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Several Great Falls film makers displaying videos in Real Montana contest

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Montana 1This year Great Falls has a strong contingent of filmmakers in a contest designed to highlight some of the best parts of our great state.

As voting started on the statewide “Real Montana” film competition, if you glance at each of the films participating, you’ll notice there’s quite a few Great Falls filmmakers with strong entries all vying for the $10,000 prize in their given categories.

The “Artists, Culture and Events” category has four Great Falls-based filmmakers alone – Keern Haslem, Erin Schermele, Pamella Stoddard and Sara Young.

Young’s piece features the Downtown Chicks and was organized by Tracy Houck, executive director of the Paris Gibson Square.

As it stands now, Schermele’s video spotlighting the Children’s Museum of Montana has the most votes of all the Great Falls-based videos in the Artists Culture and Events category, followed by the Downtown Chicks video then the Montana Actors’ Theatre video and Pamela Stoddard’s video on the alternative events that Great Falls has to offer.

Schermele’s second video, entered in the outdoor adventure category titled “A Montana Love Story” featuring Miss Montana USA Tahnee Peppenger, sits in fourth place as of Tuesday.

Schermele said she loved doing both videos, adding that with “A Montana Love Story” she had a lot of help from Peppenger, who had a clear vision for what it should look like.

“She wrote this beautiful poem and we used that as the script,” Schermele said. “I think it’s really different and it’s an adventure many people can relate with here in Montana.”

As for the Children’s Museum video, Schermele said that she spent a lot of time just creating the artwork lettering that’s seen throughout the minute-long video.

“It was just really so much fun to do,” she said. “Plus, I feel really proud about that one because it was so labor intensive.”

Houck said the Downtown Chicks video came together rather quickly and noted that they all were pleased with the results.

“It was a total team effort and so serendipitous,” she said. “Everything came together nicely and it was all ready and easy.”

To vote on any of the videos, you can sign up through the Audience Awards website here, and you can, with one click, sign up using your already-existing Facebook profile. The more information you put on your Audience Awards profile, however, and the more people you invite to join, the more “power points” you receive. Whereas when you sign up you only get one point per vote, the more power points you have you can add points to every vote, with the maximum being 10 per vote.

Check out all of the videos online here. The contest voting ends on April 21.

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