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"The Bladesmiths" (2014)
 
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In an era of outsourcing and declining "Made in America" products, Ruana Knives has been making and selling its wares in the same shop in Bonner, Montana for over 75 years. Rudy Ruana began making knives in the 1920's when he was a farrier in the United States Cavalry. He made his first knives for Blackfeet Indians in need of a better tool for skinning horses. He continued to perfect his process, and opened his first shop in Bonner in the 1950's. After he passed away in 1986, he was posthumously inducted into the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame. His son-in-law, Vic Hangas, and his grandsons Mark and Mike, carried on the business that Rudy started. They still use the same methods and much of the same equipment that Rudy invented half a century ago. Ruana knives are known in the industry as some of the most well crafted blades in America. Rudy's older knives are coveted by collectors around the world. Knives that sold for $15 in the 1950's now sell to collectors for as much as $3,500. This is truly original knife making, and this is a genuine story of a deep family tradition, rooted in old-fashioned Montana history. This short documentary film is for anyone, because it's about a very cool small family business. It's also great for people interested in bladesmithing, knife making, blade craft, blacksmithing, metal working, and artisan craft. Directed by Ken Furrow & Dru Carr. Camera & Sound by Ken Furrow & Dru Carr. Edited by Dru Carr. Original Score by Mike Grigoni. We've had a number of requests to purchase DVDs of THE BLADESMITHS so we're making the remaining promotional copies that we had made available for sale. These are just the disc with nice color screenprinting and ship in a plastic CD size envelope. Click the paypal link below to buy the DVD. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr... Official Film Page - http://www.highplainsfilms.org Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Ps... Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaex...
"Pre-Contact Native American Food with Mariah Gladstone" (2016)
 
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Pre-Contact Native American Food can change the game for Native People. It is healthier, more sustainable, and can get people back in touch with their indigenous roots compared to modern introduced foods. Join Mariah Gladstone as she prepares a pre-contact meal consisting of bison and wild rice cakes drizzled with a blackberry and sarvis berry sweet corn relish and green beans on the side. Filmmaker Web Site - http://www.forestclayproductions.com Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"The Lookout" (2012)
 
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THE LOOKOUT, Directed by Brian Bolster An intimate look inside the solitary, day-to-day working life of Leif Haugen, a fire lookout spending a season scanning the landscape for untamed wildfires on top of a mountain in northwestern Montana. A primitive one-room structure serves as both his home and office, with only a radio to keep him connected to the outside world.  Leif's job is to scan the valley floor for any signs of fire activity - one which calls for enduring long stretches of tedium and an eagle's eye and quick response.  THE LOOKOUT captures the critical nature of one fire lookout's work as well as the life of quiet, contemplative solitude which accompanies his job. THE LOOKOUT won the Big Sky Award at the 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It is available for purchase on iTunes through March of 2014. SUBSCRIBE TO THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ FOLLOW THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ About the Filmmaker - Brian Bolster grew up in Boston, MA and graduated from the film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His short documentary films have screened at Slamdance Film Festival, DOC NYC, Florida Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival and BendFilm Festival among others. Brian also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has worked in several public and private schools in New York City area. In 2013, Brian founded his own production company, Exit 36 Productions, LLC. He currently lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City and has two new documentary projects in production.
The Missoula Marathon Experience
 
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Come experience the Missoula Marathon. Held every July in Missoula, Montana, you'll enjoy river views, mountain vistas, great hospitality, fantastic organization - and, oh yeah, a pretty incredible run! For more information: http://www.missoulamarathon.org and http://www.runwildmissoula.org/runwild/ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
THE MONTANA SESSIONS - Dan Dubuque "Finley Point" (2016)
 
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THE MONTANA SESSIONS is a collection of short films featuring some of Montana's finest musicians performing live in outdoor locations throughout the state. This is Dan Dubuque's "Finley Point" which was filmed in Montana's Mission Mountains. Follow Dan Dubuque on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dandubuquemusic Production Company Official Links - http://www.universalvisioninc.com https://www.facebook.com/UniversalVisionInc Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"So Damn Glad" (2018)
 
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SO DAMN GLAD follows the uplifting and humorous story of a 97-year-old doctor and his life-long mission to put people above profits. From creating a hospital in the wilds of Montana to global orthopedic breakthroughs, Doc Losee, MD illuminates with his thoughts on life, love, and medicine. Director: Justin Lubke Follow Justin on Instagram/Twitter: @justinlubke Original Music: Phillip Aaberg and Kyle Sorenson Film homepage: www.storyroadfilms.com Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Fort Peck Bison Restoration" (2014)
 
