HANNA RANCH to Premiere at 36th Starz Denver Film Festival

Documentary features visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna

Denver | October 08, 2013

HANNA RANCH announced today its screenings at the 36th Starz Denver Film Festival. The ranching and agriculture industry is in serious jeopardy and the statistics are astounding. Every two minutes an acre of land is lost to development and over 500,000 ranchers have been forced to quit in the last 30 years.

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. Chronologically told through family members, environmental leaders and ranch industry insiders, the story also touches on the sensitive issue of mental health.

This new film is directed by award-winning producer and director Mitch Dickman of Listen Productions, a Denver-based full-service media production company specializing in film, video and theater. HANNA RANCH is produced by Karl Kister and best-selling author Eric Schlosser.

Featured in Schlosser’s book Fast Food Nation (2001) and dubbed the “eco-cowboy,” Kirk Hanna 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.

“I never had the opportunity to meet Kirk, but through the entire process of making this film, now feel that I have an understanding of him not only as a rancher, but also as a husband and a father,” says Dickman. “I was able to see a little of Kirk in each of his family members and colleagues who opened their home and their hearts on camera to revisit so many memories.”

Hanna Ranch is located just minutes from the Colorado Springs metropolitan area in Fountain, CO. It provides unhindered views of a historical agricultural operation and protects important floodplain and upland habitats with essential plant communities and associated wildlife to help it thrive.

HANNA RANCH is presented in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), as it shares the story of one of the conservation movement’s great heroes. Kirk Hanna was intimately involved in the organization and the film is dedicated to carrying on his passion and supporting their mission.

“We are pleased to be a partner of HANNA RANCH, which will share Kirk’s life story and his passion for conservation with countless others,” says TNC Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the North America Conservation Region Mark Burget. “We hope his legacy will inspire viewers to get involved in conservation efforts to protect the lands and waters on which we all depend.”


  • Saturday, November 9, 3:00 p.m./Ellie Caulkins Opera House (1101 13th St., Denver, CO 80204)
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2:15 p.m./Sie FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206)


  • Hanna Ranch, an “Environment in Focus” SDFF 36 documentary selection, introduces us to holistic ranching pioneer Kirk Hanna. Dubbed the original “eco-cowboy,” his legacy lives on in the sustainable ranching movement – which is up against grim statistics. Over the last 30 years, half a million ranchers have quit or gone out of business due to relentless encroachment of development and misuse of land. Moderated by Culinary Director of Root Down and Linger Daniel Asher, this in-depth discussion over brunch will tackle the issues facing the agriculture industry in our country today – how can it withstand continual loss? Who will be at the forefront of the sustainable agriculture movement? Who will be the stewards of the land that feeds us?
  • Panelists: Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Food Inc., Command and Control), Chris Pague (The Nature Conservancy), Matthew Jones (Slow Food USA), Dale Lasater (Lasater Grasslands Beef); Brunch by: Linger & Root Down
  • Sunday, November 10, 12:00 p.m./RedLine (2350 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO 80205)



A Listen Productions film
Website – www.hannaranchmovie.com
Twitter – @hannaranchmovie
Facebook – www.facebook.com/hannaranchmovie
Hashtag – #hannaranchdoc
Starz Denver Film Festival – www.denverfilm.org


Listen Productions is a Denver-based full-service media production company specializing in film, video and theater founded by award-winning producer and director Mitch Dickman. Prior to producing and directing HANNA RANCH, Listen Productions’ 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 and 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. www.listenproductions.com 

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org. To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit www.nature.org/global. To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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