The Legacy project update

Spirit Vision Films has just completed seven training modules for the Northwest Cooperative Development Center’s Legacy Project based in Olympia, Washington and serves Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. This project was grant-funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

We spent four days traveling from Mt. Vernon to Olympia filming conferences presented by Colorado’s Jason Wiener and Linda Phillips of the Colorado Cooperative Developers.

With 65 million baby boomer owned small businesses coming to a place where the owners are considering retiring, selling their business, or just shutting the doors, a cooperative model makes good sense for their employees. It gives the employees a chance to take over a business from the owner and continue bringing jobs and a economic future to communities across the United States.

We here at Spirit Vision Films not only create films and videos, but also learn from the material that we film. We are hopeful that these three hour conferences that we transformed into seven 20 minute training modules will have a nation-wide impact on how we do business going forward. The cooperative model is worth considering.

When the modules are released next month we will post them and if you are one those 65 million small business owners with employees who are retiring soon, this concept may interest you very much. Very good stuff!


Spirit Vision Films has just signed a contract with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center in Olympia, Washington to create 8 training video modules for their upcoming Legacy Project.

This project is focused on the baby boom generation that includes at least seven million owners of privately held businesses, many of whom will want to sell or liquidate their businesses in the next two decades.

One succession strategy is for small business owners to sell their businesses to their employees by converting to a worker-cooperative ownership model. This model gives owners a viable exit strategy, offers opportunities for rural workers to retain their jobs, and allows for retention of local ownership.

The modules will give a step by step instruction on how this is accomplished.

The filming starts in the middle of May and the modules should be available by the middle of June. Should be fun!

The NWCDC’s website is for more information and will be the home of their new modules. Check them out.

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Pacific Northwest Fiber Web

Over the last six weeks, Spirit Vision Films has been engaged in creating a short documentary film for the Pacific Northwest Fiber Web, highlighting the niche wool industry in the Pacific Northwest.

We were commissioned by the Northwest Cooperative Development Center from Olympia, Washington to film and interview various people and businesses engaged in this industry including sheep farmers, wool processors, yarn shop owners, and artisans.

The PNW Fiber Web had been given a grant through the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development fund to pay for the film. Only there was a slight catch; it had to be used by the end of December, 2015!

Spirit Vision Films signed a contract to produce the film on December 10th, 2015. Only two weeks before Christmas! Fortunately for the participants of this endeavor, the grant was extended through January 31st, 2016. But that still left only about six weeks at the beginning of the holiday season and in the middle of very poor winter conditions for shooting outdoor activities to film and edit this 12 minute documentary.

Working with Marcia Adams as a liaison to the businesses and folks associated with the wool industry and co-producer from the PNW Fiber Web and Makayla DeScala my assistant and second camera operator we raced around western Washington doing interviews in Quilcene, Port Gamble, Port Ludlow, Whidbey Island, Carnation, and on the Key Peninsula near Longbranch, Washington. We wrapped up filming in the second week of January and handed the PNW Fiber Web their finished film on January 26th, five days before our deadline! To say they were pleased was an understatement.

Spirit Vision Films would like to thank Diane Gasaway, Executive Director of NW Cooperative Development Center for all her help, as well as Marcia Adams of PNW Fiber Web for working tirelessly to see this film become a reality. We would also like to express our gratitude to all those who took part in this documentary and all their help with its creation.

Here is our production of Pacific Northwest Fiber Web: Enjoy!