Kirk Hanna was a cattle rancher, a conservationist and a Colorado legend before his untimely death at age 43. His pursuit of a utopian vision for the ranching way of life, and his impact on open-space preservation and resource management, are just part of the story told in Hanna Ranch
, a new documentary from director Mitch Dickman. Hanna's vision for the future of ranching may be what makes his story worth sharing, but at its heart, it's a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare, full of conflict and despair, with vivid characters and an inspirational vision of a world that balances the needs of rural and urban populations for a better future for all. Hanna was a Colorado original, and the film offers a rich character study, an engaging narrative and a compelling argument for the importance of the man's work and his legacy. Before the film opens today
at the Sie FilmCenter
, we spoke to Dickman about how he came to work on the project, the challenges he faced and the state of Hanna's legacy today.
See also: Hanna Ranch presents a moving portrait of eco-cowboy Kirk Hanna