22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

One Road To Quartzsite

United States, 2022: 89 minutes: Canadian Premiere
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A menagerie of snowbirds, crustpunks and libertarians make their annual winter pilgrimage to an unassuming freeway exit. They become unlikely neighbours on the same piece of dirt — all trying to live free and not die.

It’s late fall in a sleepy desert town in Arizona. Over the course of a few weeks, hundreds of thousands of snowbirds, trumpheads, rockhounds, retirees, crustpunks, homeschoolers, widows, loners and fugitives all descend upon Quartzsite, Arizona. They set up camps, intermingle, and an unlikely community is formed somewhere between the death and pinnacle of the American Dream. The cinema vérité documentary feels like a single winter season, from the influx of campers in November to everyone scattering by March: just another season in All-American purgatory.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2022
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2022
Cleveland International Film Festival 2022
Milwaukee Film Festival 2022
Chattanooga Film Festival 2022

Ryan Maxey has a fondness for ordinary people and unapologetic heroes in his documentaries — which express themes of loneliness, moral conundrum, and upheaval of the status quo. ONE ROAD TO QUARTZSITE is his debut feature length film. As director, six of his short films have been selected as Vimeo Staff Picks — and have been featured by SXSW, Hot Docs, True/False, AFI Docs, Outfest, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and Dazed and Confused Magazine. His 2019 short, HOW TO MAKE A RAINBOW received the Audience Award at Outfest that same year.

press for One Road To Quartzsite

"Theres something pleasantly intimate about the documentarys fuss-free approach to filmmaking."
- Outtake Mag
"Suffused with a kind and gentle spirit."
- ScreenAnarchy


Documentary / First Feature

89 minutes


Ryan Maxey

Executive Producers
Kyle Marvin
Michael Covino
Noah Lang
Emily Korteweg
Scott Veltri

Ryan Maxey
Josh Polon

In Association with
Watch This Ready

Sophie Hardeman
Ryan Maxey
Josh Polon

Ilan Rubin




WINNER: Jury Award: Best Documentary Feature

Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2022

Winner, Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary, Chattanooga Film Festival 2022

Winner, Special Jury Award Best Vérité Documentary, Arizona International Film Festival 2022