Home on the Range Update

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Home on the Range Update

Dear Friends,

It has been a whirlwind of activity lately for those of us involved in Lone Chimney Films, and we want to share our exciting times with you.  Home on the Range premiered January 13th at Wichita’s historic Orpheum Theatre with over 800 people braving the icy winter weather to attend.  It was a fantastic crowd, and we enjoyed seeing many members of the cast and crew that were able to attend, along with wonderful music provided by the Prairie Rose Rangers and the McKinney sisters. 

The following week, we were off to Kansas City for another premiere at Union Station’s Regnier Extreme Screen theatre, this time to a sold-out crowd!  It was amazing to see our movie on the giant screen, and we were thrilled to have live music provided by our good friend Jed Marum, along with Hugh Morrison, the Prairie Rose Rangers, and the McKinney sisters.  We were joined by one of the big stars of our movie, the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, Mitch Holthus.  What a night! 

Then on January 21st and 22nd, we brought Home on the Range to Smith Center, Kansas for a special premiere weekend in the place that started it all.  These two shows sold out quickly, and two additional screenings were added to accommodate the demand.  It was wonderful to share the film with the people of Smith Center, and we enjoyed meeting so many who shared their own memories of the cabin that is near and dear to them.

We were very honored to be invited to screen Home on the Range at the Kansas State Capitol on January 30th in celebration of Kansas Day thanks to State Senator Elaine Bowers and Representative Troy Waymaster.  We were joined by Michael Martin Murphey who performed “Home on the Range” on the floor of the State Senate.  It was a memorable day as we were treated to a private tour of our beautiful capitol, introductions in both the House and Senate chambers, and a meeting with Governor Sam Brownback.   

If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend one of these screenings, we have exciting news for you!  We are bringing Home on the Range back to the Orpheum Theatre for an encore screening which will feature the stars of the film and music from legendary singer Michael Martin Murphey.  Please join us for this special event on Saturday, May 13th at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are on sale now at http://wichitaorpheum.com.

Sincerely,

Abby Miller

LCF Board Member

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Filming for Home on the Range has begun!

Dear Friends,

Home on the Range filming has begun. We filmed in a constructed set/radio studio, 1934, and at the Home on the Range cabin in Smith County, Kansas. Heat was a great challenge but all are well and we believe we had a great start. We will complete the film in mid-August with additional filming in Wichita.

We believe with some of the talent and musicians we have involved, this will be a wonderful film. We are within $18,000 of our budgeted goal. Remember, your donations are tax deductible. Please check out our website, facebook page or twitter page.

The Road to Valhalla will air this Sunday at 3 pm on KTWU-Topeka. It will air on other stations soon and we'll keep you posted.

Thanks for your continued support

Ken Spurgeon
Executive Director
Lone Chimney Films, Inc.

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Home on the Range

Lone Chimney Films has received a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council for our upcoming film, Home on the Range. We're very grateful. To be very honest, this makes it even more clear to us with a great crew and cast emerging, that we want to film this summer or early fall. We are a bit under halfway to a goal of the budget that will make that happen. I don't want to ask you individually, but I would like to ask you to help us think a bit bigger. Do you know of any company, foundation or trust that would provide a donation for our work? We've had some already, but a handful more would put us over the top. I'd be glad to come and tell them the story of our upcoming film and other work that is coming as well. I also want to share that our film Home on the Range and other work has been pitched to a couple of national channels, and we are getting some feedback. We believe it will be our best work by far, if and when we get to it. I'm anxious to tell you more about these things but just like any great story, they must wait until the time is right.
Thanks for your continued support and prayers. It keeps me going and I know it means a lot to all that have worked alongside with us. I can't express enough that in my opinion, we have the best people on our side. Some of them, you may never hear their name called, but they are the best.
If you want to discuss this more with me, please send an email to ken@lonechimneyfilms.org

Thanks much!
Ken Spurgeon
Exeuctive Director  
Lone Chimney Films

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Home on the Range Funding

 

