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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I June 26, 2014 Dirty Air Ducts: Special DAVID PECK Cody- and Los Angeles-based filmmaker Patrick Mignano (center) poses with Bill Greer of Hyattville (left) and Clay Gibbons of Worland (right) in the lobby of the Hyart Theatre following the showing of Mignano's film "Absaroka" at the Hyart Film Festival Saturday night. 'ABSAROKA' WINS FILM FESTIVAL ming Community College to play basketball but after an injury ended his career he switched to Montana State University in Boze- man, where he majored in film and television produc- tion. Actor Bill Pullman was a professor at MSU, he recalled. Mignano moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream and said he did whatever he could to work his way into the film busi- ness. He caught his first break when he was hired as an assistant location man- ager for "Thelma & Louise," which came out in 1991. After several movies as an assistant manager, he said he got his first "union job" as a full location man- ager for the film "Starship Troopers" (1997), which was filmed, in part, at Hell's Half Acre near Casper. The location manag- er identifies and research- es locations for a film, then makes all the arrange- ments prior to shooting.. Mignano has worked as location manager for a number of popular movies over the years, including "Must Love Dogs" (2005) and, recently, many Clint Eastwood movies including "Gran Torino," "Invictus," "Hereafter," "J. Edgar," "Trouble With the Curve" and the just-released "Jer- sey Boys," the latter as su- pervising location manager. He also managed locations for "The Hangover Park II" and "Need for Speed." THE ABSAROKA SAGA But Mignano never lost his desire to write and di- rect films, so with a little money in the bank, he de- cided "now's the time" and he made "Absaroka," a clas- sic western set in Wyoming Territory in 1881 about two cowpunchers who come upon a covered wagon which has been ambushed by outlaws. The cowboys learn that a family of four was in the wagon and that a mother and daughter have been kidnapped by the ban- dits. Lucius (Mignano) and Howard (Rob Story) set out to avenge the deaths of a fa- ther and son and to rescue the mother and daughter. Old West justice comes into play in what is essen- tially a morality play, and the movie carries the tag line "The Right Thing is the Only Thing to Do." As Lucius and Howard de- cide to set out in search of the outlaws, Howard says, "We punch cows, we're not man-hunters." "We are to- day," Lucius replies. Mignano produced, wrote, directed and starred in the film. Filmed up both the South Fork (the T.E. Ranch) and the North Fork (Wapi- ti Canyon) west of Cody, the film contains stunning visuals of the Absaroka Mountains, and during a question-and-answer time following the showing Sat- urday night at the Hyart, Mignano said the mov- ie was shot in six days in February. At one point the crew barely made it out be- fore a huge blizzard hit, he noted. There were some tough conditions during the shoot, Gibbons said, with raw continued from page 1 weather conditions includ- ing bitter cold tempera- tures. He gave some in- side information about the shooting, noting that when Lucius drops to his knees in one of the final scenes as if to say, "What have I done?!" his pain is real be- cause Mignano came down right onto a rock when he dropped. "Absaroka: Sins" is set in the days following the events of the original mov- ie and continues the sto- ry of Lucius Blackledge and Howard Prescott, plus Sheriff Wilbur Crowley. The sheriff is pursuing a ruthless outlaw and enlists the aid of Lucius, How- ard and fellow ranch hand Monty Wilson. "I hope to make it a se- ries," said Mignano, who said he has written about seven hours of screenplay: "I want to tell a story but keep it simple. There really are no original stories, just basic story lines that peo- ple respond to. I like it to be simple but interesting, about morality and lessons learned." One of the strengths of Mignano as a writer and filmmaker, Gibbons noted, J U LY 7-1 i ,ii q, 9-1 1 A M Ki ages 3-12 56 E. Main St., Lovell needs to the Christian is that he can tell a com- plete story in 20 minutes of filming. Both of the "Ab- saroka" films contain three acts, Mignano noted. "Absaroka: Sins" will premier at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Coe Au- ditorium Monday, June 30, at 7 p.m. and be shown again Tuesday, July 1, at ii~!,~i~i the Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, also at 7 268 E. 7th St., Lovell $74,000 p.m. University of Wyoming spring Provost's Honor Roll for Big Horn County semester. Students are: Basin - Jeannette M. Many Horses; Greybull -Talysa Renae Stockert; Hyatt- ville -James Catlin Caines; Lovell - Ni- cole James and Danielle Marie Peck. 244 649 Nevada Ave., Lovell $112,500 1915 Hwy. 310, Lovell The University of Wyoming lists five students from Big Horn County on the 2014 spring semester Provost's Honor Roll. 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