Using Film to Build Sense of Place: Voices of Vail – Oral Histories to Documentary: Engaging Community in the Process

Presenters:  JJ Lamb and Gerald Lamb, Vail Preservation Society,

Connecting with the public is critical to the success of the business of preservation. If your organization has a story to tell that needs to reach a diverse audience, film is an effective medium. We will share learned lessons from creating the Voices of Vail documentary about how to boot-strap a feature film on a low budget while keeping production values high and engaging residents of all ages in the process. There is a huge difference between a short, snappy film created to promote, and a feature-length exploration of what it means to call a place home and why anyone should care enough to preserve it.