Buffalo Bill in Scotland: Team launch funding bid

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By a Newsnet reporter
 
A Scottish based film crew are seeking funding for an ambitious project based around the legendary Wild West character Buffalo Bill.
 
Fronted by award winning filmmaker Alan Knight, the project is based around a visit Buffalo Bill made to Scotland at the height of his fame when Colonel William F Cody brought his show to many places including Dennistoun.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
A Scottish based film crew are seeking funding for an ambitious project based around the legendary Wild West character Buffalo Bill.
 
Fronted by award winning filmmaker Alan Knight, the project is based around a visit Buffalo Bill made to Scotland at the height of his fame when Colonel William F Cody brought his show to many places including Dennistoun.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show featured performances from several stars of the time, including Annie Oakley and George C Crager.  A statue was unveiled in 2006 in Glasgow in commemoration of the visit to the city.

The project is based on the book – Your Fathers the Ghosts: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Scotland – by Tom Cunningham, and tells of Buffalo Bill Cody’s incredible adventures on his tour of Scotland.

The book details the astonishing story of how the frontiersman-turned-showman attended a Glasgow Cup tie between Rangers and Queen’s Park, provoked an uproar in Edinburgh’s Court of Session, set a Dundee goods yard ablaze, nearly caused an Arbroath hotelier to lose his licence, threw the Aberdeenshire fishing industry into chaos, induced a power cut in Perth and was next presented with a medal by a house painter from Dumfries.

It explains how Annie ‘Get Your Gun’ Oakley learned to ride a bike in Glasgow, and how in 1904 the sudden appearance of a feathered band of Sioux nearly frightened the life out of the good people of Buchanhaven.

The team have been working on the project for a number of months and have now put in place a crowd funding campaign they hope will generate necessary resources to complete their work.

Speaking to Newsnet Scotland, a project spokesperson said: “It has been many months of hard work since we started with Buffalo Bill in Scotland and we are now extremely excited and proud to announce that our Buffalo Bill in Scotland crowd funding campaign is finally ready to be launched.

“The following page will go live at 5pm UK time on Tuesday 2nd October http://www.indiegogo.com/Buffalo-Bill-in-Scotland.  On it you’ll be able to view our fund raising trailer, read our project information and contribute to our project.

“We have been preparing little hand-made gifts for everyone who contributes through Indiegogo: beautiful and nostalgic Wild West postcards, stunning Old West magnets, exclusive film posters, our official Buffalo Bill in Scotland soundtrack and many more.

We encourage you to message us about your favourites!”

To celebrate the launch of the Indiegogo campaign the team will be holding a live launch event in Edinburgh.
 
The spokesperson added: “We’ll have live music from four fabulous Scottish folk musicians, Alan Knight our writer/director will talk all things Buffalo Bill plus we’ll have some Wild West surprises and more guest speakers in the world of film and games.”

For those unable to attend, the team have set up live streaming of the event online at http://bambuser.com/node/3068721
 
Anyone interested will be able to ‘attend’ by clicking on the link above from 7pm UK time.  People can also participate by joining a chatroom, talking to the team and posing questions to speakers.

Tuesday will also see the launch of the Buffalo Bill Film website: www.buffalobillfilm.com where visitors can browse information and a selection of archive images.

The spokesman added: “Without you, our fellow Wild West fans, none of these exciting developments would be possible.  So please join us on Tuesday and help us make our campaign launch a success.”