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In November 2014, the tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation received a second installment of genetically pure Yellowstone bison from Ted Turner's Montana ranch. Turner had been the caretaker of the bison for several years. The move to Fort Peck, which was supported by numerous conservation organizations, is intended to augment the genetically pure herd that the tribes established in 2012. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Blackfeet Art of the Northern Plains: Lauren Monroe Jr." (2015)
 
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On the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana, Lauren Monroe Jr. discusses the importance of preserving Blackfeet identity in a modern world and how he tries do so in his painting. Eddie Roqueta, a Cuban American, holds and MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University and a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. He is intensely egalitarian and biocentric, believing that the proper study of humankind is survival for all. Roqueta is a National Geographic grant recipient, festival coordinator for the International Wildlife Film Festival, and an emerging documentary filmmaker. His debut short-film SILENCING THE THUNDER has screened to great acclaim at numerous festivals including the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and the 2015 Environmental Film Festival (just to name a few). SILENCING THE THUNDER is broadcasted locally on MontanaPBS and was featured on National Geographic’s website. Related Websites: http://www.forestclayproductions.com https://vimeo.com/forestclayproductions Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Montana Mosaic: Indian Boarding Schools" (2006)
 
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MONTANA MOSAIC: INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS, directed by Gita Saedi Kiely "Kill the Indian, save the man." This motto -- put forward by Captain H. Pratt in the 1880's -- sums up the American government's Native American "assimilation" strategy in the last 19th and early 20th centuries. Indian boarding schools, as they were called, tore Native children from their families. cultural traditions, and even their languages. To fulfill their mission, these schools undermined Indian culture while insisting on the superiority of non-Indian culture. The boarding school experience still casts a long and painful shadow over the lives of many Native Montana people. This film traces the effects of the boarding schools on Indian children and Indian culture and their lingering legacy in Montana. This is an episode from the twelve-part "Montana Mosaic" series, produced by the Montana Historical Society. SUBSCRIBE TO THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Gita Saedi Kiely was the series producer/story editor for Kartemquin Films' acclaimed series THE NEW AMERICANS, a three-part series following five immigrant families' journey to the U.S. She has produced for Channel 4 in the UK, CBS and PBS in the U.S. and RTE in Ireland. Her other work includes line producing REEL PARADISE, a documentary about indy film guru John Pierson and his adventure on a remote island in Fiji; and JAILED FOR THEIR WORDS, a documentary on the Montana Sedition Act. Gita is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Montana School of Journalism and was the 2013 Festival Director of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. She is currently producing Mossedegh & Me, a personal reflection on the CIA coup that ousted then Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh from 1950s Iran. http://kartemquin.com/films/mossadegh-me Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/
"Long Ago in Montana, Chapter 4:  Staying Warm" (2009)
 
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Directed by Dr. Sally Thompson. Ph.D. A western Native American perspective on what shelter and lodging means. LONG TIME AGO IN MONTANA is a 7-part series that focuses on 15 tribal educators and elders from nine different Native Tribes in Montana and Idaho. They share their perspectives on what it was like to live before modern conveniences, and how the traditions of long ago continue into modern times. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Dr. Thompson has spent over thirty years working with native tribes of the West. She has worked as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian. As founder of the Regional Learning Project, she oversaw a team of specialists with a focus on regional history, geography and culture, interviewing over 200 elders of 37 tribes and used the results to produce several documentaries and three websites. More recently, she worked with traditionalists from the Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes on a book about their traditional seasonal grounds through the Crown of the Continent, with a focus on Glacier National Park. PEOPLE BEFORE THE PARK is due out in 2014. Connect with the filmmaker, Sally Thompson - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sally-thompson/8a/546/431 Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ
THE MONTANA SESSIONS - Halladay Quist "Pretty Mae" (2016)
 
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THE MONTANA SESSIONS is a collection of short films featuring some of Montana's finest musicians performing live in outdoor locations throughout the state. This is Halladay Quist's' "Pretty Mae," which was filmed on Flathead Lake. Halladay Quist Official Links - https://www.facebook.com/HalladayMusic http://www.halladayquist.com/ Production Company Official Links - http://www.universalvisioninc.com https://www.facebook.com/UniversalVisioninc Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"A Conversation With Walter" (2011)
 
