By Jim Stanford on October 25, 2012
Last Saturday, 1 Percent for the Tetons staged perhaps its most successful Schechter Fest yet: screenings of eight short films about the latest round of projects funded by 1 Percent donations.
Nearly 400 people — many of them friends of the young filmmakers — poured into Center for the Arts to watch the clips and vote for their favorite. The above video, by KGB Productions, was the funniest — no surprise, given that KGB are the professional makers of Wyoming Triumph. Because it was voted best by the audience and a panel of judges, the video won an additional $1,000 for the filmmakers and $1,000 for the Candyland Trail built by Teton Freedom Riders.
1 Percent is continuing the Blitz with online voting that will award an additional $1,000, to be split between maker and nonprofit. All of the videos are posted on the 1 Percent website, and the deadline to vote is 5 p.m. Nov. 2.
The quality of the work is impressive, as the makers worked long and hard to complete their projects in just one week, for minimal pay. Filmers and nonprofits were matched at random. Other highlights are a humorous take on pikas and explanation of the benefits of using copper bullets instead of lead.
As a 1 Percent member, I’d suggest considering the merit of the projects, too, in casting your vote, and not just the film production. Props to 1 Percent founder Jonathan Schechter for reaching out to a new audience and challenging viewers to think about conservation in addition to recreation.