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Issue No. 16 | December 2020


Kim Carroll


In a way, Kim Carroll has been telling stories since he was 16. His stories are passionate, honest, and real. They evoke emotion and empathy. They’re moving. Sure, the media he uses have changed over the years. The genres have shifted, too. But the native of Cork, Ireland, is still doing what he does best—and now he’s doing it for Mill District as we put the finishing touches on renderings for prospective owners.

Carroll is the man behind our visual storytelling. To this point he has taken most of our still photos, and has shot and edited all of our microfilms. And now Carroll is piloting his drones all over the Mill District site to capture footage for our new renderings.

“This is a classic case of Replay Destinations paying attention to detail in a way that I rarely see,” he says. “Their desire to create authenticity in every way is remarkable.”

Almost as remarkable as the story of Carroll’s career. This father of three got his start in storytelling through music. He came to the United States to play music at age 17, and eventually found himself in Los Angeles scoring films and working as a studio musician for major motion pictures. Some of his film credits over the years included Gone Baby Gone, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Town.

Around 2010, Carroll moved to Healdsburg shifting from music to commercial film and photography. We hired him to document our project from the very beginning. Including one of our favorites “The Last Cut,” a microfilm he directed depicting the last cuts of lumber at the NuForest mill site before they moved to their new digs in Cloverdale. As well as one our latest microfilms “The Mill District Lifestyle” shot all around Sonoma County.

Carroll also has shot our Velo (cycling) microfilms and when asked to explain his approach, he basically said it’s a balance of art and science. “To me, the most compelling storytelling sits at the intersection of function and poetry,” he said. “Achieving your objectives while evoking connection and emotion.”

Carroll will be busy at Mill District site the next few weeks, snapping photos, flying his drones, shooting film of our groundbreaking, and more.

For a company that values storytelling, we’re glad we have him around to document everything that’s happening. Stay tuned to see some of his latest work. And check out his website to learn more about this incredible storyteller.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Looking Back and Ahead

From the elation and excitement of launching our reservation program to the fear and frustration of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 was quite a year.

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FEATURE Artist and Designer

There are a lot of reasons we’re excited about our new renderings, but one at the top of the list is, quite simply, the art from Healdsburg-based artist, Alexander Harris and designer, SkLO.

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WHAT'S HAPPENING Ushering in The Holidays

In normal times, December is perhaps the most glorious month in Healdsburg. The global pandemic might have prompted temporary closures around town but there’s certainly still plenty of events and special promotions to explore.

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