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Great Falls resident Walter Breuning was the world's oldest man until his death on April 14, 2011 at the age of 114. When he sat down with William Marcus (Backroads of Montana) he talked about childhood, career, family and the changes he witnessed over his many years. "A Conversation with Walter" is all about listening. SUBSCRIBE TO THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/
"Jesus Christ With Signs Following" (2013) - The Gourds live at the Wilma Theater
 
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This awesome performance of "Jesus Christ With Signs Following" by Max Johnston of The Gourds was recorded live at the Wilma Theater in Missoula, Montana on April 20, 2012. The recording was made for the feature documentary, ALL THE LABOR, which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Featuring cinematography by Doug Hawes-Davis, Dru Carr, Damon Ristau, Travis Morss, Ken Furrow, and Timm Stotts. Edited by Doug Hawes-Davis. Sound recording by Jay Straw. Mixed and Mastered by Brendan Canty. Official Movie Page - http://www.highplainsfilms.org/hpf/films/all_the_labor ALL THE LABOR documentary on amazon instant video - http://www.amazon.com/Gourds-All-Labor-Story/dp/B00FRZP6W0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1400431314&sr=8-4&keywords=gourds+all+the+labor ALL THE LABOR documentary on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/all-labor-story-gourds/id772097517 ALL THE LABOR soundtrack w/bonus tracks on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-the-labor-the-soundtrack/id815795209 Purchase the DVD of the full film on amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Gourds-All-The-Labor-Story/dp/B00E6F12HK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400431314&sr=8-1&keywords=gourds+all+the+labor CD Soundtrack to the Movie - http://www.amazon.com/All-The-Labor-Soundtrack/dp/B00GTSVOAC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1400431314&sr=8-2&keywords=gourds+all+the+labor Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/user/themontanaexperience
"The Mercantile" (2013)
 
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THE MERCANTILE, Directed by Brian Bolster Nestled in a remote mountain valley and at the foot door of Montana's Glacier National Park, the historic Polebridge Mercantile dutifully endures as one of the last outposts of its kind in the American West. THE MERCANTILE steps into the working lives of Flannery Coats and Stuart Reiswig, the young couple whose search for the ideal marriage location yielded them the most unforeseen and rewarding challenges of their lives-proprietorship and preservation of a century-old, unchanged business enterprise in a modern and ever-changing world. About the Filmmaker - Brian Bolster grew up in Boston, MA and graduated from the film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His short documentary films have screened at Slamdance Film Festival, DOC NYC, Florida Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival and BendFilm Festival among others. Brian also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has worked in several public and private schools in New York City area. In 2013, Brian founded his own production company, Exit 36 Productions, LLC. He currently lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City and has two new documentary projects in production. Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/
"The Story of the Bitterroot, Part 1" (2004)
 
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PART 1: IN THE BEGINNING directed by Steve Slocomb A heartfelt look at a most unusual plant and its relationship to Native American culture. The bitterroot forms the lynchpin of the Salish Indian culture. Part 1, "In the Beginning", tells the legend of how it came to be, along with elder's stories of gathering the plant when they were young. With interviews with spiritual leaders from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana, including Johnny Arlee, Louie Adams, and Stephen Small Salmon. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Steve Slocomb has been involved in the film business for 34 years, with extensive experience in motion picture (35mm, 65mm), video, and 3D and visual FX. He has provided expert cinematography to most of the major television networks, and has clients worldwide. Some of his clients include Oprah Winfrey, America's Most Wanted, Good Morning America, and many others. He also produces and directs his own independent films. He lives in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. http://www.360bigsky.com Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience
"Voice of the Hi-Line" (2016)
 
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VOICE OF THE HI-LINE is a profile of KGVA in Fort Belknap, Montana, which is among a growing number of Native American-run radio stations in the United States and Canada. The station provides a vast remote area of north central Montana with vital information, weather, music and education. Official web site of KGVA - http://www.kgvafm.org Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Montana Mosaic: Libby, Montana" (2006)
 
