The book is Alan’s story about growing up and living in Wyoming after World War II. He recounts the subtle and overt racism he and his family had to endure. His family was spared from living in a War Relocation Center because Japanese individuals who resided in the U.S. interior were deemed as being interned in place.
May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Beyond Heart Mountain author and filmmaker Alan O’Hashi will be on the road showing his documentary and speaking about his memoir. The program is entitled, Civility, Culture, Community, All times Mountain Daylight Time. To schedule an event, please send us an email.
May 18 – Riverton and Dubois Libraries, documentary screenings at 7 p.m.
May 18 – Powell Library in Powell, Wyoming, at 7 p.m.
May 19 – Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, between Cody/Powell Wyoming at 6 p.m.
TBD – Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery, Sheridan, Wyoming, between 4 and 6 p.m.
June 3 to 5 – Wyoming Writers Inc. Conference, Sheridan, Wyoming – Book signing
June 22 – Lander Art Center Outdoor Movie, screening of Beyond Sand Creek TBD
June 25 – Thermopolis Book store – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
July 10 – Wyoming International Film Festival, Cheyenne, Wyoming – 2 p.m.
July 13 – Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, Colorado – 6:30 p.m.
July 19 – Laramie County Library, Cheyenne, Wyoming – 7 p.m.
August 8 – Lander Pioneer Museum, Lander, Wyoming TBD
August 9 – Sidekicks Book Bar, Rock Springs, Wyoming – 7 p.m.
August 10 – Centennial Library, Centennial, Wyoming – 7 p.m.
Boulder Community Media (BCM) partnered with the Reality Garage and Boulder High School (BHS) to integrate virtual reality digital programming into the traditional arts.
The acronym, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), is commonly associated non-artistic endeavors.
There is a new iteration that moves STEM into creative industries called STEAM with the “A” representing “arts”.
The digital age added a new dimension to traditional analog art media – paintings, written pages, sculpted forms, animated digital books, 3D movies, and stories told in video game environments.
What if the the otherwise non-artistic skill of virtual reality is integrated into the arts?
The Boulder Virtual Reality (BVR) project was recently completed and does just that, thanks to a small grant from the Best Buy Foundation.
The grant enabled implementation of Phase II of a three Phase project.
During the fall 2018 – 2019 semester at BHS, 19 students were taught about virtual reality by teacher Dave Blessing and Reality Garage owners Bob Ottinger and Brenda Lee.
Reality Garage is a Boulder-based virtual reality technology development company.
Students learned hands-on job skills in the classroom work and also in the field where they operated a couple types of cameras.
They then learned how to manipulate the photos and videos into completed “stories.”
One student emerged as a mentor who assisted other students and another is working as an intern at Reality Garage.
Phase I was funded by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council.
The Wind River VR Pilot Project introduced virtual reality as a new medium to tell traditional Northern Arapaho stories in a more relevant way to tribal youth.
BCM collaborated with Makerspace 307 in Fort Washakie, Wyoming who recruited four tribal youth to participate.
VR trainer, Glenn Reese, worked with the students in basic camera operation.
Northern Arapaho artist Robert Martinez discussed with the students the importance of passing tribal traditions to future generations.
Robert worked with the youth as they drew pictures illustrating an Arapaho folk tale, “The Fox and the Wood Tick,” as told by tribal elder Merle Haas.
Alison Sage is a singer member of the Northern Arapaho Eagle Society. He explained how tribal stories and experiences are preserved through song and drumming and worked with the students with expressing themselves through music.
The crew then traveled to the nearby Arapaho Ranch to integrate flat art and original music with virtual reality.
A virtual reality camera was set up and students displayed their art work. An original music soundtrack was improvised on the grand piano in the ranch house.
Merle Haas read The Fox and the Wood Tick in the Arapaho language. The virtual reality footage of the students with their art work was set to the Arapaho language narration and the student-composed music.
Over time, classrooms will be moving away from “learning” a subject to “feeling” the content through immersion.
To this end, the BVR Phase III project is underway. A third small grant was received from the city of Boulder Arts Commission.
That project adds virtual reality to telling the story of a Fort Chambers, which was constructed on the outskirts of Boulder.
The sod fort no longer stands, but was the training facility for the 3rd Volunteer Cavalry who killed Arapaho and Cheyenne tribal members at the infamous Sand Creek Massacre.
Students will be creating a virtual Fort Chambers that the viewer and walk through, to the narration of Arapaho tribal members who recount the stories told of the massacre by their ancestors.
The BVR is an engagement tool that in Phase III will teach students the use of a software called Tilt Brush and a program called Unity which will allow a student to explore, experience or be involved as if they are actually present in that environment or place.
Beyond Heart Mountain is available for pre-sale.
It’s not just about the demise of the once vibrant Japanese community in a small town in Wyoming that thrived from the 1920s through the 1960s, but about how downtown areas can be revived by adding new life to them with people.
The story is a historical memoir told through the eyes of the author, a Sansei generation Baby Boomer Cheyenne native, Alan O’Hashi.
The 1st edition 50 page picture book is a short run 8×11″ hard cover book with a dust jacket. The price is $58.99, preview the book by opening the YouTube link. Download a pdf copy of the Beyond Heart Mountain preface.
Pre-orders are being accepted. The release date is the “Day of Remembrance” on February 19th, which commemorates 77 years since President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that required internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry.
We at Boulder Community Media (BCM) wish everyone a Merry Christmas. As we move to the end of 2010 and into a new year, we hope that your lives will be prosperous and filled with happiness and great opportunities.
The year began with preparations for the Boulder International Film Festival in February. BCM provided full video coverage of the BIFF capped with exclusive interviews with Alec Baldwin on closing night.
BCM has provided the organization structure for Wyoming Community Media (WCM) which produced the Cheyenne International Film Festival in May screening 35 films over three days at the historic Atlas Theatre in Downtown Cheyenne. Planning is underway for CIFF May 20-22.
The summer time was filled with production work, including partnerships with the Boulder Reporter and Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine.
How time flies and as we move into the new year, we leave you with a great moment from “The Christmas Gift” starring John Denver. the 1986 film was shot in Georgtown and Beaver Creek, Colorado. Click on the VHS jacket to play the clip.