Architect and author Charles Durrett wanted a film to discuss the primary benefits of cohousing. To make this vision come true, Thumbler first found misplaced previously filmed footage, then went on to engage a new filmmaker and director, and outlined this key project. Master filmmaker John de Graaf was joined by Emmy-award winning cinematographer Douglas Stanley and expert film editor Greg Davis.
To generate funding, Thumbler ran a GoFundMe campaign, also bringing on board a non-profit sponsor. Private donations fueled this special project. “The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing’s Promise” premiered at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2020, a unique distinction. Public television station KVIE is running multiple broadcasts and the film continues to be sold to educational institutions and cohousing communities today through Bullfrog Films.