Above the Ashes

Above the Ashes is an award winning documentary that reveals untold heroes, the strength of mountain communities and the devastation caused by the catastrophic Fourmile fire that ravaged the mountain communities to the west of Denver, Colorado

Aftermath of the Fourmile Fire

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Above the Ashes is an award winning documentary that reveals untold heroes, the strength of mountain communities and the devastation caused by the catastrophic Fourmile fire.

2012 Above the Ashes wins two Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards
Above the Ashes has won two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary and best program editing. The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television industry. The Heartland Emmy award ceremony took place in both Denver, Colorado and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

2012 Honorable Mention- Compelling Story Telling 9th Annual Montana CINE Film Festival

2012 Winner Silver Award 33rd Annual Telly Award
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, and television stations in the world.

2012 Winner Golden Palm Award Documentary Short
Mexico International Film Festival
Congratulations! Above the Ashes has been chosen as a recipient of the Golden Palm Award at the 2012 Mexico International Film Festival. Our judges felt that your film demonstrated excellent and outstanding filmmaking. Your film was among the very best submitted from over several dozen countries around the world.

2012 Winner Best Documentary Short
Indie Spirit Film Festival

Colorado Springs, Colorado


Above the Ashes was awarded a Sierra Nevada Award in the Mountain Culture Category from the 2012 Mountain Film Awards. 

Thanks to the talents of supervising sound editor David Bondelevitch, MPSE, CAS, Above the Ashes was nominated for a prestigious MPSE GOLDEN REEL Award for BEST SOUND EDITING: SHORT FORM DOCUMENTARY. Above the Ashes is in competition with Man Made – “Bugatti Super Car”and Tim Tebow: Everything In Between.

The 59th Golden Reel Award ceremony took place in Los Angeles, California on February 19, 2012.

Here are links to articles and films that are featured in the award ceremony. Above the Ashes is listed under  BEST SOUND EDITING: SHORT FORM DOCUMENTARY

LA Times

Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/motion-picture-sound-editors-super-8-283473?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Compose –


The Wrap

Deadline Hollywood


Above the Ashes documents the Fourmile fire through the eyes of Sunshine residents who refused to evacuate and joined together to fight the Fourmile fire. Their heroic actions saved numerous homes in the historic Sunshine community. Using haunting visuals Above the Ashes reveals tales of bravery, family, friends, loss and the rebuilding of a community.


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