Slackline Films | Solar Eclipse to Be Live-Streamed as Western Film
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Solar Eclipse to Be Live-Streamed as Western Film


14 Jul Solar Eclipse to Be Live-Streamed as Western Film

Release Date: July 12, 2017


Solar Eclipse to Be Live-Streamed as Western Film

DUBOIS, WY- Want to experience this summer’s coast-to-coast solar eclipse without fighting crowds, running into bad weather and using cheesy do-it-yourself boxes-with-holes? Seattle-based filmmakers Austin Glass and Ben Strickland want to help. The pair promise to bring you this unique event in an equally unique way: live-streamed as a short, classic western film titled “Western Sol” which starts just before the eclipse enters totality (with the moon completely blocking the sun), with the story climaxing in sync with the sun overhead.

“Broadcasting an eclipse as a live western film, it’s never been done before,” said Strickland, the film’s director and winner of an Emmy in 2011.

Wyoming is one of 12 states that lie in the eclipse’s path, and being the “Cowboy State,” it has the appropriate geography for this ground-breaking western. The last time an eclipse of this magnitude was seen coast-to-coast was in 1918, and won’t be seen again in the U.S. until 2045.

“Timing is definitely a challenge,” said Glass, the film’s director of photography, producer and screenwriter. “Rehearsals are a key to making sure we nail it.”

To be sure the filmmakers nail this once in a lifetime experience on film, Glass and Strickland are currently raising funds through corporate sponsorships and crowdfunding. To learn more about this history-making production and contribute to its success, visit

The film will be streamed live on the Western Sol Facebook page.

Left to right: Austin Glass, Producer/Director of Photography; Ben Strickland, Director; Phil Ostriem, Actor (Promo Film); Brian Wilkerson, Producer; Daniel Hede, Actor (Promo Film)

Photo by Maurice Morales

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