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Directed by Various

2018 85 mins.

Curated by:

Gita Saedi Kiely

Director of Development, University of Montana School of Journalism & Independent Filmmaker

There is a particular flavor that is the Montana media community – it is real and tough and connected to place. Montana is vast and epic in scope and lifestyle, our film community captures that essence and frames the experience through its stories – both narrative and documentary work. Sponsored by the Montana Film Office. 

Films in this Program

Free Lunch

Directed by Ken Grinde

A cunning thief adapts to the season.

The Conservationist

Directed by Ken White

Trying to escape his complicity in an environmental disaster, a gifted economist retreats into an Eden of his own making.

Esthers’ Room

Directed by Jacob Boelman

A child's creativity is packed away as 10-year-old Esther prepares to move.


Directed by Kristen Hester

A young mother struggles with the demon of her eating disorder and the implication that it holds for her six-year-old


Directed by Laura Lovo

A young man living in Havre, Montana unintentionally becomes a knife-maker after the death of his brother.

Bring Them Home

Directed by Daniel Glick

An intimate look at the only indigenous tribal-led buffalo drive in North America.

The Hard Way

Directed by Jeremy Lurgio,, Erik Peterson

The inspirational story of Bob Hayes, an 89-year-old trail runner who does things the hard way to maintain purpose, momentum,

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.