Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

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Missoula, Montana (Pop. 66,788)
February 17-26, 2012

As one of the largest film events in Montana, Big Sky has become the go-to venue for nonfiction films in the American West. In addition to showcasing contemporary and classics docs, the festival has highlighted the films the Maysles Brothers, Kartemquin Films and Frederick Wiseman in past retrospective programs. There’s also a heavy emphasis on combining cinema with music. Last year, Yo La Tengo provided live musical accompaniment to the documentaries of French filmmaker Jean Painlevé.

When to submit: By early September
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Emily Thomas is a Fall 2011 intern with POV Digital. She's interned at Esquire magazine and Vice magazine. Currently Emily is finishing her senior year at NYU, where she is double majoring in journalism and social & cultural analysis. She is also a freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker.Her top five documentaries are:1. Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders)2. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh)3. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)4. Dont Look Back (D A Pennebaker)5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)