Brian D'Ambrosio

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New movie ‘made for and influenced by Montana’


Jonah is a bilingual desk clerk working an emotionally wearisome hotel job in Montana. Buster is a puzzling mountain man who breaks into people’s vacation homes for food and shelter and occasionally defecates in their kitchen pots. How the two men are connected and the relationship between them is the crux of “Buster’s Mal Heart,” a well-crafted mystery-thriller in which the title character is haunted by visions of a past life while being pursued by the authorities. The movie was shot in and around Kalispell in October and November 2015. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Jerry Kramer: From Jordan to the heights of the NFL


Jerry Kramer is best known for playing with the Green Bay Packers when they won the first two Super Bowls, in 1967 and ’68. The offensive lineman also played a big role in helping the Packers win seven world championships in the 1960s. Any discussion of his career is also likely to include mention of the epic contests Kramer participated in, such as the Ice Bowl (1967 NFL Championship Game), or his interactions with almost sanctified figures like Vince Lombardi. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Far and Away’: Wild-West bravery needed for land-run


Director Ron Howard remembers seeing Ireland for the first time at age 4. His plane stopped at Shannon Airport for refueling en route to Austria, and the verdant greens of the Emerald Isle were instilled in his memory. Howard also remembers being on the set of “The Music Man” (1962), shot in the wide-screen Technorama format. “I recall huge, oversized cameras that took five or six people to lug around, and all day to set up,” he said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Bridges talks about Montana in advance of Missoula show


Hunger is not political discourse to Jeff Bridges. When the actor discusses the inability of children to access food, reduced food quality, the importance of food banks or federal nutrition programs, he evaluates them as societal or communal problems as opposed to explicitly political ones. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Missouri River bridge had big ‘part’ in ‘The Untouchables’


Former Montana Film Commissioner Gary Wunderwald was adept at finding what directors and producers needed, including dated cars, railroad beds, carnivals and waterfalls. One August afternoon in 1986, he fielded an especially challenging request. He was asked to find a 1930-period bridge—but it couldn’t be just any 1930-period bridge. On this bridge, Prohibition-era whiskey runners would clash with lawmen as part of Paramount Production’s “The Untouchables.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Art exhibit captures emotions, history of old state prison

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Paul G. Eitner left New Jersey in 1914 at age 37 and ended up in Miles City, Mont. Physicians had recommended the drier climate as a treatment for his tuberculosis. He found work as a ranch hand in Custer County and later at a liquor store. In 1918, Eitner was accused of murdering Joseph Nugent, a man who supposedly tried courting a woman Eitner was in love with. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison at Deer Lodge. Continue Reading →

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Lincoln sculpture park: Preserving the past with art


LINCOLN—A “House of Sky” is just one of the vivid art installations a visitor comes upon in the “Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild” in Lincoln. There is also a genuine historic tepee burner from a nearby mill; a “Hill and Valley” landscape formation made from newspapers; a bulky frame-like statue of entangled spruce branches bound in a wood and metal frame; and a mammoth gateway of downed ponderosa pines, engraved with poetry, overlooking a golden fantasy village. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Hillside full of ‘Bleu Horses’ is sculptor’s gift to Montana


Horses symbolize speed and passion, and their fundamental nature suggests wild and open movement. More than anything, perhaps, horses are a symbol of freedom. Likewise, there is a certain freedom in art that lies in being bold and emancipated, as well as in taking the initiative. Artists are what they make of themselves—and what they choose to make for others. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Homegrown country singer opening for Clint Black


Shane Clouse is a country singer who has opened for top acts, toured nationally and put out four albums, with his fifth set to release in April. Next week, he’ll be opening for Clint Black on Tuesday at the Dennison Theatre at the University of Montana in Missoula, and on Wednesday at the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In memoriam: Misty Upham


News item: A body believed to be that of missing actress Misty Upham has been found in the Seattle area, police said on Thursday. I first interviewed Misty Upham a few months ago, and it ended eerily. Out of the more than 1,000 interviews I’ve conducted, our three conversations, each lasting about an hour, were uniquely unshakeable. (more…) Continue Reading →

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