Western Film Studies Professor Lands Spot in Film Festival

A film about ranching in the Gunnison Valley produced by a Western professor has landed a spot in the Durango Film Festival.

 A film researched, written, shot and edited by Jack Lucido, Western's Associate Professor of Communication Arts, with production assistance by more than a dozen Western students, graduates, and faculty, has earned a spot in the Durango Film Festival. Across the Fence is a twenty-seven minute documentary film about the long time traditions and more recent innovations of sustainable practices in ranching.

The picturesque film features four ranching families from the Gunnison Valley on Colorado's western slope. Women, men, young, and old from these families speak of their passion for ranching and their concerns for the future.

"Its been tremendously rewarding getting to know these amazing ranching families and witness their respect for our land and water as they earn their livelihoods in ranching," Lucido says.

Shot over three years and several seasons in this high rocky mountain valley, Across the Fence tells the story both visually and aurally of these families and their respect for the land and natural resources in this beautiful part of Colorado. Lucido was able to include Western students and graduates to help produce the film. Three current Western undergraduate students, four Western alumni and a current Western MFA screenwriting student provided production assistance.  Western's technical director of media Torrance Maurer provided assistance and additional digital cinematography was provided by Western alum Drew Eflin. Animation and graphic design was provided by Western student Shannon Lynott and Western professor Dr. Karin Waidley is the film's announcer. 

"I feel strongly about environmental issues," Lucido says.   "Sustainability of our land and water resources is a crucial world-wide concern.  I serve on Western's Environment & Sustainability Council as a part of my service to this University.  Therefore sustainability as a film topic made much sense to me."

While promoting discourse among recreational users of public lands and livestock producers, Across the Fence suggests solutions through meaningful communication.

The Durango Independent Film Festival is February 26 - March 2, 2014.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 3:00pm