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An abbreviated version of the feature documentary, LIBBY, MONTANA. View the complete film on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/lib... A small company town in Montana is beset by the worst case of a widespread toxic contaminant in U.S. history. For decades, the corporate conglomerate W. R. Grace knew what the residents of Libby did not: that they were being exposed to a deadly form of asbestos. All the while, the company allowed the spread of the contaminant all over the town -- in the school grounds, the Little League baseball field, and in countless homes and yards. Now, the U.S. government has determined that nearly one quarter of the residents have some form of asbestos-related lung abnormality, and hundreds have already died of asbestos-related causes.  Libby, Montana is the story of the American dream gone horribly wrong.  Libby, Montana was broadcast on the national PBS Series, POV/The American Documentary. It was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy Award in 2008. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS Doug Hawes-Davis and Drury Gunn Carr, co-founded High Plains Films in 1992, and have collaborated on nearly 30 documentaries. Their most recent feature film, ALL THE LABOR premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. In 2012, their feature documentary FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON was broadcast on the national PBS series, Independent Lens, and won a Northwest Emmy Award for best documentary feature. In 2007, their documentary feature, LIBBY, MONTANA was broadcast nationally on the acclaimed PBS Series, POV, and was nominated for a National Emmy Award the following year. Other well-known High Plains Films include, BRAVE NEW WEST, KILLING COYOTE, VARMINTS, THIS IS NOWHERE, and THE NATURALIST. Hawes-Davis is the founder of the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Now in its eleventh year, the festival is consistently recognized as one of the world's finest documentary cinema events. Both Carr and Hawes-Davis remain involved in festival programming and development.
"Wranglers, Dudes and Homesteaders: Stories from Montana's Swan Valley Lodges" (2014)
 
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Directed by Jenny Rohrer Experience the magic of the Western lifestyle and ride back to the early years of Montana's dude ranches with stories, film and photos from one of the Swan Valley's historical ranches, Laird's Lodge, now the Lindbergh Lake Lodge. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Once a partner in the Chicago HOOP DREAMS production company, Kartemquin Films, Jenny Rohrer founded her own production company, Rohrer Film & Video in 1991. Following 15 years of production work in Washington, D.C., she moved her company to Seeley Lake, Montana in 2003. In her decades of documentary production, Rohrer has produced award-winning, nationally-broadcast documentaries, including Science Held Hostage for the Turner Broadcast System and Golub, a 60-minute film featured on PBS's POV series and at the New York Film Festival. Her 1976 documentary, The Chicago Maternity Center Story, was re-released at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago in 2011 and her 1984 film The Gender Gap Movie was featured at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2012. This short film is the first in a series of three films on Montana's Historical Lodges. http://www.rohrervideo.com Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ
"Restoring An Icon" (2014)
 
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The American bison was once on the brink of extinction. Thanks to Michel Pablo, the ancestors of these remaining few survived. Now, the American Prairie Reserve is Restoring an Icon. Director, Jeff Reed is an active filmmaker based in Bozeman, Montana. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
Montana - It's Time
 
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Winter in Montana is pure bliss. Whether it's outstanding skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, ice hockey, snowmobiling, ice climbing, or even snow biking, Montana has something for everyone in winter. 90-second spot produced by High Plains Films for the Montana Department of Tourism featuring footage by Warren Miller Films, Dru Carr, Henry Hawkins, Marshall Granger and Max Lowe. Edited by Dru Carr. Montana Department of Tourism - http://wintermt.com High Plains Films http://www.highplainsfilms.org Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"The Best Westerns - Rattletrap Engine" (2016)
 
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One of Montana's great Roots Rock/Americana/Alt-Country bands, THE BEST WESTERNS play "Rattletrap Engine" live at the Top Hat Lounge in early 2015. Band Members - Izaak Opatz - guitar, vocals (songwriter) Ray Lombardi - lead guitar Matt Tipton - drums Ryan Scott - Bass Dave Martens - pedal steel Produced by High Plains Films - http://www.highplainsfilms.org Sound Recording/Mastering - Chris Baumann https://blacknationalrecording.com Funded by a Big Sky Film Grant from the Montana Film Office Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Montana In Focus: The Climber" (2017)
 
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"Montana In Focus: The Climber" discovers Anne Gilbert Chase’s passion for high peaks and alpine climbs, both in Montana and abroad. After growing up in Virginia racing sailboats on Chesapeake Bay—without a mountain in sight—she taught herself to rock climb, which eventually took her to far corners of the globe and extreme altitudes. See what it takes to be an elite alpine climber, where you “have to like to suffer.” Filmmaker Web Site - http://outlaw.partners/video/ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"The Buffalo People" (2014)
 
