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Filmmakers gather works from around globe for inaugural Montana International Film Festival in Billings:


Billings filmmakers Pete Tolton and Brian Murnion have pitched their own film projects to film festivals, hoping for a place in those events. In 2017, the pair decided to judge films rather than be ...


Bozeman International Film Festival kicks off with 70-plus films:


"We are presenting films that then open up for a conversation, about where do we go next. Where do we, certainly with all the female issues it's like okay, well if what's been going on is not good, what ...


Kevin Costner Revisits the American West, Now by Helicopter - "Yellowstone," a modern-day western set in Montana:


Few actors seem more to the saddle born than Kevin Costner. Onscreen, he's ridden the American frontier in "Silverado," "Open Range," "Wyatt Earp" and his Oscar-winning calling card, "Dances With ...


BZN International Film Festival spotlights films on Montana, women and environment:


The first-ever BZN International Film Festival http://bozemanfilmcelebration.com/ opens this week, bringing 70 films made in Montana and around the world, to shine a light on topics from saving the environment ...


Kate Bosworth, husband to offer film classes in Montana:


Actress Kate Bosworth is helping to cultivate the movie industry in Montana. Bosworth and her husband, director-screenwriter Michael Polish, are launching a two-week film school in July at Flathead ...


Actor Ed Harris scouts film locations in Belt, Montana, says its a 'nice town':


t's not every day that an A-list celebrity like Ed Harris visits Belt Montana, so Patti Yurko Wakeford knew she had to seize the opportunity when Harris showed up at Jack's Beans coffee shop while she ...


The Montana Institute for the Arts:


"One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls." - Jack Kerouac The goal of the Montana Institute for the Arts is to see Montana film, art and theater work ...


Cannes Film Festival to Include Two Montana-Made Selections:


Montana will be represented in France next week as the Cannes Film Festival opens with one film shot partly in Montana and another by a Montana filmmaker. "Wildlife," which premiered at the Sundance ...


A room of one's own: Affordable artist studios are a growing business in Billings:


"It makes me more productive to actually have an official place to go work," Lightner said. "I get to the studio, I'm focused and I choose what I want to do." Hers is one of 11 artist spaces in Billings ...


Part time Montana resident Huey Lewis says he's lost most of his hearing: 'I can't hear music well enough to sing' :


Huey Lewis shared the bad news Friday: He's canceling all of his 2018 performances because he can't hear properly due to Meniere's disease. "Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, ...


Curiouser and curiouser: the ever-expanding world of Missoula's International Wildlife Film Festival - 4/14-21:


In anticipation of the festival, we offer a handful of film reviews and a couple of pieces about documentarians using popular mediums to deliver powerful wildlife and environmental stories. The ...


First-ever Montana International Film Festival hits Billings this fall:


As someone who has himself made both short and feature-length films, Brian Murnion knows how painful it is to have film festival organizers reject your work after watching it for a minute or less. "You ...


'Tell Us Something' - Call for stories! Helena! We are coming to your town and we need you to tell your "Didn't See That Coming" story.!:


Are you a storyteller? Tell Us Something returns to Helena April 12 for another evening of live storytelling and we want your stories! If you live in Helena or know someone who does, pitch your ...


Montana "State of the Arts" Spring 2018 issue is now available online!:




TED Talk - Why must artists be poor?:


The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture -- so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through ...


Survey to gather data on economic impact of Great Falls Art Week:


People have traveled from all over the country to take part in the week's events and for the first time ever, a study is being done to show just how much of an economic impact it has on Great Falls. According ...


Documentary on ski filmmaker Warren Miller to include his last on-camera interview:


"Warren Miller was one of America's most prolific filmmakers," said Creadon, "and more than anyone is responsible for the growth of the ski industry in North America. His love of the great outdoors was ...


The Archie Bray Foundation - Ceramics Artists Experimenting at a Shuttered Montana Brick Factory:


Kyungmin Park, a ceramic artist born in South Korea, applied for the highly competitive residency three times before she got a yes. "Once you get a call from the director," she says, "you go." Park ...


"Only Roundup Remains" Green at first, big-city filmmaker Brian Liu climbs in the saddle for legendary Montana roundup:


"The last thing that remains of that Old World tradition where a cowboy is just a cowboy is the roundup," said Liu. "People usually make documentaries about a subject they're obsessed with. But I'm making ...


2018 Robert Burns Birthday Celebration Supper -1/26 - Missoula:


BURNS ST. BISTRO & MONTGOMERY DISTILLERY BRING YOU THE 2018 ROBERT BURNS SUPPER on FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018 6:30 DOORS, 7:00 DINNER AT THE LOFT Come enjoy a collaboration of Montana's ...


Video: Don Greytak - Under the Big Sky :


Don Greytak is a 81 year old pencil artist from Havre, MT. The photo realistic images Don creates depict early farm and ranch life on Montana's hi-line (the northern most area of the state running along ...


The Montana Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards!:


The Governor's Arts Award honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts, or on behalf of the arts, benefit all Montanans. Awardees Demonstrate: 1. Artistic ...


"Shadow Casting: The Making of 'A River Runs Through It" MSU professor Dennis Aig reflects on Montana film that caught nation's imagination 25 years ago:


This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Aig's "Shadow Casting: The Making of 'A River Runs Through It.'" https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Shadow-Casting-The-Making-of-A-River-Runs-Through-It/70029439 ...


Events of the Season in Missoula:




Kevin Costner: 'Yellowstone' TV series will be 'postcard for Montana':


Costner told Bullock that the series would be "a postcard for Montana" and described how the "poetry" of a production can "change the face of a state." He compared it to the effect of his 1989 mystical ...


2 movies filmed in Montana selected for 2018 Sundance Film Festival:


"Wildlife," a movie starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal and based on a Richard Ford novel set in and around Great Falls in 1960, has been selected among thousands of entries for the 2018 Sundance ...


Kevin Costner hosts Montana Governor Steve Bullock on the set of 'Yellowstone':


Costner called the new series "a postcard for Montana." "What a cool state to be the governor," Costner said. "If something like 'Yellowstone' has a way of highlighting, being somewhat of a dramatic ...


Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green trade YouTube for live audience:


Audience enthusiasm for the Green brothers is typically measured in six-digit YouTube views. High-decibel laughter and applause were a better gauge on Friday at the University of Montana, where Hank ...


Big Sky Comedy Festival grows to one of the biggest in the Comedy industry:


It's grown to one of the top comedy festivals in the world and it started right here in the Magic City six years ago. It's the sixth annual Big Sky Comedy Festival. More than 1,200 comedians sent ...


A Reader's Guide To The 2017 Montana Book Festival - 9/27-10/1 - Missoula:


Jane Smiley's Pulitzer-winning A Thousand Acres was written more than 25 years ago and takes place in Iowa, yet it feels perfectly relevant to this year's Montana Book Festival http://www.montanabookfestival.org/ ...

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