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Bulles Blanches : Verre incolore

Bulles Vertes : Verre coloré

15 sites de bulles à verre (blanches et vertes) sont répartis sur le territoire communal disonais.

Dépôts autorisés

  • Bouteilles, flacons et bocaux en verre transparent.

Dépôts interdits (Ils peuvent être déposés dans les recyparcs)

  • Verre plat tel que vitres et miroirs
  • Ampoules et tubes néon
  • Récipients en grès ou en terre cuite
  • Porcelaine, céramique, faïence
  • Opaline et cristal
  • Verre résistant aux hautes températures (plats allant au four, plaques vitrocéramiques, . )

!! Un tout petit morceau de porcelaine ou de verre résistant aux hautes températures suffit à rendre une bouteille recyclée inutilisable.

Vous hésitez ?

Puis-je déposer tel ou tel verre dans les bulles ?

Posez-vous 3 questions :

  • L’objet n’est pas transparent ? Les objets opaques ne sont en général pas faits de verre (les bouteilles en terre cuite, les assiettes en porcelaine. );
  • L’objet est résistant à la chaleur ? Les plats pour le four sont, par définition, résistants à la chaleur, donc ils ne fondent pas à la même température que le verre creux d’emballage;
  • Il s’agit d’une lampe, d’un verre ou d’une vitre ? Les verres à partir desquels ces objets sont fabriqués ont des propriétés spécifiques, autres que les verres admis dans les bulles.

Règles à respecter

Il est important de respecter ces règles car si des objets non conformes sont déposés dans les bulles, ils perturberont fortement le processus de recyclage.

  • Bien séparer le verre incolore du verre coloré.
  • Respectez la propreté des sites de bulles à verre, il est interdit de laisser les sacs, caisses. qui ont servi au transport de verre aux abords des bulles, ces contenants doivent être repris par l’utilisateur.
  • Enlevez toujours les capsules et couvercles.
  • Les bouteilles, flacons et bocaux doivent être entièrement vides.
  • Pour la tranquillité de tous, le dépôt de verre ne peut s’effectuer entre 22h et 7h.
  • Il est interdit d’abandonner des bouteilles ou bocaux à côté des bulles ainsi que n’importe quel type de déchets.
  • Lorsque la bulle est remplie :
    • Il est interdit de déposer les bouteilles et flacons par terre, postposez votre dépôt ou choisissez un autre endroit. Il vous est toujours possible d’apporter vos verres dans l’un des recyparcs d’Intradel
    • Prévenez votre administration (087/39 33 40) ou INTRADEL (04/240 74 74).

Bulles à verre Bulles Blanches : Verre incolore Bulles Vertes : Verre coloré 15 sites de bulles à verre (blanches et vertes) sont répartis sur le territoire communal disonais.

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  • There are plenty out there who say Montana is a state of mind, but producers Doug Hawes-Davis and Dru Carr like to think it’s more of an experience.

    Long time award-winning filmmakers Hawes-Davis and Carr took to the creation of the YouTube channel, The Montana Experience: Stories from Big Sky Country, with enthusiasm. As High Plains Films, the pair has worked on major productions such as “Facing the Storm,” an independent documentary focusing on the story of bison in the state of Montana, and the 2013 SXSW selection “All the Labor,” which dove into the life and music of the popular Austin-based band, The Gourds.

    Focusing that expertise down to the Video on Demand level of YouTube is new territory for the Experience team; however, with more than a 130 videos and over 65 days of cumulative viewing time in just six months, the team is quite obviously in its element.

    The “Arts & Leisure” category of the three Montana YouTube channels, The Montana Experience offers ways to connect with the history and characters of Montana unlike any other platform. Series on the channel offer Montanans and Montana buffs alike unique chances to get up close and personal with the real characters that earn the Treasure State namesake its value.

    The channel’s vision sees “Montana [as] a blend of old and new, mythical and ordinary, and the coarse and the refined,” and so it seeks to bring together “an amalgam of all that is extraordinary about this place called Montana…by producers from around the world, ranging from original works to rarely seen classics.”

    Setting out to prove that Montana is much more than outdoor treks and quaint small towns, Hawes-Davis and Carr have paired with filmmakers from every corner of Montana in bringing out hidden treasures of the Big Sky.

    Internationally desired metalworkers and the family legacy that they still proudly continue? Got it.

    Award-winning artists who infuse every work with the spirit of Montana? Got at least 6.

    A hilarious mock-umentary spotlighting the growing craft distillery community in Montana? Got one of those too.

    About the only thing the channel doesn’t offer is popcorn for some of its longer pieces.

    The varied programming and consistent quality of the videos earned Montana Experience the title of “Best Way to Get to Know Your State” in 2014 (and are definitely worth the subscribe). “It’s easy to lose oneself for hours in the collection,” reported the Missoula Independent, “but you’ll walk away from each video feeling more connected to this place, and wondering what other stories are out there for you to find.

    Select Special Features. Select Deleted Scenes. Or maybe Cast and Crew Interviews. Watch your clip. Back to Main Menu. Do it again.

    Or, you know, do it the easy way.

    Launched in February, producer Tonya Easby began Reel West Montana to showcase Montana-made media projects, work as a resource for local media professionals as well as illustrate Montana as a unique and viable filming location. In essence, she created an all-access pass to get you behind the scenes under the Big Sky.

    Hosting hours of selections from current productions, going behind the scenes and below the line, previewing film trailers, and offering workshops on filming in Montana, Reel West provides everything Montana film in one place.

    Leveraging from the YouTube platform is a natural choice for Easby, “I like the idea of YouTube over broadcast venue because of the interactive possibilities between the audience, the content producer, and the channel. We can create a venue and a community that grows organically with the interest of the audience as well as the needs of the filmmakers.”

    Projects funded by the Big Sky Film Grant begin filming and prepare deliverables on-set. While the main cameras are focused on what’s in front of them, grantees are turning theirs to everything else. Production teams then provide these videos to Easby for spotlighting on her channel. The clips can range from pre-production interviews to real-time on-set events from some of Montana’s more unique film shoots.

    While she sees the limits of an exclusive ‘film channel,’ Easby isn’t deterred, “[The channel] is definitely a niche channel but quite varied in that we can be a source for entertainment as well as technical education and industry news. Eventually we will link to all sorts of news and content already on YouTube and other venues.”

    Helio Productions, a Bozeman-based production company, was one of the first to break out on the channel as it filmed and promoted its original production, Spirit Canoe. Setting the bar high, the Helio Crew was followed by other production interviews with current and past Montana crew members who shared stories about productions they had worked on and where the future of Montana film was headed.

    As the Big Sky Film Grant program progressed, multiple Montana filmmakers and crew members jumped at the chance to highlight Montana’s film prowess with shows about locations in Montana, special trailers for upcoming films, and exclusive cuts of finished features that add a new dimension to old favorites.

    Subscribing to the channel is just the first step since Easby is eager to work as many new content producers as possible, “If you are a filmmaker who would like your work or your profile to be featured, contact us and we’ll make a plan on the best way to produce and package your idea.”

    With molten glass, open flame, and a neon cowgirl or two, the Montana-shot music video for singer/songwriter Jesse Macht’s “Suitcase Heart” sounds like it could be set in an east-LA warehouse than in Montana’s Paradise Valley. But with the help of photographer Audrey Hall, Macht took the stark beauty of early Montana spring and crafted it into a tale of self-discovery and a truly gorgeous video.

    Giving Space

    While projects coming to the valley typically look to take advantage of the verdant seas of grass and blue skies filled with summer sun, Macht and Hall leveraged the jagged peaks of the Crazy Mountains against a steely grey sky as a place of space and discovery. “I felt like that space will help translate that story of giving yourself the space to figure out what you need,” Macht said, “It just seemed to mirror art equals function equals design, I felt all the elements were a sort of metaphor of giving yourself space and living in the beauty of that space.”

    “I wanted to parallel Jesse’s lyrics rather than illustrate them,” added Hall. Shooting on the back roads of the Crazies, Hall used the miles of unhurried dirt roads to give an extra emphasis to the cadence of the studio track they had recorded earlier. “[A road trip] is a natural thing you’d do here,” she explained. Working to recall Macht’s LA-roots, she sought to recreate a “fish out of water” scenario to keep the focus on the need for space and reflection Macht had written into the lyrics.

    Later in the shoot the team paired with Montana glass artist Ona Magaro to create a muse-like character who brought literal fire to the shoot. Done in Magaro’s Livingston, Mont. glass studio, Hall wanted those scenes to add to the story and depict the “courage it takes to put yourself out there artistically.” While originally set-up to include a number of other artists from the Paradise area, the end product with just Magaro added the right flavor to the shoot. The scenes were set to balance the scenic shots with a gritty surrealism and an enigmatic relationship. “I think they’re maybe a little more critical thinking, a little higher level for an audience,” Macht explained, “It’s a song about our own journeys and our own expectations.”

    A Creative Mecca

    “Suitcase Heart” is Macht’s first video in Montana but not his first time here. “Creatively Paradise Valley has become a mecca of sorts for me,” he said. “It’s a chance for me to slow down and contemplate, which turns into artistic vision and goals.” Boasting a strong art community in addition to its beauty, the Livingston area has been home to a number of artists including Al Feldstein, Jim Harrison, and Russell Chatham (in addition to Hall and her peers). In recalling a recent post-shoot kayaking trip, Macht admits he was surprised that both of Hall’s friends who joined them were full time sculptors, “I started laughing with them because how amazing it is to be in that landscape and be inspired.”

    For Hall, choosing to make her career in Montana isn’t a surprise at all. As a photographer and artist, she values the large, open spaces that Montana offers. “Montana’s greatest attribute is that it gives me the space to work creatively,” she explains, speaking to her ability to go for long drives or immerse herself in state without the constant bombardment of information from the outside world. With a client list and jobs that take her all over the world, Hall admits that basing in Montana is still the best choice, “If I’m getting on a plane or if I’m getting in a car, what a great place to start or come back to.”

    In connecting with other local artists, like Magaro, both Macht and Hall admit that there is a strong sense of artistic community that exists in the state. The support between peers, regardless of their artistic medium, makes creating and expanding their own art both easy and exciting. “Just to be making music and be inspired by other artists who are inspired by my music is one of my top goals,” he said. “So to be around Ona and what she was doing with glass blowing, representing her art, and with Audrey shooting her way, that was pretty special.”

    Hall agreed, explaining that even as she travels she works to keep in contact with other Montana artists and to follow their successes around the globe. Whether it’s photography, filmmaking, music, or any other artistic media, she admits that, “There is a lot happening now with creative people who have a connection with this state, it seems like it’s sort of blossoming. It’s like we’re in a Montana Renaissance.”

    Photos courtesy of Jesse Macht Music

    Mike Fantasia has been a fierce advocate for Montana and film for decades. From a National Forest Service realty specialist to on-set consultant to location manager, Mike has seen just about every aspect there is on a set. This month, the Locations Managers’ Guild magazine Compass, tells Mike’s story in their “Career Focus” insert. Click HERE to read the whole article.

    Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs – Trailer from The Motorcycle Narrative on Vimeo.

    With or without sidecars, filmmaker Eric Ristau has a knack for making motorcycles look good on film. Not long after having his short piece, “The Winter Rider” play in the Big Sky Documentary Shorts programs, he’s at it again with “Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs.”

    Started as a labor of love (both Ristau and his partner Geneva Liimatta are avid dog lovers and motorcycle enthusiasts), “Sit Stay Ride” is slowly evolving into a project that highlights many facets of the human and canine bond. “Our goal with Sit Stay Ride is to craft a film that will encourage viewers to look differently at the modern human/canine relationship and celebrate the tender and adventurous spirits of our four-legged friends, ” Ristau writes on the film’s Kickstarter page.

    Still, the filmmakers are looking to provide more than entertainment by crafting the documentary as “a tool to bolster advocacy for organizations concerned with animal welfare and adoption.” A number of the pups on screen in the documentary are themselves rescue dogs who now relish sharing the open road with their biker partners.

    The film is slated to start shooting early in April and will be wrapped and edited by August of this year.

    In an effort to raise funds for production and to publicize the project, Ristau and Liimatta have started a Kickstarter page that highlights the project and the goals of the film. Any interested parties can contact the team through their Kickstarter or visit tidepoolfilms.com to view more of the pair’s work.

    Winter Riding: Sit Stay Ride from The Motorcycle Narrative on Vimeo.

    “At first I wanted to show the cowboy way of life, but then I realized there was more to it.”

    Filmmaker Stephanie Alton, a Bozeman resident, has been hard at work for the past nine years documenting the lives of three Montana ranching families as they raised and cared for their livestock.

    The film, “Ridin’ for the Brand”, was inspired when Alton, then living in New York City, began to wonder where her food was coming from. “People needed to know it took a rancher to get that meat to their plate,” she told the Prairie Star. So, Alton began asking questions and formulating the narrative of her film.

    As she got deeper into the project she found the documentary becoming more than an educational tool; it was becoming a snapshot of the ranching life that these families have known and loved for generations.

    Through use of footage she gathered herself and footage provided by the families she created a documentary that shows all that ranching entails. “They have to be able to fix fences, do mechanical work, and be a veterinarian,” Alton explained to the Star. She’s glad to see that such a dynamic portrait is already making inroads and assisting in educating people across the country about agriculture and the ways of life that sustain it. More information about “Ridin’ for the Brand” may be found at: http://www.ridinforthebrandthemovie.com/index.html.

    Image courtesy of Raven’s Eye Productions.

    Bold, dramatic, and with consistency only in change, the Rocky Mountain Front is one of the most dynamic landscapes in Montana. When you add to that an actor the press calls “amorphous” in his performances, it’s a perfect pairing.

    Benicio Del Toro, a Puerto Rico born and Pennsylvania-raised actor, brought just that kind of character to Browning-area when he shot Jimmy P. in 2011. Directed by the acclaimed French director, Arnaud Desplechin, Del Toro played a World War II veteran who became the case-study for a renowned ethnologist and psychoanalyst Georges Devereux.

    Set on the Blackfeet reservation in the late ’40s the film follows Jimmy as he attempts to heal under the watchful eye of Deveruex, all set against the unique character of the Blackfeet reservation and Rocky Mountain Front.

    The production hired 35 Montana crew members and used 40 Montana service providers. There were 125 enrolled or descendent Native Americans that played extras in the film and 10-20 ‘day-playing’ Native American actors or crew throughout the entire production.

    Writer Brian D’Amrosio recently interviewed Del Toro about his time in Montana where the actor said, “I saw the beautiful sky, the beautiful horizons…It was like something out of a John Ford movie, from another era.” Read the rest of the interview with ” Benicio Del Toro on filming in Montana for movie about Blackfeet veteran” by Brian D’Ambrosio in The Missoulian

    At age 25, Max Lowe has already seen more of the world than most people three times his age. The celebrated writer and photographer has explored and worked on every continent, earning a prestigious National Geographic Young Explorer grant along the way.

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    The Montana Film Office announces the premiere of Big Sky Film Grant awardees Aidan Avery and Lane Brown’s first documentary short film, “Abdulai” at the Roxy Theater in Missoula, Mont. this weekend.
    Telling the story of Abdulai, a village elder from Ekumfi Atakwa in Ghana, Avery and Brown overcame enormous distances and language barriers to showcase the genuine happiness and culture found in the remote tribal community.

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    “Nebraska” nominated for six Academy Awards.

    HELENA – The Montana Film Office announces that Montana-shot film “Nebraska” was nominated for six Academy Awards this morning. The dramatic comedy directed by previous Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne, was nominated in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress (June Squibb) Best Original Screenplay (Bob Nelson) and Best Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael).

    “Nebraska” shot in several locations in Billings and Laurel in late 2012. The Montana Film Office assisted with initial location scouting, permitting, liaised with crew and production service providers, and connected the production with Montana location scout, Anne Gauer. Co-owner of Spotlight Productions in Billings, Guaer was instrumental in selection of Montana locations for the early scenes of the film.

    “Nebraska” was precertified with Montana’s film incentive program, the Big Sky on the Big Screen Act and brought a total economic impact of $370,500 to the state. The weeklong Paramount feature hired 62 Montana-based crew and service providers, in addition to casting 30 local extras.

    Breaking away from promoting Montana’s production savvy at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, Film Commissioner Deny Staggs expressed his thrill at the nominations,

    “We were excited to hear the announcement. Results like these prove how valuable Montana’s great locations and high-quality production professionals can be to a film.”

    While it was not the only Montana-shot film to be nominated this awards season, “Nebraska” leads the pack with nods from the Writers Guild, Film Independent, the Screen Actors’ Guild and now the Academy Awards.

    The 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony will take place March 2, 2014. The live telecast will air on ABC stations nationwide starting at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

    Click here to watch the trailer for “Nebraska”

    For more information on the Montana Film Office’s work with other award-winning films or production support in the state of Montana contact the office at [email protected] or 800.553.4563.

    (Helena)- The Montana Film Office announced this morning that it has partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences at Montana State University-Bozeman to co-sponsor a “P.A. Bootcamp” this weekend.

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    The Montana Film Office announces that Montana-shot film, “Nebraska” has received five nominations for the 71 st annual Golden Globes.

    The film, shot partially in Billings and Laurel, received nominations for Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Actor, Drama (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress (June Squipp), Best Screenplay, and Best Picture.

