Ben Knight is a filmmaker and once-Telluride local who was inspired to make films because of Telluride Mountainfilm. In 2014, DamNation (Mountainfilm 2014) premiered at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. The documentary, produced in conjunction with Patagonia, explores dam removal and restoring free-flowing American rivers. The project received a Mountainfilm Commitment Grant in 2011.
DamNation is not Knight’s first film about watersheds: He has also produced several documentaries about waterways and the sport of fishing (Running Down the Man, Mountainfilm 2013) that have reached far beyond the fishing community and won awards at festivals around the world. Red Gold (Mountainfilm in 2008) focused on a proposed gold and copper mine at the headwaters of an indigenous salmon spawning ground in Alaska. Traveling down to Florida, the two captured another stunning portrait of fishing in 120:Tarpon Season (Mountainfilm 2017).
In 2015, he stitched together the story of his good friend Ben Moon's long-time companion, Denali, in a film by the same name (Denali, Mountainfilm 2015). Knight, along with his producing partner Travis Rummel, runs Felt Soul Media. Rummel and Knight made the film Senior:82 Winters in Telluride and Kamchatka Steelhead Project (both at Mountainfilm 2016).