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Episodes

What does it take to save a crumbling Main Street?

 

This new documentary series follows a small town working together to revitalize its Downtown.

 

These stories explore how innovation, grit, and community are crucial for rural success.

 

This original series, filmed in Vernal, Utah, celebrates a small town’s comeback story. 

Episode 1

Saving Main Street:
Vernal's Downtown Revitalization - Part 1 

A small town's crumbling Main Street sparks its community to revitalize its downtown. Decades of a boom and bust economy have left many Main Street buildings vacant and decaying. The community works together to create a Downtown Plan to bring back its Main Street charm. Credit List: Executive Producers: Quinn Bennion, Lesha Coltharp, Tyler Rasmussen, Sylvia Wilkins Producer & Director: Becca Summers Director of Photography & Editor: Devin Allred Creative Team Supervisor: Coby Coonradt Historical photos courtesy of Uintah County Regional History Center Location Appreciation: Vernal City Building, Uintah County Library, Uintah Conference Center Special Thanks: Vernal City, STRATA Networks, Vernal City Council, Uintah County Economic Development, Uintah County Travel & Tourism, V6 Media, Summer Creative Agency

Episode 2

Market On Main Street

Winning a local business pitch competition gives Trisha Sorensen the tools to expand her home bakery and elevate other local businesses. This founder story follows the highs and lows of setting up a new brick-and-mortar store. Her store sparks other local businesses to come back to Downtown Vernal. Credit List: Executive Producers: Sylvia Wilkins, Tyler Rasmussen, Lesha Coltharp, Quinn Bennion Producer & Director: Becca Summers Camera: Devin Walston, Devin Allred, Coby Coonradt Creative Team Supervisor: Coby Coonradt Editor: Devin Allred, Motion: Becca Summers Location Appreciation: Market on Main, Vernal City Building, Uintah County Library Special Thanks: Trisha Sorensen and Family, Lori Haslem, STRATA Networks, Vernal City, Uintah County Economic Development, Uintah County Travel & Tourism, V6 Media, Summer Creative Agency

Episode 3

Mural Magic On Main Street

After surviving a life-threatening brain tumor, Jordan Clark decides to change his life. Quitting his office job, Jordan pursues his love of spray paint art. His multi-story murals visually transform Downtown Vernal and help Main Street come back to life. Credit List: Executive Producers: Lesha Coltharp, Tyler Rasmussen, Sylvia Wilkins, Quinn Bennion Producer & Director: Becca Summers Camera: Devin Walston, Devin Allred Creative Team Supervisor: Coby Coonradt Editor: Devin Allred Location Appreciation: Ninty1 Designs, Innovation Hub, Vernal City Building, Uintah County Library Special Thanks: Jordan Clark, Team at Ninty1 Designs, Esquire RV, Cedar Bear Naturals, STRATA Networks, Vernal City, Uintah County Economic Development, Uintah County Travel & Tourism, V6 Media, Summer Creative Agency

Episode 4

Dinah "SOAR" Days Hot Air Balloon Festival

Visitors from around the country come to our small town for Utah's BIGGEST Hot Air Balloon Festival. This event brings people and commerce back to our downtown. Experience the event from the eyes of a child and hear from Lesha Coltharp, Event Director, on how this event unites the community and boosts local businesses. Credit List: Executive Producers: Lesha Coltharp, Quinn Bennion, Sylvia Wilkins, Tyler Rasmussen Producer & Director: Becca Summers Director of Photography: Devin Allred, Devin Walston Editor: Devin Allred Creative Team Supervisor: Coby Coonradt Location Appreciation: V6 Media, Uintah County Special Service District 1 Special Thanks: Ryatt Cameron & Shayln Searle, Tim Taylor, Kent Barnes, Uintah County Travel & Tourism, Uintah County Economic Development, Vernal City, STRATA Networks, V6 Media, Summer Creative Agency

Episode 5

Business Pitch Winner: Elite Equine

Rural Utah has thousands of horses. Winning a local business pitch competition launches Kylee and Paula toward their goal of opening a physical therapy center for horses. We follow their journey during the first year of setting up their new business. These two local women saw a massive gap in the equestrian industry and are working together to fill it. Elite Equine is a founder story that explores two friends riding toward their dreams. Credit List: Executive Producers: Quinn Bennion, Sylvia Wilkins, Lori Haslem, Travis Campbell Producer & Director: Becca Summers Director of Photography: Devin Walston, Coby Coonradt Editor: Devin Allred Creative Team Supervisor: Coby Coonradt Location Appreciation: Elite Equine, Western Park, Uintah Conference Center Special Thanks: Vernal Innovation Hub, Uintah County Economic Development, Vernal City, V6 Media, Summer Creative Agency

