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Directed by Cindy Stillwell, Tom Watson

Missoula 2014 57 mins.

Bard in the Backcountry chronicles a summer season of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, a professional traveling theater company based in Bozeman who not only perform, but also act as their own roadies, make-up artists, and set builders. The film features the season’s cast of ten actors from around the U.S. as they encounter the Montana landscape, culture, and people, many for the first time. Sometimes traveling hundreds of miles every day to set up their stage, don their costumes, and perform their roles, they learn about discipline, the generosity of spirit needed to become part of a team, and the sheer magnitude of the terrain found across Montana. At the heart of the story is a sense of transformation—for the players and for audiences touched by this beloved company.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.