Ben Knight is a filmmaker and Telluride local who was inspired to make films because of Mountainfilm in Telluride. He’s produced several documentaries about the sport of fishing that have reached far beyond the fishing community and won awards at festivals around the world. Red Gold focused on a proposed gold and copper mine at the headwaters of an indigenous salmon spawning ground in Alaska. The film had a real impact on the debate around the mine, rallying people to oppose the massive mining project that would have altered both the river’s ecosystem and a longtime way of life for the community. Knight, along with his producing partner Travis Rummel, runs Felt Soul Media, a documentary production company that is now creating a film, in conjunction with Patagonia, about removing dams in America and restoring free-flowing rivers. The project received a Mountainfilm Commitment Grant in 2011.