Kathryn Gould: Tell us about the Oscar experience. What was it like arriving on the red carpet, hearing that you’d won, and then being backstage?
Daniel Junge: It's all quite surreal -- especially for us documentary filmmakers who normally live and work in relative obscurity. I've been nominated before, so I knew what to expect with the red carpet, etc, but never could I be prepared for the insanity backstage. It's a whole other world back there!
KG: How did you get started in filmmaking? Do you only do documentaries, or are you interested in narrative filmmaking as well?
DJ: I started making films at Colorado College and attended NYU Film School. I've always had narrative film ambitions and worked on a number of features, but my opportunities were in documentary -- the ability to just pick up a camera and go tell a story. Although I now have some narrative opportunities, I'm also on top of my craft with documentary and the immediacy of the medium has a hold on me.
KG: I know the film has played a couple of places in town recently, are there plans for any more local showings? Will it be available for purchase soon?
DJ: There are so many folks who want to show the film, especially here in Colorado. I want to oblige them all but I think I'll only do one or two more before I've got to start working on the next films. HBO owns all North American rights and I believe they will release the DVD later this year.
KG: Other than visiting the website to get involved, is there anything more that you would like people to know?
DJ: This is an incredible time for filmmaking in Colorado -- especially documentary filmmaking. There are three documentary Oscar winners in Colorado (Colorado's only Oscar winners -- although I would love to hear from any readers who know otherwise). Very few states can claim this as an accolade. That speaks to the fact that you can live here in Colorado and make international caliber films.