Creative Pagosa: Christine Funk

Photo courtesy Christine Funk Pagosa filmmaker and documentarian Christine Funk is seen here with noted musician Peter Rowan, the subject of a just-completed documentary — “The Tao of Bluegrass — A Portrait of Peter Rowan” — that has been accepted for show at an upcoming film festival.

Photo courtesy Christine Funk
Pagosa filmmaker and documentarian Christine Funk is seen here with noted musician Peter Rowan, the subject of a just-completed documentary — “The Tao of Bluegrass — A Portrait of Peter Rowan” — that has been accepted for show at an upcoming film festival.

The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is building a web-based directory of all the creative people and businesses in the community. By creating this website, it will make these MAKERS easier to find in online search engines and help share the wealth of innovative and talented individuals that call our small town home.

This sort of database is called “cultural mapping” and is being done by communities around the country in order to realize and recognize the value of their creative assets.

The Pagosa Arts & Culture Project is establishing the groundwork for continued collaboration and cooperation and promotional efforts of the combined community. The goal of the project is to establish a solid foundation of cultural and creative individuals and businesses, to create a viable plan for promoting these assets and to promote the Pagosa area as a worthy place of residence for creative people, a productive place for creative business ventures and a desirable destination for arts tourism.

At present, the PACP is also planning an event for fall 2013. The event, the MAKERS Expo and Tour, is set for Oct. 12-13.

To register and be listed in the PACP database, go to

In order to highlight the MAKERS in Pagosa, the PACP will profile its members, giving readers of The PREVIEW a sense of the depth and breadth of the creative community.

This week’s MAKER is Christine Funk

Q: Tell us a little about who you are, where you were born, educated, your family, growing up and how you came to be doing your creative work?

CF: My name is Christine Funk and I was born in Hawaii by a German-born mother from Dresden and a very adventurous librarian as my father.

I was educated in Oregon and attended Oregon State as well as Portland State, graduating in speech communications.  My first internship was at a local TV station on their morning show. I got hooked on working in production and landed a job on a movie in Portland, Ore., for USA cable network. This was at the time when cable channels were producing their own content.  I loved the crew atmosphere; working on a show or commercial for long days and weeks, you become like a family, which suited my personality and work style. I slowly moved up the production ladder and ended up producing infomercials for companies like Temper-Pedic, Pro Active and Neat Receipts.

Along the way I learned other film-related skills, including how to make a documentary and what it takes to tell a story — the elements needed to film to visually show the audience details about a subject matter.

Q: Describe the objects you make or the creative work you do.

CF: For the past eight years, between many professional projects, getting married and having my son, Mac, I have been working on a documentary about Peter Rowan, a former Bluegrass Boy and a musician for over five decades.  I have enjoyed the edit process and collecting all the interviews from various musicians about Peter’s career.  As I interviewed Peter over the past years, I learned about songwriting and what it takes to be a creative artist in all aspect in one’s life — the spiritual as well as the artistic side of a person.

Q: Do you have a regular routine or schedule?

CF: Lately, my routine has been to edit at night from 9 p.m. to midnight, while my 3-year-old sleeps, to get “The Tao of Bluegrass — A Portrait of Peter Rowan” finished for submission to a particular film festival.  Filming has a very varied schedule and it just takes the time it takes to complete.

Q: What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

CF: Best Advice is don’t be too judgmental, and put yourself in the other person’s shoes to see their perspective.  Also, treat people how you want to be treated and understood.

Q: When you’re not making art, what is your favorite thing to do in Pagosa country?

CF: I really enjoy swimming at the hot springs and spending time with Mac, my 3-year-old son on Reservoir Hill and in our area parks.  I have enjoyed being involved in The Friends of Reservoir Hill and making our voice and concerns heard.  Eating at Kip’s is a highlight, as I can listen to great music and hang out with my very busy husband, Joe!

Q: What are your goals for the coming year?

CF: My goal this year has been achieved. My goal was to finish my documentary, submit to a particular film festival and get in. And the film was accepted!  I can’t say which festival, due to the fact they haven’t announced their lineup yet, but I can say it is a thrill and quite an accomplishment to complete the film about Peter Rowan.

I can’t wait for folks to see it and look forward to showing it at our local theatre sometime this winter.

Q: What is your dream project?

CF: My dream project — hmmm, hard to say what I want to tackle next as far as a documentary subject,  but I am fulfilling my need to work on productions and in film again by enjoying my job as video department manager at Parelli Natural Horsemanship.  I feel so lucky to have a job in my field 10 minutes from my house.

It is a challenge and a great opportunity to keep my skills honed as the video production world moves quickly into the future with new technology and equipment.

This story was posted on August 2, 2013.