Creating space // Exploring the new, striking documentary "Common Ground"

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In the age of ever-expanding building, energy mining and motor throughways, there is still a place in the U.S. that remains relatively untouched: The Rocky Mountain Front in northwestern Montana. 

In her latest documentary, "Common Ground," filmmaker Alexandria Bombach and the team at Red Reel Productions visit the gorgeous wilderness of the Rocky Mountain Range, telling a story that explores the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, where 208,000 acres of land will be set aside to remain undeveloped.

Set to the delicate and emotional piano compositions by Matthew Morgan and Bell Plaines with sparse folk instrumentals by Laura Veirs and Jonathan Haidle, the film presents a beautiful and honest portrait of how people interact with the land, and what it means to have open space. 

As their stories unfold, there is equal parts of hope and seriousness that perfectly matches the soundtrack. The quiet visual elements are perfectly paired with the soft, ambient score, creating a calm, reflective piece as a whole. 

Check out the short documentary here: