Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

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Refugees, settled in Montana, to tell their stories in film


Much has been written about the African and Middle Eastern refugees who have resettled in Missoula in the past year, welcomed by many and looked at with fear and disdain by many others. Now, some of those refugees will be using video cameras to tell their own stories of what it means to resettle so far from home, and to share with the rest of us their perceptions of their new surroundings. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Film on Bakken oil boom has Billings premiere this Sunday


“Makoshika,” a documentary about boom-and-bust times in the Bakken oil field, will have its Billings premiere this Sunday. The 50-minute documentary made its Montana premiere on Monday at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula. It will be shown at 7 p.m. this Sunday at the Babcock Theater in Billings and then from March 4-10 at the Art House Cinema & Pub, also in downtown Billings. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana production company’s new film in festival


“Skips Stones for Fudge,” a new movie from the Montana production company Highway Goat, has been selected for inclusion in the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which will run Feb. 19-28 this year, in Missoula. Among those involved in the making of the movie, which will be screened at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula, is Ryan Seitz, a graduate of Billings Senior High School, and Alex Downey, a native of Butte. Their new movie takes an in-depth look at the world of competitive stone-skipping, focusing on Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars and Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner, two very different men who have long competed to be known as the best rock skipper in the world. Continue Reading →

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At the film festival: Years of work, one big night


Neil LaRubbio is a journalist and filmmaker currently working the oil fields of Colorado. He has written for High Country News and This is his inside look at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. I arrived at the little house after a 12-hour drive, sustained by canned-salmon sandwiches and loose tobacco. Brushed by years of soot, the little house sits 20  feet away from the Missoula rail yard. Continue Reading →

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