Hayden residents who want their voices and opinions heard about Hayden's past and future just need to step up to the microphone.
Beginning Friday, producers of the Hayden Community Video project will start filming personal interviews to be included in a 30-minute documentary film about the town.
While some tidbits of town activities already have been captured on film, Friday marks the first day of filming personal interviews, said Hayden Community Video Project steering committee member and Orton Family Foundation member Tammie Delaney.
The Hayden Community Video Project will result in a 30-minute film about the past, present and future of Hayden, portrayed through interviews with town residents and footage from old films and photographs that capture part of the town's history.
The video is the product of a $138,000 grant from the Gates Family Foundation. The foundation required the video as a condition for receiving the grant, saying it will be integral in the town's planning process by ensuring the town is growing the way residents want it to.
All members of the community are invited to participate in the interview sessions, which will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and Dec. 12; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 in various locations throughout the town.
Residents can sign up and check in at the Town Hall, where they will be directed to locations where interviews are taking place. Some of the locations may be outdoors.
"We want to get people from every segment of the community," Mayor Chuck Grobe said. "We are opening up the opportunity for anyone -- young or old, fourth generation or newcomer, miner or ski instructor -- to contribute their vision for Hayden's future."
Not everyone interviewed will be included in the video, however. The video will be edited down to 30 minutes, limiting the number of people and the amount of time people appear in the final edited film.
"To me, (the ones who will be included in the film) will be those with a passion for the future of Hayden," Delaney said. "That's the whole concept -- to be proactive instead of reactive. They don't have to wear the clown suits or put on a show to be in the film. We want the ones who really care about the community."
Interviews omitted from the final 30-minute film will be archived at the Hayden Heritage Center, Delaney said.
The Hayden High School Future Business Leaders of America and Kipp Rillos' high school technology class will be assisting with the filming of the video under the professional guidance of Planet Productions Inc. video producer Darrin Fryer. Also, the Orton Family Foundation will provide project guidance.
The city of Bangor, Mich., has been through a similar video process. City Manager Larry Nelson said about its impact: "The film captures the spirit of Bangor as well as the hopes and dreams people have for Bangor's future. ... In this way the film is a very important tool in planning for Bangor's future. Every City Council and Planning Commission for the next 20 years can use the film as a point of reference of what people want Bangor to become."
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