“Loco”, new TV sitcom features RMC student, feature by Kaijlea Richards

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“Loco” is a new sitcom based on the community of Laurel and the real-life experiences of living in a small town. Rick Hibbs, a junior at Rocky Mountain college, and an actor in the sitcom stated, “The introduction of the story is more or less about a father and daughter duo trying to regain a sense of stability after life happens.” Throughout the course of the sitcom other characters come in and create that sense of family. “We are his secondary family that’s trying to keep everything together. That’s where it’s centered,” said Hibbs.

The local sitcom had many goals, including the need to portray real life events that actually happen in everyday life. Along with this, Hibbs stated that “Junior, the director and main character, was really focused on using local talents. They came to this area and wanted to continue to do their work and they wanted to continue to seek that creative fulfillment using people who were here and had those same aims and goals. Those family bonds were created outside of the show as well.”

family  (1 of 1)Hibbs believes that “Loco” could be relatable to Montana natives, and students who have moved here to go to school. Hibbs emphasized the importance that the sense of community played on the show and the ways the show is relatable by stating, “I grew up very close to Laurel. I grew up in Red Lodge and Roberts. Those are really small towns and I think that in a lot of Montana, that’s the same kind of case. If you don’t live in Bozeman, Missoula, or Billings, then you probably live in a small town. The sense of community you get from these small towns transfers over to the show and in the interactions between the characters you can see the influences of the small-town living scenario. I think a lot of this is relatable to people in Montana who have lived that reality somewhere within their lives. It can explain or illustrate this from a third person perspective as they make relations from the show to their real life.”

Hibbs gave an update on the progress of the show, stating that “We just hit post production, so we wrapped in early October. We should be done with editing the film by hopefully February, so we’ll know more after that’s all done. Right now we’re in that limbo phase of that ‘hurry up and wait portion.’” So far, the production has filmed 10 episodes for their first season. After completing the editing process they will present it to Netflix or Comcast (the company that owns Netflix). “We are more so going for internet platforms for distribution,” stated Hibbs.

Hibbs also emphasized the gratitude that the production has for its sponsors.“We had a lot of local sponsorships which were really great.” He said. “The Caboose let us use their actual bar during hours and were so great about it. Stone Contracting and Bretz RV were an integral part of our funding. It was through local business we were able to pull it off. We are all extremely thankful for that.”

Hibbs added that RMC played a large role in the sitcom by stating, “They had done workshops here for a couple of months in the Fortin Auditorium. It started off as getting an opportunity to work with a director and these free workshops. Rocky played a big role in starting that up because they kept it here at first and tried to pull people in that way, which emphasized the community aspect of it.” He ended by saying that the show was “birthed out of Rocky essentially and it was kept all local, which is something that isn’t done a lot.”

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