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Updated: May 26, 2021

GritHouse Studios's Justin Lewis produced and directed the employee-ownership documentary called "OWN IT" in collaboration with the Colorado Employee Ownership Office, and Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media office.

“Filming this documentary was an insightful experience for us at gritHouse,” Justin Lewis, owner and director at gritHouse Studios said. “As we heard the many inspiring stories about the benefits of employee ownership, we began to discuss how we'd like to pursue employee ownership within our company. At gritHouse, we value equity and employee ownership allows us to create a fair and equitable environment for everyone.”

The Employee Ownership Office will host a virtual watch party for the documentary at 7:20 p.m. Thursday for partners, featured businesses and others interested in employee ownership. The event is free and open to the public.

Viewers may watch on cable on PBS 12, via streaming on the PBS 12 website or via the Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s YouTube page, where it will be made available and offered on-demand for future viewing and sharing.

After the premiere, Gov. Jared Polis will join the watch party to share his experience with employee ownership and why it is among his top initiatives for the state. There will then be a 60-minute employee-ownership panel discussion featuring Siggins, Justin Lewis with GritHouse Films, Glenn Plagens with OEDIT, Corey Kohn with Dojo4 and Tim Jordan with Palmer Flowers.

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