Dear friends, family and for everyone else who are friends of LCF or interested in LCF, 
If you aren't aware we (LCF )are currently seeking financial donations from all sources that are legally acceptable by law, in order to fund our next film project "Home On The Range "!
We've been very very busy writing grants, applying to several foundations as well as knocking on old and new doors with our hands stretched out wide asking for money in order to try and raise the funds needed to produce this next endeavor by LCF. 
Aside from fundraising, we are also in a little bit of pre-production mode with Ken Spurgeon, Neil Bontrager, Orin Friesen and myself.
Financial fundraising is the single most difficult part of what we do at LCF, next is marketing our product and getting it distributed.
All of this takes time and money for our 9 member board on top of our day jobs, families, friends and everyday lives.
Now don't get me wrong, I am not playing "The Swan Song" here. I am merely stating the facts, and I am asking for your financial help. We'll accept any financial donation from $1.00 to $100,000 dollars! Remember that all donations are tax deductible! So you may write it off your taxes for 2016.
We didn't win the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Museum Wrangler Award without lots of help from people like yourselves supporting us. You allow us (LCF )to do what we truly love, bring fantastic educational documentaries to the public. This ensures our rich history will never be lost. Please consider a donation. Just comment on this post and an LCF Board member will contact you and give you all the particulars.
Respectfully Yours :
Shawn W Bell
LCF Board President

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Dear Friends,

Please consider joining us in supporting the efforts at the Home on the Range cabin in Smith County, KS. Several needs are involved. First, proper signage for the area and the recently designated highway, and of course for our upcoming film that tells the story of Home on the Range.

Most importantly, this Sunday, Michael Martin Murphey will be performing a benefit concert at the Smith Center HS auditorium. Murph has been a great friend to Lone Chimney Films and to the HOTR cabin efforts. He will also be a part of our upcoming film.

More information about tomorrow's concert can be found at:

http://thehomeontherange.com/michael-martin-murphey-benefi…/

Thanks so much for your continued support and consideration.

Ken Spurgeon
Executive Director

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Michael Martin Murphey Benefit Concert in Smith Center

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Michael Martin Murphey Benefit Concert in Smith Center

Dear friends,

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY BENEFIT CONCERT IN SMITH CENTER

One of America's top performers and songwriters is coming to Smith Center, KS for a special benefit concert!

Michael Martin Murphey will perform on Sunday, June 14th at 2:30 pm at the Smith Center High School auditorium. Proceeds from this special performance will go towards the purchase and installation of two KDOT signs designating the 16 mile stretch of KS Highway 8 as "The Home on the Range Highway".

Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased via the Home on the Range website at:

Michael Martin Murphey Benefit Concert | Home on the Range Cabin

Michael Martin Murphey, listed among the Top 50 Country Western Singers of All Time (American Cowboy, 2014), is coming to Smith Center, KS for a special benefit

Thanks so much for considering! 

Ken Spurgeon

Executive Director, Lone Chimney Films, Inc.

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The Wrangler and Home on the Range

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The Wrangler and Home on the Range

Dear Friends,

We were grateful to receive the Western Heritage Award (Wrangler) for Best Documentary at the National Cowboy Museum this past weekend. It was an amazing event and weekend. We want to say thanks again to all of you for supporting the work that we have been doing. Whether it was actively participating in the process, or donating or attending a screening, you all contributed to the success of the Road to Valhalla.

We are actively moving forward now with our Home on the Range documentary. We are in pre-production and when 80% of the budget is raised we will begin filming. We have already received some donations and would love it if you would consider donating specifically to this film. It is a story worth telling and it is more than just a story of a great song. 

We will be having a reception and update on Lone Chimney, the awards ceremony and Home on the Range this coming May 9 at 7 pm at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon, Benton, KS. Please consider coming and inviting anyone who you think might be interested in the work were doing. This is a free event. Check out the attached flyer and photo.

 

Thanks and we hope to see you on May 9.

Ken Spurgeon

Executive Director

Lone Chimney Films, Inc. 

 

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Best Documentary Award at the Cowboy Hall of Fame

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that we have just learned that The Road to Valhalla has won the Best Documentary Award at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK.  

This award is part of the Western Heritage Awards and will be presented on April 18 at the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Thanks to all of you for your kindness and support throughout this process.  We hope to share more details the time approaches.

Sincerely,

 

Ken Spurgeon

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Looking Forward to a new Year

Dear friends,

As the year comes to an end, a request. The Road to Valhalla is about to embark on a television run. The nature of public television and marketing as it is, LCF will fare better and be able to expand our viewing audience through a RTV marketing budget. We know we'll be aired in the Midwest but we have presenting stations and affiliates that want us to extend our reach further. This will be the last charge of RTV airings and distribution, or at least the part that we play in it. If you choose or can make a small donation to that cause, we'd be very appreciative. Message us or email us here for details regarding any donation or gift you might consider.

