The following is a press release from the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival:
The 2014 lineup was selected from over 1,000 submissions from around the world, and features an array of films covering all genres in the feature, short, and mini-doc categories.
Continuing a tradition with HBO Documentary Films, the festival's opening night will once again center on an early look at an upcoming film from the network's documentary film division. Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert is a searing and heartfelt portrayal of a single mom who struggles under the poverty line despite working a full-time job. Paycheck is executive-produced by Maria Shriver, and is part of the Emmy-winning journalist's series "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink." The Saturday night screening is free and open to the public.
Somber tones will be balanced with a healthier-than-usual dose of laughter in BSDFF venues this year, as the festival has embraced comedy as its theme for 2014. The comedy strand features a mix of new films, encores from films screened over the last 10 years, and a selection of classic films. The theme will be anchored by a live set from renowned comic Tig Notaro at the Wilma Theater on February 19th. Opening for Notaro is Missoula native and University of Montana alumnus Chris Fairbanks, who roomed with Notaro in Los Angeles back when both were launching their comedy careers.
Comedy also figures heavily in the subject of this year's retrospective, director and producer Robert Weide. Best known for his work as principal director and executive producer of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weide is an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian who specializes in the stories of comic geniuses, having made acclaimed films about W.C. Fields, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen. Among the highlights of Weide's visit to this year's festival is expected to be a Q&A session following the screening of the pilot episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was originally slated as a one-off mockumentary.
Other strands of note include "Made in Montana", which showcases films shot in or created by filmmakers living in Big Sky Country, and "The Wild 50," a collection of films selected to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, the screenings of which will be free to the public.
The Big Sky Doc Shop-the industry-centric portion of the festival-is the beneficiary of a new sponsorship agreement with the University of Montana. The Doc Shop schedule, much of which will take place on the University of Montana campus, includes workshops, Work-in-Progress presentations, panels, and the annual International Pitch Session. In addition to helping visiting filmmakers hone their skills and their careers, Doc Shop offers the general public a fascinating look inside the business of documentary filmmaking.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West and the largest cinema event in Montana, is consistently ranked in as one of the top documentary festivals worldwide.
2014 FEATURE COMPETITION
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times A World Not Ours Alive Inside Bending Steel Death Metal Angola Rent a Family This Ain't No Mouse Music Trucker and the Fox (Ranande va roobah)
Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulge Who Took Johnny
2014 BIG SKY AWARD COMPETITION
Art is War
Occupy the Farm
Where God Likes To Be
2014 SHORT COMPETITION
Blessed Fruit of the Womb
Can't Stop the Water
Eddie Adams: Saigon '68
Herd in Iceland
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall The Record Breaker Stay Where You Are Vacant Seat What I Hate About Myself
2014 MINI-DOC COMPETITION
Haenyeo: Woman of the Sea
Of Cows and Men
Shaped on all Six Sides
The Pixel Painter
Yapawarnti Palu Rijikarrijani (Children Playing)
Major Sponsors -
Montana Office of Tourism
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences University of Montana Canon Montana Film Office
Media Sponsors -
Montana Radio Co.
Hotel Partner -
Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula
Airline Partner -
Additional Sponsors -
Big Sky Brewing Co.
Montana Arts Council
First Interstate Bank