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Directed by Doug Hawes-Davis, Dru Carr

Montana 2018 89 mins. In English

Founders of the Montana based nonprofit film collective High Plains Films and the Big Sky Documentary Festival, filmmakers Doug Hawes-Davis, Dru Carr, and Ken Furrow present a program of some of their ecological- and social-themed documentaries. The program includes The Naturalist (2002), which follows Kent Bonar, a forest conservationist living amongst the Ozark mountains who feels that to study the natural world is to study God; The Return (2012), documenting the  transfer of wild bison from Yellowstone Nation Park to the Fort Park tribes of northeastern Montana; The Buffalo People (2014), which examines how, against all odds, the tribes of Fort Peck and Fort Belknap created a new conservation herd of wild bison; Freezeout (2014), an intimate look at one of Montana’s ultimate birding locations near the Rocky Mountain front; and Voice of the Hi-Line (2016), focusing on KGVA in Fort Belknap, Montana, one of a growing number of Native American-run radio stations. Both Doug and Dru will be in attendance to talk with the audience about their documentary process.

Genres: Documentary



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