On his day in Denver, Chris Alstrin takes hanging out to a whole new level with his interview of a painter adding a fresh coat to a clock tower.
Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Chris Alstrin and I make movies about climbing and outdoor sports.
Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I was born in Pacifica, California and we moved to Colorado with my family when I was 12 years old. I graduated from high school in 1995 and continued to The University of Colorado where I received my Bachelors in Geography and Environmental Sciences. I’m a big climber and have always been excited to travel to exotic locations to establish new routes which is where my love for filmmaking was introduced. I started dragging a video camera with me to these places and documented the events and the cool things we did.
What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
I think the biggest thing is being able to tell a story through motion pictures. I’ve always enjoyed doing that whether it was a climbing trip in Vietnam or an interesting person whom I’ve met along the way. I feel a short story can be so interesting and compelling when you dig deep and really get to know the subject you’re interviewing.
Who or what do you most admire?
I admire anyone who can get out and enjoy life to the fullest, especially those individuals who do it for fun and for themselves.
What do you love about Denver?
Denver is one of those cities that still feel small once you’re in with the community and so it’s that small town feel I really love.
What do you fear most for Denver?
I fear Denver will not put in carpool lanes along the major highway. That is my biggest complaint about a city of this size.
What do you hope for Denver in the next 20 years?
I hope they become more aware of the environment and change their current urban plans to really improve on public transportation, commuting by bike and carpooling because as we are now the traffic continues to deteriorate.