    Known for the success of his previous films “The Descendants,” “Sideways” and “Election,” Payne chose to shoot “Nebraska” in Montana as the authentic location of the story, which follows a father and son (played by Bruce Dern and Will Forte) as they travel from Montana to Nebraska on a questionable quest to collect a $1 million prize.

    Described as a “good old-fashioned comedy” by Payne, “Nebraska” used several locations in Billings and Laurel in late 2012. The Paramount feature hired 62 Montana-based crew and service providers, in addition to casting 30 local extras. The Montana Film Office estimates that the weeklong production brought a total economic impact of $370,500 to the state.

    “Nebraska” leads the awards season with the first official nomination for a Montana-shot film, but rumors abound that the film, as well as other Montana stories, will be Oscar contenders later this year.

    The film will arrive in Montana on December 20 th and will begin showing at the Shiloh 14 theater in Billings, MT.

    National Geographic is spotlighting a two-man team of wolf and bear guards from Alaska offering their services in protecting people from potentially dangerous wild animals.

    They are looking for businesses where a team (one person or larger) will be working in a remote location and animals present a danger to the project or safety of the team. The episode will focus on the non-lethal steps the guards will take to keep the animals at a distance and allow the folks on the job to work safely.

    Nat Geo would like to work with businesses including ranchers, loggers, farmers, surveyors, road or construction crews, scientists, or any other possible professions where contact with potentially dangerous wild animals may occur.

    Filming will be taking place in January and February (exact dates forthcoming).

    If you or your business comes into contact with potentially dangerous animals on a regular basis and you’re interested in being involved with the filming please contact Donovan Jacobs with “Backwoods Guardians” ASAP.

    Donovan Jacobs
    [email protected]
    818-438-8290 / 310-314-2400×154

    A staple of the Bozeman arts community, the Bozeman Film Festival has been hosting films, documentaries, and student projects for over 30 years.

    Now, they are again expanding their reach and bringing even more film exposure to their community through the new SharpShorts program.

    Combined with the Montana State University-Bozeman School of Film and Photography, the Bozeman Film Festival will now screen a series of shorts from emerging artists from within MSU’s film school. The shorts will be screened before all the regularly scheduled Bozeman Film Festival films and introduced by the filmmakers themselves.

    The shorts will begin at 7:30pm and be included in the admission price ($8/general and $7/student & senior). The Bozeman Film Festival screens films in the Emerson Center Crawford Theater and brings critically-acclaimed films to Bozeman throughout the year. For a current schedule and description of films to be shown visit bozemanfilmfestival.org.

    For more information about the Bozeman SharpShorts series you can contact Cindy Stillwell at 406.994.6521.

    High Country News features director Vera Brunner-Sung and the story behind recently shot Montana film, “Bella Vista.”

    On a bitter morning in early April, on the south shore of Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana, Vera Brunner-Sung stood still behind a camera. At first, all was quiet. Then came the hollow knocking of an actress’ boots on the dock, and seagulls crying, and water lapping at the trestles. Suddenly, everything seemed quite loud: A nail gun; a truck in reverse; a plane overhead. “Cut,” Brunner-Sung called. She wore stiff jeans, leather boots with cowboy heels and an old blue coat. Thick dark hair topped her lanky frame. “I liked that,” she said. “Let’s move on.” […]

    Read the full text of the article here.

    After a successful series of screenings in the first half of the year, the Big Sky Film Series is looking to end with a number of interesting takes on the pop-culture world we find ourselves living in everyday.

    The films, each one of them free to attend for the public, range in focus from a look at the life and times of punk powerhouses The Ramones to an intimate portrait piece of Jerry Seinfeld.

    Situated at the iconic (and remodeled) Top Hat Lounge every Monday night, the final line up for 2013 promises to have the Big Sky Film Series ending on a high note.

    Nov 25 –END OF THE CENTURY (2003)
    One of the most beloved and influential bands at the leading edge of the punk scene of the 1970s, the Ramones hardly need an introduction. END OF THE CENTURY, named after the 1980 Phil Spector-produced Ramones album, is an exhaustive and no-holds-bared dive into one of the most compelling bands in history. Take Johnny Ramone’s word for it: “It’s a very dark movie. It’s accurate. It left me disturbed.”

    Dec 2 – DOWNLOADED (2013)
    A study of perhaps the biggest game-changer in music-consumption history, DOWNLOADED takes aim at the advent of Napster, its founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, and the digital-sharing revolution of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Featuring interviews with a star-studded lineup of musicians and music-industry titans, the New York Times calls it “a fascinating story about how college students harnessed the Internet to enable people to trade favorite songs, and how a blindsided music industry, ignorant of the Web’s potential, effectively shut them down.”

    Dec 9 – JOY DIVISION (2007)
    Who’s to know the heights British post-punk band Joy Division may have reached, were it not for epileptic lead singer Ian Curtis’ suicide on the eve of the band’s first American tour in 1980. JOY DIVISION is British filmmaker Grant Gee’s immersive portrait of the band and of the late-70s scene in Manchester, England, the town from whence they sprang.

    Dec 16 – ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL (2008)
    A tale so wild and strange it could have been a first-class mockumentary save for the fact it’s all true, ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL tracks the most legendary metal band to never make it big, as the aging Canadian rockers record their 13th album and take one last shot at the brass ring. Called “the greatest movie ever made about rock ‘n’ roll” by The London Times and “the most stirring release of the year” by The New Yorker, this is one movie true rock fans can’t afford to miss.

    Dec 23 – TBD

    Dec 30 – COMEDIAN (2002)
    Fresh off the most insanely successful sitcom in the history of the universe, Jerry Seinfeld went back to stand-up comedy in the late 90’s. Directed by Christian Charles, COMEDIAN is a comprehensive look not only at Seinfeld’s subsequent international comedy tour but also at the struggles and self-doubt that lurk behind even the most famous comedians in the world.

    (HELENA) – The Montana Film Office announces the arrival of “Bridegroom” to Montana communities next week.

    “Bridegroom” tells the story of Montanan Shane Bitney Crone’s journey after Tom Bridegroom’s tragic death in 2011. The film screened at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary and is now generating buzz about a possible Oscar nod for Best Documentary.

    Bitney Crone will be bringing the film to Missoula and Kalispell next week for three showings on the 24th and the 25th.

    The screening on the 24th will be at the Roxy Theatre in Missoula at 5 p.m. and on the 25th in Kalispell at Flathead Valley Community College at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Bitney Crone will host Q&A sessions about the film after each screening.

    Tickets are still available for the screening on the 24th and the 4:00 p.m. screening on the 25th.

    For any questions regarding permitting, locations, or productions in Montana contact the Montana Film Office at [email protected] or 1.800.553.4563.

    (HELENA)- The Montana Film Office Announces the arrival of “Bridegroom” to Montana communities next week.

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    “The Writer’s Ghost”, a full-length horror film is set to shoot in early 2014. They are looking for full CAST and CREW members to work the duration of the shoot (4 – 6 weeks).

    All cast and crew positions are unpaid, non-union, but each will receive a listing on the movie IMDB page, a letter of recommendation from the producers, a copy of the film on DVD, and national distribution.

    Roles they are looking to cast are:

    2 female (1 lead / 1 supporting), 24-34
    2 male (1 lead / 1 supporting), 24-36
    1 male supporting, 55-70
    1 female supporting, 55-70

    ACTORS: Interested actors need to bring a resume to the Executive Room of the of Off the Leaf coffee bar (819 Grand Avenue in Billings) on November 24, 2013 between 10 am and 10 pm. Be prepared to perform a casual dialogue scene (all roles). Anyone interested in the male and female lead roles will also need to perform a terror scene and the female lead must be able to cry on cue.

    CREW: Please send resume and position(s) desired to [email protected] with the subject “Crew App.”

    The Montana Film Office congratulates Peter Rosten, a Montana filmmaker and educator, who was selected to receive a Purpose Prize and join 42 other Americans recognized as 2013 Purpose Prize fellows.

    The Purpose Prize honors Americans 60 and older who excel in the fields of social entrepreneurship and creative problem solving. Rosten was selected from a pool of 1,000 nominees and now stands as the second Montanan to be honored by the Purpose Prize.

    Rosten, a resident of Darby, is the founder and president of the Media Arts in Public Schools or MAPS program in Ravalli County. Started in 2004, MAPS provides varied creative arts and media production classes to students in all five of the country school districts free of charge. Classes range from filmmaking and music composition to design and computer sciences.

    The MAPS students are involved in creating real-world projects that are utilized by businesses and non-profits across the state. They most recently created PSAs for both the Montana Hope Project and the Bitterroot Youth homes.

    “By combining our students’ arts education with the real world of business, MAPS provides an early window into the risks and rewards that await our pupils in the future,” said Rosten.

    For more information on both Rosten and MAPS you may visit Rosten’s Encore.com profile or the MAPS homepage.

    Montana is ready to play host to the BANFF Mountain Film Tour once again.

    The festival began in Great Falls earlier this month and will now head to Kalispell on November 12 and 13 th .

    Sponsored by the Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol, the tour will stop in at Flathead High school to screen this years films.

    The tour consists of a selection of the films screened at the BANFF Mountain Film Festival that are selected specially for each stop the tour makes. From about 25 films licensed from the festival, the organizers work with the local sponsors to pick films that they believer will be well-received by the audience in their communities.

    Screening the films is the largest fundraiser for the locally-based ski patrol, generating the funds for them to purchase search-and-rescue equipment and provide training to new members.

    The series will screen at Flathead High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Flathead High School auditorium. Tickets are $14 and may be purchased at local vendors in the Flathead area. You can find a list of those retailers and more info about the festival at the BANFF Festival homepage.

    After traveling the world with her award winning animated short, “A Tangled Tale”, Montana animator Corrie Francis Parks brings it home tomorrow.

    Using Google+’s On Air, Parks will be publicly premiere the film tomorrow afternoon. Broadcasting live at 2 pm PST, Parks will be joined by her creative team to interact with viewers in real-time as the film plays.

    Joining Parks will be Sound Designer Cole Pierce and Re-recording Mixer Gabriel Guy (“Frozen”,”Wreck-it Ralph”).

    This year “A Tangled Tale” became an official selection for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the longest-running animation festival in the world. It also gained success at a number of other festivals including AnimaMundi, DOK Leipzig, and the Palm Springs International Shorts Fest. Parks hopes to continue traveling with and promoting the film at festivals in the coming months.

    “A Tangled Tale” gets its unique animation style from the sand-on-glass technique that Parks employs. She forms each image with beach sand on an illuminated light-box and adds color and painted backgrounds. She then photographs the scene and begins to move the sand for her next shot. Because of the richness and depth of the textures and colors that Parks utilizes in the film, “A Tangled Tale” is truly raising the bar on what sand animation is and will be in the future.

    A recording of the broadcast will be available on Youtube for anyone to watch afterwards. Details about the event are at http://bit.ly/TangledTaleOnAir.

    More “A Tangled Tale”

    Montana filmmaker Paige Williams, has launched the The Audience Awards, an online film festival.

    Beginning today the awards will feature twelve International Documentary Challenge finalists that premiered at Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America. The awards will give power to the audiences who view the films as they will have a chance to vote for the film they believe stands above the rest.

    “ We believe that every film deserves the chance to prove itself to an audience. The films are our passion. The audience is our mission,” said Williams, who is an award-winning filmmaker herself. “We work to bring mass exposure to independent filmmakers and provide access to great films that are otherwise rarely seen.”

    For more information on The Audience Awards, visit www.theaudienceawards.com or you can contact Paige at [email protected]

    Read the entire release from the Audience Awards here.

    (HELENA) – The Montana Film Office is excited to announce that critically-acclaimed documentary, “Bridegroom” from Montanan Shane Bitney Crone and director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (“Designing Women”) premieres on Netflix this week.

    A former resident of the Flathead Valley, Shane moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating where he and Tom Bridegroom began the entertainment company Bridegroom & Bitney. On the anniversary of Tom’s tragic death from an accident in 2011, Shane chronicled his grief in an online video tribute that spread virally and prompted mass support ultimately inspiring Bloodworth-Thomason to pursue the documentary[…]

    Read the full release here.

    (HELENA) – The Montana Film Office is excited to announce that critically-acclaimed documentary, “Bridegroom” from Montanan Shane Bitney Crone and director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (“Designing Women”) premieres on Netflix this week.

    Read the rest of the release […]

    The Montana Film Office is proud to to be bringing Montana author Pete Fromm, screenwriter Virginia Spragg, and director Max Mayer to Missoula for a screening of the film adaptation of Fromm’s book, As Cool As I Am. The screening event is a benefit for Planned Parenthood of Montana, and the film office is sponsoring a panel following the film that will discuss the process of turning this Montana story into one for the big screen.

    Fromm sat down recently with Erika Fredrickson at the Missoula Independent to discuss watching his work be translated for the screen, the filmmaking process, and more. You can read “Lucy in the Sky” on the Independent‘s site or read the archived article here.

    As Cool As I Am screens at the MCT Center for Performing Arts Sat., Oct. 26. The benefit begins with a reception at 6 PM featuring music by Baby & Bukowski, followed by the screening and panel discussion at 7. $50–$75. Call 830-3483 for tickets and info.

    LLL Talent Agency is searching for a woman in her 60’s-70’s to play an angry and over-protective grandmother. This is a paid job, however local talents is preferred as the rate does not cover travel.

    If you are interested email name, headshot, and phone number [email protected]

    The Montana Film Office is proud to announce that a Montanan-hosted workshop is offering a chance to work with world-class commercial model Aaron Marcus. Appearing in over 1,193 projects from The West Wing to The Wire to commercials for Disney World, Aaron is headed to the Big Sky to offer advice and guidance to aspiring commercial and film actors. Booked for over 1,200 workshops to share his expertise and knowledge in this competitive industry, this event is an excellent opportunity for aspiring and experienced commercial models alike.

    Saturday, November 9th, he will be teaching from his own experiences and from his book, How to Become a Successful Commercial Model. Attendees will learn things like preparing and creating an amazing head shot, creating a great resume (even with little or no experience), and what agents, casting directors, and others will expect from you as talent.

    For more information see the full release from Creative World here or read more about his experiences at www.howtomodel.com.

    For registration or more information contact:
    Karla Johnson
    Creative World
    406-855-2761
    [email protected]

    When: Saturday, November 9, 2013

    Time: 10:00-5:00

    Where: Hilton Garden Inn, in Treasure State, Salon A room, 2465 Grant Road, Billings, MT

    Cost: $150 if booked by October 24th. After October 24th – $175

    (Missoula, MT) – The Big Sky Film Institute and the Top Hat Lounge are pleased to announce that the Big Sky Film Series, which has been running monthly at the Top Hat since May, will move to a weekly schedule beginning this fall. Additionally, the Top Hat Lounge will be an official Big Sky Documentary Film Festival screening and event venue during the entire 10-day festival in February 2014.

    “The folks at Big Sky have done an incredible job curating films for the series, and attendance has been outstanding,” says Top Hat owner Nick Checota. “We’re extremely excited to expand those screenings to a weekly basis, and we couldn’t be happier about becoming a part of the festival.”

    Read the full release here.

    The Montana Film Office announced today that they would be altering the submission deadline for the Big Sky Film Grant. All new applications will be due by December 15, 2013. Deadlines will then fall on the fifteenth of every other month.

    The updated grant application with new deadlines and a clarified Youtube grant proposal section may be found on the Forms and Guidelines page.

    The full announcement may be read here.

    (WEST GLACIER) –Glacier National Park is open and welcoming visitors after a 16-day Federal Government shutdown that closed all national parks across the country.

    Approximately 250 park employees were furloughed during the shutdown. Approximately 20-30 park employees continued to work during the shutdown to manage the park closure and provide for protection of federal lands, waterways, buildings, equipment and other property owned within park.

    Read the rest of the release here.

    (YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK) – The gates to the world’s first national park are open again after a 16 day closure.

    Visitors are encouraged to return to the region to take advantage of the crisp fall weather and enjoy the last few weeks of the fall season.

    Read the rest of the release.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT:
    Tina Buckingham
    Director
    Film Montana
    406.586.9758
    [email protected]

    Montana Film Actor’s Studio Scheduled to Meet

    The Montana Film Actor’s Studio will meet next Thursday, October 17th at Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot in downtown Bozeman, MT. Introductions will begin at 6:30 and the meeting start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

    Beginning its 7th season , the Montana Film Actor’s Studio provides hands-on experience, inspiration, education and insight into the film business from a uniquely Montanan perspective for for an actor (or the actor within). Based in Bozeman MAS provides monthly meetings in a fun and relaxed atmosphere where actors can network and socialize with other folks in the film community. The studio teaches acting for film and the business-side of film acting while focusing on increasing confidence and comfort in entering into the film industry.

    The meeting includes instruction with casting director (and director of MAS) Tina Buckingham. Boasting nearly 40 years of experience in film, Tina has primarily worked to find talent for feature films and commercials both in and outside Montana. Tina’s strategy teaches from the casting director’s point-of-view with scene-studies , cold reading, and video playback for critique. There are also opportunities for full-script reads and guest speakers.

    The first meeting is free to try with family discounts and scholarships available for fees after that. After the first meeting membership is $100 a year. Fees cover the monthly meetings, emailed information, and links to updated film news and information sites. Additionally, members receive career advice and mentorship, contacts, and opportunities to be submitted for film and commercial auditions.

    All ages are welcome and skill levels are welcome (members are generally 12 years old or order). For any additional information you can visit the Montana Actor’s Studio site or contact Tina with the above information.

