“Absaroka,” a short film produced by Patrick Mignano and filmed near Cody, Wyoming is the winner of this year’s Wyoming Short Film Contest. Now in its third year, the Wyoming Short Film Contest awarded $25,000 to Mignano who will now have the opportunity to produce another film in Wyoming with the proceeds.
The short film is a period Western set in the Wyoming Territory in 1881. The story is a classic morality play that Mignano sums up in the tag line from the film, "The Right Thing is The Only Thing To Do".
As a thank you to all the good people of Cody that helped contribute in some way to the project, Patrick and his Co-Producer, Linda Swearingen-Tremelling arranged a free screening of the film at the Big Horn Cinemas in Cody on Thursday, May 20th.
The Cheyenne International Film Festival will also be screening “Absaroka” during the New West program section of the festival at the Atlas Theater, 2:30 May 22nd, Saturday afternoon. Of course, if you can't make the showings, you can always watch it here:
First runner-up awarded from the judges went to filmmaker Greg Omelchuck for his project, Voices of the Platte. This film centered on the people of the Platte Valley and their stories of fishing throughout their lives. The people are long time residents and the stories speak to not only to people living in Wyoming but to all people.
Second runner up came in the form of a music video "There is Beauty." A visual representation of Wyoming songwriter Anne Sibley's "There is a Beauty," the film boasts some truly spectacular shots of Wyoming.