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The tribes of the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations in Montana are leaders in the conservation of wild bison in North America. THE BUFFALO PEOPLE documents the creation of a new conservation herd of wild bison on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in north central Montana - against all odds. Produced by High Plains Films. Directed by Doug Hawes-Davis. Camera & Sound by Ken Furrow, Dru Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis. Edited by Dru Carr. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Bob Maffit - Phonograph Restoration" (2000)
 
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"Bob Maffit - Phonograph Restoration" (2000). An excerpt from the Montana PBS show, "Backroads of Montana: Episode 13" hosted by Montana TV & Radio personality, William Marcus. The segment profiles a vintage 78rpm phonograph preservationist, Bob Maffit, of Helena, Montana. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"The Return of the Gray Wolf"
 
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It has been 20 years since gray wolves were reintroduced to parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Wolves were nearly eradicated in the lower 48 U.S. states. This is a short tribute to the continued recovery of the gray wolf in America. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Ty Rattler – Blackfeet Endurance Racer" (2016)
 
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People from all over come together during the Heart Butte Powwow in Montana to watch the Endurance Race – an action packed horse race where the rider even swims with the horse. Filmmaker Web Site - http://www.forestclayproductions.com Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Why Save a Language" (2006)
 
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Directed by Sally Thompson More than half of the 300 indigenous languages of North America are now extinct. But a movement by Native peoples to resurrect and preserve these languages is thriving in many places around the continent. In this film, Native people from various tribes and languages discuss the heart wrenching loss of indigenous languages, and the importance of keeping what remains alive. An important film for any interested in linguistics, saving Native American Indian languages, and saving global languages. For those interested in linguistics, endangered native languages, and Native American issues will find this short film valuable and educational. Language represented here are: Kainai (Blackfeet), Cuyuse- Walla Walla, Pikuni (Blackfeet), Lakota, Osage, Hidatsa, Yakama, Mandan - Hidatsa, Cayuse-Nez Perce, Couer d'Alene, Elwha Klallam, Mandan, and Wasco, to name just a few. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Dr. Thompson has spent over thirty years working with native tribes of the West. She has worked as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian. As founder of the Regional Learning Project, she oversaw a team of specialists with a focus on regional history, geography and culture, interviewing over 200 elders of 37 tribes and used the results to produce several documentaries and three websites. More recently, she worked with traditionalists from the Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes on a book about their traditional seasonal grounds through the Crown of the Continent, with a focus on Glacier National Park. PEOPLE BEFORE THE PARK is due out in 2014. Connect with the filmmaker, Sally Thompson - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sally-tho... Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ
"Sun River Homestead" (2001)
 
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Directed by Maggie Carey With the lure of land ownership, the Homestead Act of 1862 encouraged over 600,000 people to migrate west. Among its new inhabitants were Esther Strasburger and her two sisters who settled in Simms, Montana in 1910. SUN RIVER HOMESTEAD depicts their story - the story of women who accepted the challenges of homesteading and forever staked a claim to the West -- and juxtaposes it with Esther Strasburger's legacy, a great-granddaughter who still lives near Simms and for whom the land and its rewards are a way of life. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience
"Backroads of Montana: Episode 15 - Medicine Lake to Missoula" (2001)
 
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"Backroads of Montana: Episode 15 - Medicine Lake to Missoula" hosted by Montana TV & Radio personality, William Marcus. The Backroads crew takes us across the state for stories about a leather artist in Billings, the history of Montana's historical roadside markers, the wildlife refuge at Medicine Lake, historic Fort Union in northeast Montana and an assisted skiing program near Missoula. William Marcus hosts from the historic OTO Ranch in Paradise Valley. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Backroads of Montana: Episode 1 - Virgelle to Victor" (1991)
 
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The very first episode of "Backroads of Montana" hosted by Montana TV & Radio personality, William Marcus. Episode One “Virgelle to Victor” (1991) – Backroads of Montana was first broadcast in 1991. There is still a ferry at Virgelle although Bob and Lorraine Otto won’t greet you when you ring the buzzer. Bob died a few years ago and Lorraine now lives in Big Sandy. Their niece runs the ferry. There is now a bridge at Loma, but you still have to take a ferry in Carter. The Virgelle Mercantile is still open – they’ve added a few more homesteader cabins and the luxury of a nice bathhouse. Don claims that it’s getting too busy in Virgelle and he’s thinking of moving to someplace a little quieter. That wouldn’t be the Bitterroot where the barnstormers are still buzzing the skies with their model planes. Since 1991, the Backroads crew has traveled across Montana visiting its unique people and places. The series airs regularly on MontanaPBS. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Hidden Fire: The Great Butte Explosion" (2007)
 
