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We Are Chaffee Documentary

A Home in Paradise Trailer

Movie Premier May 10th Salida Film Festival
Free showing June 5th Salida Steamplant

"A Home In Paradise" will be released at the Salida Film Festival on Friday, May 10th during the Salida film Festival. This paid event and another free community showing at the Salida Steamplant on Wednesday, June 5th are the beginning of "A Home in Paradise" release blitz throughout our community that will include several free public showings throughout the summer and fall. We Are Chaffee will also include an online "tool kit" that will provide everything you need to host a movie viewing house party, work or board meeting, and other gatherings that are sure to create vibrant discussions afterwards based on questions provided in the tool kit. 


"A Home In Paradise" is a documentary about the growing health disparities here in Chaffee County, including housing, mental and behavioral health, and the socio-economic divide. This film is a call to action for community members to begin important conversations around these issues and work together to mend our divided paradise that we call home.


The documentary highlights the lives of the following Chaffee County community members.

Ursula Jones: Immigrant from Peru discussing the importance of community and the challenges of being an immigrant.

Jordan Cunliffe: Jordan shares his experiences living with addiction and staying sober in Chaffee County.

Shelley Schreiner: Executive Director of The Alliance, shares her personal challenges with housing both for herself and her staff. During filming, Shelley lived in the Saguache Valley which was a 45-minute drive each way to get to work.

William Doyle: William gives us a window into the local recreation economy as a raft guide in the summer and ski patrol in the winter. When William’s rental was sold suddenly, it left him facing an unaffordable housing landscape and nowhere to live.

Why a Documentary

In order to keep the work fresh within our community, to engage community stakeholders, and to ensure a more focused and educated approach to the project goals, the We Are Chaffee Team will create a documentary-type film that is informed by a notable social scientist, Dr. Jennifer Sherman, (, local stakeholders, and completed by a local Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, Julie Speer Jackson, (



An Emmy-Award-Winning filmmaker and 4th generation Coloradan, Julie has produced and directed over 1000 documentaries across the US and abroad, including several Emmy Award-Winning shows for Public Television. She is the Creator of Rocky Mountain PBS’s “Colorado Experience” and has several narrative and documentary projects in development. She is the Chief Creative Officer for jSPiNC, the Chief Content Officer for Truce Media Collective and the Chaffee Country Film Commissioner. She lives in Salida and Denver.


Sarah Hamilton is a documentary editor and director. For seven years she has created films exploring Arab-American identity post 9/11, the power of music after tragedy, and a Corps' movement grappling with its problematic past. Sarah is drawn to stories with deep emotional truths that transcend our differences. An intrepid camera operator she can get the shot in highly technical and remote environments: her work has been done climbing, skiing, as well as deep in the backcountry for extended periods. She assistant edits

for films featured at Tribeca, Banff, Mountain Film, and Five Point. She lives in Salida, Colorado.

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