NICK DAVIS Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
The 19th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is a hybrid event. Screenings at Wilma, Roxy, ZACC and MCT run through February 27. The seats are limited; it is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance at bigskyfilmfest.org/festival/tickets. Door-to-door sales are not guaranteed to spectators who arrive without a ticket. All tickets are good for in-person or online screenings.
The shorts will be available online from Monday February 21 to Thursday March 3. Feature films will be available for viewing online for four days, beginning the day after the film’s last in-person screening.
” Inhabitants “ — For millennia, Native Americans successfully managed and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization disrupted their ability to maintain their traditional land management practices. In the face of climate change, Indigenous communities in the United States are reclaiming their old relationships with the land. The story of five Native American tribes across deserts, coasts, forests and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices. First in Montana. Wilma, 3 p.m.
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“Tell them we were here” – An impressionistic snapshot of the past 25 years of artistic creation in the Bay Area. This film chronicles eight artists making politically motivated, socially conscious and anti-commercial works of art; each embodies the community spirit that defines the region’s art scene and is increasingly threatened by rapid gentrification. First in Montana. ZACC, 4:45 p.m.
“The Balcony Movie” — A unique and endearing film that challenges our collective anxiety about public connection with strangers. The film is made up entirely of conversations the director has with people on the streets under his Warsaw apartment; its balcony is transformed into an outlet for passers-by to express their desires, their fears, their frustrations, their regrets or their banal observations. North American premiere. Roxy, 5 p.m.
“Newtok” — As the permafrost rapidly melts, the native village of Newtok, Alaska is rapidly eroding into the ocean. After decades of abuse and government inaction, the Yup’ik people are fighting to keep their community intact. Villagers are forced to choose between abandoning their traditional lands or moving their community. Newtok is the powerful story of a community trying to preserve their way of life in the face of devastating climate change. First Northwest. Wilma, 5:15 p.m.
“Krimes” – While locked up for six years in a federal prison, artist Jesse Krimes secretly creates monumental works of art – including an astounding 40-foot mural made with prison bed sheets, gel for hair and newspaper. He smuggles out each panel piece by piece with the help of fellow artists, only seeing the mural in its entirety upon returning home. As Jesse’s work captures the attention of the art world, he struggles to adjust to life on the outside, living with the threat that any missteps will trigger a life sentence. Northwest Premiere, ZACC, 7:15 p.m.
“Anonymous Sister” — When a young woman turns to the camera for refuge, she finds herself with a first-hand account of what will become the deadliest man-made epidemic in United States history. Filmed over 30 years, it is an intimate and unflinching account of her family’s fall into opioid addiction. North West premiere, Roxy, 7:45 p.m.
“The Seeds of Vandana Shiva” — How did the stubborn daughter of a Himalayan forest conservator become Monsanto’s worst nightmare? This is the remarkable life story of Gandhi’s eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she resisted the Goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the eco-food movement and inspires an international crusade for change. First in Montana. Wilma, 8 p.m.
The filmmakers present
Questions and answers after the screening of the film
“A Decent Home” – Sara Terry, director. ZACC, 11:45 a.m.
“Tracing Contact” – Tim Hussin, co-director. Daniel & Nate — Lauren Cater, director. Block shorts, Wilma, 12:30 p.m.
“Tiger Gente” — Elizabeth Unger, director. Roxy, 2:30 p.m.
“Inhabitants” — Michael Johnson, subject. Wilma, 3 p.m.
“Tell Them We Were Here” – Keelan Williams and Griff Williams, directors. ZACC, 4:45 p.m.
“Newtok” — Andrew Burton and Michael Kirby Smith, directors. Wilma, 5:15 p.m.
“Anonymous Sister” – Jamie Boyle, director. Roxy, 7:45 p.m.
DocShop begins! Panels and workshops all week at the Missoula Public Library. Free and open to the public. To verify bigskyfilmfest.org/docshop for timetables and seat reservations.
Festival Headquarters: ZACC, 216 W Main St. Purchase tickets, passes and merchandise. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.