is an application you’ll have to download to your computer. Hootsuite is great as well, and will work right in your web browser.  There are also applications you can download for your smartphone if you want to go that route.

3. Begin following people (you can start with the @wheat_harvest twitter feeds) and then follow the #agchat hashtag. words with the # symbol in front are keywords you can find on Twitter. When you begin following a particular hashtag like #agchat, you can see all the tweets from people using that hashtag. And you can see past conversations in the #agchat archives.

To some of you, this is basic stuff, but if you’re still confused… just join me on Twitter, and I’ll help you.  I hope to see you at the next #agchat!

 

Productive Meetings in Kansas

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On November 16 and 17, several of us met in Manhattan, KS to talk with potential supporters and sponsors about the Wheat Harvest Movie. Attending the two-day meetings were Conrad Weaver, Director/Producer, Tracy Zeorian, Sponsor & President of USCHI and her daughter Jenna, and Moriah Wagner who helps with PR and Marketing for the Wheat Harvest Movie. We were privileged to attend a meeting with the reigning Miss America, Teresa Scanlan.

Along with meeting with Miss America, we met with Kerry Boydston Wefald from the Kansas FFA Foundation; Elaine H. Edwards, Coordinator at News Media and Marketing for K-State Research and Extension; Bill Spiegel with the Kansas Wheat Commission &
Kansas Assn. of Wheat Growers; Mark Fowler: International Grains Program and Grain Science Industry at Kansas State University; and Brian Strouts at AIB International.

We also stopped by the Kansas Farm Bureau and Tall Grass Brewing Company where we sampled a great wheat beer!

It was a very educational two days, and we hope that a number of these organizations will come on board with us as sponsors. Thanks to Moriah Wagner who did a great job of coordinating these meetings!

Update on the Wheat Harvest Movie

Jim Zeorian checks condition of wheat

If you’re wondering whether the Wheat Harvest Movie project is still on…the answer is a huge YES!!   We’ve shot our initial footage this summer (read about our harvest adventures on the blog site: http://www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com/blog/ ) and are now working on raising the rest of the funds we need to make this movie happen.

Our plan moving forward is as follows:

1. Finish working on an updated movie trailer that we can use for promotions and fund-raising.

2. Raise the funds we need from companies that support the harvest: John Deere, New Holland, AGCO, Kansas Farm Bureau, and others. We’re also working on writing for grants from foundations and other organizations. We’re so glad the US Custom Harvesters organization has come on board as our primary sponsor! Without them, we couldn’t have even begun working on this!!

3. Next spring (2012) we begin full production on the film, following the harvest start to finish. We’ll begin by attending the USCHI convention in Grand Island, NE in March.  We’ll then connect with our harvest crews at their home bases to film harvest preparations and  follow them on their harvest run.

4. We’ll wrap up production in the Fall of 2012, begin editing, and have a finished product ready for national broadcast and distribution early in 2013. We hope to be able to have a premier at the same time as the 2013 USCHI convention; we’ll keep you posted on this.

Thanks for your interest, and please pass this information on to everyone who may be interested!

Conrad Weaver
Producer/Director, The Wheat Harvest Movie

PS: follow the Wheat Harvest Movie on Twitter: @wheat_harvest

With the Zeorian Crew in Limon, CO

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We’ve spent the past few days in Limon, CO with Jim Zeorian Harvesting. They have been more than gracious to us, and we’ve been able to shoot some really spectacular video: cutting wheat at sunset, unloading at the grain elevator and on the farm, riding in the combine and truck! Jim and Tracy and their two daughters run the operation here. Jim drives the truck, Tracy drives the combine, and the girls provide support from the trailer house at the campground. They have another day or two of cutting wheat here in Limon, then they will load up their equipment and head north to Jordan, MT.

We, on the other hand, will be wrapping up production for this trip and taking a break before connecting with harvest crews a little later this year as they finish up the wheat harvest for this year.  We’ll continue to provide updates and document our progress as the Wheat Harvest Movie begins to take shape.

If you would like to support this project, please visit our web site: www.wheatharvestmovie.com  You can make a donation and you can also order a Wheat Harvest Movie T-shirt.

Thanks for your support and continued interest in our project.

Conrad W.