In 2010, my partner Christopher and I were just beginning to work on our first documentary, TINY: A Story About Living Small, about people who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than 120-square feet. We both had backgrounds in film and writing, but had never directed a project of our own, so we cast our net to our Boulder, Colorado, community and asked two friends to meet us for lunch. We sat down with Samara, a former co-worker, and Joe, who had just finished a whirlwind tour as one of the characters/crew in The Cove, to ask for filmmaking advice.
“Go to Mountainfilm!” they said.
And so three weeks later we did, following the first and most valuable words of wisdom we’ve been given. We arrived in Telluride knowing few people, but felt like we had found our tribe: people devoted to watching and listening, documenting their world and unafraid to jump into it and get their hands dirty, to find solutions to some of the most complex and pressing questions that we face.