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CC Documentary Premieres at Telluride Film Festival

A documentary co-produced by Assistant Professor of Film and New Media Studies Dylan Nelson, which also includes the work of numerous Colorado College film students, premiered Saturday, Aug. 30 at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival.

The film, “Merchants of Doubt,” directed by Robert Kenner (“Food, Inc.”) and inspired by the book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, explores science denial and shows how pundits-for-hire have helped sow doubt about man-made climate change.

Nelson spent two years on the film, which also provided opportunity for a number of Colorado College students and recent graduates. Among them are Ryan Loeffler '12, who served as assistant editor and additional cameraman and continues to work fulltime at Robert Kenner Films; Jon Harmon '12 and Sarah Zinn '13 who served as production assistants; Daniel Wright '13 and Melissa Rush '14, summer interns; and Ali Meyung '11, Laurel Hesse '13, Will Thomsen '13, Amy Rippe ’15, and Michaela Kobsa-Mark ’15, who did transcription work.

The film also will be screened at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and will have a theatrical distribution this fall through Sony Classics.

The Telluride Film Festival, now in its 41st year, brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists to discover the best in world cinema in the mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Films at this year’s festival represent 28 countries.