(click above to play teaser.)

Mountain Town is a documentary film that will tell the timeless story of how a community of conscientious and forward-thinking young people, disguised as ski bums and hippies, happened upon a ramshackle mining town on the fringe of society and worked to conserve and protect it for years to come.

Hidden amidst the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte, Colorado has always been a place defined by its people. During the 1960s and 70s, this lawless frontier town provided a hide-out, an escape, and ultimately a paradise for the wandering souls who stumbled upon it. Driven by stewardship over greed, this progressive group found themselves with a blank canvas of a town in which they would create a world of their own.

Since that time, Crested Butte has continued to grapple with how best to walk the line between growth and conservation - a challenge faced by small towns across America today. Crested Butte is a unique example of a place that, in the face of economic pressures, has managed to maintain its strong sense of character. The goal of this film is to share the story of one town, in the hopes of inspiring community in others.

The film is currently in post-production and is not fully funded yet! Please consider helping us to capture and preserve the stories by making a tax-deductible donation through the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, our fiscal sponsor, by clicking HERE. When making the pledge please select the "I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund" box, and select "Red Lady Films" from the drop down menu. Thank you!


Red Lady Films created five films that explore the cultural heritage of Crested Butte, Colorado. Themes include: Art, Fly Fishing, Wilderness, Photography, and Winter. These shorts were commissioned by the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and the Crested Butte Creative District.

Ruth, a veteran artist and art professor, explores the magic and wonder involved with creating an identity and a sense of place within the natural world.

Paul Andersen, a veteran journalist and author, elaborates on the importance of open spaces, the natural environment, and our place amidst it all.

George, a veteran fly fisherman, discusses the challenges faced in protecting and conserving rivers and fisheries around Crested Butte, Colorado. 

Tuck, a veteran soldier, horse wrangler, hunter, bus-driver, martial artist and all around mountain man, explains the seriousness (and humor) of a heavy Winter at 9,000 ft. in the Rocky Mountains.

Sandra Cortner, a veteran photographer, explains her approach to the subjects she photographs and the relationships that come out of it. 


Old friends, Jerry and Gerry decide to install a Positive Vibes Portal in the back alley...