Films


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The love bugs (in post-production)

2018 telluride mountainfilm commitment grant recipient

2018 from the heart productions roy w. dean grant recipient

fiscal sponsorship: the redford center

Over the course of 60 years, Lois and Charlie O’Brien, two of the foremost entomologists and pioneers in their field, traveled to more than 67 countries and quietly amassed the world’s largest private collection of insects--a scientific gamechanger with more than one million specimens and more than 1,000 undiscovered species. And now after decades of research and the development of a parental bond with their collection, these two soulmates decide to give it away.  But they live in a time when the beleaguered field of science needs them most. And the O'Briens know they need to continue fighting for it. So they turn to their one million insects for a little help. This humorous and poignant documentary short explores the nature of Love--and the love of Nature--and what it means to devote oneself completely to both.

Felix

WINNER: Woods Hole Film Festival Audience Choice Award, Best Short Documentary

WINNER: Mountainfilm in Aspen, Audience Choice Award, Best Short Documentary

Twice a month for the last 40 years, Felix Belmont has hosted a radio show on KVNF in the small town of Paonia, Colorado, spinning big band music of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Today, at 99 years old, he is believed to be the world’s oldest public radio host. In this endearing short film, Belmont shares the ingredients to life well-lived: a great love affair, a rich relationship with music and just the right amount of top-shelf scotch.

WORLD PREMIERE Mountainfilm 2018 in Telluride

 

 

 

 


PROPERTY

This poignant, award-winning documentary short reveals a day in the life at the National Wildlife Property Repository—a little-known 22,000 square-foot warehouse outside of Denver where wildlife items confiscated at US ports of entry are stored. The Repository currently houses more than one million items. The film is told through the eyes of Doni Sprague, an employee who has worked there for 20 years cataloguing, tagging, bagging and shelving illegal wildlife items on a daily basis.

 

 

keeper of the mountains

Elizabeth Hawley has interviewed thousands of Himalayan expedition leaders since arriving in Nepal in 1959. Miss Hawley, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 94, was a force of nature every bit as impressive as any alpinist. This portrait of the world’s foremost authority on Himalayan mountaineering reflects the character it chronicles by being direct, sharp, and not without a sense of humor. 

"one of the best aventure films of 2013"---outside magazine

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news documentaries 


cnn's great big story: running america's last linotype newspaper

“The Saguache Crescent” newspaper in Saguache, Colorado has been printing its news the same way since the 1800s. Publisher Dean Coombs’ family has had the business for three generations, and he has helped print out the weekly broadsheet on a linotype since he was 12 years old.

national geographic: new discovery of blood-red worms that thrive in a toxic cave

Sulfur Cave in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is full of gases so toxic that a person who enters would pass out after just a few breaths. But tiny-blood-red worms, a newly discovered species that may not be found anywhere else on Earth, thrive in this extreme environment, devoid of sunlight. These tiny worms could even offer clues to the kinds of life that might be found on other planets.

Co-cinematographer/Producer: Allison Otto

Co-cinematographer: Meryem Ersoz

Editor: Scott McElroy

national geographic:rehab squirrels get a second chance at life

At Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, north of Boulder, Colorado, injured and orphaned squirrels from all walks of life are fed, cared for, and eventually released back into the wild.Squirrels play a vital role in their ecosystem as a prey species, as well as spreading nuts and seeds from trees.

Cinematographer/Producer: Allison Otto

Editor: Chelsea Jackson

national geographic: EVERYTHING YOU WERE AFRAID TO ASK ABOUT ROADKILL

A museum in Denver, Colorado has invited donations of animals killed in vehicle collisions and other encounters with modern life. By preserving and studying the specimens, researchers are hoping for a better understanding of how well wild animals are coping with their changing habitats.

Cinematographer/Producer: Allison Otto

Editor: Chelsea Jackson

national geographic: THE RETURN OF THE COLORADO RAINBOW SCARAB BEETLE

When the bison disappeared from the Colorado Plains, so did the Rainbow Scarab beetle. Now, bison are being reintroduced to the Plains, and Dr. Frank Krell, an entomologist with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, has been searching beneath bison patties to see if the Colorado Rainbow Scarab is making a comeback as well. 

Cinematographer/Producer: Allison Otto

Editor: Chelsea Jackson

national geographiC: THE MEDICAL BENEFITS OF VENOMOUS INSECT STINGS 

For entomologist Justin Schmidt, getting stung by venomous insects is an occupational hazard. Schmidt collects and studies a variety of stinging insects such as harvest ants and Pacific cicada killers to discover the potential medical benefits of their venom.

Cinematographer/Producer: Allison Otto

Editor: Chelsea Jackson

BRANDED CONTENT

ONE TREE PLANTED:ONE SIMPLE ACT FOR NATURE & SUSTAINABILITY

One Tree Planted supported the planting of several thousand trees, shrubs, and plants as part of the Willamette Mission Floodplain Reforestation project in Oregon.

Co-cinematographer/Producer: Allison Otto

Editors: Jenny Nichols and Morgan Heim

UcHEALTH:MY MOTHER MY FRIEND, LINDSAY'S LIFE-SAVING GIFT

Lindsay and Vera were bonded more than just by their mother-daughter relationship and a love for horses. After Vera learned that she was at stage four liver failure, Lindsay donated a portion of her liver to save her mom’s life.

Co-cinematographer/Producer: Allison Otto

Co-cinematographer: Jenny Nichols

Editor: Chelsea Jackson