Wyoming Films and Books

Beyond Heart Mountain – This is a three-part multimedia project. It consists of a memoir by Alan O’Hashi about his life in Wyoming as a Baby Boomer growing up after World War II.

The Heart Mountain Relocation Center located in Northwest Wyoming was one of 10 internment camps scattered through the interior of the United States where 120,000 Japanese were relocated mostly from the West Coast following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

A picture book illustrated with over 100 images is also available. A documentary based on the memoir aired on PBS and is available on DVD. Alan also wrote a memoir about his life as a writer that culminated with Beyond Heart Mountain entitled:

True Stories of Mediocre Writer – How to write with confidence and imperfection. This book recounts the ships I boarded over my life that resulted in Beyond Heart Mountain, my first publishing contract.

It is also a self-help book of sorts that is about some of the pitfalls I encountered with self-doubt, perfection, floundering, and not finishing.

Becoming a starving artist wasn’t by choice. I was laid off from two jobs and decided to work for myself. Since 2006, I’ve made movies, written books, and haven’t looked back.

If I can get a traditional book published, or get a documentary to air on PBS, anyone can.

Beyond Sand Creek – This is a multi-media project that includes a virtual reality movie, and a documentary about the Arapaho tribal efforts to regain lands lost during colonization from the city of Boulder.

The documentary was funded by the Boulder Arts Commission, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the Wyoming Humanities Council, and the Wyoming Arts Commission. It will soon air on PBS.

New Deal Artists Public Art Legacy – A documentary about five New Deal era muralists, “Wyoming Art Matters: The New Deal Artist Public Art Legacy,”

“This is one of those documentary projects that kept getting more interesting the further I got into it,” Producer Alan O’Hashi said of the nearly three-year production. “It became a labor of love that took me cross country from California to New York.”

Each artist installed a mural project in five Wyoming communities – Kemmerer, Riverton, Powell, Greybull, and Worland (relocated to Casper, Wyoming). The story features stories about:

– Eugene Kingman

– Manuel Bromberg

– George Vandersluis

– Louise Emerson Ronnebeck

– Verona Burkhard.

O’Hashi interviewed relatives or individuals who knew the artists. “I wanted to get insight into the life of the artist, rather than just historical facts.”

The documentary highlight is an interview with Manuel Bromberg. At age 100, he continues to sculpt and paint from his studio in Woodstock, NY. “Mr. Bromberg is sharp as a tack and recalled neat details of the project he painted for Greybull, Wyoming,” O’Hashi said.

The project funded by the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming Cultural Trust, and the Wyoming Humanities Council was completed in time to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the New Deal.

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