Waving Wheat Trilogy VR 360 Film

GREAT NEWS! We matched our Mid America Art Allaince grant, produced all three 2 D films on location in Alva with 75 Alvans in the cast and crew, and shot the footage for the Virtual Reality 360 version of the films. 

Now, we are raising $9,000 to pay for post production and music and fininsh the Virtual Reality 360 film. 

Please donate now to make the Waving Wheat Trilogy come to life in both 2D film and glorious Virtual reality 360. 

A little project background...

My name is Lance McDaniel.  I am an independent filmmaker that was born and raised in Alva, Oklahoma. For the past several years, I have toured rural Oklahoma , leading free film classes to local high schools. For this project, I am returning to Alva to create a series of short films using Alva community members in the cast and crew. The goal is to expose the community to the art of film and allow them to learn the filmmaking process from the inside out by collaborating on these films. 

The three films include a G rated comedy, a PG musical drama, and a tragedy told through dance. 

So many of the successes and joys in my own life resulted from my participation in the arts in Alva. I sang in the Alva Boys Choir, danced with the Smart School of Dance, marched in the junior high band, took piano and painting lessons, and sat front row for every movie at the Rialto Theater. My hope is that this film project will engage and inspire the next generation of confident, creative, community minded people.

With our stretch goal of an additional $10,000, we will also create a Virtual Reality/ 360 film in partnership with WonderTek and the Google Jump Start Program. VR will allow these great rural stories to come to life in the most cutting edge film format available. 

Any amount helps us get to our goal. Thank you so much for your consideration.

This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Inc., and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Producing these films in Alva simply would not be possible without the guidance and support of Kay Decker with Graceful Arts in Alva, Thamizin Harrison with Alva Communty Theater ACT1, Todd Holder of Holder Drug and Alva State Bank, Alex Mantz with the City of Alva and the Alva Chamber of Commerce, and Lynn Martin with The Alva Review Courier and Lynn Martin Photography.


Lance McDaniel
is an independent filmmaker who has worked on 21 feature films, including Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby. He has written, directed and/or produced four narrative feature films (Crazy Enough, Light From the Darkroom, O'Brother!, and Unsolved), two documentaries (Widowbago, First & Female), and two short films (The Gymnast, SWIRL). On The Waving Wheat Trilogy, Lance is the co-writer, director, and producer.

Lance is also Executive Director of the deadCenter Film Festival, where he helped start a statewide film education program that reaches 3,000 high school and technology students each fall and won the Governor's Arts Award for Education in 2014. 

In 2016, McDaniel created a short film SWIRL with Hui Cha Poos and Brandi Kelly of RACE Dance Company. The film traveled to film festivals from Melbourne to Hamburg, winning awards and accolades throughout.

RACE Dance Company is a professional dance company in Oklahoma City that provides modern and Hip Hop dance classes for hundreds of students in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, resulting in the wildly poular annual Hip Hop Nutcracker.  Men of RACE, Oklahoma's only all male Hip Hop Company has changed the stigma of dance for young boys and given them something to strive for in the future. RACE: Radical Application of Creative Energy, driving work with passion and intention.

For the Waving Wheat Trilogy, all of the dances will again be created by the spectacular Hui Cha Poos and Brandi Kelly. 

All three films are co-written by Melissa Scaramucci, the award winning writer/director of Making Arrangements and co-writer of O'Brother!. Melissa was Director of Programming for the deadCenter Film Festival for seven years and ran a farm to table restaurant in Norman called Local with her two sisters. 

Linda Loo Trippe will design every aspect of the production. Linda and Lance worked together on the set of The Killer Inside Me with Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba and have been partners in crime ever since. Linda has done Production Design on Light From the Darkroom, wardrobe on August:Osage County, and a million things in between. 

The films will be produced by Planet Thunder Productions, an award winning film and media company that strives to produce thoughtful, imaginative, and memorable films of any length or genre in an environment that encourages and respects creativity. Recent films include Electric Nostalgia from director Jacob Burns, The Fable of Shannon Cable from director Vinnie Hogan, Fleeting Light from Jacob and Zach Burns, and Let The Bodies Hit the Floor from their 48 film contest team that won the grand prize.

The Waving Wheat Trilogy production team will include Producer Zach Burns, Unit Production Manager Alexandra Bohannon, Cinematographer Jacob Burns, Music Composer and Technical Producer Vinnie Hogan, gaffer Micah Hart, and 1st Asst Camera Jake Kelly.

Additional music will be composed by Matt Stansberry, lead singer of the 9 piece American rock band Matt Stansberry & the Romance, who is touring this fall. And, our Music Supervisor is Graham Colton, who composed the score for Light From the Darkroom and hit the Billboard Pop Charts Top 5 with his album Here Right Now. 

The Virtual Reality 360 film will be produced and filmed by native Oklahoman Kim Voynar,  a visual artist, producer, filmmaker, and writer, who serves as CEO and Chief Imaginator of WonderTek Labs in Seattle. Kim is producing this Alva based VR 360 film as part of the Google Jump Start programalongside her artistic collaborator and partner Nathaniel Luke Pinzon.


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