Included within the special event
Cinematic Salute to the Troops
Places Like This
Directed by Nicholas McNaughton
United States | 9 min | 2016
Places Like This is the story of a group of veterans embarking on a six day winter expedition into the Colorado wilderness hoping to use nature to nurture old wounds.
Through the Outward Bound program for veterans, eleven strangers come from all over the country seeking peace, answers and direction by using the wilderness as a vessel to carry them both spiritually and physically to reach a peak of more than 13,000 feet.
Each veteran will take the same path to a different destination in this visually stunning and emotionally charged documentary short.
Nicholas McNaughton began his unlikely journey to becoming a filmmaker by enlisting as a combat videographer in the United States Air Force. For over a decade he traveled the world telling the stories of the people he met along the way. From California to Afghanistan, over to Europe, down to Africa and back to Afghanistan; always in search of adventure and inspiring stories.
Nick is forever grateful for his time in the Air Force and will never forget the friends and mentors that helped mold him into the director he is today. He was selected by senior Air Force leaders to attend film school at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2011 and credits this time in his life as the moment he fell in love with filmmaking. Following an amazing year at Syracuse Nick knew that his time in the Air Force was coming to an end and he began to pursue inspirational documentary work on his own.
Nick’s first documentary, Love Them Well, is the story of a former drug addict and born again Christian traveling across Atlanta to make a difference in the lives of those most have given up on. Love Them Well was showcased at the Clarksdale Film Festival in 2015. His second documentary, Earned My Spot, told the amazing and heart-breaking story of NFL Pro Bowl Safety Mike Adams’ long and often tumultuous road from the streets of Paterson, New Jersey to a successful thirteen year career in the NFL. Earned My Spot was selected for the Impact Docs Awards in early 2016.
Originally from Carmel, Indiana, Nick now lives in Colorado Springs. He continues his pursuit of stories that push him to evolve not only as a storyteller, but also as a human being.