    (HELENA) – Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs announced today that the Montana Film Office stands ready to assist any productions shooting in Montana in finding alternative locations due to the closure of federal lands and parks.

    “The film office hopes the issues surrounding the shutdown are resolved quickly,” explained Staggs, “but there are still plenty of great private and state managed properties that can give any production that signature Montana beauty. Our office stands ready to help productions or scout teams with any locations or permitting assistance they may need during this federal shutdown.”

    The shutdown of nationally managed lands and parks has led to closures in-state including:

    • Yellowstone National Park
    • Glacier National Park
    • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
    • Big Hole National Battlefield
    • Grant Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
    • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
    • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center
    • Pompey’s Pillar National Monument Interpretive Center
    • Fort Peck Interpretive Center
    • National Bison Range
    • All federally-managed wildlife refuges
    • All campgrounds and recreation sites on public lands managed by BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    While this list is not exhaustive, the Montana Film Office is closely watching other areas that could be affected and can provide that information upon request.

    The thousands of alternate locations that Montana has to offer may be found at: http://mt.reel-scout.com/loc_results.aspx. “Even with the closure of some of the amazing sites we have to offer,” said Staggs, “from the mountains of the west to the plains in the east we have plenty of ultimate locations that are still open for business.”

    For any questions regarding permitting, locations, or productions in Montana contact the Montana Film Office at [email protected] or 1.800.553.4563.

    Download the release here.

    The Montana Film Office is pleased to announce its attendance and sponsorship of HATCH experience this week in Bozeman. Created by Chisel Industries owner, Yarrow Kraner, HATCH is a uniquely Montanan brand of creative alchemy combining elements of education, invention and development.

    Read the rest of the release here […]

    As the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest comes upon their second year and they are now collecting entries for the January 24 th film festival.

    Created from a desire to provide the Montana community with artistic events and activities on a year-round basis, the Flathead Lake Cinemafest seeks to provide a fresh, new platform for Montana (and other) filmmakers to showcase their passion on the big screen.

    Categories for the festival include: films less than 30 minutes, films longer than 30 minutes, and FLIC Jr.

    FLIC Jr. is a category for entrants who are 18 years old and younger. Their films will be judged by a panel of experts and eligible for “Best Of” awards in several categories.

    For more information on the Cinemafest, to see 2013 winners and awards, or enter your film you may contact them through their site or via phone: 406.274.0181

    Submission Information:

    Films less than 30 minutes – $25.00 ($20.00 through WithoutABox)
    Films 30 minutes and above – $35.00 ($30.00 through WithoutABox)
    FLIC Jr. entries – $10.00 ($5.00 through WithoutABox)

    WithoutABox submission form here and FLIC site submission form here.

    All films after submitted after September 30 will have a 10.00 fee added. No film submissions will be accepted after the late entry date of October 31, 2013 with the exception of film submissions for FLIC Jr. whose last day for submissions is December 1, 2013.

    Film Office, UM to offer film crew training

    Montana is a beautiful place to film, but productions looking to shoot in the Big Sky State look beyond breathtaking mountain vistas and charming Western towns when considering their shooting location needs. An experienced, educated local film crew base weighs heavily in their ultimate location decision. To further develop Montana’s local film crew talent, the Montana Film Office and the University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts have teamed up to offer P.A. Bootcamp, a two-day production assistance crash course for aspiring film crew members, on Sept. 22 and 23 at The University of Montana campus in Missoula.

    Read the full article here. (page 7)

    Crash course to be on film crew

    The Montana Film Office and the University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts have teamed up to offer P.A. Bootcamp, a two-day production assistance crash course for aspiring film crew members, on Sept. 22 and 23 at The University of Montana campus in Missoula.

    “Continued development of our Montana crew base is a critical component to attracting film, television and commercial productions to the state,” said Deny Staggs, Montana Film Office location coordinator. “After inquiring about our tax incentives, the number one question that producers ask is, ‘do we have an experienced crew?’ Without a continued effort to develop and train our resident crew workforce, Montana will fall behind other states in attracting productions, potentially losing millions in annual cash inflow and tax revenue.”

    Read the rest of the article here. (page 4)

    UM, Montana Film Office partner with L.A. firm to lure productions to state

    September 17, 2012 6:23 am • By MARTIN KIDSTON Missoulian

    MISSOULA — Train them, and the movie cameras will come.

    That’s the thinking behind a new initiative between the Montana Film Office and the University of Montana, which have teamed up with a California firm to help train students as production assistants.

    Deny Staggs, Montana Film Office location coordinator, said the state’s collaboration with Quixote, of Los Angeles, aims to build a talented pool of film hands in Montana to help lure more television, film and commercial productions to the state.

    Read the full article here.

    UM, Montana Film Office join with L.A. firm to lure movies

    September 17, 2012 7:00 am • By MARTIN KIDSTON of the Missoulian

    Train them, and the movie cameras will come.

    That’s the thinking behind a new initiative between the Montana Film Office and the University of Montana, which have teamed up with a California firm to help train students as production assistants.

    Deny Staggs, Montana Film Office location coordinator, said the state’s collaboration with Quixote, of Los Angeles, aims to build a talented pool of film hands in Montana to help lure more television, film and commercial productions to the state.

    Read the full article here.

    The International Modeling and Talent Association is holding a new model and talent search this Saturday in Billings.

    Hosted by Montana talent agent Karla Johnson, the IMTA model search is looking for interested Montanans to join in a search for new faces and talent from the Big Sky State. Karla signed comedian Lukas Seely and Montana IMTA talent Timothy Lofing.

    IMTA is an organization that has been working since 1987 to find new people in the areas of modeling, dance, and performance to enter into the many different levels of the entertainment industry today.

    The search will take place at the Howard Johnson in Billings (1345 Mullowney Lane) on September 28 th at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm.

    To secure an audition time or if you have any additional questions about the IMTA search this Saturday, contact Karla at 406.855.2761.

    The Montana Film Office is happy to report that Montana crew member and film community mentor, Tina Buckingham, has announced a special introductory meeting for her group The Montana Film Actor’s Studio. Located in Bozeman, the MAS provides both support and development opportunities for actors in the state of Montana. With years of casting experience and a passion for the world of film, Tina and MAS are dedicated to showcasing the talent Montana has to offer. See the full release below.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Montana Film Actor’s Studio Introductory Meeting

    For more information contact:

    Tina Buckingham

    [email protected]

    406.586.9758

    For the actor (or the actor within) Montana Film Actor’s Studio in Bozeman provides monthly meetings in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. We teach acting for film and the business of film acting with a little life-coaching thrown in for your self-esteem.

    Now beginning its 7th season, members of the studio get hands-on experience, inspiration, education and insight into the film business in and from Montana. It’s also a place to network and socialize with other actors and filmmakers.

    Meetings include instruction with Casting Director (and director of MAS) Tina Buckingham who boasts almost 40 years in the business. Her primary job has been to find talent for feature films and commercials, and she has worked on many of the movies filmed in Montana. She teaches from the Casting Director’s point-of-view. Most meetings include scene-study and cold reading with video playback for critique. In addition we have other opportunities including guest speakers and table readings of full film scripts.

    There will be a special introductory meeting on Wednesday, September 25th from 5:30 to 6:30 in the small meeting room of the Bozeman Public Library, followed by the 1st monthly meeting of the new year from 7:00-9:00.

    The first meeting is free to try. Family discounts and scholarships are available. Included in the membership fee are the monthly meetings, emailed information and links to film news and sites. Additionally, you will receive career advice and mentorship, contacts, and opportunity to be submitted for film and commercial auditions.

    Membership is just $100/year. We encompass all ages and varying career levels but the general membership is 12 and over. The Studio is dedicated to discovering new talent, polishing talent and showcasing talent.

    Filmmakers Kate Roxburgh & Shay Kuehlman, of Dogsky Films, are looking for a post-production crew to work on a low-budget comedy feature.

    Shot in the United Kingdom on an FS700, the film is in need of a:

    Editor (with grading experience)
    Sound editor / designer
    Music editor

    Dogsky would prefer if applicants had experience with editing comedic (specifically British comedies) works and experience in Motion graphic. Both teams and individuals are encouraged to apply.

    Send all applications and relevant materials to [email protected]

    Pay is negotiable.

    Telepictures and Warner Brothers are looking to cast the second season of their new game show “Let’s Ask America”.

    Taking the game show to a different level, “Let’s Ask America” is looking for people who would love a chance to be a contestant from the comfort of your own hope! The half-hour show gets viewers to compete via web-chat for a chance at $50,000.

    It’s pretty simple: the show polls America about fun and irreverent topics to find out what people are thinking. Then, four contested a day are chosen to try and correctly predict the answer with prize money increasing with each question up to $50,000!

    If you’re over 18 years of age and interested in applying be sure to head to http://www.letsaskamerica.tv/!

    One of the newest film festivals in Montana if offering filmmakers of all ages, skills, and interests a chance at $5,000 and a consult with FilmBuff.

    “The concept behind the Audience Awards is simple,” says Paige Williams, founder of the Audience Awards and Montana filmmaker. “We believe every film deserves the chance to prove itself before an audience.”

    Filmmakers will have a chance to submit films in SHORT FILM, NON-PROFIT VIDEO, UPCOMING FEATURE FILM PREVIEW, FEATURE FILM, and MUSIC VIDEO categories. The festival will run on-line through the year and the submitted film the most votes will be considered the winner.

    Any finished film may be submitted on the Audience Awards’ website and further details on the categories themselves are contained in the awards press release.

    For more information contact Paige Williams or Kate Pearson of the Audience Awards.

    The call-for-entries for the SHORT FILM competition has already started and will run through February 28th.

    It’s part “Super Moose”, part vampire, a little furry and ALL Montanan.

    Montana-based production company Grizzly Creek Films is happy to announce the next run of their outdoor adventure series, “America the Wild with Casey Anderson”. Following fifth-generation Montanan and outdoorsman Casey Anderson, “America the Wild” takes audiences across North America in pursuit of some of the most raw and authentic wildlife experiences out there.

    This season follows Anderson from the coldest reaches of the Canadian west coast to the deepest mires of the Florida everglades as he looks to bring some of Americas most dangerous animals to National Geographic WILD. Anderson will follow an aggressive wolf pack, match wits with the deadly mountain lion, infiltrate herds of giant moose, and head deep into the Yellowstone night to track a wild grizzly.

    Anderson and Grizzly Creek Films have been involved in the production of “America the Wild” for four consecutive years and continue to connect audiences with the real wilderness of the North American continent. With 17 years of experience in film and television production, Anderson uses his expertise as a wildlife naturalist and animal trainer to capture authentic moments with the Grizzly Creek team.

    “America the Wild with Casey Anderson” will premiere Sunday, August 18 th , at 10 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. MST on Nat Geo WILD. Find local airtimes and channels at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/schedule/daily./

    For more information on the series run read GCF’s press release or contact them directly.

    There are dozens of projects out there looking to tell stories about, in, and from Montana. Here are few that have crossed the MFO desks and are worth noting:

    Things of Intrinsic Worth by Carly Calhoun & Sam Despeaux

    “McRae family settled in southeastern Montana among the sandstone bluffs and fields of prairie grass in the 1880’s because it was a good place to raise cattle. There was plenty of clean water from the Rosebud Creek and the Tongue River that flowed through the unspoiled Tongue River Valley. Wally McRae and his son Clint continue the family tradition, raising cattle in the same unspoiled valley as their grandfathers and great-grandfathers did before. The McRaes are deeply devoted to this land and they carry on a tradition here of living by certain core principles: Protect and respect land and water. Help your neighbors and community. Live your life not solely to make profits. Make decisions knowing that the effects of your actions will be passed on to the next generation. Forces that lie in direct contrast to these principles are now threatening the McRaes and their neighbors, the American West, and the future of the climate.

    Things of Intrinsic Worth follows the McRaes as they struggle to save their ranch and the Tongue River Valley amidst the encroaching forces of coal production. The McRae’s ranch sits in the epicenter of a battle over the power of corporations, government’s role in protecting citizens and the environment, and the future of the climate. The film weaves together a story that travels from the grasslands of Montana, to the Pacific Northwest, to energy hungry Asia.”

    – Excerpt from the “Things of Intrinsic Worth” Kickstarter page

    Walter by Hunter Weeks

    WALTER was inspired by a visit to Walter Breuning, the oldest living man in the world at the time. He was 113 years old. A year later, Hunter Weeks and Sarah Hall set out to tell his story along with that of several living Supercentenarians by exploring their major contributions to the world and their personal philosophies on how they were able to make it past the 110 mark. Their journey helps capture the stories of the last few people born in the late 1800s. This movie celebrates life and will help people think differently about their personal timeline differently. Everyone has the chance to become the oldest living person in the world, which Guinness World Records recognizes as an official World Record.

    – Excerpt from the “Walter” Kickstarter page

    “Stripped” by Melissa Bring and Fleur Phillips

    Spending four weeks in Montana visiting different strip-clubs in Montana, “Stripped” looks to capture the lives of the women involved in the expanding and shadowed strip-club industry. The project creators, Melissa Bring and Fleur Phillips, hope to use the multimedia pieces of their project to allow the dancers to be seen in a way that exposes them as the people they are and not mere the jobs they do.

    In addition to the film, the project will be producing a book project with interviews of each of the women featured and photography complimenting the film portion. The book will act as another layer and informational companion to the feature length video documentary.

    “We live in a country where either gender is said to have equal rights in the work place. Activists have fought diligently for decades to win equivalent respect and wages. In the land of opportunity, what instigates young women to pursue exotic dancing? Even more fascinating is the mindset of the “Middle-American” stripper.”

    – excerpt from “Stripped” documentary website

    For years, the Montana Film Office has proudly partnered with Montana-made film festivals such as the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Hatchfest and the International Wildlife Film Festival. Montana-connected film fests bring welcome attention to the people who work on the ground in the Montana film industry and keep Montana on the movie map world-wide.

    Now, MFO is proud to announce a brand-new partnership with an event offering a different kind of exposure for filmmakers. The Audience Awards is an all-online film competition looking to help independent filmmakers capitalize on their talent, social media knowledge and promotion skills by giving them a platform for mass exposure.

    The Audience Awards offers five different competitions and the first, SHORT FILM, is now looking for entries. Filmmakers are asked to submit their short films (less than 40 minutes) at www.theaudienceawards.com. The entry fee is $10 and the deadline for submission is February 28, 2014.

    After submission, filmmakers can share their film’s Audience Awards link on social media sites and via email to encourage fans to vote for their film. Fans of the films will have from April 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014 to vote for the film they think deserves to win. The winning film will receive $5,000 cash and a film consult and distribution deal with FilmBuff!

    Each competition will offer a number of different categories, each sponsored by a well-known film festival connecting submissions with the wider independent film world.

    The SHORT FILM categories are:

    – Music: Short Fiction & Short Documentary
    – LGBTQ: Short Fiction & Short Documentary
    – Environmental: Short Documentary
    – Wildlife: Short Documentary
    – Human Rights: Short Documentary
    – Women Filmmakers: Short Fiction & Short Documentary
    – Adventure/Sporting: Short Documentary
    – Animation: Short Film

    Submit early and start building buzz and getting votes for your shot at $5,000 cash and a distribution deal with FilmBuff!

    Settled between the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers, Big Timber, remains one of Sweet Grass Country’s most versatile and enduring towns. In moments, the main street can travel backwards in time to when tires were whitewalled and then slip seamlessly into the modern era. Standing as just one more of Montana’s Ultimate Locations, Big Timber can be just about whenever you need it to be.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger on Montana fire lines filming documentary on climate change

    MISSOULA, Montana — Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is out on the fire lines in western Montana filming a documentary on climate change.

    Fire Information Officer Nancy Guerrero says a film crew is profiling the Snake River Hotshots as they work on the lines of the 9.6-square-mile West Mullan Fire burning north of the town of Superior. Members of the National Interagency Fire Center are also on hand.

    Schwarzenegger had breakfast with the fire crews Monday morning before heading out to the lines.

    KECI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/132tAD3) Schwarzenegger is the executive producer of the documentary, which is looking at climate change and how it impacts the fire season. It is scheduled to be aired on Showtime.

    The Snake River Hotshots are based in Pocatello, Idaho.

    Montana-based film debuts in Missoula

    MISSOULA – The red carpet was rolled out over the weekend for the premiere of Winter in the Blood.

    The film, which was shot in north central Montana in 2011, is the project of Montana natives and brothers Alex and Andrew Smith.

    Tickets for the Saturday showings had been sold out all week for the special in state premiere.

    The Roxy Theater, where it was shown, is a non-profit theatre that shows new and classic films.

    Mary Plumage says she came to see the film because the book is based where she grew up.

    “There are a lot of family names that I know from over there from the book like Lame bull that we’re excited to see in the film. Just to see a lot of past ancestors to see how the film turns out,” she explained.

    The Roxy Theatre presents screenings of new and classic films from around the world each week, starting on Aug. 2.

    For lead actor, long wait worth it for ‘Winter in the Blood’

    by Cory Walsh | July 21, 2013

    If it felt like a long wait to finally see “Winter in the Blood” at its Montana premiere Saturday in Missoula, imagine how Chaske Spencer feels.

    The lead actor was attached to the project for upward of a year before filming began on the Smith brothers’ independent adaptation of the late James Welch’s novel.

    “The research was done, I did all my homework. I was just waiting to shoot,” Spencer said in a phone interview ahead of his trip to Missoula. “I felt like a racer, because you’re already on the starting point, just waiting for the gun. So I was ready to go.”