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Directed by Gus Chambers In 1895, Butte, Montana, "the richest hill on earth",endured a series of massive explosions that was deemed "the greatest calamity in the history of the West" by newspapers in its time. The event inspired songs, turned ordinary citizens into heroes, and turned one man into a murderer. This film won a Northwest Emmy Award in 2008 for Individual Accomplishment in Audio. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Gus Chambers has produced award-winning films for MontanaPBS for over twenty years. Chambers makes films about the rich history and culture of Montana. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience
"Crawford Bros. Band: Living In Two Worlds" (2016)
 
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The Crawford Bros. Band is not your average country band. Based on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana, The Crawford Bros. Band is influenced by childhood memories of participating in Blackfeet ceremonies alongside American country music themes. Band member Nick Crawford recounts the identity struggle of growing up half-Native and half-white and the importance of incorporating traditional Blackfeet musical themes into their music in order to inspire Native youth, who have strayed from traditional ways, to get more involved in Blackfeet culture. Filmmaker Web Site - http://www.forestclayproductions.com Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Backroads of Montana: Episode 8 - The Badlands" (1996)
 
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Episode Eight of "Backroads of Montana" hosted by Montana TV & Radio personality, William Marcus. We start with a tour of the Cameron Gallery in Terry, then stop at Makoshika State Park near Glendive to talk with dinosaur hunter Doc Hiatt, then visit the Medicine Rocks near Ekalaka. After chats with a saddlemaker and a pair of Wibaux homesteading pioneers, we conclude our journey by passing time with a trio of Ryegate retirees who combine woodworking and bird watching. This show originates from Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls. Program Updates The Evelyn Cameron Gallery in Terry is still open and the town inaugurated the “Lady Cameron Heritage Days” in the summer of 2005. The event is expected to recur each year during the Prairie County Fair. Ivy Brubaker, who shared her family’s Cameron album with us, died in February 2006. She was 97. Doc Hiatt no longer hikes Makoshika Park near Glendive but still enjoys the park’s wildflowers and picnic areas. The kindly Wibaux ladies who traded stories of cold Montana winters have passed on. Miriam Breitenfeldt passed away in early 1997 at age 92. Lela Hall died in June, 1998. She was 98. Saddle maker John Brown eventually moved his saddle shop from Ekalaka to Miles City. He died in April, 2005. Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls was renamed First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park in 2007. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
THE MONTANA SESSIONS - Halladay Quist - "In the Sun" (2016)
 
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THE MONTANA SESSIONS is a collection of short films featuring some of Montana's finest musicians performing live in outdoor locations throughout the state. This is Halladay Quist performing her original composition "In the Sun," on the bank of Flathead Lake. Halladay Quist Official Links - https://www.facebook.com/HalladayMusic http://www.halladayquist.com/ Production Company Official Links - http://www.universalvisioninc.com https://www.facebook.com/UniversalVision Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army On Wheels" (2000)
 
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Directed by Gus Chambers The story of the 25th Infantry's bicycle trip from Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. The African American infantry took the trip to test a theory that the bicycle would replace the horse in transporting men for the army. The program also examines the life of the African American soldier at the turn of the century, in particular First Sergeant Mingo Sanders. Produced my Montana PBS. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Gus Chambers has produced award-winning films for MontanaPBS for over twenty years. Chambers makes films about the rich history and culture of Montana. Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/
THE MONTANA SESSIONS - Wartime Blues - "Amarillo" (2016)
 
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THE MONTANA SESSIONS is a collection of short films featuring some of Montana's finest musicians performing live in outdoor locations throughout the state. In this episode, Wartime Blues performs "Amarillo" in Montana's Bitterroot Valley. Wartime Blues Official Links - https://www.facebook.com/wartimeblues http://www.wartimeblues.com/ Production Company Official Links - http://www.universalvisioninc.com https://www.facebook.com/UniversalVisionInc Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Tribes of Montana" (2007)
 
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Directed by Sally Thompson Did you ever wonder how some Native tribes get their names? An educational look at how Montana tribes got their contemporary names. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Dr. Thompson has spent over thirty years working with native tribes of the West. She has worked as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian. As founder of the Regional Learning Project, she oversaw a team of specialists with a focus on regional history, geography and culture, interviewing over 200 elders of 37 tribes and used the results to produce several documentaries and three websites. More recently, she worked with traditionalists from the Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes on a book about their traditional seasonal grounds through the Crown of the Continent, with a focus on Glacier National Park. PEOPLE BEFORE THE PARK is due out in 2014. Connect with the filmmaker, Sally Thompson - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sally-thompson/8a/546/431 Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ
"John Isaiah Pepion:  Native American Ledger Artist" (2016)
 
