Film Makers Need Help For Ranch Project

A still from the documentary so far. (Courtesy of Medenbach and Yarden)
A still from the documentary so far. (Courtesy of Medenbach and Yarden)

Two new york based movie-makers have their eyes on a local ranch as the subject of their documentary. Hannah Stepenoff has the details.


While looking for a simple panning shot of sheep on a local Kaycee ranch in July of 2013 as a associate producer for an opera that Brooklyn based video projectionist Tal Yarden was working on, Jessica Medenbach said she and her co-worker came across something so much more.

The process began when she found the Meike Ranch after doing some online research,she said, and figured that would be as good a place as any to get the shot. While perusing their website, she said, she became engrossed in the ranch's rich history.

When she and Yarden arrived in Kaycee, she said, they were smack dab in the middle of the town's centennial celebration. She could feel the excitement, she said, and once she met the Meike brothers she began to feel inspired.

The current owners of the ranch are Don and Peto—two eighty year old self proclaimed “bachelors” who had been taking care of the over 100-year-old ranch since it had been passed on to them by their father, Pete.

They were so sincere in their work and the ranch they had built, she said, and now they were planning on selling the ranch and moving on.

These two men made such an impression on her and Yarden, she said, that they just had to get to know them more.

These conversations developed in to a project for which she and Yarden are co-directors. The two are working on a documentary to keep record of what the Meike family has achieved through the years, she said, but also to capture that intangible quality these quaint family sheep ranches have. The documentary is still in it's infancy, she said, and the co-directors are open to community imput.

The goal is to film the ranch throughout all the seasons and they have some of the filming done so far, she said, but they need to finance another two trips to the ranch in summer and fall. The issue at hand, she said, is they need a little help raising funds—about $20,000.

The co-directors have a profile on the online fundraiser site Kickstarter, and they have a deadline to raise these funds by July 5. She said they are already at around 30 percent of that goal.

You can donate as little as $5, she said, and depending on how much you donate there are perks that range from receiving a free copy of the finished documentary to a trip to see the premiere for free in Brooklyn.

Here is a link to the kickstarter website, where you can make a donation: http://www.kayceedocumentary.com/

Here is a link to Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/proj...

Here is a link to the Meike Ranch's website: http://www.meikefamily.com/histo...

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Peto Meike. A still from the documentary so far. (Courtesy of Medenbach and Yarden)
Peto Meike. A still from the documentary so far. (Courtesy of Medenbach and Yarden)
A still from the documentary so far. (Courtesy of Medenbach and Yarden)
A still from the documentary so far. (Courtesy of Medenbach and Yarden)
Don Meike. A still from the documentary so far. (Courtesy of Medenbach and Yarden)
Don Meike. A still from the documentary so far. (Courtesy of Medenbach and Yarden)
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