Nucla, Colorado, just an hour’s drive from Telluride, has seen hard times ever since the U.S. uranium industry collapsed in the late 1970s. It’s a hardscrabble town, where the folks who haven’t fled barely eke out a living. One oasis of activity is The Apothecary Shoppe, the sole pharmacy within 4,000 square miles. The owner, Don Colcord, gamely occupies multiple roles as druggist, surrogate doctor, life counselor and community benefactor. Colcord’s sanguine public persona, however, belies a long-suffered private pain for which there is no drug, no cure and no relief.
Inspired by the 2013 Mountainfilm selection Dear Governor Cuomo, this compiling by Colorado creatives follows Shane Davis (a.k.a. The Fractivist) as he guides us through a series of vignettes. These stories were collected from the state’s filmmakers, farmers, skiers, activists and concerned citizens and use both science and emotional appeal to explain why fracking is problematic in Colorado. This confident and brash film incorporates work from some previous Mountainfilm contributors, including Suzan Beraza (Bag It and Uranium Drive-In, Mountainfilm 2009 and 2013), Alexandria Bombach (“MoveShake” series and Common Ground), Pete McBride (Chasing Water and The Water Tower, Mountainfilm 2011 and 2013), Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Mountainfilm 2012) and Scott Upshur (The Local’s Bite, Mountainfilm 2012).