Deep West Video

The mission of Deep West Video is to tell first-hand stories from the rural West that are rooted in the values of life on the land.

Since 2000, the Western Folklife Center has been working with people from throughout the rural west to produce short videos about their lives on the land. Using the tools of digital communication, these home-made productions are simple yet elegant; they are not glossy and commercial, but from the heart. Meet the filmmakers. Most videos have been selected for sale in the our Gift Shop.

We are very honored to announce that the 2015 Deep West Video filmmakers, Devin Baker, Isabella Pasqual, Talliah Hanchor, Gage Johnson, and Destiny Max, along with instructors David Baker and Colene Paradise, of the Owhyee Combined School, were recognized for their talent in research, producing, directing, writing, and filming of "Owyhee Veterans," "Life Styles in Duck Valley,""Braves Pride," "Running Owyhee,"and "Me, Horse, and a Frozen River" have won a Bronze Remi award for excellence in film production for Middle School & Below (14 & Younger), from the Houston Worldfest International Film & Video Film Festival!

View these and more Deep West Videos on YouTube!

Deep West Video is supported by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, and Western Folklife Center Stakeholders.

Featured 2016 Deep West Video: Filmmaker Dilan Bill explains his passion for flying drones over the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, and shooting video of his community. Dilan is an 8th grader at the Owyhee Combined School, and his video premiered at the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
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Past supporters of Deep West Video have included the W.K. Kellog Foundation, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Barton Family Foundation.