Meet the Founders

Carter Boehm | Co-founder and Executive Producer

Carter Boehm grew up in Livingston, Montana, with an affection for film starting from a young age. His beloved father worked for Disney and TIME making wildlife documentaries from which Boehm gained a breadth of knowledge on both nature and film production. His family later  started the Livingston drive-in-cinema, the legendary Twilight Drive-In, where Boehm worked, further deepening his appreciation for motion picture.

During the early stages of his professional career, Boehm also served as an audio and visual technician for the White House. This position proved to be particularly meaningful for Boehm, working directly on film and audio for major White House events. Boehm has also spent many years cultivating his passion for real estate and he is an accomplished land developer in Montana and Northern Virginia.

While Boehm’s life has taken him in many diverse directions, his ties to film production have always been strong. He has worked extensively in film development and production, with recent producing credits including Broken GhostRobert the Bruce, and upcoming murder-mystery Murder at Emigrant Gulch, the very first motion-picture filmed at the Yellowstone Film Ranch. Boehm is a proud owner, sole-financier, and co-founder of the Yellowstone Film Ranch. Through hard work and commitment, he is excited to be a part of strengthening Montana’s film industry, to boost employment in the community, and to make the ranch a key player in western films.


 

Colin Davis | Co-founder and Chico Hot Springs Owner

Colin Davis, a native Virginian, first visited Chico Hot Springs and Paradise Valley when he was a student at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT in the mid-1970s. He was immediately entranced by the beauty and authenticity Chico had to offer. The Davises started working at Chico in 1996. Colin has been managing partner of the resort since 1998, and bought it back in 2015.

Right after taking ownership of the resort, Colin spearheaded a movement against a proposed gold mine in Emigrant Gulch by Canadian company Lucky Minerals. He helped found the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition, a group of more than 400 local businesses that fought against the mine. Colin said that when he heard about the mine, he wanted to preserve Chico, but he also wanted to preserve the Montana way of life. He thought that message resonated with people throughout Paradise Valley.

A Livingston resident for more than 20 years, Davis originally bought the 635 acres behind the resort to protect his backyard from development and mining. Davis who enjoyed watching dailies from “Robert The Bruce” and displayed a fascination for filmmaking — suggested that they build the western town right there at Chico Hot Springs. With the film ranch project, he saw a chance to use the land without negative environmental and quality-of-life consequences to the area. “This is a soft industry with minimal impact,” Davis explains. “The land is not overloaded, and the construction has taken a respectful approach to the environment.” In fact, the ranch has such a small footprint that the land can still be used for other purposes.


Richard Gray | Co-founder and Director

At just twenty-two, Richard Gray was runner up in Project Greenlight Australia, and has since become a prolific independent filmmaker, producing features the world over. Richard’s debut feature film, Summer Coda, a romantic-drama, starred Rachael Taylor and Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver. 2015 saw the release of his crime-thriller, The Lookalike, filmed in New Orleans and starring John Corbett, Gina Gerhson, Jerry O’Connell, Gillian Jacobs, and Luis Guzman. In 2016, Gray headed to Seward, Alaska, to direct and produce Sugar Mountain, a crime-drama starring Cary Elwes and Jason Momoa. But his most recent three films were shot entirely in Montana.

In April 2020, Robert the Bruce, which Gray produced alongside Carter Boehm, was the number one independent film on iTunes. His latest feature Murder at Emigrant Gulch, a western murder mystery, is due for release in 2022 and it was the first feature shot at Yellowstone Film Ranch. Gray has long been passionate about westerns and in 2019 he moved his young family to Livingston, Montana, to commence construction on his most meaningful professional feat to date. The building of Yellowstone Film Ranch.