The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes place February 15-24, 2013 at the Crystal Theatre and the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula, Missouri.
This year’s festival kicks off February 15 with a free screening of “First Comes Love” sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. Described as “A wry autobiographical story of a single woman choosing to have a baby on her own,” “First Comes Love” premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film lineup is very diverse, from a three-minute portrait of a talented young wood sculptor in Nigeria (“Artist Hustler”) to a 146-minute exploration of the career and personality of one of the most influential politicians of modern times (“The World According to DickCheney”). There are films about the plight of small dairy farmers in Maine, the challenges faced by Muslims attempting to build the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York City, and the colorful personalities of a parking lot circus troupe in Rio de Janeiro.
Films by Montana filmmakers will be featured, including the world premiere of Damon Ristau’s “Saved By the Birds,” a moving documentary about a woman whose record-setting career as a bird watcher began with a near-suicide.
To celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday, the schedule will also include a look back at some of the most beloved and popular films from past festivals. Films featured in the “Best of 10” include Linda Hattendorf’s “Cats of Mirikatani,” Les Blank’s “Gap Toothed Women,” David Silberberg’s “Oh My God! It’s Harrod Blank!” and others.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes place February 15-24, 2013