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Montana Forum on Film and New Media


I spent the last day and a half at the first ever (hopefully first annual) Montana Forum On Film and New Media, held here in Butte  The forum is a gathering where Montana Filmmakers can network and discuss what they do. The discussions were, obviously, geared towards people working in the field. At times, this made it difficult for the uninitiated, myself included, to understand what was being said. Some sentences seemed to be composed almost entirely of acronyms. I heard the word “industry” so much that it started to lose all meaning. But despite the bewildering amount jargon being flung about every which way, I did manage to take away something from the forum. Here are some quotes:


Apparently, many Montana filmmakers head out to Southern California to begin their career, but find they can't stay away from the Big Sky state.  JP Gabriel of Filmlites Montana said of his time in California and the decision to move back to Montana that he became “sick of spending time in the car, waiting to get somewhere [he] never arrive[d].”

The panels offered good advice for young filmmakers entering the industry.


An audience member asked what it takes to get the attention of film festivals. Yarrow Kraner of Chisel industries answered that "first, the film has to be good." He added that he also uses Linked-In to make connections. Staggs suggested contacting the local film festivals.


In response to a question about getting attention on crowd funding site’s like kick starter and indie go-go, Tom Winston of Grizzly Creek Films said that it helps if the project is "issue based," rather than "just a dream in your head you think everybody needs to see."

So, there you are, a few words of wisdom from successful, independent Montana filmmakers.

Winter is Magical

When the wind blows the already-fallen snow around and the sun makes it sparkle and shimmer it's like Mother Nature is throwing glitter all over us. Days like today make the winter much easier to get through.

New Year's Eve 2013

On this very gloomy, rainy (sleety? I really haven't been outside) New Year's Eve, I thought it would be fun to post a gloomy day playlist for those of us who will be staying inside with tea and the SyFy Twilight Zone marathon, rather than going out. 

1. The Enemy by Mumford and Sons
Lovely, lovely Mumford and Sons recorded this for Andrea Arnold's 2011 version of Wuthering Heights, which also makes for great gloomy day viewing. A word of warning though, it is as harsh and violent as the novel. Sadly, The Enemy is not yet available for download on iTunes or anywhere that I have been able find it. It is on YouTube however, as are all the songs in the list. (And everything except The Enemy can also be found on Spotify.)

2. On the Bus Mall by The Decemberists
Two words: Teenage. Prostitution.
3. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot
Nautical tragedy #1
4. House Carpenter as performed by Nickel Creek
Nautical tragedy #2

5. California Dreaming by the Mamas and the Papas
Yay for harmony.
6. Country Mile by Camera Obscura
Is Scottish saddness the saddest saddness of all?

7. Don't Let Me be Misunderstood as performed by Nina Simone.
I first heard this on the fabulous BBC cop drama "Luther," starring the also fabulous Idris Elba who played the title character in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" which did not play in Butte. Can someone explain this to me? We didn't get "The Book Thief" either, but "Bad Grandpa" played forever. What's that about? But I digress.

Happy New Year to Everyone! And for those of you venturing out into the loud, boozy throng, have fun, be safe, and for God's sake don't drive if you're drinking.">The Enemy">On the Bus Mall">

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Hello Butteites!

 About three weeks ago my husband and I moved to Butte. We love this community and are so excited to be living here. In this blog I will relate our adventures, large and small, as we make this fascinating city our home.

Today, while wandering around uptown, taking in the bright warmth of early autumn, we stopped in at the new Grand Bakery on Broadway and got some of these babies :

 (It cannot be overstated how excited I am to be living within walking distance of fresh pastries and fancy bread.) They were delicious. By the way, there will be lots of pics of food on here. I know that it's kind of a social media/blogging cliché, but it can't be helped. One of the most alluring things about Butte, apart from the people and the history is the fabulous food culture.  

Finally, am I right in using Butteite? I've been trying, since my parents moved to Butte two years ago, to figure out what people from Butte call themselves (Butteite, Butteonian ?). I finally found a reference to Butteite on pg 289 of Beyond the American Pale by David M. Emmons (thanks Google Books!). So I'm assuming it's Butteite. If I'm wrong, do let me know.

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