The 17th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
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.