Also, as we look at 2015, we hope very sincerely to film our next documentary, "Home on the Range" on behalf of our good friends at the Home on the Range site, Ellen Rust Living Trust and El Dean Holthus. If you'd like to make a donation to that cause, we'll open up the process January 1, 2015. Likewise, contact us directly for more information.

Thanks so much for your continued support and encouragement.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 
 

Ken Spurgeon
Executive Director
 

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Trip Back East

Dear Friends,

Thanks for your support and thoughts and prayers.  

The trip back east was great.  I had the honor of getting to speak at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Windham, New York.  In both places, I spoke about my book and about the Kansas experience at the time of Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War.

The Road to Valhalla screened in Burlington, New Jersey, Manalapan (Monmouth County) New Jersey and Windham, New York.  Response and reaction was very positive.  So many highlights and wonderful questions.  I tried to think of a few favorite comments to share.  Sitting at the back of the theater with our friend Jed Marum, I just kept thinking how kind it was for these folks from NJ/PA/NY to give us the time and interest.  When our screening at Manalapan ended, one of the viewers said "how proud we should be, back in Kansas, at a unique and powerful legacy."  I thought about Deb Bisel's comment at the end, when she states that Kansans are the "quintessential Americans."  It's a bold statement, as Deb says, but it's what she feels.  I think it's a compelling argument and bold statements do matter especially if they come from the heart.  Our viewers were moved by that and by the role Kansas and Missouri played in the bigger struggle.  At Windham, New York, two men from Providence, Rhode Island, who are members of the Sons of Union Veterans and members of the Providence Brigade Band, came up when the film ended and with tears in their eyes said, "you remembered the boys in blue. We've read that poem at so many memorial day and veterans day gatherings.  You remembered them. Thank God.  May they never be forgotten.  You remembered both sides and paid them a wonderful tribute."  

Of course, that moved me so much.  I appreciate any words of thanks but to have people from Rhode Island or New York or New Jersey, say they loved the film, or thanks to the veterans or bless our efforts.  I can't say thanks enough but please know that every word of encouragement, every good thought, every prayer has an effect on me personally.  It makes me take the next step. It keeps us all from giving up on work we find important and gratifying.  

Lastly, we are continuing to screen the film as we wait on word from PBS National.  It will air somewhere, and hopefully that will be determined soon, but in the meantime.  Western Kansas, Colorado and now, California all look to be places we'll screen in the next few months.  If you know of places, classrooms, libraries, theaters that will screen it, please contact me.  If you know of places that we can sell our films, likewise.

Dr. Craig Miner convinced me once upon a time that we have an amazing story.  That people of the plains are second to none.  I'll take that with me always.  I hope you will too.

Ken Spurgeon

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LCF Back East

Dear friends, 

Greetings from the east coast.  

Here are the upcoming showings/signings back east.  Jed Marum will be at all of these screenings as well.

If you know of folks that live in the NJ/PA/NY area, please tell them about us. Thanks so much for your continued support.  It is very appreciated.

Wednesday, July 30 at 6 pm – The Road to Valhalla screening at the Burlington County Library Auditorium, Burlington, New Jersey.

Thursday, July 31 at 6 pm – The Road to Valhalla screening at the Monmouth County Library at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ off of Route 9 South.

Friday, August 1 – The Road to Valhalla screening at the Windham Centre Church at 9 pm, Windham, New York.

Saturday, August 2:

11:30 am 

Windham Heritage Gathering and Encampment, Windham, New York - Ken Spurgeon, “A Kansas Soldier at War: The Civil War Letters of Christian and Elise Dubach Isely.” 

5 pm 

Jed Marum in concert

Thanks so much for your support and kindness.  

Ken Spurgeon

Lone Chimney Films, Inc.

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Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Screening

Dear Friends

The Road to Valhalla will screen this weekend at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon at 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of their Western Days.  Come on out and join us!

Also, this coming week, our friend Jed Marum will be performing at Jubilee Presbyterian Church, 9740 N. Oliver on Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm.  Admission is $8.  Please come support our good friend Jed and Lone Chimney Films.

Thanks so much for your support!

Ken Spurgeon

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The Road to Valhalla DVD

Dear Friends,

 

As many of you know, The Road to Valhalla DVD is out.  You can purchase it here. 

Lone Chimney Films is pleased to announce that we are working on a CD soundtrack of the music from The Road to Valhalla featuring Jed Marum and Michael Martin Murphey.  We'll keep you posted on this.

Many screenings coming and we hope in the next week or two to inform you of the summer schedule that includes screenings in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania!

