Recent Films

Recent Films for Non-Profit, TV & Commercial Clients


The Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation (THF) approached Grit & Thistle Film to create a film to capture the spirit of their great work in Nepal. Working with the esteemed Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, THF helps provide women and girls with the highest level of Buddhist education ever offered. In time, these women will be some of the most qualified practitioners and teachers in the world. We completed the film in time to kick off the last stage of the THF capital campaign, just prior to the April 2015 earthquake. All the nuns in this film survived the earthquake, as did their center of study in Kathmandu. However, the neighborhood of Chobar immediately around the nunnery lost around 75% of their structures. The nuns started helping their neighbors immediately by providing food, water and muscle power. We look forward to a long relationship with the Rinpoche, THF and the incredible Tsoknyi Nepal Nuns. www.TsoknyiNepalNuns.org



The non-profit organization Peruvian Hearts needed a new promotional film to show during their live presentations to potential funders, a piece to convey the spirit and feel of their work with girls education in the Peruvian Andes. Working with the girls in rural villages and the Incan capital Cusco, Grit and Thistle Film created this marketing film to meet the goals of this NGO. Peruvian Hearts creates educational opportunities for girls and young women in the Andes of South America, including working with girls who have been orphaned or abandoned. We also created additional video library assets for Peruvian Hearts to use in their future media work. Peruvian Hearts was started by CNN Hero Ana Dodson and her family.



When the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) needed to get the word out about a new Central Colorado trails and wilderness proposal that would affect their mountain bike members, they asked Grit and Thistle Film to create a film to distribute their message through online and live sources. We worked closely with IMBA and affiliated nonprofit organizations to make a fun and informative video that also drew a distinction between a prior proposal and their current trail and wilderness access work.


The Brown’s Canyon Wilderness Study Area is a hidden wild slice of land in Colorado that wilderness advocates have been trying to protect for almost 20 years. Yet due to difficult access, the public had never really seen the land slated for protection. The Friends of Browns Canyon and The Wilderness Society asked us to create a short film to capture the beauty and magic of this wilderness area. We practiced what we call “no impact filmmaking”, sending one cinematographer alone into the wilderness to make this film. The Spirit of Browns Canyon was used by Senator Mark Udall’s office to show other congressional members the beauty of Browns Canyon and why he believed it should be protected. Browns Canyon became one of America’s newest National Monuments in February 2015.


The Rider and the Wolf is a full-length documentary about the life and mysterious disappearance of Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust. He helped form the sport of mountain biking in the USA with the stoke and technical innovations he put into action in the mountain towns of Crested Butte and Salida. He went missing without a trace in 2009 in remote part of Colorado. The mystery remains. Shot on Red Epic-X. Director of Photography – Nathan Ward. Edit – Claude DeMoss and Emmy Award winner Lyman Smith. Anticipated release date 2015. Created with the support of Telluride Mountainfilm and Oskar Blues Brewery.


A regional tourism board, Chaffee County Visitors Board, asked us to create a 30 second ad spot for national television distribution on NBC during the USA Pro Challenge bike race. The ad played on the jumbotron at stage finishes and promoted Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado during the biggest bike race in the United States. Shot 100% local.


Grit and Thistle Film shot this film for Outside Television on a piece of the old American West that still lives on. Men and women follow the mining games circuit around the west competing for cash and bragging rights by hardrock drilling for speed, mucking gravel, hammering spikes and the dangerous work of double jack drilling.


The Cutthroat Trout is the only native species of trout in Colorado, but they are hard to find. We backpacked in to the high mountain alpine lakes of Colorado to make this film on High Altitude Fish Hunters for Outside Television.  This film also appeared in the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival.


When the Salida Bike Fest needed a trailer to open their bicycle film festival, they asked Grit and Thistle Film to highlight the great local mountain bike trails created by the community trails group, Salida Mountain Trails. This trailer highlights great local riders and trails near Salida, Colorado. We then repurposed the bike video into a short promo piece for the Salida Bike Company.

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