Feature Documentary on America’s Disappearing Heartland — “LOSING THE WEST”

From filmmaker Alex Warren comes LOSING THE WEST, a quintessentially American documentary examining the transformation of the iconic old west that was, for so long, a rugged, thriving, natural habitat.  The film has just been completed. Special screenings and premieres will be announced soon.

“Our society is trying too hard to sustain an unsustainable way of life,” said director/producer Alex Warren. “It’s time to come together to protect the land that needs to be protected, the fertile land and the open spaces that preserve the habitat and migration patterns of wildlife.”

The Facts

·      America loses 6000 acres of open space every day; 4 acres per minute

·      By the year 2050, 50 million additional people will have moved west of Mississippi

·      There were 313.9 million people in the United States on July 1, 2012, up 2.3 million from the previous year

·      At that rate, the US population will increase by nearly 100 million people in the next 40 years

·      Forests on the Edge, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), estimates that 57 million acres of private forest could experience sizeable increases in housing density by 2030

·      National Forests on the Edge, also part of the USDA, estimates that 21 million acres of private rural lands near national forests and grasslands will experience substantial housing density increases by 2030

·      The global population is over 7 billion and projected to be close to 9 billion in 40 years

·      LOSING THE WEST’s message is a microcosm of a crucial and urgent global issue facing every person on the planet

The Story

The central character in LOSING THE WEST is the American West, the land itself, a rough and tumble territory best known for its pastoral majesty and for men equally rough and tumble, men with hard hands and gruff voices.

Howard Linscott is one such man, the original Marlboro man, in fact.

Linscott is a calloused Colorado cowboy, a tough and rugged emblem of the West the way it used to be, and it’s through his eyes we explore LOSING THE WEST.

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. In the face of 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? And who will fill the roles as stewards of the land as concrete paves over the fertile ground?

The perpetual influx of millions into land historically reserved for farming and agriculture means Howard’s world is disappearing. Through his eyes we watch how a way of life and a noble tradition are being put out to pasture. Development is inevitable and necessary with population growth heading in an exponential direction. We therefore need to look at our future in an informed and intelligent way toward solutions to this issue, for the benefit of us all, which is exactly what the film does.

“We decided the best way to anthropomorphize the land was to follow the life of a lifelong, seventy year-old cowboy,” said Warren. “It starts with Howard Linscott’s perspective and a time when vast open spaces were the norm. From there we broaden out to examine the bigger picture of land conservation, development, the food chain and the future of our nation and species. The end result is a commercially viable, entertaining film with an imperative message that speaks to all people, from all walks of life.”

Reaching Across The Aisle…On All Fronts

Warren recruits both US senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and state senator Ellen Roberts (R-CO) 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.

As one man says, “There are just some things not for sale. Being a cowboy’s not for sale.”

LOSING THE WEST is a story bigger than any one person.

In many ways, the film is everyone’s tale. It is the chronicle of a national identity in flux where traditions are pushed to the brink by the inevitable tides of change and without preaching, it begs us to consider the ramifications of the paths we choose at this crucial moment.

Alex Warren was born in Denver, lives in Los Angeles, and owns a ranch outside of Ridgway, CO. She is avid horse enthusiast an animal lover. She is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, The Sierra Club and runs her own humanitarian and disaster relief organizations.

Check out the website for LOSING THE WEST.