Ranch Access

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.

Feedback and conversations are encouraged!

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

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Ranch Access

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Ranch access is a series of short films that explores economy and culture in a sheep ranching community in south central montana through community based digital stories. In doing so we hope to offer perspective from the rural place , exploring the connectivity


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Ranch access is a series of short films that explores economy and culture in a sheep ranching community in south central montana through community based digital stories. In doing so we hope to offer perspective from the rural place , exploring the connectivity of global issues and agricultural policy in the context of the American West today. Amidst this film collection we hope to ask , what is the value of the American rural experience and agriculture in an age of urban and global influence?

Feedback and conversations are encouraged!

Facilitated, Edited and Produced by Christopher J. Carter and Ned Gall

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