Book Lodging

Original Thinkers Festival

The Festival

At a time when everyone is eager for a new story, Original Thinkers (OT) is a gathering of thoughtful people at the intersection of story and idea. OT brings big thinkers together, from all backgrounds, to watch provocative films and participate in intentional conversation, both on and off stage. Over the course of a beautiful fall weekend in Telluride, Colorado, OT tees up a killer line-up of films, panels, and storytellings that weave together new and gripping narratives around 10 big ideas. 

OT is as much a retreat into the mountains as it is a chance to engage with the big ideas in all their complexity through the art of brilliant storytelling. 

The Team

David Holbrooke, OT's founder and leader, is a documentary filmmaker who ran the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride for over a decade. Co-founder and partner, Nancy Schafer, founded and ran SXSW and later led the Tribeca Film Festival for 11 years, along with making many of her own films along the way. Last but certainly not least, co-conspirator Gabe Lifton-Zoline is a filmmaker and media expert who successfully ran Obama’s campaigns in Colorado.