    Spencer plays the lead role of Virgil First Raise, a man searching for an heirloom gun, his estranged wife and reconciliation with his past on a Montana Indian reservation. Spencer, best known as the werewolf Sam in “Twilight,” says he signed on because it’s a type of role he hadn’t been able to play yet.

    “As an actor, I just thought the character was very rich,” he said.

    Read the full article here.

    Deep thaw: From book to screen, Winter in the Blood finds its way home

    Courtesy of Missoula Independent

    by Nick Davis | July 18, 2013

    Back in 2002, Alex and Andrew Smith were riding a wave of good fortune, creative vision and hard work. The Missoula-raised writer-director twin brothers, sons of noted local author and documentarian Annick Smith, had just released their first feature film, The Slaughter Rule, to high critical acclaim.

    Over the next five years, they worked on a half-dozen film scripts covering an array of genres and formats, but the initial green lights on every one of those projects eventually turned red. Frustrated, they began thinking about following their hearts back to Montana, to the landscape that had birthed The Slaughter Rule. That quest ultimately led them to Winter in the Blood, the first novel from James Welch.

    Read the full article here.

    Much-anticipated film “Winter in the Blood” has its Montana premiere this weekend in Missoula

    Photo by Ken Billington

    The new Montana-made film “Winter in the Blood” received a warm reception at its recent premiere at the Los Angeles film festival, and will have its Montana premiere this Saturday evening in Missoula. The film is based on the acclaimed novel by the late Montana author James Welch – who was a family friend of the film’s directors, brothers Alex and Andrew Smith. Both the novel and the movie give a harsh but authentic portrait of growing up on Montana’s Blackfeet reservation and the hi-line, where it was filmed. In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Alex and Andrew Smith about their desire to make the film as true to the novel as possible.

    Listen to the interview at kufm.org

    ‘Winter in the Blood’ film debuts, stays Montana-true, powerful

    A new star has appeared on the horizon in the form of actor Chaske Spencer, lead actor in “Winter in the Blood,” an independent film that made its home-state debut recently at a packed but intimate screening at The Roxy Theater in Missoula.

    Spencer stars for Missoula siblings Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith, who stay true to the late James Welch’s acclaimed 1974 novel about a sensitive young man coming to terms with tough living conditions and alcohol-fueled coping strategies on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

    Spencer’s heritage includes Lakota Sioux, Nez Perce, Cherokee, Creek, French and Dutch. He grew up in Idaho and Montana and has played key roles in the Twilight series, “Skins,” “Dreamkeeper” and “Into the West.”

    A true hunk in every sense of the word, the tall, dark, muscular Spencer can flat-out act, especially when words are not necessary to carry a scene.

    Through a series of flashbacks to his childhood and discovery of his father’s frozen, drunken body in a snow bank, Spencer, as Virgil First Raise, tries to makes sense of losing several family members. But that’s merely a piece of his heart-wrenching puzzle.

    Read the full article here.

    1-Minute Missoula doesn’t charge admission. They let you bring your own concessions. And their air conditioning is fueled by Mother Nature herself.

    With so many diverse and creative events taking place in our film community, the Montana Film Office is always delighted to see innovative opportunities from Montanans like 1-Minute Missoula festival creator Amy Stout.

    Originally started as an MFA thesis project for Stout, 1-Minute Missoula was introduced to give Missoulians a chance to tap into their own unique talents and vision and project those on to the screen. The festival encourages its entrants to use any and all available technology, develop new skills, and reach out to members of their community to create short digital films.

    After three years, the festival is still true to its roots as many of the films are DIY from around the local community. However, Stout has been seeing entries from neighboring communities like Portland and even from as far away as Serbia and the UK.

    Selected films are screened on an abutment on the south side of the Higgins Street Bridge off the Hip Strip in downtown Missoula. While there aren’t prizes or even entry fees yet, the festival is hopeful that with continued audience participation and interest such things aren’t far in the future.

    Stout says that most entries don’t come from professional filmmakers. In fact the films, which run the gambit from minute long clips shot on a phone to media arts projects to narrative and animation productions, come from a variety of skill levels and sources.

    A change this year for 1-Minute is the partnership with the Missoula Fringe Festival, a three day celebration of alternative and performance theater all across the city. Billing itself as an “avenue to showcase bold, fresh, and original” works, Fringe Fest is the perfect fit for 1-Minute Missoula filmmakers and their audience.

    Supported by volunteers and businesses around Missoula, the festival is a distinct voice and a welcome place for many different elements of the Montana film community to come together, one minute at a time.

    For more information or to become involved with the festival, contact Amy Stout.

    Details:

    Submission deadline:

    Wednesday, August 14 2013

    Screening:

    Friday, August 16, 9:00 p.m., under the Higgins Street Bridge – south side of the Clark Fork River in the parking lot between the Missoulian and the Boone and Crockett Club

    Website:

    ThrashLab, Ashton Kutcher’s Youtube channel, is looking for original videos from around the country to compete for prizes up to $15,000.

    If you’re a filmmaker, editor or artist who has a never-before-seen video with original content, then you can enter to be one of 350 winners to be featured on the Thrashlab channel!

    ThashLab is one of only 100 channels given to Hollywood production companies, celebrities and media outlets. The channel is focused on bringing serious exposure of new artists to a mainstream audience.

    Rules:
    – Submission must be original content, never posted anywhere and you must hold the rights to all pieces of the submission (art, music, logos, etc.)
    – Entries are due by AUGUST 15th

    Find additional rules and submission information on the announcement or at the contest website.

    Missoula, MT – The Montana Film Office is proud to announce a partnership with Montana Repertory Theater’s Colony 18 to host a workshop focusing on script writing for television with guest presenters, multi-time Emmy nominees Ron Fitzgerald and Cusi Cram.

    You can read the full release here.

    When: Saturday, July 13th

    Where: PARTV center on the University of Montana Campus

    Directors and principal cast members to attend screenings at Roxy Theater in Missoula, July 20.

    July 9, 2013 — Helena, Mont. — After a stellar debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June, “Winter in the Blood” the Montana Film Office is proud to annouce the Montana-made film’s return home to premiere with the state’s first audiences. Joined by cast members including lead actor Chaske Spencer and Montana’s own Lily Gladstone, the Smith brothers will present the Montana premiere of “Winter in the Blood” at Missoula’s newly remodeled Roxy Theater on Saturday, July 20 at 5 & 7:30 p.m.

    Advance tickets for the screenings go on sale Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. at TheRoxyTheater.org. Any remaining tickets will be available on the day of the screenings at the Roxy Theater box office.

    Bringing Hollywood to Montana

    Selling Montana’s scenery is what Deny Staggs does best.

    As film commissioner for the Montana Film Office, Staggs works hard at bringing filmmakers to the Big Sky state. Once they visit here, Montana usually makes the short-list for film locations, he said. Those of us lucky enough to live here already know that our famously wide, blue skies and snow-capped mountains are worth the cold winters, smoky summers and low wages.

    Now Staggs and his crew can keep up with other rural states and countries that offer incentives and grants to lure filmmakers. In addition to tax incentives, the Montana Film Office is now offering the Big Sky Film Grant to resident filmmakers who shoot half of their film here using local crew and cast and national filmmakers who shoot 50 percent of the film here or spend $300,000 or more in Montana.

    Grants range from $5 to $50,000. This is a boost for Montana because it brings jobs and a chance for our 15 minutes of fame — even if it’s just seeing Montana’s landscape on the big screen. I, for one, am excited to see shots of Montana Avenue, the bus station, and other sites around Billings in November when the film “Nebraska” opens wide. Now-retired jailer Dennis McCave plays a deputy in the film, and Billings actor Jayme Green and Billings woman Carissa Klarich also got some screen time. Lead actor Bruce Dern took home one of the most prestigious prizes at Cannes Film Festival this spring, the Best Actor Award for his work in “Nebraska.”

    Staggs was in L.A. last weekend promoting the three-year grant at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which is where the Montana-made film, “Winter in the Blood,” was screened.

    “We’ve been working really hard at getting our story out,” Staggs said. “We call it ultimate locations, ultimate results. The quality of their production goes up because our crews and services cost them less. So more of their money that is spent goes on the screen.”

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Jaci Webb of the Billings Gazette.

    Winter In The Blood
    Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith return to Montana for their adaptation of James Welch’s novel about modern American Indian life.

    Montana’s Hi-Line, a horizontal strip of speed traps, bars, and post offices, runs 650 miles through badlands and Missouri River country, tracking U.S. Highway 2 and the Great Northern rail bed from Glacier National Park to the North Dakota border. While at times picturesque, the landscape is often a lesson in sparseness, as Lily Gladstone can attest.

    “It’s [a] very hollow feeling,” the Blackfeet/Nez Perce actor says, recalling her time in Chinook, Montana, in the north-central part of the state. “But also very beautiful.”

    Gladstone was there to shoot her scenes in Winter in the Blood, a film based on the haunting novel by the same name, which premieres June 14 and 19 at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Written by celebrated Native American author and Montana native James Welch, the story is a semiautobiographical portrait of a wayward man who wanders the Hi-Line while trying to come to grips with a childhood ranching accident. Throughout, the man confronts characters like Gladstone’s, who are just like the landscape: hollow but beautiful. “It’s a perfect anal­ogy,” she says.

    Since filming wrapped in January 2012, countless whiskey toasts have been raised in Montana to film­makers Alex and Andrew Smith for eschewing conventional wisdom and shooting the film on location in Chinook and Havre, Montana. In a state often frustrated by its one-­dimensional treatment as ­either a pastoral playground for Marlboro-smoking cowboys or a fishing escape for the well-heeled, the excitement is palpable that Winter in the Blood will tell America a truly Montanan story.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Daniel Person of Cowboys & Indians Magazine. Photo by Ranchwater Films/Ken Billington.

    Grants entice filming in Montana

    Montana has always looked good on camera but recently local communities are beginning to see the film industry in the same light thanks to a new grant aimed at encouraging in-state productions.

    “The economic impact is incredible,” Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs said. “We are talking jobs here.”

    Created in partnership between the state film office and Department of Commerce, the Big Sky Film Grant provides cash incentives of up to $50,000 for qualifying projects. Staggs said the fund pulls money from the state tourism tax pool and puts it toward encouraging film productions to grace local communities with an influx of business and employment.

    Ventures can range from small-scale senior thesis videos to major motion pictures, as long as they employ resident crews and shoot 50 percent of their principle photography in Montana. Stipulations also require that visiting projects spend over $300,000 in the state, a mark which big productions have no trouble meeting.

    Staggs cited the recent movie “Jimmy Picard” starring Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro, which dropped nearly $400,000 while filming around the towns of Browning and Cut Bank.

    “That’s a lot of money in those communities,” Staggs said.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Brett Berntsen for the Missoulian.

    L.A. Film Fest Review: ‘Winter In The Blood’

    It’s been over a decade since twin brothers Alex and Andrew Smith’s film “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002, and their follow up film, “Winter in the Blood” returns them to their home state of Montana, this time focusing on a young and troubled Blackfoot Indian, Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer). Things aren’t going so well for Virgil— he’s developed a hell of a drinking habit (he wakes up in a ditch) and his wife Agnes (Julia Jones) has left him and taken his rifle and electric razor (probably to pawn for a drink). He lives on a ranch with his mother and grandmother, but he’s wayward, aimless, motivated only by where he might find his next drink and how he might get his father’s rifle back.

    “Winter in the Blood” aligns the audience heavily with Virgil’s troubled mind, combining the present day with flashes of memory and his own alcohol-induced collapse and confusion of time. One stylistic device used throughout the film are dissolves that show Virgil’s passage through time and space, unifying the present and the memory together in the frame. During his benders, quick flashes of imagery from the night before, as he wakes up in a state of undress and unsure of where he is, perfectly recreate that process of remembering what happened last night. The film seeks to visualize his internal thought processes, so you’re never quite sure what is real and what isn’t because Virgil isn’t so sure of that himself.

    Virgil is soon thrown off his original goal of getting back his wife, who seems to exist only in memory or fantasy, when he encounters a wacky, wild white man, played by David Morse and going only by the nickname of Airplane Man. Virgil’s encounters with Airplane Man have a Coen Brothers meets David Lynch sensibility, mixing bizarre characters, humor and surreality. For a moment, you may even wonder if Airplane Man is a figment of Virgil’s imagination, because we’ve been so steeped in the purgatory of real life and memory/fantasy. And Virgil isn’t the most reliable of perspectives to hang on to. Airplane Man gets him involved in a border crossing drug smuggling (possibly?) scheme. They’re also being pursued by two menacing suited characters straight out of “Mulholland Drive.” But Virgil, though hapless and incompetent most of the time, manages to wriggle his way out of the situation and into the fist of his romantic rival. It’s clear he’s seeking, something, anything, but he just isn’t sure just what.

    The film is artfully and skillfully made, with stunningly gorgeous cinematography of Montana’s High Line, and pitch perfect, highly detailed ’60s era production design. The score is beautiful, evocative and moody, and the performances (particularly by the Native American actors) feel authentic and lived in. Where the film suffers, though, is in its storytelling.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Katie Walsh of IndieWire.

    L.A. Film Fest: ‘Winter in the Blood’ depicts life on reservation

    ilmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith were thrilled but stressed Thursday afternoon as the debut of their passion project, “Winter in the Blood,” about life on an Indian reservation, rapidly approached.

    The Montana natives were close family friends with James Welch, the author of the novel on which the book was based, and sought to bring Welch’s words to life in the best way they knew how.

    After filming on the Montana Hi-Line on a budget that they raised themselves by all manner of grass-roots fundraising — from readings and concerts to T-shirt sales and a Kickstarter campaign — the product of their toils, a tribute to Welch’s work, came to life.

    “He [Welch] gave a unique perspective. No one had seen the first-hand dispatches from the front,” Andrew Smith said. “We wanted to try and capture that.”

    The Smiths’ first film, the Sundance hit “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling, was also shot on the Hi-Line, the northern part of Montana that is adjacent to U.S. Highway 2. Their mother, writer Annick Smith, co-edited (with William Kittredge) the renowned anthology of Montana writing “The Last Best Place.”

    Though filming in Canada promised greater financial incentives, the Smiths were drawn to Montana, the novel’s setting.

    “Montana just called us back,” Andrew said.

    The film, based on the novel by Welch, tells the story of a nameless young Native American man who struggles with his heritage and his life. In the film, this character, Virgil, feels “as distant from myself as a hawk from the moon,” “Winter” is a story where not a lot happens but everything is revealed.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Dana Ferguson of the LA Times. Photo by Patricia Williams/For the News.

    ‘Winter in the Blood’ Makes Splash at Los Angeles Film Festival

    The state of Montana touted its filmmaking prowess Friday at the Los Angeles Film Festival with the world premiere of ”Winter in the Blood,” from director brothers Alex and Andrew Smith.

    Shot in 23 days in the northwest plains of the state, the adaptation of James Welch’s novel received $45,000 in grants from the state — or about 5% of its $1 million budget.

    “We started working on this in 2007 and originally wanted to make it for $6 million but we had cut that in half and then cut it in half again and then half again and then cut some more,” Alex Smith reflected at the post-screening bash at White Rabbit Studios east of downtown.

    “When we started, we were working on an assignment of adapting a not particularly good story — and ‘Winter in the Blood’ was what we really wanted to do, so we started cheating on the other one and this script really became our mistress,” he mused.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Dave McNary of Variety .

    Montana will pay you cash to make a movie here

    The Montana Film Office is in the middle of an exciting run. Two films made in Montana premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last month and Winter in the Blood, the much-anticipated adaptation of James Welch’s classic novel, premieres today at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

    So, how does Montana entice all those filmmakers to come to our neck of the woods? Cash.

    The L.A. Times noted as much in a “Business Behind the Show” story that ran in advance of the Winter in the Blood screening.

    It’s not enough to offer tax rebates and credits to lure filmmakers. Now Montana has joined a handful of states offering outright cash to get Hollywood’s attention.

    In addition to breathtaking mountain scenery and pristine wilderness, Montana is touting its Big Sky Film Grant, which provides up to $1 million in cash per fiscal year to Montana-based film and TV productions.

    The article goes on to explain that Montana offers the funding quicker than most other state rebates, and the cash grants supplement “an existing refundable tax credit of 9% on production-related expenditures in Montana and 14% on spending for local crew and talent.”

    To be clear, this is an example of spending money to make money — or, more specifically, create jobs in the state. A film production requires tons of labor, from on-set to catering.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Skylar Browning of the Missoula Independent.

    ‘Winter in the Blood’
    Movie adaptation of Welch novel debuts at film festival in LA

    In many ways, the new film “Winter in the Blood” is a love story to Montana.

    Based on a book written by a Montanan, adapted for the screen and filmed by twins from Montana, it features actors from the region and is shot exclusively in the state. The DVD may as well have a Made In Montana sticker included with it.

    Montana movie buffs will have to wait a little longer to see the result, however, as folks in Los Angeles will get a first look at the Big Sky Country product. “Winter in the Blood” premieres this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and its creators, Alex and Andrew Smith, couldn’t be happier.

    “It’s very exciting. I’m really proud and pleased to have the world premiere there,” said Alex in an interview with the Tribune from his home in Austin, Texas. “It’s nice to bring it back to Los Angeles. We made this one so outside of that arena that it’s nice to be able to merge our two worlds at one festival.