Episode 6

Saving Kids Canal

When piping plans threaten to destroy Kids Canal, a historic outdoor recreation place for kids, the community comes together to protect it for future generations. Kids Canal is a 100-year-old nature space in Vernal, Utah, where kids can freely float, swim, fish, and explore. Credit List: Executive Producer: Sam Passey Producer & Director: Becca Summers Director of Photography & Editor: Devin Walston Creative Team Supervisor: Coby Coonradt Assistant Producer: Christina Higgins Location Appreciation: Uintah County Heritage Museum Special Thanks: Lana Fulbright Elaine Carr Michelle Fuller Marety Hill Liz Smith Quinn Bennion Lisa Smuin Migliori Cindy Dilsaver Uintah Basin Visual Artists Grammer Family Barrus Family Christensen Family This episode is brought to you by: Uintah County Library Uintah County Heritage Museum Uintah County Regional History Center American Recovery Plan administered by the Utah Humanities National Endowment for the Humanities

Episode 7

Building Up Rural Tech:
Dakotah's Story

Dakotah comes from generations of blue-collar workers. His family encourages him to pursue higher education. Dakotah learns tech skills to help his family climb higher through Dev Pipeline, a rural software training program. Credit List: Executive Producers:  Travis Campbell, Jason Fletcher, Shayne Roy Director & Producer: Becca Summers Director of Photography: Devin Walston Camera Operator: Devin Allred Creative Team Supervisor: Coby Coonradt BHI Footage / Director of Photography: Jeremy Gudac Special Thanks: Dakotah Homes, Johnny Hacking, BHI, Jeremy Gudac, Quinn Bennion, Sydney Millet, Vernal City, Vernal Innovation Hub, Dev Pipeline Students, Uintah County Economic Development, V6 Media, Summer Creative Agency

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Episode 8

Building Up Rural Tech:
Kray's Story

After surviving a horrific plane crash, Kray is left with life-long injuries. No longer able to fly as a pilot, Kray joins the up-and-coming tech scene in Vernal, Utah, and finds hope in the new industry. Credit List: Executive Producers: Quinn Bennion, Sylvia Wilkins, Lori Haslem, Travis Campbell Producer & Director: Becca Summers Director of Photography & Editor: Devin Allred Creative Team Supervisor: Coby Coonradt Location Appreciation: Vernal Innovation Hub, V6 Media Special Thanks: Kray Haslem and Family, Dev Pipeline, Vernal Innovation Hub, Uintah County Economic Development, Vernal City, V6 Media, Summer Creative Agency

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Episode 9

Saving Main Street: Vernal's Downtown Revitalization - Part 2

Available Spring 2024

With a community plan in place, demolition and construction kick-off to revitalize Vernal's Downtown. The momentum starts to bring new business and new life to Main Street.  Abby, a local restaurant owner, shares her journey of opening up a new cafe in the heart of downtown. 

Coming soon!

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Episode 10

Available Summer 2024

Building Buckskin Hills Dragstrip

Follow the making of one of Utah's only Dragstrip race courses. Built by local crews and experienced drivers, this motocross complex brings together a community of racers and race enthusiasts.  

Coming soon!

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Episode 11

Available Summer 2024

Red Fleet State Park Remodel

One of Utah's hidden gems gets a massive makeover. Red Fleet State Park is one of the most gorgeous places in the state to paddleboard and recreate.

 

Follow the process as the entire campground and beach get ripped out and replaced with state-of-the-art amenities to improve the guest experience.

Coming soon!

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Episode 12

Available Fall 2024

Building Utah's First Public Via Ferrata

Set in the stunning mountains of Ashley National Forest, this vertical trail system takes climbers to new heights and never-before-seen trails.

This documentary follows the making of Utah's very first Via Ferrata. A Via Ferrata follows a route on a mountain face equipped with steel cables, ladders, and other fixed anchors

Coming soon!

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