2014 BIG SKY FILM SERIES Free Screenings Continue at the TOP HAT LOUNGE in downtown MISSOULA, MONTANA


2014 BIG SKY FILM SERIES Free Screenings Continue at the TOP HAT LOUNGE in downtown MISSOULA, MONTANA
Monday Nights at 8 p.m.
May 19th –
TCHOUPITOULAS
Three young brothers take a secret sunset journey across a river to a pleasure island that’s always been forbidden to them. As such, the narrative conceit of Tchoupitoulas is as timeless as a fairy tale.
May 26th –
MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK
The untold story of ‘bad-boy’ Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend.
June 9th –
“MADE IN MONTANA” SHORT FILMS (Filmmakers in-attendance) This series of shorts includes new work by some of Montana’s best filmmakers and about some of Montana’s most interesting people and places.
June 16th –
BROTHERS ON THE LINE (Filmmaker in-attendance) Narrated by Martin Sheen, this acclaimed documentary explores the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers, prolific United Auto Workers labor leaders.
June 23rd –
WILD REVERENCE (Filmmaker in-attendance) WILD REVERENCE embarks on a quest to begin a movement to enact real change not only for the steelhead but for all ecosystems.  Filmmaker Shane Anderson will be in-attendance to answer questions and discuss the movie. 
June 30th –
THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY
The Whole Gritty City follows three New Orleans marching bands rising up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
View movie trailers and read more about the films – <http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/bsdff/film-series/>
For Review Copies & Information, contact – Michael Workman, Programming Assistant, (406) 541-3456, <coordinator@bigskyfilmfest.org>
Special thanks to the Big Sky Film Series sponsors – THE TOP HAT LOUNGE – <http://tophatlounge.com/>
MISSOULA INDEPENDENT –
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Big Sky Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
2014 BIG SKY FILM SERIES Free Screenings Continue at the TOP HAT LOUNGE in downtown MISSOULA, MONTANA

BIG SKY FILM INSTITUTE SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


BIG SKY FILM INSTITUTE SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
APPLICANTS SHOULD EMAIL ONLY THESE DOCUMENTS Cover letter, resume, and two professional references.  Do not send additional materials at this time.
CONTACT
APPLICATION DEADLINE
March 21, 2014
SUMMARY
The Big Sky Film Institute (BSFI) is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director.   The Executive Director is responsible for overall organizational operation, staff management, planning and budgeting; and for the planning and successful presentation of the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF), 2015 Big Sky Doc Shop, and the year-round weekly Big Sky Film Series.   Applicants must be available to start work full-time in Missoula, Montana, on May 1, 2014.  The Executive Director role requires strong organizational leadership to maximize existing strategies and develop new directions, while conducting festival and film series planning, administration, budgeting, fundraising, and staff management in an effective manner and in accordance with policies set by the Big Sky Film Institute Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is the chief staff member of the organization and is the public “face” of the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and weekl
 y year-round Big Sky Film Series.  
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Create and administer the annual BSFI budget, working collaboratively with program and development staff In conjunction with festival staff, plan and execute the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Big Sky Doc Shop.
Execute the weekly Big Sky Film Series in conjunction with staff.
Execute effective annual branding and marketing of BSDFF locally, regionally, and nationally, and identify strategies for developing filmmaker, film industry, and audience participation.
Work with development team in creating and cultivating successful relationships with major donors and business partners/sponsors.
Represent the organization in the local community and in the media.
Foster positive, productive relationships and teamwork among staff, board and volunteers.
Work with the Board President to facilitate meetings and participation of the Board of Directors.
IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking Knowledge of the fields of film, video, and new media Experience with financial management in a small non-profit corporation Demonstrated ability to work with a governing board Ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers Minimum B.A., B.S.., B.F.A., M.A., or M.F.A. in a related field.
COMPENSATION
To be determined based on candidate experience and availability. 
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should submit a resume, brief introductory letter, and a minimum of two professional references, to <search@bigskyfilm.org> with the subject “Executive Director Application.”  Send only the requested information.  We will request additional information if necessary. 
ABOUT THE BIG SKY FILM INSTITUTE
The BSFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Missoula, Montana. Major programs of the Big Sky Film Institute include the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the weekly year-round Big Sky Film Series, and the annual Big Sky Doc Shop.  Additionally, BSFI offers fiscal sponsorship for non-fiction filmmakers with projects in-production.  The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) is the largest cinema event in Montana and the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The 2014 BSDFF drew an audience of more than 25,000 and received more than 1,000 film entries from every corner of the globe. 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 visiting artists, and presents an average of 125 non-fiction films annually at multiple venues in downtown Missoula, Montana including the Crystal Theater, Top Hat Lounge, and the historic
  1,000-seat Wilma Theater.  In addition to screenings, events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions.  The festival is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards.  Winning films in the Short Documentary and Mini-Doc categories automatically qualify to compete for an Oscar the following year.  The weekly Big Sky Film Series screens new and classic non-fiction films every Monday night at the Top Hat Lounge in downtown Missoula.  The Big Sky Film Series is free and open to the public. 
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Big Sky Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
BIG SKY FILM INSTITUTE SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FEST ANNOUNCES WINNERS; BIG CLOSING WEEKEND TO CULMINATE WITH RE-SCREENINGS OF WINNING FILMS


BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FEST ANNOUNCES WINNERS; BIG CLOSING WEEKEND TO CULMINATE WITH RE-SCREENINGS OF WINNING FILMS
Missoula, Montana
After many hours of viewing, deliberating and debating, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s competition jury has reached consensus in all four awards categories for the 2014 event. The winners of the Feature, Big Sky, Short and Mini-Doc categories were announced before an energized and packed house last night at the Top Hat Lounge in downtown Missoula.
“There was considerable debate among the judges in all four categories,” said festival director Nick Davis. “That’s a real testament to the quality of our selections and to the work of both the filmmakers and of our programming team.”
Three of the four competition categories—Best Feature, Best Short, and Best Mini-Doc—are based on running time, while the Big Sky Award is presented to the best film about the American West. Films that had yet to be broadcast and were completed in the previous calendar year were eligible.
The Best Feature award went to A WORLD NOT OURS, an intimate and funny portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon.  “Through his unique sensibility and keenly perceptive eye, filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Palestinian refugee camp where he grew up,” read the judges’ statement. “In so doing, he creates a remarkable cinematic journey that is both highly personal and strikingly universal.”
The Big Sky Award was earned by URANIUM DRIVE-IN, the gripping story of a once-booming Colorado mining town as it grapples with the prospect of a return to the mining industry that offers a conflicting mix of economic prosperity and environmental and health challenges. The film was directed by Susan Beraza.  “We chose URANIUM DRIVE-IN  for the Big Sky Award because of its balanced and raw look at the realities of mining,” said the jury. “The filmmakers took great care with the subject and the characters and the result is a powerful story about life in the west.”  URANIUM DRIVE-IN also took home a cash prize of $1000 sponsored by the Montana Film Office. 
The Best Short award winner was THE RECORD BREAKER, the funny and surprisingly heartfelt tale of Ashrita Furman, the man with the most Guinness World Records of all time. The film’s director is Brian McGinn.  “THE RECORD BREAKER is witty, fast-paced and accomplished, with an engaging character who has found his own personal quirky passion in life,” said the judges. “Underneath the fun, the film grapples with deeper, even profound issues such as the nature of obsession and changing relationships between parents and child.” 
And finally, the winner of the Best Mini-Doc award went to EUGENE, directed by Jordan Olshanksy and Jason Stanfield. The 13-minute film, shot over the course of several months, tracks the last days of a homeless man living in the outskirts of San Francisco. The judges’ statement was not available as of press time.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s status as a qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Short and Mini-Doc categories means that THE RECORD BREAKER and EUGENE are now eligible for consideration for next year’s Oscars.
In addition to the category winners, judges were given the option of presenting an Artistic Vision award in each category. In each case, the jury found a film so deserving. They are: TRUCKER AND THE FOX (Feature), directed by Arash Lahooti; TRANSMORMON (Big Sky), directed by Torben Bernhard; PRISON TERMINAL (Short), directed by Edgar Barens; and ADRIFT (Mini-Doc), directed by Frederik Depickere.
The award screenings will cap a busy final weekend of the nine-day festival. In addition to Friday evening’s full slate of films, screenings will be held in all four festival venues throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, including a slate of “Movies You Missed” made up of some of the most popular films screened during the previous week. Film schedule and information can be found at bigskyfilmfest.org.
AWARD SCREENINGS – WILMA THEATER – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23
5:30 pm –
The Record Breaker
Uranium Drive-In
7:30 pm –
Adrift
Eugene
A World Not Ours
9:30 pm –
Transmormon
Prison Terminal
Trucker and the Fox
MOVIES YOU MISSED – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
CRYSTAL THEATER –
12 noon –
Art is War
Herd in Iceland
1:45 pm –
Vacant Seat
Polish Illusion
3:30 pm –
Shaped on All Six Sides
Mistaken for Strangers
TOP HAT LOUNGE –
12 noon –
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
1:45 pm –
Beyond the Divide
Contact:
Nick Davis
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BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FEST ANNOUNCES WINNERS; BIG CLOSING WEEKEND TO CULMINATE WITH RE-SCREENINGS OF WINNING FILMS