    “This film is going to take its own path, different from other films we’ve made,” Andrew added. “This (festival) is a wonderful place to start that journey.”

    Click here for a PDF of the full article from the Great Falls Tribune by Patrick Douglas. Photo by Kenneth Billington.

    Montana offers cash grants to lure more movie, TV shoots

    It’s not enough to offer tax rebates and credits to lure filmmakers. Now Montana has joined a handful of states offering outright cash to get Hollywood’s attention.

    In addition to breathtaking mountain scenery and pristine wilderness, Montana is touting its Big Sky Film Grant, which provides up to $1 million in cash per fiscal year to Montana-based film and TV productions.

    The program, which launched earlier this year, targets feature-length films and television series that shoot at least 50% of principal photography in Montana.

    Eligible projects receive funds 30 to 60 days after shooting wraps, far sooner than most traditional state film rebates and tax credit programs.

    The cash grant supplements an existing refundable tax credit of 9% on production-related expenditures in Montana and 14% on spending for local crew and talent.

    Over the years, the Big Sky State has drawn some high-profile movies, including “A River Runs Through it,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Far and Away.” Now Montana is hungry for more.

    “It is our goal with the Big Sky Film Grant to offer Montana’s one-of-a-kind places and production talent to filmmakers,” Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs said in a statement.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Richard Verrierm of the LA Times.

    A River of Cash Runs Through It

    While some states are debating whether they should have film tax incentives at all, others are starting to offer cold, hard cash to attract Hollywood production. Montana just joined the ranks of those offering cash benefits to filmmakers.

    The state of Montana is now awarding the Big Sky Film Grant, which will provide up to $1 million in cash per fiscal year to Montana-based film and TV productions. In order to qualify, the feature film or TV show will have to shoot at least 50% of its principal photography in the state. Projects that qualify will receive funds 30 to 60 days after shooting concludes, which is a much faster time window than most state film rebates and tax credit programs.

    A million dollars spread among several productions doesn’t amount to a lot by Hollywood standards, but the state is using it as added bait for its refundable tax credit of 9% on production-related expenditures and 14% rebate on spending on local crew and talent. The cash grants that can be used to pay back investors quickly are appealing to filmmakers who have antsy financiers looking to get a quick return in order to finance the film.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Gina Hall of LA Biz. Photo by Jay Mallin.

    ‘Mountain Men’ show helped Missoula production company expand

    The growing crew of Warm Springs Productions will watch from a Rattlesnake Valley garage filled with burgers and beer Sunday when the History Channel debuts the second season of its hit reality series “Mountain Men.”

    Millions of people tuned in last season when the show debuted, introducing the world to a set of appropriately grizzled self-proclaimed mountain men who live off the land, shooting arrows, hunting and skinning rattlesnakes or working their fields with horse-drawn plows.

    Portions of the show put on display the marvels of the living off the grid in Big Sky country. One of the show’s stars is bull-rider-turned-hide-tanner Tom Oar of the Yaak Valley.

    Season two will introduce Rich Lewis, a mountain lion hunter from the Ruby Valley who “always lived in the mountains and always had a gun in my hand.”

    Behind the scenes of “Mountain Men” is a Montana-made production staff of Warms Springs.

    The show is a breakout hit for Missoula-based company that was founded six years ago.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Jenna Cederberg of the Missoulian. Photo by Michael Gallacher/Missoulian.

    Missoula animator seeks volunteer voices for WWI oral history

    Andy Smetanka figures he’s about halfway done with the stop-motion animation on “And We Were Young,” his feature-length oral history of World War I.

    Since he began work a year and a half ago, the Missoula silhouette artist has completed about 100 minutes of animation comprising about 120,000 shots.

    For each of those shots, he positions a cutout silhouette over a colorful background, clicks the shutter on his 30-year-old Russian Super 8 camera, and repeats the process again. And again, and again.

    It’s been a “long, dark night of animation” since November, he said.

    But now he needs voices to narrate it. Mostly older voices that are scratchy, gravelly and reflective. He needs male voices, mostly, but women as well.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Cory Walsh of the Missoulian. Photo by Andy Smetanka.

    Montana made film is on a roll

    BIG SKY – A Tangled Tale is an official selection for this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the most prestigious and longest running animation festival in the world. The short film will also screen at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Maui Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, making June a very busy month for Big Sky-based director Corrie Francis Parks.

    The film follows two fish hooked beneath the surface of a Montana river. As the two fish struggle, they realize that the very thing they are trying to escape is also what draws them together. The resulting romance is a tangled tale.

    Parks, who will be traveling with the film to Europe, was recently awarded a Big Sky Festival Grant by the Montana Film Office to travel and promote the film at the festivals.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Tallen of Explore Big Sky.

    Montana will pay you cash to make a movie here

    The Montana Film Office is in the middle of an exciting run. Two films made in Montana premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last month and Winter in the Blood, the much-anticipated adaptation of James Welch’s classic novel, premieres today at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

    So, how does Montana entice all those filmmakers to come to our neck of the woods? Cash.

    The L.A. Times noted as much in a “Business Behind the Show” story that ran in advance of the Winter in the Blood screening.

    “It’s not enough to offer tax rebates and credits to lure filmmakers. Now Montana has joined a handful of states offering outright cash to get Hollywood’s attention.

    In addition to breathtaking mountain scenery and pristine wilderness, Montana is touting its Big Sky Film Grant, which provides up to $1 million in cash per fiscal year to Montana-based film and TV productions.”

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Skylar Browning of The Missoula Independent.

    Montana launches Big Sky Film Grant as extra location filming incentive

    Montana has launched an extra location filming incentive in the form of its Big Sky Film Grant. Qualifying productions can get up to 20% of their local expenditure back in cash within as little as 30 days after principal photography wraps.

    The new programme is designed to attract features and TV productions to Montana, and has a fund worth a million dollars a year for the next three years. Eligible projects will shoot at least half of principal photography in-state and will spend USD300,000 locally.

    “It is our goal with the Montana Big Sky Film Grant to offer Montana’s one-of-a-kind places and production talent to filmmakers,” Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs explained.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Nick Goudry of The Location Guide.

    New Grant for Montana Filmmakers

    By Allison Molin

    A new grant is now available for filmmakers in Montana.

    The Montana Film Office announced its new grant today, the Big Sky Film Grant. This new program aims to attract in-state film projects that will also help boost Montana’s economy.

    Several grants have already been awarded this year and have helped productions meet tight budgets, and employ in-state cast and crew. The Montana Film Office estimates the total economic impact of one production getting a grant was $90,000.

    “What this allows us to do is support our resident filmmakers and nurture them, as well as entice and bring in more feature film projects to the state of Montana, helping the economy grow,” Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs says.

    To qualify for the grant, the project must shoot at least 50% of its principal photography in Montana and employ resident cast and crew. Filmmakers who apply can receive up to $50,000. The Big Sky Film Grant is a three year program set to expire in 2016.

    Grant looks to draw filmmakers to Montana

    HELENA – The Montana Film Office has launched a new program to attract more in-state film projects.

    The Big Sky Film Grant gives cash to resident filmmakers shooting in Montana to help meet tight budgets and employ in-state cast and crew.

    “The state provides the Big Sky Film Grant, and financial tax incentives, to help grow Montana’s economy by bringing in film and television and commercial production into the Big Sky,” explained Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs,

    One of the films that has already benefited from the grant is “The Thin Line,” a feature-length comedy which was on location Whitefish in April and May.

    Made in Montana movies getting international exposure

    Montana’s film industry has had a busy couple of years, with three feature films produced in the state.

    Two of the films – “Nebraska” and “Jimmy P.” – were shown at the Cannes film festival held in May. The third –“Winter in the Blood” – will premiere at the Los Angeles film festival this Friday.

    Film Commissioner Deny Staggs sat down with News Director Sally Mauk to talk about those films – and Montana’s growing film and television industry.

    Listen to the interview at kufm.org

    Filmmaker finds avenues to audiences

    Paige Williams is an award-winning documentary filmmaker several times over, having taken two of her films – “From Place to Place” and “Mississippi Queen” – to more than 70 film festivals, where they won eight awards between them.

    Williams, a transplant from Mississippi who founded Porch Productions in Missoula in 2006, is dedicated to telling people’s stories.

    “Mississippi” tells Williams’ own story of a gay woman with devout Christian parents who founded an ex-gay ministry.

    “Place” follows three Montana kids as they strive to find their way and voice after growing up in the foster care system. Their journeys lead them to Washington, D.C., where they inspire systematic change as they share their stories.

    “What I really get off on is telling people’s stories. In whatever form I can tell them, I will,” Williams said.

    Click here for a PDF of the full article by Jenna Cederberg of the Missoulian. Photo by Hannah Perkins.

    Senior High school student featured in documentary about young undocumented immigrants

    Jocelyn, a 17-year-old daughter of Mexican immigrants who settled in Billings 14 years ago, says she doesn’t like to think about the risk of deportation she and her family faces.

    She is in the country legally, at least for the time being, but her parents, Sandra and Manuel, could be deported at any time.

    “I try not to think about it,” Jocelyn said Wednesday, adding that her loved ones help her deal with the challenges she and her family face. “They know what’s going on, and it’s just a weight off my shoulders when I’m around them.”

    Jocelyn, whose last name is being withheld to protect her family members’ identities, is among the young immigrants featured in “The Dream is Now,” a 30-minute documentary about challenges faced by young undocumented immigrants and their families.

    Click here for the full article by Eddie Gregg of the Billings Gazette. Photo by Bob Zellar.

    Missoula-based production company looking to hire Composer (with a solid knowledge of film scores throughout history and genre), Color Correctionist/Grader, and Sound Designer. Enthusiasm and collaborative spirit required. Montana-based crew members preferred. Compensation to be determined. Please send reel, resume, or sample work to Jenni Johnson at [email protected]

    Exciting things are coming to the Northwest film community!

    The Northwest Film Center is thrilled to announce Fresh Film Northwest 2013!

    Formerly known as the Young People’s Film Festival, Fresh Film Northwest is a free-to-enter festival that celebrates the next generation of filmmakers by showcasing their work and distributing it around the region and beyond.

    The festival seeks to give up-and-coming filmmakers recognition for their talent and engagement in the media arts. By forging partnerships with educators, youth-focused community partners, media arts programs and adult filmmakers from their communities, Fresh Film Northwest will generate audiences and circulate the outstanding work for a new generation of artists.

    Submissions are open to filmmakers 13 to 19 years of age and have categories for both individual and group submissions. Selected films will be screened at the Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum for a jury of film professionals and media arts educators. Selections will also live on the Fresh Film Northwest website all-year round.

    Submissions are due by August 1, 2013.

    For information on submissions, information on the festival, and to see past winners, be sure to check out the Fresh Film Northwest homepage!

    Montana film project “Unsung Heroes” is again looking for volunteer production assistants for their shoot this coming Saturday, June 23 rd . The film is shooting in the North Hills located near Helena and would run from 11am until 3pm. The work will be on a voluntary basis and will not be paid, but any interested parties are welcome to join the team as they continue to shoot this summer.

    PAs on the film would be helping with audio equipment, camera work (dependent on experience), script work, and working with the cast of the film.

    Filmmaker Chris Hoffert and an all-volunteer cast and crew are working on the film to bring awareness to the struggles with PTSD that men and women in uniform face upon returning home.

    Interested PAs should contact Chris through the production’s Facebook Page located here: https://www.facebook.com/unsungheroesmovie

    Are you looking to invest in some production gear? Check out this expansive list of locally-owned production equipment for sale including video cameras, dollies, dolly track, accessories, sound equipment, etc. – Audio & Video Equipment List. If interested or if you have questions, please contact Tyson Vick at [email protected]

    The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) is searching for their new Festival Producer for the 2014 season.

    Headed into it’s 11th year, BSDFF is the largest film event in Montana and one of the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Operating out of downtown Missoula, the 2013 festival drew an audience of 20,000 people and received nearly 1000 film entries from every corner of the globe. BDSFF offers one of the most unique settings for the premiere of new, non-fiction film work. Boasting over a hundred visiting artists, presenting an average of 140 non-fiction films at venues across Missoula, including the Crystal Theater, Top Hat Lounge, and the historic Wilma Theater, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is an event of truly Montanan proportions.

    If you’re interested in applying to be the chief of operations and the public “face” of this dynamic gathering of filmmakers and film buffs, apply today!

    Montana is home to every type of filmmaker there is, even animators! Montana-based director Corrie Francis Parks has been selected to show her short film “A Tangled Tale” at the Annecy International Film Festival.

    Started in the 1960s, Annecy is the premiere animation festival in the world. Each year, the world’s best animators from across all genres meet to screen each other’s work, exchange ideas and celebrate the immense, fascinating world of animation.

    Parks produced her film using sand on an illuminated light-box and captured each sand drawing with a digital camera. Through the process of creating “A Tangled Tale”, she created 4385 individual sand drawings. “It’s a high-consequence form of animation, because there is no way to go back and make corrections. The forward momentum is what carries me through the long hours under the camera,” she explained.

    After two years of dedicated work, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and music by Sundance Institute Fellow Mark Orton, Parks finished “A Tangled Tale”, an experience she insists was nothing short of “amazing”.

    More information is available on Parks’ sand animation technique and the film itself on “A Tangled Tale” ‘s website.

    Largest Documentary Event in the American West Opens Up Entries for the 11th Year

    Several months removed from an epic 10th anniversary event, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is officially open for business. BSDFF is now seeking submissions of non-fiction films of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates for the next festival which will be held February 14th – 23rd, 2014. The competitive event includes awards Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (under 50 minutes) and Big Sky Award (best film about the American West).

    Over the course of its 10 days, BSDFF will showcase more than 100 films—including world and U.S. premieres, classics, and rare and experimental works—for over 20,000 local and international attendees. The films screen in a host of venues in downtown Missoula, including the historic Wilma Theater, located on the banks of the Clark Fork River. In addition to films, BSDFF hosts a variety of public and VIP events, as well as the Big Sky Doc Shop—a four-day industry forum featuring panel discussions, workshops and pitch sessions with some of the industry’s most influential professionals. For more information about submissions and the fest itself, visit the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival site.

    Held in the idyllic mountain town of Missoula, Montana, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the largest documentary film festival in the American West, the largest cinema event in Montana, and a must-see destination for filmmakers and documentary devotees the world over.

    Submit your film and join the thousands of others who have made BSDFF the success it is!

    Early Deadline – Postmarked by July 10, 2013 DVD (any region), Blu-Ray, Quicktime Movie, or On-Line Screener accepted for preview.

    Florence woman takes part in TV pilot for Animal Planet

    May 13, 2013 6:00 am • By Perry Backus

    FLORENCE – In Montana, invasive species come with roots, scales or an occasional hard shell.

    Go to Texas and the most challenging invasive species there comes with razor-sharp tusks that attack people, destroy farmland and cause serious road accidents. There are an estimated two million wild pigs in that state, running amok.

    If you had to select a place in this country where invasive species are most likely to gain a foothold, it could well be in the sultry Florida Everglades. In that state, you’ll find 16-foot-long pythons capable of choking out a human being and giant snails that carry a deadly disease.

    All of that is a long ways from the seemingly benign pine forests behind the home of Florence’s own Janna Waller.

    The host of the popular program “Skull Bound TV,” Waller recently teamed with a crew from the Animal Planet channel to head south and learn about a variety of creatures that are causing all sorts of trouble for the people who live there.

    Read the full article here.

    Cannes to screen two Montana-made films

    Courtesy of Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)

    POSTED BY KATE WHITTLE ON WED, MAY 1, 2013 AT 2:56 PM

    The Big Sky will appear on screens at the Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 15 – 26 this year, thanks to two films shot in Montana that star big Hollywood names.

    The first, Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian), was shot in Browning and East Glacier in July 2012 and stars Benicio del Toro. It’s based on a nonfiction book by psychotherapist Georges Devereux’s experiences psychoanalyzing a Blackfeet man after World War II. Jimmy P. is the first English-language film from French director Arnaud Desplechin. A press release from the Montana Film Office says 125 Native American tribal members or descendants appear as extras. It also stars a few University of Montana professors, as we wrote about during filming last August.

    Alexander Payne (Oscar-winning director whose resume includes The Descendants and Sideways) presents Nebraska, a drama about an “aging, booze-addled father” traveling from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a lotto prize. Scenes were shot around Billings and Laurel, and it stars Will Forte and Bruce Dern.

    UM grads shooting feature film based on British prog rock album

    Photo by James Riggs

    May 31, 2013 6:30 am • By Cory Walsh

    The filmmakers of “Subterranea” have cast western Montana’s documentary-friendly scenery against type, making it the setting of a psychological mystery drama with a hint of sci-fi.

    The movie, in production right now, began as Mathew Miller and Brandon Woodard’s MFA thesis projects in the University of Montana’s Media Arts program.

    Miller, a fan of British progressive rock band I.Q. and its 1997 concept album, “Subterranea,” began adapting it for film several years ago.

    “I always knew it was very cinematic. It told a story from beginning to end,” said Miller, the film’s writer-director. After he had a script he was satisfied with, he sent it to the band and got the green light.

    Read the full article here.

    Wildlife Film Festival celebrates winners, Missoula community support

    May 04, 2013 6:45 pm • By Martin Kidston

    Seven-time Emmy Award winners Howard and Michele Hall took home the International Wildlife Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award for Marine Conservation and Media at Friday night’s ceremony in Missoula.

    The longest running wildlife film festival in the world presented its awards to this year’s crop of outstanding productions during its 36th annual ceremony, held this year in conjunction with First Friday at the Roxy Theater.

