For more than a century the wool house in Sweet Grass county has provided a place for wool growers to store and package wool for shipment as part of a growing cooperative. As competitive global markets have emerged, domestic demand has whithered and ranching interest in younger generations declines, the wool house faces an uncertain future. This short explores the meaning of the wool house to this community and its role in the formation of an unique regional identity.
Ranch access is a series of short films that explores life in a sheep ranching community in central montana through community based digital stories through observational and participant means . In doing so we hope to offer perspective from this rural place , exploring pressing global issues that are playing out on the ground in the American West today.
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This film could not have been made without the efforts support of the Breck family, the Halvorson family, Rita Esp, the Crazy Mountain Museum and the community of Big Timber.
Recording and Editing: Christopher J. Carter
Additional Recording: Lydia Tanner