WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM in over 10+ film festivals. Original release 2004.
10th year anniversary re-release 2014.
From the majestic prairie fires of Kansas, through the neon glow of a carnival, to a year-in-the-life journey on making a dream come true, this documentary follows The Balderson Family on their pursuit to prove anyone can make motion pictures anywhere. "Both entertaining and also highly inspirational," (planB magazine) this movie reveals independent cinema as it really is, on the set and off - a family of artists, celebrities and icons taking part of the process. "WAMEGO isn't just about dreams though, it's a statement to people that think movies can only be made in Hollywood. It's proof that the same product, if not better, can be made in Wamego, KS or Fayetteville, AR or even Xenia, Ohio." (All About Town magazine)
Part 2: WAMEGO STRIKES BACK vimeo.com/balderson/wamego2
& Part 3: WAMEGO: ULTIMATUM vimeo.com/balderson/wamego3
also available on DVD from DIKENGA.com
WATCH FIRECRACKER HERE: vimeo.com/ondemand/firecracker
More information from SteveBalderson.com
"Dreams are made of this stuff... Missing here are power-lunches and power-trips. Which is a breath of that fresh Kansas air." - AFTERTASTE MAGAZINE
"Hollywood should be jealous." - ICON MAGAZINE
"Literally thousands of miles away from the world of red carpets, cocaine nose-jobs and botoxed to the bone, anorexic 40-year-old women pretending to be 21, Wamego is a world full of cinematic dreams and devoid of pretension."
"4 1/2 Stars" and "There's a lesson to be learned from the Baldersons. It also looks like they have a damn good film on their hands, too."
"Steve Balderson's approach to his work is not just a breath of fresh air - it is a gale-force wind that just may huff and puff and blow that famous Hollywood sign down right before the film industry's eyes."
OREGON DAILY EMERALD
"A constant reminder to never give up or give in…"
ALL ABOUT TOWN MAGAZINE
"WAMEGO is a testament to the hard work ethic of the Midwest. It proves that with determination, anything is possible - even making a feature film by yourself, in the middle of nowhere!"
"What was 'Lost in La Mancha' could easily be 'Found in Wamego' ... A warmfelt, honest lesson how to realize your dream without sharing a bed with the devil."
PLANB MAGAZINE, NORWAY
"Balderson serves a fat slice of humble pie to his Hollywood peers. The agents ignoring his calls today will be harassing his PA tomorrow... a reality-check to inspire indie artists worldwide!"
THE BLACKSMOKE ORGANISATION, UK
"Those who have filmmaking ambitions of their own will get a little more…"
"WAMEGO will have a league of moviemakers clicking their heels to be transported to the Kansan, Do-It-Yourself state of mind."
"It's fascinating, entertaining, inspiring, and above all a delicious starter for the main course."
“The documentary, more than any other movie-in-process film, actually demonstrates how to make a movie. It’s not a tedious and silly art school exercise, but a deep look into the thinking, perspective and determination that a filmmaker has to have in order to get a vision on the screen. Wamego is good story telling… A rich tale with fully developed characters, a well-developed plot and layers of conflict… Wamego is recommended viewing… Shows those professionals from LA how things should be done.”