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"WAMEGO: Making Movies Anywhere" a documentary.
Approx. 100 min. // All Regions // NTSC

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When we began our arduous journey to make FIRECRACKER I had the feeling it would an out of the ordinary experience. I asked our marketing team at Imagemakers to capture the highs and lows and produce a behind-the-scenes documentary. Fellow filmmakers Joshua Kendall, Joe Martin and Ed Leboeuf joined me in documenting the process. After reviewing the finished product, I've decided to make the promotional DVD available to everyone. Since its primary purpose is to promote FIRECRACKER, we will gladly ship it to media at no cost. We ask others to help us defray the costs of shipping and handling.

When I was starting out I had no road map for making an independent film anywhere, let alone in Kansas. Fellow director Joel Schumacher gave me some great advice, and I followed it. Along with my dad and several others, we made the full length feature PEP SQUAD. With the lessons learned in that adventure we undertook the FIRECRACKER journey. But comparing the PEP SQUAD mission to FIRECRACKER would be like comparing a walk in the park to Lewis and Clark's 1803 expedition.

"Wamego: Making Movies Anywhere" shows that there's a way, not only to make movies in Kansas, but to follow any dream to achievement and success. I hope it inspires people, no matter how young or old, no matter where they are, to "find your dream and go for it with gusto!"


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From the majestic prairie fires of Kansas, through the neon glow of a carnival, to a year-in-the-life journey on making a dream come true, this documentary follows The Balderson Family on their pursuit to prove anyone can make motion pictures anywhere. "Both entertaining and also highly inspirational," (planB magazine) this movie reveals independent cinema as it really is, on the set and off - a family of artists, celebrities and icons taking part of the process. "WAMEGO isn't just about dreams though, it's a statement to people that think movies can only be made in Hollywood. It's proof that the same product, if not better, can be made in Wamego, KS or Fayetteville, AR or even Xenia, Ohio." (All About Town magazine)

{ Reviews & Feedback }

"Hollywood should be jealous."
(Kathleen Rittinghouse, Icon Magazine) read full review

"Literally thousands of miles away from the world of red carpets, cocaine nose-jobs and botoxed to the bone, anorexic 40-year-old women pretending to be 21, Wamego is a world full of cinematic dreams and devoid of pretension."
(MITA TATE, HOFSTRA CHRONICLE) read full review

"4 1/2 Stars" and "There's a lesson to be learned from the Baldersons. It also looks like they have a damn good film on their hands, too."
(FILM THREAT) read full review

"Dreams are made of this stuff...
Missing here are power-lunches and power-trips.
Which is a breath of that fresh Kansas air."
(AFTERTASTE MAGAZINE, NEW YORK) read full review

"Steve Balderson's approach to his work is not just a
breath of fresh air - it is a gale-force wind that just may
huff and puff and blow that famous Hollywood sign down
right before the film industry's eyes."
(OREGON DAILY EMERALD) read full review

"A constant reminder to never give up or give in…"
(ALL ABOUT TOWN MAGAZINE)

"WAMEGO is a testament to the hard work ethic of the Midwest.
It proves that with determination, anything is possible - even making
a feature film by yourself, in the middle of nowhere!"
(LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD)

"What was 'Lost in La Mancha' could easily be
'Found in Wamego' ... A warmfelt, honest lesson how to realize your
dream without sharing a bed with the devil."
(PLANB MAGAZINE, NORWAY)

"Balderson serves a fat slice of humble pie to his Hollywood peers.
The agents ignoring his calls today will be harassing his PA
tomorrow... a reality-check to inspire indie artists worldwide!"
(THE BLACKSMOKE ORGANISATION, UK)

"Those who have filmmaking ambitions
of their own will get a little more…"
(MICRO-FILM MAGAZINE, IL)

"WAMEGO will have a league of moviemakers clicking their heels
to be transported to the Kansan, Do-It-Yourself state of mind."
(BRAD JEWELL)  read full review

"It's fascinating, entertaining, inspiring, and above all
a delicious starter  for the main course."
(PLAYLOUDER, UK)  read full review

“The documentary, more than any other movie-in-process film, actually demonstrates how to make a movie. It’s not a tedious and silly art school exercise, but a deep look into the thinking, perspective and determination that a filmmaker has to have in order to get a vision on the screen. Wamego is good story telling… A rich tale with fully developed characters, a well-developed plot and layers of conflict… Wamego is recommended viewing… Shows those professionals from LA how things should be done.”
(DISCOVERY PUBLICATIONS)



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