There is a super volcano in New Mexico that can be seen from space.  It is one of the most scientifically important volcanoes on the planet.  It is the ancient homeland of the Jemez Pueblo Indians and it is the source of modern day political turmoil. It is known as the Valles Caldera.

Brought to you by an award winning team of filmmakers, this trilogy centers on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the high mountains of northern New Mexico.  The Preserve is situated inside a collapsed crater surrounded by eruptive domes and features the 11,254 ft Redondo Peak.  Much of the year, the Valles area is an emerald gem amidst the sere New Mexico landscape.

The trilogy transports viewers to the grandeur and stunning beauty of one of America’s most captivating natural environments to reveal, explore and affirm the importance this land.  The Valles Caldera is unique in it’s scientific significance, it’s unique cultural history and finally the current upheaval of politics surrounding the future ownership of this 89,000 acre preserve.


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CALDERAS

EARTH’S MANTLE CHEMISTRY

GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS

CLIMATE FORCING FACTORS

MONSOONS IN THE SOUTHWEST USA

CONDUCTIVITY

DISSOLVED ORGANIC COMPOUNDS

WILDFIRES IN THE SOUTHWEST

FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

Valles Caldera: The Science never strays far from the subject so clearly stated in the title, and yet the film deftly weaves character with a sense of place that sometimes I forgot I was being presented with detailed information about the science of this singular place. In the film, Aydelott demonstrates his capacity for telling a story as he utilizes a palette of lush imagery and extended interviews. The people he brings to the fore are not always the most eloquent speakers, but because of skilled editing and frequent interleaving of fine photography, their narratives move along smoothly and engagingly. Aydelott’s technique reflects the subject matter: it doesn’t use pretty images to paint science as poetry, and it doesn’t water down complex ideas, and yet it holds the viewers attention. I look forward to seeing Aydelott’s treatment of other aspects of the Valles Caldera—something he says he intends to do with more films to come.
— Don Usner, Co-author Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico's National Preserve
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The Documentary Trilogy Includes:

Valles Caldera: The Science

Aired on Public Television 2013

2 Emmy Awards 2013

Valles Caldera: The History

Currently in Fundraising and Development

Valles Caldera: The Future

Currently in Fundraising and Development


 If you are interested in assisting with the two upcoming films in any way including funding please contact Tim Aydelott or Ylonda Viola or visit our Contact page.