    “We received about 200 films from all over the world,” said festival producer Mike Steinberg. “One thing that was really fantastic was how many people from the community we saw this year.”

    Read the full article here.

    ‘Winter in the Blood,’ filmed in Montana, hits L.A. film fest

    May 01, 2013 4:24 pm • By Jaci Webb

    “Winter in the Blood,” co-directors Alex and Andrew Smith’s Montana-made film, will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month.

    The LAFF announced its festival lineup Wednesday, with “Winter in the Blood” selected as one of the 12 features for the international festival’s Narrative Competition.

    The Smith brothers, Montana natives and writers/directors of the acclaimed “The Slaughter Rule” (2002), shot “Winter in the Blood” during the summer of 2011 along the Montana Hi-Line in Chinook and Havre — honoring the authentic settings of James Welch’s acclaimed novel on which the film is based.

    Read the full article here.

    ‘Winter in the Blood’ to debut at Los Angeles Film Festival

    Photo by Michael Coles

    May 02, 2013 1:00 pm • By Vince Devlin

    The “made-in-Montana” label can be attached to the upcoming film “Winter in the Blood” from almost any angle.

    It’s based on the first novel by a beloved Montana and Native American author, the late James Welch of Missoula.

    The story was brought to the screen by its co-directors, Montana natives Alex and Andrew Smith.

    The novel was set on Montana’s Hi-Line, where Welch grew up, and the movie was filmed on Montana’s Hi-Line. Its cast includes 21 Montanans, several of them first-time actors from the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy’s Indian reservations.

    Its star, Chaske Spencer of “Twilight Saga” fame, spent part of his childhood growing up in Poplar on the Fort Peck Reservation. Sixty of its crew members were Montanans, and 100 extras were Montanans.

    And so it’s only natural that its world premiere will occur in … Los Angeles?

    Read the full article here.

    ‘Bella Vista’ – New Montana movie (set in Missoula) explores life from the eyes of an outsider –

    May 23, 2013 Written by Jake Sorich Tribune Staff Writer

    A new independent film coming out next year explores life in the Big Sky state, both the good and bad, through the eyes of a newcomer.

    “Bella Vista” http://www.bellavistafilm.com/ recently wrapped up shooting in the Missoula area. It is the first full-length project from director Vera Brunner-Sung, who also is an adjunct film instructor at the University of Montana.

    Brunner-Sung said the film is based partly on her experiences coming to Montana, where she’s lived for a little more than a year. She said parts of the film, much like a documentary, show the real lives of several people in Missoula.

    Movie magic in Whitefish

    Photo by Heidi Desch

    By HEIDI DESCH Whitefish Pilot |

    Blue waves and a boat in front of Coffee Beach were a beacon for commuters last week that a new cafe had opened in Whitefish. However, no espresso or Americanos were being served at this peculiar beach-themed cafe on the U.S. 93 strip. It was actually a movie set.

    The independent film “The Thin Line” wraps up shooting this week after spending three weeks in Whitefish. The former Wendy’s restaurant served as the film’s primary setting after it was transformed into a kitschy beach cafe with tiki grass in the windows and a surfboard as a sign.

    Read the full article here.

    Montana Film Office Bolsters State Film Industry with the Big Sky Film Grant

    To support Montana’s resident filmmakers and boost the state’s film industry, the Montana Film Office launched a new program to attract instate film projects. The Montana Film Office began awarding the Big Sky Film Grant earlier this year, and its allocations already have helped several Montana productions meet tight budgets and employ in-state cast and crew, while providing local economic benefit.

    “The Montana Film Office created the Montana Big Sky Film Grant to enhance our film community and help create jobs for resident cast and crew members,” said Meg O’Leary, director of the state Department of Commerce. “It’s our goal to award funding to filmmakers who employ our talented workforce and shoot projects in Montana that showcase our state’s iconic natural beauty, towns and talent.”

    Read the full article here.

    Montana-made Indie Selected for Prestigious Film Festival LAFF

    Courtesy of ReelScout

    Montana-made indie Winter In The Blood, directed by Montana natives Alex and Andrew Smith, will premiere at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) on June 14 and June 19, 2013. It will be one of the 12 features lined-up for the international festival’s Narrative Competition. LAFF is a world-class film festival featuring the best in new American and international cinema.

    The Smith brothers filmed Winter In The Blood during the summer of 2011 along the Montana Hi-Line in Chinook and Havre — staying true to the authentic settings of James Welch’s novel on which the movie is based.

    “We are thrilled and honored to debut our film at LAFF,” said Andrew Smith, who’s also an associate professor at the University of Montana’s School of Media Arts. “This has been a labor of love that stretches back a generation. At every stage, from early grants to open casting calls, from raising money to location scouting, from shooting on location to our extended post-production phase, we are grateful for the support of countless Montanans to keep us going strong. Now we can start showing this uniquely Montana film on the world stage.”

    Read the full article here.

    In another testament to the amount of young film talent in Montana, the Montana MAPS Media Institute has received three Emmy nominations for PSAs the students produced for State Farm Insurance and another nod (in the Public Affairs/Community Service Category) for the “GIVE HOPE” video they created for Bitterroot Youth Homes.

    The “GIVE HOPE” video was part of the MAPS pro-bono campaign “GIVE BACK” where community organizations receive MAPS services free-of-charge.

    The MAPS Media Institute is a program geared to train Ravalli County high school students in multiple media courses and disciplines. In an innovative environment, MAPS combines traditional teaching techniques, guest speakers, and one-on-one work with award-winning experts in many varied media fields to help students obtain hands-on, dedicated media instruction in areas that include design, film production, photography, music and more. Founded by Peter Rosten, MAPS has been active in educating young people in the media arts for almost a decade and shows no signs of slowing down yet.

    Visit MAPS on Facebook, and see their State Farm PSAs and “GIVE HOPE” videos here and here.

    Feature Film Seeks Extras & Young Cast Members

    A journey from darkness to enlightenment is taking place in the basements, hallways and stirring landscapes of Western Montana. Feature-length, independent film “Subterranea” is looking for extras and will hold auditions for young cast members this weekend in Missoula.

    An adaptation of the double-album of the same name from British prog-rock band IQ, “Subterranea” tells the story of a man who is emerging into society for the first time after a years of isolation in what he finds was a social experiment. The film is slated to begin shooting in late May in the Missoula, Hamilton and Glacier National Park areas.

    Casting Call:

    • Boys and Girls Age 3 through 10
    • Newborn Infant – Male

    Those interested in auditioning may attend the casting call on Saturday, May 11th at McGill Hall, Room 228 on the University of Montana campus. Inquiries about the casting, including availability of/rate of pay, should be sent to [email protected]

    Extras:

    If you are interested in being an extra for this film, please email [email protected] for more information.

    The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is excited to announce the first installment of the 2013 Big Sky Film Series at the Top Hat Lounge, Monday, May 20th at 8PM. The series kicks off with director Jacob Hatley’s captivating documentary “Ain’t In It For My Health” on the legendary vocalist and drummer for the band, Levon Helm.

    Now in its sixth season, the Big Sky Film Series presents free screenings of traditional and innovative non-fiction films on the 3rd Monday of every month. The line-up for the 2013 Series will be distinctly influenced by their new home, featuring a mixture of classic and new music and pop culture films. A proud venue sponsor for the Big Sky Film Series, the newly-remodeled Top Hat boasts re-engineered sound, HD projection, food and cocktails sure to make the monthly event a hit.

    For more information on the premiere event and the Big Sky Film Series, visit www.BigSkyFilmFest.org

    Hard day’s night: Some work, more play in new Gourds doc

    At the risk of bouncing a smug note into the surrounding areas of western Montana, Missoula is one hell of a town. There are a million reasons why this is so, but the one exemplified by this weekend’s shot of Gourds mania is worth particular mention.

    Simply put, Missoula attracts creative talents of astonishing quantity and quality. And when you put that many dynamic minds in a place hemmed by mountains and fed by rivers, good stuff is bound to happen. Good stuff, like a late-night backyard barbecue, sparked what would become All The Labor, the new documentary from Doug Hawes-Davis and High Plains Films about one of the greatest American bands to never quite hit it big (yet).

    Read the full article here.

    Two films shot in Montana make it into Cannes Festival

    Courtesy of Casey Page

    April 22, 2013 2:14 pm • By Jaci Webb

    Montana will hit the big screen in two of the 19 films selected in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival competition, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” and French director Arnaud Desplechin’s “Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian).” Both films were shot in Montana in 2012.

    Montana Film commissioner Deny Staggs said it’s a great moment for Montana to have our state on the world stage.

    “Having two films that were shot in our state featured in the world’s most prestigious film festival is a testament not only to Montana as a wonderful shooting location but to the men and women who make up our cast and crew base,” Staggs said Monday.

    Read the full article here.

    Whitefish to be set for ‘unromantic’ comedy about bikini-clad baristas

    WHITEFISH – Tinseltown will converge on the ski town of Whitefish this month as shooting begins on an independent “unromantic” comedy set in a beach-themed coffee shop staffed by bikini-clad baristas.

    Sound incongruous? The producers of “The Thin Line” think so, too, and they’re convinced the absurdity of the low-budget film will appeal to a broad audience and strike a comedic chord.

    “One of the things that I love about the movie is the incongruity. A beach-themed coffee shop in a mountain town? It was sort of a happy accident,” said Billy Thompson, who is overseeing the film’s casting and music…

    Read the full article here.

    Two MT Films In Cannes Festival

    Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) was shot over the summer of 2012, near the town of Browning.

    Missoula based BACKTRACK films is producing a short informational video for the U.S. Forest Service’s Missoula Technology & Development Center that will be shot within Missoula County. The video will used online for inter-agency communications. They are currently looking for participants (male or female) that use 4 wheelers and/or dirt bikes on permitted Forest Service trails and use either a Garmin GPS device and/or their smart phone devices for navigation purposes. There currently is no set age requirement. A small on-camera speaking part will be required, but no acting experience is necessary and this is a no-fee job. Shooting will occur in May as soon as the trails are open and dry and 1 shoot day will be required. For more information on BACKTRACK films, please visit http://www.backtrackfilms.com or https://www.facebook.com/BACKTRACKfilms.

    To apply, please send an email to [email protected] and include a picture of yourself, a picture of the vehicle you use (either 4 wheeler or dirt bike), what kind of navigation device you use, your first and last name, where you live, your availability during the month of May 2013, and what trails you like to frequent.

    Chris Hoffert, a Helena-based filmmaker, is seeking volunteers to assist with his project, “Unsung Heroes”. Chris and an all-volunteer cast and crew are working on the film to bring awareness to the struggles with PTSD that men and women in uniform face upon returning home.

    He is looking for volunteer editors, camera operators, sound technicians and production assistants in the Helena area. The estimated shoot length is 12 to 19 days, with a flexible shooting schedule and primarily weekend-based work. He expects to start shooting in late spring and finish at the beginning of the fall with a tentative release date of May 27, 2014.

    Any and all interested parties are encouraged to contact Chris through the “Unsung Heroes” Facebook page.

    Soon, applause will ring through South Dakota because the Black Hills Film Festival is coming back! Falling May 1 – May 5 in Hill City, SD, the southernmost-Dakota based fest will have some Montana flavor in the mix this year with the addition of Montana casting director/producer Tina Buckingham, LA-based casting director Rene Haynes and Bozeman-based talent agent Jennie Saks. The three will teach a SAG acting workshop on May 5th.

    Based in Bozeman, Tina has been a casting director on many Montana features and commercials and is the founder and director of the Montana Film Actor’s Studio, now in its 6th year of training actors of all ages and abilities.

    Rene, originally from Great Falls, now focuses her 25 years of casting expertise out of Los Angeles. Well-known for her abilities in casting Native Americans, Haynes has received two Emmy Nominations for the TNT/Dreamworks mini-series “Into the West” and the HBO feature “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” She also received a CAS Artios Award for “Outstanding Casting” for her work for HBO.

    Owner of NASS Talent Management in Bozeman, Jennie boasts twenty-five years of industry experience representing working Montana actors. She currently manages Michael and Eddie Spears.

    Parties or productions looking to utilize the years of experience, expertise and talent of Buckingham, Haynes or Saks are encouraged to contact them at their personal sites.

    Independent Filmmaker Labs’ Independent Film Week (September 15-19) has annouced new call for entry deadlines for two categories: Emerging Storytellers and Spotlight on Documentaries.

    Independent Film Week has been host to some of the world’s premier filmmakers including Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Kevin Smith, Todd Solondz, and Wayne Wang. It recently gave platforms to films such as “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Me, You and Everyone We Know”. Each catergory during the film week focuses on giving a stage to both emerging and established filmmakers at critical moments in their process.

    Keep an eye on IFP’s website for updates on festival descirptions, workshops, deadlines and updated resources for independent filmmakers across the globe.

    Emerging Storytellers: May 3, 2013

    Take your film to the next level by meeting producers, agents, executives and others who are looking for new, dynamic voices in the world of independent film.

    Spotlight on Documentaries: May 3 (early) / May 25 (final)

    Get as many eyes as possible on your project with this oppertunity to get your in- or post-production film in front of financing, distribution and festival partners.

    SXSW Review: All the Labor

    16 March 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood

    With ten albums over almost 20 years, the Austin band The Gourds has been well established on the local scene with their raucous live performances. Kevin Russell formed the band in 1994 with fellow songwriter Jimmy Smith, and Claude Bernard on accordion, guitar and keyboards — Keith Langford later joined the band on drums. It was the viral sensation of their cover of “Gin and Juice” that garnered them national attention, and has become their band’s version of “Freebird” as the most requested song. Longtime fans of the band know that the magic of The Gourds truly comes from the communal live experience, whether witnessed at a jam-packed Thursday night show at Shady Grove or the memorable SXSW 2005 free show at Auditorium Shores with a sea of over 20,000 people.

    Director and editor Doug Hawes-Davis captures the beloved band in his documentary, All The Labor, which premiered last night at SXSW 2013.

    Shinyribs glisten at White Water Tavern

    BY JACK W. HILL SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    LITTLE ROCK — Kevin Russell is a man of multiple musical identities. Best-known as a founding member of The Gourds, a popular Austin, Texas, band, Russell has a new group, Shinyribs.

    Fans of Russell recall his first band of note, The Picket Line Coyotes, which played a time or two in the mid- 1980s at Juanita’s before falling apart in the early ’90s. Not to be deterred from his musical destiny, Russell formed The Gourds, who remain intact, he assures fans.

    “The Gourds are still going,” Russell says. “But after 20 years of Gourds-ism, I felt like doing something else on occasion. So I branched out into this other thing, and now I’m bringing it to new places. It’s part of my regional expansion plan, into Arkansas and Oklahoma.”

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Milkdrive, The Gourds

    Courtesy of The Austin Chronicle

    Fri., March 8, 9pm

    Threadgill’s World HQ, 301 W. Riverside, 512/472-9304

    This will be the only appearance by Austin’s roots music maniacs during South by Southwest. Live, that is. You can catch ’em thrice on the big screen during SXSW Film, with noted documentary filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis debuting All the Labor. An in-depth look at the band, it promises the usual archival footage and behind-the-scenes goofiness as well as exploring the camaraderie that allows them to remain one of our town’s longest-running and most-beloved acts.

    SXSW Capsule: “All the Labor”

    By Michael Corcoran | Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 10:20 AM

    The Gourds are an acclaimed Austin group of five distinct individuals, and their hillbilly art rock attracts a curious cult audience (slacker parrotheads?). But the band’s backstory is really not that intriguing.

    “Who wants to know anything about what we do? Who cares?” Gourds bassist Jimmy Smith says at the beginning of “All the Labor,” a documentary that delves music-deep into little Austin’s Greatest Band.

    Directed by Montana’s Doug Hawes-Davis, whose previous film “Facing the Storm: The Story of the American Bison,” was also about a splendid species nearing extinction, ”Labor” touches on the key biographical points while understanding that nothing about the members is as interesting as its richly invigorating groove connection. What sets “Labor” apart from other music docs is that they aren’t making bands like the Gourds anymore.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Music Documentaries Spotlight Styles Underneath the Pop Music Radar

    By Rob Patterson (/users/rob-patterson) | MARCH 11, 2013

    The music isn’t just in the clubs, concert halls, outdoor stages and backyards this SXSW week. It’s also on the silver screen. Below are some music documentaries of note that delve into styles and sounds underneath the pop music radar. (Find a bigger list of music films on the SXSW “Music at the Movies” page.)