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For John, ledger art has been ceremonial as his understanding of his past, family, and culture grows with his work. As an artist, he hopes to revitalize Blackfeet culture in Montana and use his art as a form of storytelling to tell the world what it means to be Native in modern times from his own indigenous perspective. Filmmaker Web Site - http://www.forestclayproductions.com Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Masked Bandit of the Plains" (2014)
 
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In 1979, the last known living black-footed ferret died in captivity. The species was thought be be extinct. Following a miraculous discovery of one lone ferret colony in Wyoming in 1981, a decades-long effort began to save the most endangered mammal in North America. The Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana is one of the battlegrounds in the attempt to recover the species. With the help of conservation organizations including Defenders of Wildlife and the World Wildlife Fund, the goal of the Gros Ventre and Assininboine Tribes of Fort Belknap is not only to save the ferret, but to establish and reclaim a lost vestige of the American Great Plains, with the full compliment of animals—bison, prairie dogs, ferrets, and other prairie species. If they are successful, they will have created a fully-functioning natural prairie ecosystem in north-central Montana. Aside from being an endangered species, black-footed ferrets are integrally tied to the northern Great Plains ecosystem. Ferrets rely solely on prairie dogs for their survival. As prairie dogs are known to carry bubonic plague, the presence of ferrets in the ecosystem helps to keep a check on prairie dog numbers so as to help control plague outbreaks. Ferrets are part of a whole northern plains ecosystem which holds some of the most imperiled species in North America, including bison, burrowing owls, swift fox, and the mountain plover, just to name a few species of concern. Directed by Doug Hawes-Davis. Camera/Sound by Ken Furrow & Doug Hawes-Davis. Edited by Dru Carr. Soundtrack by Ned Mudd. Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on twitter - https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Remembering Columbia Gardens" (1999)
 
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REMEMBERING THE COLUMBIA GARDENS, directed by Ray Ekness This film celebrates the now-vanished Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana. - in business from 1899-1973 - in home movies, pictures, and first-hand accounts of people who enjoyed the rollercoaster, the carousel, the biplanes, the cowboy swings. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Ray Ekness has worked and taught at The University of Montana since 1989. He was a professor for the Radio-TV Department while he was a television producer at UM's Broadcast Media Center. He joined the school's permanent faculty in 1998, and was department chair from 2004-2011. He has produced programs about subjects ranging from sports, dance, history and culture to travel, politics, news and public affairs. He continues to produce segments for the award-winning Montana PBS television series "Backroads of Montana., which has been nominated for five regional Emmy Awards. Learn more about MontanaPBS at http://montanapbs.org. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
THE MONTANA SESSIONS - Dan Dubuque "Song Three" (2016)
 
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Dan Dubuque performs his original composition, "Song Three" in Montana's Mission Mountains. THE MONTANA SESSIONS is a collection of short films featuring some of Montana's finest musicians performing live in outdoor locations throughout the state. Follow Dan Dubuque on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dandubuquemusic Production Company Official Links - http://www.universalvisioninc.com https://www.facebook.com/UniversalVision Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Golden Eagles  Impacts from Lead Ammo" (2014)
 
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Directed by Ken Furrow. Lead has long been documented as a serious environmental health hazard to humans. Similarly, lead exposure from ingestion of bullet fragments has also been shown to have serious detrimental effects on eagles and other predatory and scavenging species. Due to widespread, well-documented lead poisoning in Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and numerous waterfowl species, the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting was banned nationwide on federal and state lands in 1991. Mounting evidence suggests that the problem persists. The source of the contamination is believed to mostly originate from gut (offal) piles left behind by unknowing hunters who use lead-based ammunition. Raptor View Research Institute (RVRI) and its collaborators have analyzed blood from 178 fall migrating Golden Eagles, and found over half of the sampled eagles had elevated blood-lead levels. RVRI is dedicated to raising public awareness about the serious health effects of lead. More info at http://raptorview.org. About the Filmmaker - Ken Furrow has been involved with film and video production since 1988. His documentary credits include BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and PBS. He has worked for the major news networks including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, CBS and NBC. He has numerous credits with educational productions for different Government organizations and colleges and has produced commercial and corporate videos. He has taught video production with middle/high school students where video skills and editing were emphasized. Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/user/themontanaexperience Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on twitter - https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Backroads of Montana: Comin' Round the Mountain" (2009)
 
