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  • Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan

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    74 minute documentary film, written, directed, and produced by Greg I. Hamilton

    Expedition to the Heart of Water in BhutanROBERT REDFORD CALLS Greg’s feature debut: “A cinematic adventure into the heart of wilderness.” He went on to say: “Power of the River captures the connection between people and the rivers that are our lifeblood.”

    Docuwest_winner_100hThe film had its world premiere May 15, 2016 at the DocuWest International Film Festival where it won Best Colorado Feature.

    THE STORY: In the country with the world’s most ambitious commitment to protect nature, where the king values the happiness of his people above the money they make, a threat is looming. Bhutan’s primary revenue source is hydropower; quotas with India would require damming every last river. A man named “Good Karma” guides an expedition to keep his kingdom’s mightiest river wild and free.

    Click below to watch the trailer for the film (3 minutes).

  • Imagine the Rides

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      Feature article published June, 2013

    Published in Steamboat Magazine, Summer 2013

    A proposed trail network offers mountain bike thrills from beginner to expert

    Summer 2013“FEAR CREATES ONE POINT OF ATTENTION,” says mountain biker Aryeh Copa. His voice carries a calm rationality when he speaks of the adrenaline junkie’s life-and-death dance: “Fear creates focus. It keeps us alive. If you have no fear, you’re not going to live very long, especially doing extreme sports.” … Read the full article now at SteamboatMagazine.com

  • Beer vs. Bread

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    • Beer vs. Bread

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    Ruminations of a Wordsmith-anthropologist

    Greg’s blog, 2009-present

    TO ME, THE MOST INTRIGUING of all human interest stories is the age-old archaeological dilemma over beer versus bread. It might seem surprising that this branch of anthropology, best known for academics quietly sifting through dirt, gets pretty feisty about this debate. Archaeologists generally agree that humanity shifted from nomadic hunter-gatherers to settled agricultural societies for the benefit of harvesting grains. But the rift centers around the specific use of those grains.

    Whether civilization began for the reliable sustenance of bread or the unpredictable epiphanies of booze, for me the question extends into all walks of life. I see this tug-of-war between the sensible and the sensational in the flickering images of film and art, in other writers’ work, in effective marketing strategy, in music, and in just about anything thoughtful humans wrap their minds around. … Read more at Beer vs. Bread.

  • Straight Talk (Steamboat Resort)

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    Greg has served as the substitute blogger for Steamboat Resort’s “Straight Talk” blog over a couple seasons. Click dates below for archives of his entries:

    • “Powder’s Thataway” 3/24/13
    • “Where’s the cake? A frosting-on-frosting day.” 3/5/13
    • “Great day for a tumble in the powder” 2/18/13
    • “Ode to Mother Nature” 1/30/13
    • “Slow Down and Take It All In” 1/26/13
    • “Warm enough to smile” 1/17/13
    • “Foggy skies and a fresh dusting” 12/6/12
    • “Powder Day in the Boat!” 3/26/11
    • “The White Fuzzy Snow Keeps Piling Up” 3/31/11
    • “What’s in a Name?” 3/3/11
    • “Windy: Head for the Trees” 2/19/11
    • “Sunshine and Fresh Snow. Any Other Requests?” 2/18/11
    • “Break your Hibernation” 2/3/11
    • “Heart-Pounding Meditation” 1/27/11
    • “4 Percent Odds – I’ll Take that Bet” 1/20/11
  • When a Movie Really Moves People

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      Feature article, Steamboat Magazine

    Published in Steamboat Magazine‘s 50th Anniversary Edition

    Steamboat Magazine 50th AnniversarySteamboat film writer & director inspired by adaptive sports

    CONTRIBUTORS – Greg I. Hamilton’s film writing/directing debut, “The Movement,” was selected for Sundance and 20 other festivals, winning five awards to date. His article, p. 60, shares the inspiration behind the film, a story which spans six decades. Hamilton’s writing has been published in the Huffington Post, Warren Miller’s SnoWorld magazine, Frontier Airlines’ Wild Blue Yonder, and Park City Magazine. He spent 10 years with Warren Miller Films and holds an anthropology degree he says he uses every day – particularly at the bar. He lives and writes in Steamboat Springs and is currently finishing a book about “The Movement.”

    IN JANUARY 2010 right here on my home slopes of Steamboat I saw a blind snowboarder. Facing his instructor, arm-in-arm, the two of them looked like dancers waltzing down the mountain. Moments later later a paraplegic caught air in the half-pipe, much to his instructor’s chagrin. It was like something out of a dream. … Read full article at SteamboatMagazine.com

  • Just the Right Amount of Distraction

    • Greg

      Feature Essay, Winter 2012-13

    How a local author/filmmaker tries to stay on task in Steamboat

    Published in Steamboat Living magazine
    Just the Right Amount of Distraction
    THAT DAMN WINDOW. If I lean back I can see the top of the gondola from my desk. Staring out on a day like this, it’s anyone’s guess what my mind is gathering: Inspiration? Or excuses why this latest project can wait while I pursue a little “outdoor research”? Often it’s both. Sometimes good excuses lead to the best inspiration. … click to read at SteamboatToday.com

  • The Sundance Diaries

    • Greg joined other directors of Sundance short films to blog about the path to the festival

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    Click here to visit Greg I. Hamilton’s page at HuffPost.com

    The Sundance Diaries: Jumping In

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    Published January 12, 2012

    IT’S NEW YEAR’S, 2012 and I stand naked at the edge of a hole in a frozen lake. I poke my toe through the skin of ice and metaphor that has frozen over the hole since it was cleared an hour earlier. Though the moment seems ripe for allegory, it’s real water down there, that’s my foot poking in it, and others are waiting for me to jump. … read more at HuffPost

    The Sundance Diaries: Lurching from One Near-disaster to the Next

    Published January 21, 2012

    AT 70 MILES AN HOUR the single-digit air allows me about six squirts before the numbness sets in and I fear I’ll drop the spray bottle. I roll the window back up as the wiper smears the half-cleaned glass dirtier than it was before. Friggin frozen fluid lines. I think about pulling over, but there’s a schedule to keep and dammit, I’m heading to Sundance! … read more at HuffPost