    (http://www.highplainsfilms.org/hpf/films/all_the_labor) – Making its world premiere is Doug Hawes-Davis’s inside look at Austin’s own The Gourds. The award-winning nature documentarian from the Big Sky country of Montana was inspired by his fandom for and friendship with the near-impossible-to-categorize roots music band to create this beautifully shot as well as intimate and insightful look at a group beloved by its cult following. And in the process reveal the unique and compelling charms of The Gourds and unlock why the group continues to play some 150 shows a year even if large-scale success remains elusive. Screenings: Wed. 3/13 at Topfer Theatre at Zach Scott, 7 p.m.; Thurs. 3/14 at SXSatellite: Alamo Village, 4:15 p.m.; Saturday 3/16 at Alamo Ritz 1, 4:30 p.m.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Concert Blogger Chats With Filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis About New Gourds Music Documentary

    Photo by Joe Ryan

    KATHY MCCONNELL MARCH 13, 2013 0

    Great acts don’t always get the credit they deserve. All the Labor, the new documentary from High Plains Films, is a testament to exactly that. The film profiles The Gourds, an Austin-based band whose love for music and performing far exceeds the mediocre success they have hailed. Breaking the typical music documentary mold of an artist’s quick rise to fame and the destruction that then ensues, All the Labor presents the audience with the deeper discovery of a band’s genuine relationship with their music. Rather than capitalizing through their music, The Gourds live through their music and the audience won’t be able to leave this film without a sincere respect for that.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    All the Labor

    Courtesy of Indiewire

    Theatrical Release Date:

    Synopsis: Too happy-go-lucky for the earnest fans of roots music, too plaid and pragmatic for the hippies, too old and hairy for the mainstream, too young to be called legends. Sound like friends of yours? For nearly two decades, the Gourds have been the musical distillation of Austin itself: A label-defying, unpretentious, gregarious gang of friends whose primary motive is to have fun create great music together. “All the Labor” captures The Gourds’ enduring brotherhood and magnetic musicianship through candid conversations, raucous performances, on-tour media interviews and reflections and insight from friends and family. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

    SxSW Film Report: 5 New Must-See Rock Movies

    by Scott VonDoviak

    Only the lucky and well-connected can gain access to the big-buzz shows at SXSW (such as this year’s midnight Prince showcase at La Zona Rosa), but anyone with a film pass can get up close and personal with favorite rockers via the magic of movies. Here are five picks to click from the 2013 SxSW Film Festival that may soon make their way to your local theater or instant viewing queue.

    The Gourds have been rocking Austin with their rootsy brand of Americana for nearly two decades, but their only sniff at national fame came via an unlikely cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” which went viral in

    the days before most of us knew what that meant outside of its medical context. Unfortunately, their Internet hit was generally credited to Phish in those outlaw Napster days, so The Gourds remain a below-the-radar success story. Doug Hawes-Davis’ rockumentary may change that, assuming it gets seen beyond its SXSW premiere. Following the band on the road and in the studio as they navigate the perilous waters of the modern music business, All the Labor is a treat for longtime fans, as well as a great introduction to the raucous altcountry jams and surreal folk anthems of the band’s principle creative forces, Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith.

    Read the full article here.

    SXSW Review: All The Labor

    Courtesy of Slackerwood

    By Debbie Cerda on March 16, 2013 – 1:00pm in Reviews SXSW

    With ten albums over almost 20 years, the Austin band The Gourds has been well established on the local scene with their raucous live performances. Kevin Russell formed the band in 1994 with fellow songwriter Jimmy Smith, and Claude Bernard on accordion, guitar and keyboards — Keith Langford later joined the band on drums. It was the viral sensation of their cover of “Gin and Juice” that garnered them national attention, and has become their band’s version of “Freebird” as the most requested song. Longtime fans of the band know that the magic of The Gourds truly comes from the communal live experience, whether witnessed at a jam-packed Thursday night show at Shady Grove or the memorable SXSW 2005 free show at Auditorium Shores with a sea of over 20,000 people.

    Gourds on Film: All The Labor Documents Austin Band’s Rise and Thrall

    Courtesy of HighPlainsFilms.com

    In the waning days of the 20th century, two things were considered gospel among in-the-know Austinites: Lance Armstrong, fresh off his first Tour de France victory in 1999, was the greatest athlete Texas had ever produced, and The Gourds were never, ever going to play “Gin & Juice” again. As it turns out, the case for Armstrong’s supremacy has been torpedoed by illicit juicing, and The Gourds have embraced the potentially tiresome novelty of “Gin & Juice” as the anchor—“Free Bird”-style—of mid-set medleys. Fans of both brands have learned it’s best never to say never.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Independent, feature-length film “The Thin Line” is looking to cast lead, supporting, featured and extra roles now! There is pay available for roles and a limited number of SAG-AFTRA contracts are available. Anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to submit for a part in this Montana film. Set and filmed on location in Whitefish, MT, the film will begin shooting on April 22, 2013, with principal photography scheduled to conclude on May 10, 2013. Anyone interested can find a break down of the film here or visit the website for the film.

    To submit please e-mail a headshot and resume to [email protected] with your name (last, first) as the subject line.

    Any questions may be directed to the email provided or to the casting hotline: (406) 209-8449.

    Auditions are by invitation. Sides will be provided.

    You don’t have to go to great length to have great film. In fact, Short10Cinema believes that you shouldn’t; which is why they’ve put out their call for entries for this year’s Short10Cinema Film Festival in Everett, WA.

    Open to all filmmakers in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Alaska, Short10Cinema looks to recognize the best shorts in categories like “Best Director”, “Best Special Effect”, “Best Original Score”, “Best Production Design” and many, many more! Winners of these categories will be featured on Short10TV and be offered free entry into any of 2014’s Short Cinema Challenges.

    Check out their submission site for more information and get shooting, get short, get in!

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 15, 2013

    Note: This is not a Film Challenge. This is a regular short film competition. This applies to shorts already “in the can” after January 2012 to current by Northwest filmmakers.

    • All Genres are welcome!
    • Short films must be 1o minutes or less including credits
    • Filmmakers must be residents of Washington, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.
    • Short Films submitted have been produced within January 2012 to recent.
    • Filmmakers must have all rights to films.
    • Let’s keep it simple! 1920 x 1080 MPEG2 or H.264 is the required format. Please send the file on a DATA DVD or Flashdrive. Do not put any security feature nor proprietory codecs on the file. We will not take the time to call you if we cannot open it.
    • PLEASE DO NOT SEND A SCREENER DVD!

    Award-winning, Missoula-based filmmaker, Rob Whitehair, is known for his films that examine the relationship between humans and wildlife. Missoulians may remember the huge crowd at the Wilma Theater for the Montana premiere of “True Wolf,” a film he directed about humanity’s relationship with the wolf. That film is still in theatrical release throughout North America.

    Another canid film Whitehair made back in 2005, “Hollywood Fox,” has been broadcast all around the world over the past few years and will air on Montana PBS this Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm. In Missoula, it will air on KUFM. Check local listings.

    “Hollywood Fox” is about the endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox and how it manages to survive with help from its human neighbors in Bakersfield, CA. Whitehair, who stands over 6’4″ often muses about the irony of such a tall person tasked with filming the world’s second smallest fox. “I spent a lot of time crouched down in the desert with my tripod on its lowest setting,” he says. The small desert foxes were only active in the early morning and late evening, choosing to spend the hottest part of the day underground in their cool burrows.

    Whitehair’s producing partner and wife, Pam Voth, recorded sound and shot still photographs for the production. Bozeman-based award-winning filmmaker, Justin Lubke shot additional footage and worked alongside Whitehair in the field during the 6 months it took to film the story.

    Parthenon Entertainment commissioned the film and licensed it to National Geographic International, NDR, Animal Planet and other broadcasters, with the most recent being American Public Television.

    From the American Public Television website:

    ‘In the spirit of Meerkat Manor, HOLLYWOOD FOX follows the trials and tribulations of a clan of kit foxes who make their home on the outskirts of Hollywood. Siblings Fred and Ginger are at the center of the action as their family struggles to adapt to the changing environment and encroaching human population. After multiple tragedies and deaths strike their close-knit group, young Fred and Ginger must quickly learn from grandma the techniques they need to survive. Ultimately, Fred decides to leave the pack for country living while Ginger and grandma — drawn in by the bright city lights — settle down in the old Hollywood Studios in Bakersfield.”

    Rob Whitehair is co-founder of the Missoula-based production company, Tree & Sky Media Arts.

    “Hollywood Fox” a film by Rob Whitehair, tells the story of the endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox and how it is surviving amongst its human neighbors. The film will be broadcast Wed, Mar 20 at 7pm on Montana PBS.

    Once again HATCH has teamed up with INTEL to bring us the “Your Passion Inside” International Film Competition at HATCHfest 2013.

    “HATCH is based on the fundamental principal of mentorship of young innovators,” said Yarrow Kraner, HATCH founder. “It’s a core value that distinctly separates it from other festivals.”

    This year’s festival runs October 2–5 and HATCH and INTEL “want to know what it means when you ‘HATCH the Passion Inside?’ How do you pursue your passion? How do you bring your passion into the world? What drives your passion? What happens to the world around you when you are living your passion with the most intensity?”

    All you have to do is answer one of those questions in a short film format. All styles, genres, and passions are accepted. Whether it’s narrative fiction, animation, music video, documentary, experimental, etc. All passions are welcome. Submit on HATCH’s Withoutabox site.

    Entry Rules:

    Please submit the following materials:
    -Secure Online Screener is the only accepted preview format.
    -Entry Fee payable online by credit card. Entry Fees are not refundable.
    -Unfortunately submission fees cannot be waived.
    -Submitted materials are only returned if submitter picks up all included costs: Postage & Packaging
    -Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
    -Film Synopsis (Approximately 150 Words)
    -Principal Cast and Production Credits Listing

    International Entries
    -Films recorded in a language other than English must have English subtitles.
    -Please give the title in both English and your native language.

    A blue sky sprawls between ridges frosted in deep evergreen, framing Alder Gulch much as when Native American tribes traversed this landscape 800 years ago. The town of Virginia City sprang up virtually overnight in the summer of 1863; within one year, it was the largest city in the Inland Northwest, with an estimated 10,000 residents. These days, few people continue seeking gold in Alder Gulch. But for filmmakers seeking ready-made Old West locations, the towns of Virginia City and Nevada City offer one more chance to strike it rich.

    The Austin Film Festival (October 24-October 31st, 2013) provides an invaluable platform for filmmakers to showcase their craft among industry professionals and film-lovers. Offering distinguished jurors, amazing venues and an opportunity to network, flourish and learn in one of the most dynamic, up-and-coming cities, Austin Film Festival is the place to be this October. The AFF is open to accepting screenplays, teleplays, and film submission! Hurry up and submit now!

    Screenplay deadlines
    Early: May 1
    Late : June 1
    Teleplay deadline
    June 1
    Film deadlines
    Early: May 1
    Regular: June 15
    Late: July 15

    The South Dakota Film Festival began in 2007 to acknowledge films made by filmmakers from the Great Plains region (SD, MN, ND, IA, WY, MT, and NE) or films shot in the Great Plains region. However, regional considerations are only one of many factors considered in the final draw of films chosen for the “South Dakota Film Festival”. While we are trying to emphasize films from the Great Plains, that is not the primary focus. The goal of the “South Dakota Film Festival” is to screen the “best” films submitted regardless of their geographic origin.

    Be sure to check out their home site and get your films to their submission site.

    The regular deadline for film submission is May 31st with the late deadline set for June 15.

    One of the premier genre-specific fests in the nation, Fantastic Fest is calling for entries now! Do you have a passion for the hi-tech, horror or just plain FANTASTIC films? Do you dream of sharing the screen that premiered THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, CITY OF EMBER, ZOMBIELAND, and GENTLEMEN BRONCOS? Then get your film into the folks at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX.

    You can find submission guidelines and a more detailed description at their homepage.

    FEATURE FILM DEADLINES:

    • Regular Deadline: April 24, 2013 Regular Price: $40 / Discounted Price: $35
    • Late Deadline: May 29, 2013 Regular Price: $45 / Discounted Price: $40
    • WAB Extended Deadline: June 28, 2013 Regular Price: $60 / Discounted Price: $45

    SHORT FILM DEADLINES:

    • Regular Deadline: April 24, 2013 Regular Price: $30 / Discounted Price $25
    • Late Deadline: May 29, 2013 Regular Price: $35 / Discounted Price: $30
    • WAB Extended Deadline: June 28, 2013 Regular Price: $50 / Discounted Price: $35

    Tucked back in the grandeur of the Tetons, Jackson Hole, WY is proud to have the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival this Sept 23-27,2013.

    Since 1991, JHWFF has produced a unique biennial industry conference that draws 650 media professionals, writers, leading scientists and conservationists to Jackson Hole. They converge from around the world to hone skills, explore emerging technologies and market opportunities, network with professional associates and honor notable achievements within the industry. Internationally recognized as the premier event of its genre, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is an unparalleled industry gathering. Its film competition—a nature film equivalent to the Oscars®—honors top films selected from over 800 category entries.

    Check out all the categories for the fest and submit your film here.

    Early deadline-
    June 1
    Late deadline-
    June 15

    LOCAL FILMMAKERS LOOKING FOR TALENT
    FOR INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM “BELLA VISTA”

    Produced by two Montana natives, Jeri Rafter and Brooke Swaney, “Bella Vista” is a feature film written and directed by Montana newcomer, Vera Brunner-Sung. The film tells a story about a community of outsiders led by an itinerant language instructor whose search for meaning and identity leads to Missoula, Montana.

    The filmmakers are currently casting actors for supporting roles. Production will begin shooting in Missoula and Polson in early April 2013. No prior acting experience is required.

    They are seeking:
    ROLE #1: A Native American male or female, 40+ years old.
    ROLE #2: Caucasian male, medium/athletic build, 30-40 years old. 5’8″ or taller.
    ROLE #3: Caucasian male, 50+ years old, friendly, outgoing.

    AUDITIONS:
    Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10am-1pm at the John Dowdall Theatre in Polson.
    Sunday, March 10, 2013, 1pm-3pm, University Center #331, University of Montana, Missoula.

    The filmmakers ask that anyone who would like to contribute or learn more please visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bella-vista/. Additional information about the film and filmmakers can be found at www.bellavistafilm.com.

    MT Crews & Services Hired: 25 | Total Economic Impact: $199,425

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Filming Dates: October 2 – 14, 2012
    MT Crew Hired: 25
    Local Extras: Numerous
    MT Service Providers: 18
    Film Locations: Whitefish, Grouse Mountain Lodge, Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Bar W Guest Ranch, Casey’s, Hidden Moose Lodge, Glacier Park, Blackfeet Reservation, Columbia Falls area, Great Northern Bar, Haymoon Downtown Flat. SUMMARY
    “The Bachelor” is an ABC reality television program in which an eligible gentleman selects a mate from a group of women. With assistance from Montana Office of Tourism, Glacier County, and the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau, NZK Productions (the main production company of “The Bachelor”) filmed almost a dozen locations in the Whitefish area including Grouse Mountain Lodge, Glacier Park, Casey’s and Bar W Guest Ranch. In addition, the contestants participated in games in a beautiful setting north of Columbia Falls and shared a romantic dinner at Hidden Moose Lodge. The episode featuring Montana aired nationally on February 4th, 2013. “From the very moment we arrived in Whitefish we felt welcome and we truly appreciate you all going the extra mile to ensure that we were not only comfortable during our stay, but that we were able to accomplish our vision of featuring your beautiful town as a romantic, exciting and absolutely stunning destination.” – Josh Figgs, producer of The Bachelor

    MT Crews & Services Hired: 16 | Total Economic Impact: $14,808

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Filming Dates: February 1 – 4, 2013, and again in early April MT
    Crew Hired: 8
    Local Extras / Cast: 8
    MT Service Providers: 10
    Incentive: Yes
    Film Locations: Missoula area, The University of Montana, Mission Valley and Polson.

    SUMMARY
    “Bella Vista” is a dramatic feature-length film telling the story of a newcomer to Missoula whose life is at a crossroads. “Bella Vista” takes its title from the name given to the Missoula Valley by Italians interned there during World War II. The film uses the local landscape as a character and centers around displacement – individual and historic. The first stage of production was completed in February. The film used Montana crew and talent as well as many service providers in the Missoula area. Besides the film’s lead actor, Kathleen Wise, who hails from Brooklyn, NY, the production company also had nine international students from The University of Montana (UM) who played roles in the film. The film crew included professional film crew as well as graduate students in UM’s Media Arts Program. The second half of shooting will wrap in April in the Mission Valley and Polson areas. Visit http://www.bellavistafilm.com for more information.

    The Montana-made feature film, “Subterranea,” is being adapted from British prog-rock band IQ’s 1997 concept album of the same name. The filmmakers hope to bring the music to life on the big screen with this psychological mystery examining what it means to be human. The story follows a man who, after being held captive his whole life and never seeing the light of day or another human being, is released into society for the first time as an adult. He must learn how to live in order to survive. He sets out on a quest of revenge, searching for the man who did this to him, all the while unraveling bits and pieces from his dark past. “Subterranea” will begin production in the Missoula area in May. The filmmakers will use Montana crew, talent and service providers. Montana native Lily Gladston will play a role in the film. Visit http://subterranea-movie.com/ to learn more about the film.

    MT Crews & Services Hired: 11

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Filming Dates: January through Early February, 2013 (12 days)
    Local Extras / Cast: multiple Montana winter athletes
    MT Service Providers: 11
    Film Locations: West Yellowstone, Whitefish, Big Sky, Bridger.

    SUMMARY
    Warren Miller Entertainment has partnered with the Montana Office of Tourism (MTOT) to feature Montana in ski videos and shoots. With the assistance of MTOT, Warren Miller Entertainment shot multiple days of both in-state and out-of-state winter athletes tearing it up on the slopes of some of Montana’s greatest ski resorts. Even with some delays due to lack of snow, the cast and crew kept at it and grabbed great footage of all the wonderful winter action Montana can offer!

