Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Highlights – February 26 | ABC Fox Missoula

The 19th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is a hybrid event. Screenings at Wilma, Roxy, ZACC and MCT run through February 27. The seats are limited; advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended at Door-to-door sales are not guaranteed to spectators who arrive without a ticket. All tickets are good for in-person or online screenings.

The shorts are available online until Thursday, March 3. Feature films will be available for viewing online for four days, beginning the day after the film’s last in-person screening.


Native Voices Speaker Series, Panel #2 – Reciprocity: Human Relationship with the Earth. A deep dive with Indigenous filmmakers from the Reciprocity Project. Free and open to the public, but registration required. On the BSDFF website, select “Exhibitions” under the “Festival” tab. Marriott Residence Inn, 125 N. Pattee St. 12:00 p.m.


“When a City Rises” – a gripping account of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. The film follows a teenage couple in love, a student leader and a father, as they navigate a year inside the movement. Relationships break and form amid tear gas and rubber bullets, and across the border the Chinese People’s Liberation Army waits. North American premiere. ZACC, 11:45 a.m.

‘Dear Mr. Brody’ – In 1970, a 21-year-old hippie millionaire promised to give his $25 million inheritance to anyone who sent him a letter in an effort to usher in a new era of world peace. A psychedelic journey into the heart (and bank account) of Michael Brody, Jr, who offered world peace for the price of a postage stamp. First in Montana. Missoula Children’s Theater, 5:15 p.m.

‘The Art of Making It’ – A diverse cast of young artists confront defining moments in their careers to determine if the ecosystem of the art world that is supposed to nurture them is truly failing them. The film is both a cautionary tale about what America stands to lose if we don’t rethink the way we value artists, and a love letter to those who persevere in their artistic practice despite the extraordinary odds of achieve a sustainable career. First in Montana. Roxy, 5:30 p.m.

‘Still Max’ – Suffering from prostate cancer, multidisciplinary artist Max Dean asks, ‘How can we cure ourselves?’ Driven by an unbridled imagination, Max visualizes his illness not only physically but physiologically. In this journey of artistic exploration, Max Dean confirms that he is “Still Max” – always curious and thoughtful, always seeking to know himself. American premiere. ZACC, 7:30 p.m.

‘Raya Sinitsina’s War’ – A young filmmaker follows Raya, a 94-year-old Soviet war hero who fought in the siege of Leningrad. As Raya deals with the loss of her last comrades and her health deteriorates, the two become close friends, which awakens the young woman in her. Through his dreams, time and age lose all meaning. What begins as a film about war and loss turns into a story of love and friendship. First Northwest. Missoula Children’s Theater, 8 p.m.

‘Time of the Fireflies’ – Despite the loneliness he experiences in New York, Miguel remains resolutely motivated to help the family he hasn’t seen in 13 years. Combining dreamlike depictions of memories of Miguel’s childhood in Oaxaca, Mexico, with his daily experience as a migrant worker, it is a poignant portrayal of the sacrifice many are forced to make to provide for the needs of their family. First Northwest. Roxy, 8:15 p.m.


Questions and answers after the screening of the film

“Memory Lanes” – Brian Gertsen, director. First in Montana. “Conversations between teams” – Ben Basem, director. First Northwest. Short Block 14. ZACC, 2:30 p.m.

“The Great Silence” – Joel Elliott, director. World premiere. “Where is my darling? – Adam Finney, director. North American premiere. Short Block 15. Roxy, 3:15 p.m.

“The Art of Doing It” – Kelcey Edwards, director. Roxy, 5:30 p.m.

Festival Headquarters: ZACC, 216 W Main St. Purchase tickets, passes and merchandise. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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