My name is Walt Farmer, I live in Jackson, WY,
and my website is primarily dedicated to the 20th Century of film in Wyoming
and the books I've written. On it, you are able to reference the complete list
of films, TV shows, documentaries, and other misc. information about this rich
history. There are many photographic illustrations and other peripheral
information, along with links to various other Wyoming/film sites. Besides the
above information, the book mostly relates behind the scenes stories of how
these films were accomplished, locations, and what the principals did while
visiting Wyoming. The book has extensive interviews with the stars, directors,
cinematographers, extras, locals and others responsible for the production of
Check out this article by Dina Mishev on Wyoming film at the
Tourism website. She mentions my knowledge, books.
I was also featured in the Japanese
magazine Rakuda, in their Aug./Sept. 2007 issue, as part of a larger article
about western films in the U.S. Very nice article, but you need to be able to
read Japanese. Here's a scanned excerpt. On the link, move down the page
about 1/3 to the article.
Stories such as who got hurt
during filming of a number of movies; the weekly brawls during making of The
Big Sky; why George Stevens chose Jackson Hole to film Shane and who
else were considered for the principal roles; how Starship Troopers came
to fruition and why the producer and his military advisor were at odds; why
Marjorie Main always wore white gloves; where the fortress door in Mrs.
Pollifax-Spy really came from; or what really happened to all the "dead"
animals in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The stories are almost
endless, whether through interviews or other historical accounts. As a result, I had hoped to get a publisher for this
comprehensive book,"Wyoming, A History of Film
and Video in the 20th Century"© , but they weren't especially interested, the
dolts. So, in 2001, I authored the book onto CD-ROM which is
much more comprehensive than a paper book could ever be & a lot cheaper as
well and have published it myself. As of 9.22.00, I finished my first edition
of the cdrombook titled, The Making of Shane©, and
you can get specific information about it by clicking on the link to the
left. You can email me by clicking on the elk. Both have been
updated considerably since & are quite large due to all the research info
& images in each.
I also wrote a small book several years ago
titled, "Shootout on the Town Square: The Story
of the Jackson Hole Shootout"©. It's the oldest continuous running show
of its kind in the country, which I performed in and managed for a number of
years. Click on the Elk and email me for a copy, $7.50 including
TOURS to movie
locations in the Jackson Hole area? While the most well known is Shane,
there were over 30 films made here either all or in part, that provide a
considerable portion of the history of filmmaking in Wyoming. Some are still in
the backcountry, but most are easily accessed. From sci-fi to westerns, from
the supernatural to some real bombs, this is an homage to Wyoming.
Contact me for information about a movie
or click on the link above,
or if you have need of a location scout.
I am the founder and a
current officer of the Jackson
(Hole) Astronomy Club. Annually in August, we "observe" National
Astronomy Day at Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park. Go to the
webpage above & find out when it will be for this year. We also do
star parties for local student/non-profit groups
at no charge. And, I wrote a monthly column on astronomy for the JH
News for the last 5 yrs. until Feb. of 2003. Since then I wrote a
column for Planet Jackson Hole which ended in April of '05.
Just click on the elk above left & email me with any
questions. Ever had any
astronomical conundrums? So have I,
here's a couple - LINK.
I was the area representative for the WWII
Memorial in Washington, D.C. To get info on the Memorial, or to learn more
about this and the POW/MIA issue, click on the links to the left.
I was also
on the Board for Jackson Hole Community Radio - JHCR - which went on-the-air in March 2008 as
KHOL at 89.1 FM. I started helping with a noontime Latin program on
Tues. & Thurs. on 4/24, which
we subsequently dropped. I then did an international program
(Walt's World Music from Wyoming-WWMW) every Sunday from
2-4pm which has also been dropped. Then,
I did a show of big band music on Sundays from
10am to noon. Music from the 30s, 40s
& later, WWII era, that remember &
salute a style of music not heard much anymore
& in very few places, now including,
Jackson, WY. However, due to health
issues, I've had to stop that show as well,
but it was a great show, as 2013, is the 50th
year I've been doing some form of radio
program or another. Maybe, things will
get better & I can do it again. We
hope to stream on the net soon as well, so you can get Jackson information
around the globe. I also did
programs of pop,
classic rock, & tributes on
Memorial & Veterans
Days. Would you
like to own www.kjxn.org?
I own this domain name, for more
info, click HERE.
In conjunction with my old WWMW show, I have amassed
a very large collection of international music
which I make available to public or community
radio stations in digitized format.
Check this LINK for expanded
Lastly? I'm also a cowboy poet of
sorts although I don't perform any more due to
health problems, but it's been fun.
Enjoy your forthcoming visit to Jackson Hole, my
website of Wyoming movie/video history, and all that is Wyoming.