Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


This Friday’s start of The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival will mark its ninth year here in Missoula.

The festival will be featuring 144 films between this Friday and next Sunday.

The films can be seen at two venues in Missoula, the Wilma Theater, where they will be featuring two screens, and the Crystal Theater.

This year’s festival will be focusing on music, according to festival director and programmer, Mike Steinberg.

“We’ve got over 40 non-fiction films focusing on musicians, and music ranging from classical, jazz, soul music, and rock,” Steinberg says. “Pretty much any music that anyone likes is probably represented,” he adds.

In addition to the films, there will be a series of concerts following selected screenings.

A crowd gathers outside the Wilma Theater

Next Wednesday, the 22nd, following the screening of The Winding Stream, a film that tells the story of the Carters and the Cashes, the band Cold Hard Cash will take the stage for the ultimate tribute to the Man in Black.

Besides the films and concerts, filmgoers and filmmakers can attend a series of Doc Shops.

This will give filmmakers an opportunity to meet, pitch ideas, and interact with experts in the world of documentary filmmaking, according to the BSDFF website.

There is a wide variety of tickets for sale, ranging from all access passes ($250), which are good for all screenings, festival parties and special events, or individual tickets ($7).

Tickets, schedules, and any other information you’d like can be found on the BSDFF website.






Prior to moving to Missoula to attend the University of Montana’s Journalism School, Patrick Record lived in Los Angeles, where he worked as a freelance audio technician and camera operator. Currently, he’s the photographer for the UM Foundation. Patrick is also minoring in Central and Southwestern Asian Studies and his career goal is to be a war photographer following graduation from the journalism school. Check out Patrick’s website to see more of his work.