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Ken Spurgeon

Lone Chimney Films, Inc.

The Road to Valhalla DVD
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Long after the war, Confederate veteran Barry Benson said that if the veterans did not all rejoin on Earth, then possibly one day in Valhalla.

Valhalla is a term that was often used in Norse mythology, initially as the hall of the slain or the slain warrior - a warrior's heaven. In this third full-length documentary by Lone Chimney Films, "The Road to Valhalla" concludes the story of the Kansas-Missouri Border war, exploring the War in the West, Order No. 11, the Guerilla war, Price's Raid, Veterans organizations, and Kansas' role, both politically and militarily. 

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Jed Marum Concert

Dear Friends,

Some exciting news. Jed Marum, who composed the music to The Road to Valhalla will be with us on Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm and will be playing an outdoor (weather permitting) concert at Jubilee Presbyterian Church, 9740 N. Oliver, Valley Center, KS. The concert is a fundraiser for Lone Chimney Films. Tickets are $8 and you can buy them that evening. Thanks so much for supporting Jed and his music and Lone Chimney Films. 

 

www.jedmarum.com

 

Thanks

Ken Spurgeon

 

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New Screening Dates Announced

Dear Friends, 

We are excited to announce that The Road to Valhalla will be screened at the following locations.

Please visit the theater/museum websites for more information. 

Excited to be in both Nebraska and Oklahoma in the coming month. Beginning with the National Park site below!

Saturday, February 15 at 2 pm at the Homestead National Monument (NPS) at Beatrice, Nebraska. 

http://www.nps.gov/home/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=433592-206081

Sunday, February 16 at 2 pm at the Augusta Historic Theater.

 

http://augustahistorictheatre.com/

Wednesday, March 5 at Bartlesville Area History Museum. Time TBA. (Film screening and A Kansas Soldier at War book signing).

 

http://www.nps.gov/home/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=433592-206081


Thursday, April 3 at the McPherson Opera House, 7 pm

Thanks for your continued support!

Ken Spurgeon

Executive Director

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Update From Smith Center, Kansas

Dear Friends

 

We had a wonderful time this past weekend at Smith Center, Kansas.  Two nearly sold out screenings of The Road to Valhalla!

 

We're pleased to announce that we'll next be at the Augusta Historic Theater.  February 16 at 2 pm.

 

Bartlesville, Oklahoma and McPherson, Kansas coming soon!

 

We hope to see you all there.  Even if you've seen the film, please consider coming again. Also, please visit our website and learn more about LCF.

 

Thanks much

Ken Spurgeon

Executive Director

Lone Chimney Films, Inc.

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The Road to Valhalla on the road

I want to thank everyone again for coming to the Wichita Orpheum this past Saturday night for The Road to Valhalla. It was so great to see old and new friends there. I wish I could name every donor, volunteer, cast and crew at every event, but please know how appreciated you all are. Whether you've seen the film once, twice or more, our ability to get future funding and help is dependent upon these screenings. As a 501c3 not for profit, we receive grants and donations that look at our ability to reach an audience and tell a quality historical story. More screenings are coming and please consider spending some time with us. Also, we have merchandise and DVDs (Road to Valhalla soon) on our website. www.lonechimneyfilms.org 

Our stories are important. Who will tell these to the next generation? Our history and these stories should be remembered and passed down. Thanks to all of you who have said a kind word or done a kind deed over this past year. Every word has mattered and encourages me and all of us at LCF to keep going. Excited to soon tell the story of Home on the Range, a wonderful Kansas and American story. LCF is off to Smith Center, Kansas for screenings on January 25-26 with our friends ElDean Holthus and Sharon Black.

 

The film will also be screened at the Haysville Public Library, Haysville, KS on January 25 at 7:30 as part of Kansas Day festivities.  Thanks to Ken Reavis!

 

The Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, Nebraska on February 15 at 2 pm.  Thanks Tom Leahy!

 

We're still talking to Fort Scott, Augusta, McPherson and Overland Park.  Please stay tuned and we'll let you know!

Thanks again
Ken Spurgeon 
Executive Director 
Lone Chimney Films, Inc.

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Wichita Orpheum

Dear Friends,

The Road to Valhalla will screen this Saturday night, January 11 at the historic Wichita Orpheum.  Doors open at 6, show at 7. Tickets are $8 and only for sale at the door.

We look forward to seeing you there and thanks for your support of Lone Chimney Films and the Wichita Orpheum!

Ken Spurgeon

Executive Director

Lone Chimney Films, Inc.

 

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