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The 30th episode of BACKROADS OF MONTANA introduces us to a man who's returned to Glacier National Park to sign on for a new job. Then we'll watch spring warmth transform a mountain snowpack; trace the history of Chinese immigrants in small-town Montana; and more. William Marcus hosts the program from historic Stevensville. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
THE MONTANA SESSIONS - Little Jane & the Pistol Whips "Simone" (2016)
 
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THE MONTANA SESSIONS is a collection of short films featuring some of Montana's finest musicians performing live in outdoor locations throughout the state. This is Little Jane & the Pistol Whips' performing "Simone," in Montana's Bear Paw Valley. Little Jane and the Pistol Whips Official Links - https://www.facebook.com/littlejaneandthepistolwhips http://littlejaneandthepistolwhips.com/ Production Company Official Links - http://www.universalvisioninc.com https://www.facebook.com/UniversalVisionInc Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"The Alan Lane Story" (2015)
 
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Directed by Tyler Pfiffner & Kimberly Kozub An inspiring story about a talented musician who lost his arm in a logging accident, but continues to work and play music in the Yaak Valley of Montana. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Clay Montana: Art in Place - Julia Galloway" (2016)
 
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Features the work and words of Julia Galloway of Missoula, Montana. From a series of films about the Montana clay community. Funded in-part by a Big Sky Grant from the Montana Film Office. Filmmaker, Geoffrey Pepos Producer, Cynthia Knutsen Filmmaker web site - http://www.inliminal.com Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/ Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Deconstructing Montana" (2017)
 
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Heritage Timber has been dismantling old buildings and carefully salvaging them for reuse since the early 1990s, diverting thousands of tons of useful materials from the landfill and preserving pieces of Montana history in the process. Official Web Page - http://www.highplainsfilms.org/films/deconstructing_montana Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
THE MONTANA SESSIONS - Little Jane & the Pistol Whips - "Hey, Hey, Hey" (2016)
 
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THE MONTANA SESSIONS is a collection of short films featuring some of Montana's finest musicians performing live in outdoor locations throughout the state. This is Little Jane & the Pistol Whips performing "Hey, Hey Hey" in Montana's Bear Paw Valley. Little Jane Official Links - https://www.facebook.com/littlejanean... http://littlejaneandthepistolwhips.com/ Production Company Official Links - http://www.universalvisioninc.com https://www.facebook.com/UniversalVision Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaex... Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Ps... Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Backroads of Montana: Episode 9 - "Amber Waves of Grain" (1997)
 
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Episode #9 of "Backroads of Montana" hosted by Montana TV & Radio personality, William Marcus. In this episode we drop by East Helena to take a look at one of the largest barns in the West, visit a farmer working to get his crop combined near Windham, have a gander at entries in the whimsical "What the Hay" contest between Hobson and Utica in Judith Basin, visit Glacier National Park, and watch from a safe distance when the dirt flies at a motorcycle hill-climb near Billings. Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience Subscribe to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MontanaFilms
"Things of Intrinsic Worth" (2013)
 
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THINGS OF INTRINSIC WORTH, directed by Carly Calhoun & Sam Despeaux Wally and Clint McRae struggle to save their ranch amidst the encroaching forces of coal production. The McRae family settled in Montana in the 1880's to raise cattle amongst prairies of the Tongue River Valley. The McRaes knew the intrinsic worth of the land and unspoiled waters of the Tongue River. Wally McRae and his son Clint continue the old family traditions. But now, the McRae's ranch sits at the epicenter over a battle that pits powerful corporate influences against the protection of public health and the environment, and the future of the climate. ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS Carly Calhoun and Sam Despeaux are based in Asheville, North Carolina. Carly is a photojournalist, whose work has been featured in The New York Times and National Geographic Adventure, among others. Sam has worked as a director, producer, and cinematographer on documentary and commercial projects. His goal is to always be working on film projects that are impactful and artfully told.. Calhoun and Despeaux also produced a short film series called "Downwind and Downstream" about the environmental and health impacts of coal ash in the United States. Official Website - http://www.downwindanddownstream.com SUBSCRIBE to THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Psw3TOXXGULurBj5mtofQ Follow THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/themontanaexperience/