    Of all the commercials that ran during Super Bowl XLVII, none came close to generating as much social-media buzz as “Farmer,” a two-minute spot celebrating America’s agrarian roots and Dodge Ram pickups. Produced by Dallas-based Richards Group, the advertisement featured still photographs depicting day-to-day life on American farms and ranches, set against a 1978 monologue by legendary radio personality Paul Harvey. To produce the spot, the Richards Group commissioned 10 photographers, who shot a total of more than 90,000 photographs for the project. From those, 35 were chosen for inclusion. Remarkably, at least eight of the photographs featured in the commercial were shot on farms and ranches in Montana — a testament to the evocative appeal of the state’s landscape and people. Included were photographs of ranching families from the communities of Geraldine, Cut Bank and Browning, shot by photographers Kurt Markus and William Allard, both of whom keep homes in Montana. According to analytics company Bluefin Labs, “Farmer” generated 402,000 social media comments — 81,000 more than the second-most-commented commercial during the Super Bowl. The ad also ranked third in USA Today’s annual “Ad Meter” poll of more than 7,000 viewers.

    New trailer released for Missoula-made Gourds doc

    Courtesy of Missoula Independent

    High Plains Films, a Missoula-based company, has released a new trailer for All The Labor, a documentary about one of the area’s favorite bands, the Gourds.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Or go to “All the Labor – SXSW 2013 Accepted Film” on Vimeo to watch the trailer.

    SILVERDOCS, the international filmfestival which focuses on the independent voice of documentary filmmakers. The festival is renown for it’s relevance, broad intellectual range, and wide public appeal, and now they want your film!

    SILVERDOCS prefers to have submissions through Withoutabox. Simply fill out the master entry form to get quick entry, extended deadlines, and good submission management tools.

    To find out more about the festival itself visit SILVERDOCS at their homepage.

    (Helena)- The Montana film office announces that the Montana-shot film, “Nebraska” has received five nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes.

    Read the rest of the release […]

    IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs are seeking first-time directors with features in post. IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (less than $1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers. Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.

    Application Deadlines: Documentary – March 8, 2013; Narrative – April 5, 2013

    Finishing Lab Program Dates: Documentary – May 13-17, 2013; Narrative – June 10-14, 2013

    Best of 2012: Billings has fun., Payne and everything in between

    Picture by Casey Page

    Just before the holiday movie season got us revved up for blockbusters like “Les Miserables” and “The Hobbit,” Academy Award winning filmmaker Alexander Payne marched into town with Will Forte and Bruce Dern to film “Nebraska.” It’s a low-budget black and white film, but hey, wasn’t “The Artist” as well?

    Memorable moment: Watching Will Forte running back and forth on the sidewalk in front of the bus station on First Avenue.

    Read the rest of the article here.

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    Film Commissioners Take on Sundance

    Courtesy of Film This!

    Many of the world’s leading independent filmmakers that flocked to this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah had the privilege to meet with government entities providing production hubs, industry sessions, parties, and more. According to Kevin Clark, executive director at the Association of Film Commissioners International(AFCI), Sundance 2013 was attended by more than 20 AFCI members, including those from Louisiana, Utah, Florida, North Carolina, California, Montana, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Quebec, Dominican Republic, Illinois and New York.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    HELENA – The Montana Film Office announces that Montana-shot film “Nebraska” was nominated for six Academy Awards this morning. The dramatic comedy directed by previous Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne, was nominated in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress (June Squibb) Best Original Screenplay (Bob Nelson) and Best Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael).

    Read the rest of the release […]

    There are plenty of reasons to work behind the scenes, but there are just as many to be in front of the camera! From extra work to leading and supporting roles, there are opportunities just about everywhere on a set. Still, it can be a little intimidating to even start thinking about. Let us provide you a few quick things to keep in mind as you look to get on-screen.

    Making the decision to start making films is difficult at the best of times and downright scary at the worst. Still, film-making can be one of the most rewarding experiences and careers out there. So, never be afraid to go for your dreams behind the camera, but make sure to read up on some of our tips for first time filmmakers first!

    We should probably be calling Montana the “Ultimate Locations” since we have so many. The Film Office boasts a locations database that houses literally thousands of locations that offer character, breathtaking scenery and ready-to-shoot beauty. Still, we are always looking for that next spot to show Montana off as the best film location it can be. If you think you’ve got that spot, be sure to read through the Location Owner’s Guide and contact us about it.

    Finding a new job is always stressful, but breaking in to a high-paced industry like film can be even more so. First you have to find a production company, organize your resources, contact the company, hope they’re hiring, get your résumé to them, wait to hear, ace the interview, land the job, get on a project, and THEN you can start making movie magic. We may not be able to simplify the process too much, but we can definitely give you a hand getting started.

    Everyone has to start somewhere, and that somewhere on set is usually as a Production Assistant (PA). The catch-all position on a set, starting work in the film industry as a PA is both rewarding and intimidating. If you think your future lies on a film crew, be sure to check out our introduction to PA work.

    Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ Eyeing Late 2013 Release; Will Forte and Bruce Dern Run AroundBillings, MT in First Set Photos

    Courtesy of Influence Film

    Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Angie Han

    Alexander Payne doesn’t have a horse in this year’s Oscar race, but look for him to get back in the game next year. Producer Albert Berger revealed that Payne’s Nebraska is eyeing a November or December 2013 release date, because “You know his films do well at the Academy Awards.”

    We won’t have to wait quite that long for a peek at the new film, however. The first photos from the set have just hit the web, showing the father-son duo played by Bruce Dern and Will Forte as they stroll around snowy Billings, Montana.

    Read the full article here.

    Alexander Payne films new Nebraska feature on location in Montana

    3 Dec 2012 by Nick Goundry

    Filmmaker Alexander Payne is shooting his new feature Nebraska partly on location in Montana. The film follows a father and son as they travel from Billings in southern Montana through Wyoming to Nebraska.

    Alex Tyson, is with the Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau and spoke to the Billings Gazette: “This time of year, aside from holiday shopping, can be a little bit quiet. They’ve filled a hotel and they’re filling our streets, our stores and our restaurants; having the ability to accommodate that is important to us.”

    Payne won an Oscar for the screenplay for his previous feature, The Descendants, which was filmed on location in Hawaii.

    Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ Eyeing Late 2013 Release; Will Forte and Bruce Dern Run AroundBillings, MT in First Set Photos

    Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Angie Han

    Alexander Payne doesn’t have a horse in this year’s Oscar race, but look for him to get back in the game next year. Producer Albert Berger revealed that Payne’s Nebraska is eyeing a November or December 2013 release date, because “You know his films do well at the Academy Awards.”

    We won’t have to wait quite that long for a peek at the new film, however. The first photos from the set have just hit the web, showing the father-son duo played by Bruce Dern and Will Forte as they stroll around snowy Billings, Montana.

    Read the full article here.

    Filming for “Nebraska” impacts Montana’s economy and tourism

    Photo by Donnie Sexton

    By Maria Wyllie Explorebigsky.com Editorial Assistant

    BILLINGS – Academy-award winning director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways) is pouring money into Montana with the filming of Nebraska, a lighthearted comedy telling the story of a father and son (played by Bruce Dern and Will Forte) traveling from Billings to Lincoln, Neb. to collect a $1 million sweepstakes prize.

    Filming for the opening scene of Nebraska, which took place in Billings in late November, brought business to the community’s hotels, restaurants, and shops during the winter months, a time when tourism is slow.

    Read the full article here.

    Catering to the needs of the silver screen

    Photo by James Woodcock

    December 02, 2012 12:00 am • By ZACH BENOIT Billings Gazette

    Ask Deny Staggs, location coordinator and co-manager of the Montana Film Office, what it’s like when a major studio film production sweeps into a smaller town for filming and he’s got a ready answer.

    “We look at it as a mobile manufacturing company,” he said. “It comes in and does its work and spends money in the community before moving on. But there’s not a ton of infrastructure needed. It really just brings in the money and then goes when its done.”

    If that’s the case, then the manufacturing company is in Billings as the cast and crew of Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, are in town shooting part of the film, likely to be released in 2013.

    Read the full article here.

    Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ wraps filming in Montana, headed to Wyoming and South Dakota next

    Courtesy of On Location Vacations

    by Christine on December 1, 2012

    This week lucky movie fans in Billings, Montana got to watch Will Forte and Bruce Dern film scenes for Alexander Payne’s Nebraska throughout the city.

    The comedy chronicles a father and son’s trek from Montana to Nebraska to claim prize money.

    The crew spent several weeks shooting in Nebraska before arriving in Billings this week. Next, they will travel to Buffalo, Wyoming and Rapid City, South Dakota to continue shooting the road trip scenes.

    Nebraska is expected to hit theaters next spring.

    MT Crews & Services Hired: 62 | Total Economic Impact: $370,500

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Filming dates: 11/27 – 12/3
    MT Crew & Services Hired: 62
    Local Extras / Cast: 30
    Incentive: Applied and Approved
    Film Location(s): Billings and Laurel

    SUMMARY
    Director Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” filmed recently in the Billings area. The film follows a father and his estranged son on a road trip together from Billings to Nebraska in order to claim a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes prize. Paramount Productions hired Montana crew and extras for the shoot and the production company took advantage of Montana’s Big Sky on the Big Screen Act. Many local services were used throughout the entire production, including construction supply companies, party rentals, nurseries, police and highway patrol. The production team was impressed by how welcoming and film-friendly the communities of Billings and Laurel were. Photo courtesy of the Billings Gazette.

    MT Crews & Services Hired: 32 | Total Economic Impact: $72,750

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Filming dates: 10/5 – 10/19
    MT Crew Hired: 22
    Local Extras / Cast: 35
    MT Service Providers: 10
    Incentive: Applied and Approved
    Film Location(s): Helena, MT area

    SUMMARY
    “What Separates Us” is a romantic coming-of-age drama that explores the powers that bring us together as well as move us apart. Interwoven Studios used 19 locations in and around the Helena area including Reeder’s Alley, the downtown walking mall, mansion district, Archie Bray Foundation and Hap’s Beer Parlor. In addition, the production captured the city’s seasonal fall colors and epic mountain scenery surrounding Helena, including views from Mt. Helena and Blue Cloud Gulch. The film is expected to premiere in Helena in mid-2013. Photo courtesy of Ryan Pfeiffer.

    MT Crews & Services Hired: 10 | Total Economic Impact: $57,750

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Filming dates: 9/18 – 9/20
    MT Crew Hired: 5
    Local Extras / Cast: 30
    MT Service Providers: 5
    Film Location(s): Kalispell

    SUMMARY
    Producers of Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” reality show, ShootersTV shot the transformation of the Rising Sun Bistro in Kalispell, Mont., in September 2012. Star of “Restaurant Impossible” Chef Robert Irving, who renovates and re-energizes struggling restaurants throughout the country, helped the French-themed restaurant located in historic downtown Kalispell face its mountain of problems. In the two-day shoot, Chef Irvine used $10,000, his fearless manpower and driving motivation to get the owners and the restaurant on the right track. The episode airs Dec. 19, 2012, at 10 p.m. EST/PST. Montana crew was hired for the two-day shoot.

    Producer Says Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ Aiming For Late 2013 Release

    Courtesy of Indiewire

    “You know his films do well at the Academy Awards,” producer Albert Berger told the Billings Gazette about Alexander Payne, and with “Sideways” and “The Descendants” earning a total of ten nominations and two wins (each for Best Screenplay) he’s certainly not exaggerating. So perhaps this next bit of news isn’t so shocking.

    “About a year from now you can expect to see it, maybe a Christmas movie,” Berger said, while basically means you add this one to the Oscar race for next fall. Again, not a big surprise but it looks like everyone is very confident about what Payne is cooking up next.

    Read the full article here.

    ‘Nebraska’ filming attracts local actors, gawkers

    November 30, 2012 12:30 am • By Jaci Webb

    Hannah Shine, a guard for the Central Washington University women’s basketball team, and her teammates stood on First Avenue on Thursday trying to get actor Will Forte’s attention.

    With their cellphones pointed at Forte, zooming in to get a picture, someone in the group hollered “Will” to make him look. Forte is starring in Alexander Payne’s film “Nebraska,” part of which is being shot this week in Billings. He did look up and smile at the women, who were in town to play Montana State University Billings.

    Read the full article here.

    ‘Nebraska’ filming attracts local actors, gawkers

    Photo by Casey Page

    November 30, 2012 2:00 pm • By JACI WEBB/Billings Gazette (0) Comments

    Hannah Shine, a guard for the Central Washington University women’s basketball team, and her teammates stood on First Avenue on Thursday trying to get actor Will Forte’s attention.

    With their cellphones pointed at Forte, zooming in to get a picture, someone in the group hollered “Will” to make him look. Forte is starring in Alexander Payne’s film “Nebraska,” part of which is being shot this week in Billings. He did look up and smile at the women, who were in town to play Montana State University Billings.

    Read the full article here.

    Movie shoot boosts Billings’ economy, pride

    Photo by Zach Benoit

    November 27, 2012 5:22 pm • By Zach Benoit

    Ask Deny Staggs, location coordinator and co-manager of the Montana Film Office, what it’s like when a major studio film production sweeps into a smaller town for filming and he’s got a ready answer.

    “We look at it as a mobile manufacturing company,” he said. “It comes in and does its work and spends money in the community before moving on. But there’s not a ton of infrastructure needed. It really just brings in the money and then goes when its done.”

    If that’s the case, then the manufacturing company is in Billings as the cast and crew of Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, are in town through the end of the month shooting part of the film, likely to be released in 2013.

    Read the full article here.

    [First Look] Will Forte and Bruce Dern On Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ Set; Aiming For Christmas 2013 Release

    Posted by Jack Cunliffe, on November 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Although he’s been shooting for several weeks, we’re just now getting our first glimpse at the stars of Alexander Payne‘s The Descendants follow-up, Nebraska. The director has always had a perfect knack for casting and it seems to continue as Bruce Dern and Will Forte team for the black-and-white production that follows a curmudgeonly old drunk who believes he’s won a million dollars from a sweepstakes and drags his son on a roadtrip to collect the prize.

    Read the full article here.

    Film shoot could boost Billings’ economy, pride

    November 27, 2012 5:22 pm • By Zach Benoit Billings Gazette

    Ask Deny Staggs, location coordinator and co-manager of the Montana Film Office, what it’s like when a major studio film production sweeps into a smaller town for filming and he’s got a ready answer.

    “We look at it as a mobile manufacturing company,” he said. “It comes in and does its work and spends money in the community before moving on. But there’s not a ton of infrastructure needed. It really just brings in the money and then goes when its done.”

    If that’s the case, then the manufacturing company is in Billings as the cast and crew of Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, are in town through the end of the month shooting part of the film, likely to be released in 2013.

    Read the full article here.

    Billings to be featured in Hollywood film ‘Nebraska’

    Courtesy of MTN News

    Posted: Nov 29, 2012 4:10 PM by Angela Douglas – MTN News

    BILLINGS – A major motion picture of a father/son road trip begins with scenes in Billings.

    “Nebraska” will chronicle a father and son’s journey from Montana to Nebraska to claim prize money. The father, played by actor Bruce Dern, insists he won a million dollar sweepstakes. His son is played by Will Forte.

    The film crew has been in Billings since early this week and will continue filming through Monday.

    In addition to several other locations, the $13 million black and white film also used the Q2 studios for a scene in the movie.

    Read the full article here.

    Billings to be featured in Hollywood film ‘Nebraska’

    Posted: Nov 29, 2012 4:10 PM by Angela Douglas – MTN News

    BILLINGS – A major motion picture of a father/son road trip begins with scenes in Billings.

    “Nebraska” will chronicle a father and son’s journey from Montana to Nebraska to claim prize money. The father, played by actor Bruce Dern, insists he won a million dollar sweepstakes. His son is played by Will Forte.

    The film crew has been in Billings since early this week and will continue filming through Monday.

    In addition to several other locations, the $13 million black and white film also used the Q2 studios for a scene in the movie.

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    Billings, KTVQ to be featured in Hollywood comedy ‘Nebraska’

    Posted: Nov 30, 2012 7:28 AM by Angela Douglas – Q2 News

    BILLINGS – “Rolling!” That’s the word that could be heard over and over again as a Hollywood film crew worked to create some magic in the Magic City.

    “I would say I’m just making a good old-fashioned comedy,” said the film’s director, Alexander Payne.

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    Movie shoot boosts Billings’ economy, pride

    Photo by James Woodcock

    November 28, 2012 9:30 am • By Zach Benoit/Billings Gazette

    Ask Deny Staggs, location coordinator and co-manager of the Montana Film Office, what it’s like when a major studio film production sweeps into a smaller town for filming and he’s got a ready answer.

    “We look at it as a mobile manufacturing company,” he said. “It comes in and does its work and spends money in the community before moving on. But there’s not a ton of infrastructure needed. It really just brings in the money and then goes when its done.”

    If that’s the case, then the manufacturing company is in Billings as the cast and crew of Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, are in town through the end of the month shooting part of the film, likely to be released in 2013.

    Read the full article here.

    Movie shoot boosts Billings’ economy, pride

    Photo by James Woodcock

    November 28, 2012 9:30 am • By Zach Benoit/Billings Gazette

    Ask Deny Staggs, location coordinator and co-manager of the Montana Film Office, what it’s like when a major studio film production sweeps into a smaller town for filming and he’s got a ready answer.

    “We look at it as a mobile manufacturing company,” he said. “It comes in and does its work and spends money in the community before moving on. But there’s not a ton of infrastructure needed. It really just brings in the money and then goes when its done.”

    If that’s the case, then the manufacturing company is in Billings as the cast and crew of Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, are in town through the end of the month shooting part of the film, likely to be released in 2013.

    Read the full article here.

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