Missoula Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

  • To Live Deliberately

    Directed by Marshall Granger

    It is winter, and 19-year old Justin Willis camps out alone in his van in Hyalite Canyon. He is close to the mountains he lives to climb. To Live Deliberately offers a portrait of a young person figuring out what it means to explore, with a comfortable acceptance i...

  • Badger Creek

    Directed by Randy Vasqueza and Jonathan Skurnik

    Before Buzz and Glenda Momberg began their family, they made the decision to become sober and reconnect with their Blackfeet traditions. As a result, their children and grandchildren are reconnecting with their culture and language. Now it is tim...

  • Blacksun

    Directed by Jon Bougher and Kohl Threlkeld

    Blacksun is a young rapper in Cité Soleil, Haiti - one of the largest slums in the Western Hemisphere. Despite his talent and passion, he knows his chance of making it out of the slum and into the spotlight are slim. In this short documentary, he refl...

  • Break Kids

    Directed by Emily Kassie

    Nasir is a New York City street dancer whose crew is cracked down on by the NYPD, as they become tougher on street and subway dancers. Nasir is also 5 years old. In this documentary short, Nasir's family encourages Nasir's dance career while warily acknowledging his gr...

  • Coaching Colburn

    Directed by Jeff Bemiss

    James Colburn was born with Fragile X Syndrome. At 26, he is a child at heart who uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him. Raising and caring for James has not been easy. This short documentary embraces the challenges it takes to raise James, but als...

  • Comic Book Heaven

    Directed by E.J. McLeavey-Fisher

    Comic Book Heaven is a short documentary that follows 81 year old Joe Leisner, owner of Comic Book Heaven in Sunnyside, Queens, NY as he cantankerously assesses the status of his business, the comic book industry, and his future.

  • Dryden - The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game

    Directed by Chris Jordan-Bloch

    "The industry kept saying: 'We have the power; you have none. We are coming. Get out of the way or leave,'" says Joanne Cipolla-Dennis, recalling what happened when the oil and gas industry came to the town of Dryden, NY. But Joanne and her neighbors came up with...

  • F-Line

    Directed by Silvia Turchin

    F-Line is a poetic documentary that explores an ethereal past and romance aboard San Francisco's historic streetcars. I made F-Line with the underlying belief that cinema, as Dziga Vertov said, is capable of showing and creating a world that the human eye alone canno...

  • Fighter By Nature

    Directed by By Aryelle Cormier & JP Keenan

    A portrait of a boxing coach from Baltimore, MD as he balances being a father to his family and a coach to his community.

  • Fungiphilia Rising

    Directed by Madison McClintock

    An ode to nature's often forgotten alchemists and their allies, Fungiphilia Rising is an invitation to explore the fascinating world of mushrooms throughout the American West. By attending mushroom forays and fungus festivals, talking to scores of individuals fro...

  • Hinoki Farm

    Directed by Akiro Hellgard

    After their retirement from company employment about 15 years ago, Mrs. and Mr. Kikuchi left Tokyo and started a new life in the rural and mountainous region on the island of Kyushu in Japan. They built a hinoki farm with their own hands. This is a study of daily wor...

  • JORDANNE

    Directed by Zak Razvi

    Jordanne is a short portrait film about 22-year-old British female disabled tennis player, Jordanne Whiley. Jordanne was born with brittle bone disease. The film is narrated by Jordanne, and filmed in her hometown of Halesowen, UK, during the lead up to the US Open 2014.

  • Mr Fogg

    Directed by Joe Dixon

    A tale of Eric Fogg, his life and love.

  • One Year Lease

    Directed by Brian Bolster

    Ahhh, renting an apartment in New York City - tiny, 'challenging' spaces coupled with enormous rents are to be expected. The most eccentric of landlords...directly above you…with an itchy speed-dial finger? - perhaps not as common. Told almost entirely through voice m...

  • Out of Deepwood

    Directed by Craig Weflen

    Today, the Trinity River Audubon Center is a place of discovery, education, and tranquility. Yet this location, adjacent to a middle-class African-American neighborhood, has not always been so peaceful.

  • Reunions

    Directed by Naomi Wise

    The Zoltak family survived WWII with the help of a sympathetic Christian Polish family. REUNIONS tells the story of Sydney Zoltak’s return to Poland and his emotional reunion with the Polish rescuer who saved his life. The film is a production of Garrison Creek Media (ww...

  • Slow Season

    Directed by John Fiege

    The devastation of the 2010 BP oil spill has faded from public consciousness, but for some it cannot be escaped. SLOW SEASON is a reverie on an endangered way of life through the words of a Houma Indian crab fisherman and his family, deep in Louisiana’s bayou country. As...