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Alex Warren
Best Documentary (Environment)   
 

 
Alex Warren
Writer - Director - Producer
 
Born in Denver and steeped in the 'open country' ethos that defines the American West, actress Alex Warren divides her time between her Los Angeles residence and her small ranch in Ridgway, CO. When the swelling population of three nearby towns and the skiing resort of Telluride began to threaten the livelihoods of her neighboring ranchers and farmers, Alex was motivated to write, direct, shoot and produce Losing The West, her opening foray into the world of the documentary feature film.

Losing the West is a documentary on small ranching and farming, exemplified by the story of a lifelong Colorado cowboy, Howard Linscott, a gruff, chain-smoking 70-year-old who's been ranching all his life. The film starts with his perspective and a time when vast open spaces were the norm. From there it broadens to examine the bigger picture of land conservation, development, the food chain and the future of our nation and species.

Alex Warren
America loses 6000 acres of open space every day. With farm and ranch land dwindling due to population growth and development, many have made the hard choice to sell their land. Their children are leaving the business as well, unable to afford the steep costs of equipment, raising crops and livestock, or simply to choose careers that offer more financial reward. With sweeping shots of the Colorado Rockies, Losing The West explores whether cherished Western traditions and this fiercely independent lifestyle can survive as they collide with inevitable population growth in the West and its dwindling natural resources.

To illustrate the seriousness of the issue, Warren filmed interviews with US senator Michael Bennet (CO) and Colorado state senator Ellen Roberts as well as TreePeople founder and president Andy Lipkis, the president of the US Cattlemen's Association, the policy director of Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, the deputy director of Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust, David Pimentel of Cornell University, Jules Dervaes urban farmer and pioneer of the Urban Homesteading movement, and many others to highlight the nuances of the dramatic debate.

In Losing The West, Alex asks tough and pertinent questions. Faced with increasingly turbulent economic times, why would farmers and ranchers continue their grueling lifestyles when the monumental rise in the value of their properties makes cashing out their best prospect? Who will be left to grow the nation's food as population continues to soar? Who will fill the roles as stewards of the land as concrete paves over the fertile ground? How can we preserve the precious resources that we need to sustain life? And how can we stop this before it's too late?

Losing The West is the significant story of a sacred society threatened with extinction and an essential industry on which we all rely put in mortal peril due to the disappearance of natural resources. The film is a vital audit of America's values and addresses some of the most important issues of our time. Alex Warren is an avid horse enthusiast and animal lover in general. She is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, The Sierra Club, and runs her own humanitarian and disaster relief organizations.

For the passion with which she has revealed the peril facing the legendary lifestyle of the American West, Alex Warren has been selected by TheWIFTS Foundation to receive the 2013 Best Documentary Award (Environment).



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