Rocks 4 Sale!

A slice-of-life look at how kids in the former mining town of Silverton, Colorado stay busy in the summer by “mining” and selling rocks to tourists. Through this time-honored rite of passage, these “rock stars” learn history, social skills, and become little entrepreneurs while delighting tourists from around the world.

  • David Dibble
  • David Dibble
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
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  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Durango Independent Film Festival
    Durango, CO
    United States
    March 5, 2022
    World Premiere
    Audience Award Best Family Film
  • Wyoming International Film Festival
    United States
    July 10, 2022
    Wyoming Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Real to Reel Film Festival
    Kings Mountain, North Carolina
    United States
    July 27, 2022
    North Carolina Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Breckenridge Film Festival
    Breckenridge, Colorado
    United States
    September 17, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
    Chagrin Falls, Ohio
    United States
    October 5, 2022
    Midwest Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Fayetteville Film Festival
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
    United States
    October 20, 2022
    Arkansas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tennessee International Indie Film Festival
    Spring Hill, Tennessee
    United States
    November 1, 2022
    Tennessee Premiere
    Best Documentary Short
  • San Diego International Kids' Film Festival
    San Diego, California
    United States
    October 28, 2022
    California Premiere
    Best Short Documentary
  • Ridgway Film Festival
    Ridgway, Colorado
    United States
    November 11, 2022
    People's Choice Award
  • Boston International Kids Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    United States
    November 19, 2022
    Massachusetts Premiere
    Best Documentary Short
  • Grand Junction Film Festival
    Grand Junction, CO
    United States
    October 8, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Children's Film Festival Seattle
    United States
    February 4, 2023
    Pacific Northwest Premiere
    Official Selection
  • BAMkids Film Festival
    United States
    February 4, 2023
    New York State Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Oregon Documentary Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    United States
    March 12, 2023
    Oregon Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Front Range Film Festival
    Niwot, Colorado
    United States
    February 18, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - David Dibble

Writer, director, cinematographer and composer David Dibble started developing his unique view of the world in the 7th grade when his parents bought a video camera. After learning the fundamentals at the University of Southern California’s renowned film school, he was taken under wing by legendary cinematographer Allen Daviau, A.S.C. (E.T., Empire of the Sun, Bugsy, Avalon).

David’s child-like view has charmed many audiences and has lead to awards and accolades. David’s recent commercials have won American Advertising Federation Awards (Addys) and his music videos made for "The Voice" winner Chevel Shepherd are currently being shown on CMT.

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Director Statement

While working on the world famous Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as a conductor and brakeman, I witnessed little entrepreneurs in action selling rocks to the tourists flooding Silverton. When I learned that it was a rite of passage passed on by generations, it became a story that I was interested in telling. "Rocks 4 Sale!" is slice of life film that gives a small taste of the unique life in Silverton. Kids growing up in Silverton are tough, industrious, clever but most of all, they have a lot of fun.