The arts, history and storytelling serve an important purpose in telling us where we come from, the values we treasure, and how we want to move towards the future. One of the 21st century evolutions on campfire storytelling and community theatre is the community film, and Clutier, Iowa is a trail blazer in this respect. Hometown, the Movie was written specifically to feature small town living and featured real facts about Clutier’s history, the Czech heritage, language and foods. Local actors and local landmarks featured prominently throughout the film by writer-director-producer Scott Thompson of My Town Pictures. Metro media attended the red carpet world premier August 2011. Remind me – what are the EDIES.
HOW WE DID IT:
The Clutier Betterment Committee and the Clutier Public Library worked together to involve the community in presenting the heritage of Clutier. The success of the movie brought out the feeling of total unity in the community of Clutier.
HOW WE GOT THE IDEA:
In the changing of the name of the annual celebration to the Bohemian Plum Festival, our committee wanted a unique event that would feature local businesses and community residents as well as our Czech heritage.
OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE:
Our challenges to begin with were financial obligations and community involvement in auditions but culminated in the destruction that was left behind when a rare severe wind storm swept through Clutier July 11 which made it seem almost impossible to meet the premier of the movie scheduled for three weeks later.
HOW WE OVERCAME IT:
The Clutier Betterment Committee and Clutier Public Library partnered together to meet the financial obligations and auditions were opened to the surrounding communities. With the help of city, county, and state governments, the many, many volunteers, and community residents who worked long hours for several weeks to clean up the aftermath left behind from the storm allowed the movie to premier as scheduled to a sell-out crowd.
ADVICE TO OTHERS:
No matter how small the community, with determination and vision, your goals can be achieved.
WHAT IS NEXT:
We plan to continue to expand community involvement in preserving the heritage of Clutier with ideas that have developed because of the production of the movie, “Hometown”.
For more information about Clutier, go to its webpage at www.tamacountyiowa.org/clutier and listen to their radio interview on February 6, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. on Radio Z95.5 FM.