The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films as well as classics in the genre. The festival hosts over 100 visiting artists and presents over 150 non-fiction films annually at historic downtown theater The Wilma as well as The Roxy and the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition to screenings, the DocShop filmmakers forum is a 5-day conference including panels and workshops that takes place during the festival and geared towards filmmakers, innovators, students, and media industry leaders to explore cutting edge ideas that are shaping the field of documentary film today. Special retrospective programs have included the films of The Maysles Brothers, Kartemquin Films, Frederick Wiseman, Lucy Walker, Ondi Timoner, Daniel Junge, and EyeSteelFilm. Special guests have included Indy Rock legends Yo La Tengo, Academy Award winning director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Les Blank (Burden of Dreams), Greg Barker (Sergio), Joe Berlinger (Crude), Ron Mann (Grass), Brendan Canty & Christoph Green (the Burn to Shine series), Chuck Workman (The Life & Times of Andy Warhol), Hart & Dana Heinz Perry (Sex: The Revolution).
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