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Documentary on New Glarus will premiere Saturday
An outside view of the New Glarus Hotel in downtown New Glarus. (Times file photo: Anthony Wahl)
NEW GLARUS - A documentary on New Glarus will premiere at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the New Glarus High School Auditorium.

Admission is free to view the documentary titled "An American Small Town," filmed and produced by Stuart Meyer and Chris Cook.

Meyer, president of Social Frequency Media Communications, had the idea to do a documentary film series about small towns and their history after he had a family reunion in Albany and stopped in New Glarus. Meyer said the film will feature three interviews of locals and highlights local small businesses.

"Some say the big cities are better, but when in comes down to it, the American experience thrives in small towns," he said.

Meyer works out of Naperville, Ill., where his company splits its work between client projects and creative endeavors like this film. Meyer said he sunk $5,000 of his own money into the project and will be submitting it to several local film festivals. The film will be available online for a nominal fee once a website is created. Meyer said the website will be called

Meyer said he and his associate Cook worked with a minimal amount of equipment so people wouldn't be as intimidated and so the film would look more natural. The documentary will feature music composed and recorded by Meyers as well as local talent Jimmy Voegeli.

Meyers said they spent two-and-a-half days filming and were just putting on the final touches on Thursday, Feb. 26.

"Hopefully it will look like we camped out there for two-and-a-half weeks," he said.

There will be an after party held at Puempel's where locals can meet with the filmmakers. Meyer said he will be there and thinks of the community as extended family.

"I feel my life's work is to improve our understanding of all of us and where we come from," he said.