Kickstarter campaign launches for Glenwood historical documentary
To give to the Kickstarter campaign for “Glenwood Springs: The Defiant Years,” or to learn more about the project, visit kck.st/1KQRk4M.
Glenwood Springs is rich in history — from Kid Curry shoot-outs to Teddy Roosevelt visits — and for the first time, that history will be presented in a documentary called “Glenwood Springs: The Defiant Years.”
The movie is being produced by local filmmaker Robert Cordova through the Valley Insider, his social media and production company.
“I started posting old photographs of Glenwood and Aspen” on the Insider Facebook page, Cordova said. “And every time I did, the numbers would skyrocket. So basically the community told me that’s what they want.”
Cordova is working with the Frontier Historical Society, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and individuals including Ron Milhorn of KMTS to make the documentary a community product.
“It seems like everybody wants their community to be preserved, and that’s what we feel like we’re doing: preserving history.”
The documentary will follow the Ken Burns style by using photographs provided by the Frontier Historical Society, but it will also include live-action re-enactments of events in the docu-drama vein.
“We’re going to humanize these people,” Cordova said. “We want to bring an interesting look — not just photographs coming across the screen, but humanize it and invest the community into it, too. It’s a community event.”
Cindy Hines, executive director of the Frontier Historical Society, said this is a project she’s wanted to happen for a long time.
“It’s something that, in the back of my mind, I’ve thought about doing for a long time,” she said. “But I’m one person; I can’t make it happen. So I was so excited when Robert came along and said, ‘Let’s do this.’”
Hines is providing photographs and guidance as to which bits of Glenwood’s history should be included in the documentary, and she will also help write the script. She said the project aligns perfectly with the historical society’s role in the community.
“It aligns with our mission for outreach,” she said. “It’s going to be a great vehicle for people to learn about Glenwood’s history and all the great stories in a fun way — not only for locals, but also it’s something visitors to our town can take home with them.”
An evergreen project like a historical documentary will likely sell well among visitors to Glenwood, but Cordova’s main mission is to make the movie a community experience for the locals.
One way the community will be invited to get involved is by dressing up in period costumes and attending a party with Teddy Roosevelt at the Hotel Colorado. Another way to get involved is to simply contribute to the documentary’s Kickstarter campaign.
Cordova said he’s never used crowdfunding for any of his other film projects, but he felt this was a good opportunity to utilize the website.
“We don’t want to make a project that the community’s not involved in and excited about, so crowdfunding really gives you a good indication of how much people want this to happen,” Cordova said. “If they want it to happen, it’s going to. And we feel pretty confident it will.”
The fundraising goal is $40,000, which will have to be raised in a month. If the goal is not met, none of the pledged money will go to the project, but instead be returned to the donors.
The all-or-nothing aspect makes Cordova a little nervous, but he said he feels community members will rally around the project because it’s something that’s important to them.
“I think it’s a great project because it brings the community together around a common cause,” he said. “We love where we live, we love the history, and we get to all work together to make this thing happen.”
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