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History under the Stars

Sometimes the best way to view history is through another’s eyes.

Fifteen local youth made history of their own over the summer when they made a documentary that celebrated the life, people, and times of Garfield County. True Media Foundation, a nonprofit group out of Carbondale, created the project as part of their mission to educate and enlighten youth.

Chris Tribble, a 30-year veteran of television production, mentored the aspiring filmmakers throughout the process which began May 1 with intense research and script development, continued to production and post-production and culminated Aug. 29 with a premiere in Centennial Park.



“Our history is leaving us, and the folks who shaped the area are leaving us,” publicist Debbi Cerri said.

To capture their stories, the Foundation paired aspiring filmmakers with some of the area’s pioneers.



“The highest compliment you can give to someone is to listen to them,” Cerri said.

And listen they did.

“We used four Beta tapes on Bob Zarlingo!” said cameraman Gavan Brouillette.

In stories that spanned more than a century, the students learned how different the area is now.

“History is so much more real when you get it from someone who’s experienced it,” said media assistant Tara Martellaro.

While the students appreciated the rare opportunity, director Dana Marlatt said that other lessons on etiquette and respect also cropped up long the way.

“I sure hope other kids get to do it in the future,” filmmaker Christian Meyer said.

Event coordinator Susan Tribble had high praises for the pioneers who gave their time and shared their stories for the project.

“They were so genuine and real, they are just such beautiful people,” she said.

And now, because of their new friends in the film business, they really will be around forever.


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