Kirk Hanna

Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse.

Featured in the book Fast Food Nation and dubbed the “eco-cowboy,” he was an early adopter of Holistic Resource Management practices, sat on numerous environmental boards and was president of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association. Hanna’s opinion was so widely sought and respected, many even saw him as a future governor of Colorado. But when his dream of harmony and sustainability ran up against the reality of family conflict and mounting threats to the land, Hanna lost hope.

Kirk’s legacy and fight live on as his family and friends continue to protect the West by saving Hanna Ranch.

Kirk on the Ranch

The Ranch

Hanna Ranch was built in the 1940s by Kirk Hanna’s father and grandfather, who came from New Mexico and chose the site for its proximity to Fountain Creek, which runs through it. With 2.65 miles of stream coursing through the property, Hanna Ranch protects important floodplain and upland habitats with essential plant communities and associated wildlife to help it thrive. Bordered by Interstate 25 to the west and Hanover Road running through the property, Hanna Ranch provides unhindered views of a historical agricultural operation as well as a healthy riparian corridor just minutes from the Colorado Springs metropolitan area.

The Peak to Prairie program, which uses lottery funds and private donations to buy easements, has preserved over 100,000 acres of prairie in the Pikes Peak region. That now includes a portion of Hanna Ranch, which has declined countless offers for the purchase of its land and continues to fight against development endeavors.

The Filmmakers

Mitch is an award-winning producer and director in both film and theatre. He is the founder and director of Denver-based Listen Productions, a full-service media production company specializing in film, video and theater. Prior to producing and directing Hanna Ranch, his credits include: feature film, A Test of Wills; Honduran travel show Off the Radar; short film, Mortar (2006 Starz Denver Film Festival Official Selection); stage production & Macbeth adaptation, Wild West.
As producer and director of the stage production and feature documentary film DNC Mediamockracy, he received the “Best Multimedia” Ovation Award from The Denver Post and was named “Best Example of Theatrical Relevancy” in Denver Westword’s “Best of” Awards in 2009. Having worked on over 20 feature films, Mitch’s deepest passion is creating art that promotes dialogue and makes a positive impact in society.
Karl is a documentary film producer, arts advocate, and investor in a range of sectors: from real estate and technology to alternative energy and media. He is the producer of the feature documentary Hanna Ranch and co-produced the documentary Keep On Keepin’ On, which marked its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014. He is also the executive producer on two upcoming independent narrative films, MA and Walden.
He sits on a number of boards including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the National Solutions Council of Rocky Mountain Institute and the Logan School for Creative Learning. Karl is the past President of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Board of Trustees. Previously, Karl was Chief Operating Officer for New York City based Digital Telemedia (now Logicworks). Prior to DTI, Karl was a project architect for Aldo Rossi Studio di Architectura also in New York City.
As an investigative journalist, Eric explores subjects ignored by the mainstream media and gives a voice to people at the margins of society. Over the years he’s followed the harvest with migrant farm workers in California, spent time with meatpacking workers in Texas and Colorado, told the stories of marijuana growers and pornographers and the victims of violent crime, gone on duty with the New York Police Department Bomb Squad, and visited prisons throughout the United States.His work defies easy categorization, earning praise not only from liberal publications like the Nation, but also from Fortune, the Financial Times, and the National Review. Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It has been translated into more than twenty languages and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. His second book, Reefer Madness (2003), looked at America’s thriving underground economy.
It was also a New York Times bestseller. Chew on This (2006), a New York Times bestselling children’s book, co-written with Charles Wilson, introduced young readers to the health effects of fast food and the workings of industrial agriculture. His next book, Command and Control (2013), examines the efforts of the military, since the atomic era began during World War II, to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident.Schlosser served as an executive producer and co-wrote the feature film Fast Food Nation (2006), directed by Richard Linklater. Their screenplay was named one of the best of that year by New York Times critics A.O. Scott and Mahnola Dargis. Schlosser was an executive producer of There Will Be Blood (2008), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. He was a co-producer and the co-narrator of the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc., directed by Robert Kenner.
Zachary has worked in the camera and post-production departments for over a decade, and has built a working relationship with director Mitch Dickman by shooting and editing their last 3 feature films: HANNA RANCH, A TEST OF WILLS and DNC MEDIAMOCKRACY
(which he co-directed as well). He also shot the film THE LONELY LIFE, starring Will Oldham. Zachary is a Colorado native and grew up just a few miles from Hanna Ranch.
Davis is an Emmy winning editor and producer and a founder and owner of MILKHAUS, a production company and post facility in Denver that specializes in broadcast and theatrical documentary content. He began his career in the arts by creating an original series for BRAVO, collaborating with the Colorado Symphony and directing his independent feature doc The Tornado Dream, a portrait of three unique musical groups spanning three years in the Denver music scene. After editing many feature documentaries, Coombe was producer and editor of Wesley Willis’s Joyrides (SXSW, HotDocs) about the famed street artist and musician. Coombe edited Iron Ladies Of Liberia (Toronto Film Festival, Winner Banff TV Awards, Winner AFI-Dallas, Independent Lens), They Killed Sister Dorothy (Winner
Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2008, HBO Films, shortlisted for an Academy Award), was producer, editor and camera on Academy Award-nominated The Last Campaign Of Governor Booth Gardner. Recently he edited Chasing Ice, which premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for an Academy Award and produced and edited Saving Face, which won an Academy Award for Documentary Short, an Emmy for Best Documentary and another for Best Editing in a Documentary. Coombe also produced Bay Of All Saints, which won the Audience Award for Feature Documentary at SXSW in 2012.  He co-wrote and edited Keep On Keepin’ On and Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary, which both premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014 and is currently editing a bio-doc about Evel Knieval.
Katie is the founder and principal of Katie Shapiro Media, a media boutique specializing in publicity for documentary films and film festivals. Current and past clients include: HANNA RANCH (Directed by Mitch Dickman, 2012), THE LOST BIRD PROJECT (Directed by Deborah Dickson, 2012), Aspen Film, Stanley Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival and Women+Film Voices Film Festival. In 2010, Katie co-founded the first official young patrons extension of
the Denver Film Society, Reel Social Club, and sits on the DFS’ board
of directors. She previously worked as a lifestyle public relations
executive in New York City before relocating to Denver in 2007. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

For more information about Listen Productions, please visit: listenproductions.com

The Music

Music by Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens, Joe Kersey Sampson, Corey Ryan, and Wentworth Kersey