George Gage has been a friend and supporter of the Mountain School from its early years. George and his wife Beth conceived of the school’s first “Movie Night,” offering their award-winning documentary,Fire on the Mountain, for a special viewing attended by featured contributors to the film, members of the World War II 10th Mountain Division. The event grew into what is now the Mountain School’s signature fundraising event, featuring short films and a silent auction.
Long-time members of the Telluride community, George and Beth are the brains and brawn behind Gage & Gage Productions, a film company that regularly produces award-winning documentaries. Most recently, the duo wrote, produced, directed and filmed American Outrage, a documentary on Western Shoshone land rights that has been widely recognized. The film has won countless prestigious awards, including Best Documentary at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival; the Grand Prize at Festival Présence a Autochtone in Montreal; Best Film at Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, Minnesota; Best Documentary Feature at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco; Best Environmental Film at the Boulder International Film Festival; the Spirit and Advocacy Award at Telluride MountainFilm; and the Audience Choice Award at Telluride MountainFilm, the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Oregon, the Frozen River Film Festival, and the Ashville Film Festival in North Carolina.
Prior to his work in documentary filmmaking, George produced and directed films and television commercials in New York and Los Angeles, winning over 300 major awards for his commercial efforts. He was an art director at Young & Rubicam Advertising, Vice President at McCaffrey-McCall Advertising at age 27, and in 1969 received the Outstanding Young Man of America award. George holds a BFA, having graduated with honors from Pratt Institute.