Big Sky 2020 Overview

The 17th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

February 14-23

Montana’s largest film event presents approximately 45 new and recent documentary features, as well as retrospective work, shorts, and panels.


Christoper Smith’s CURRENT SEA, which chronicles efforts to set up a marine conservation area in Cambodia to combat illegal fishing; Lucas Millard and Kate Stryker’s BAATO, which follows a Nepalese family as they take a long trek by foot to sell local items in urban markets; Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck’s SISTERS RISING, a profile of several indigenous women speaking out against sexual violence; Zach Carver’s THE RACE TO ALASKA, about a 750-mile motor-free boat endurance competition; David Garrett Byars’ PUBLIC TRUST, an investigation of assaults on the protections of America’s wilderness lands; and Jonathan Cipiti and Megan Harrington’s THE HOUSE THAT ROB BUILT, about the development of the University of Montana’s women’s basketball team.


Other docs making regional or local premieres include: Star Rosencrans and Michael James Beck’s FEATHER AND PINE, a portrait of a Northern California logging community as it reckons with economic troubles; Lucie Viver’s SANKARA IS NOT DEAD, following a young poet as he travels Burkina Faso’s railroad to gain a sense of his country after its recent popular uprising; Dan Wayne’s BIG FUR, about a taxidermist working on a life-sized Bigfoot model; and Kenny Dalsheimer’s YOU GAVE ME A SONG: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF ALICE GERRARD, a profile of a pioneering musician as she teaches the next generation.

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