As the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival rolls into its final weekend, you can view 20 films at the Wilma, the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, Elks Lodge and Roxy beginning at 1 p.m.
Shorts galore: Nine short films screening throughout the day, including shorts blocks at 3:30 p.m. (Wilma) and 9:15 p.m. (Roxy 3).
Greg Barker retrospective begins: Six films from the Emmy-winning director and producer, beginning with two today: "Koran By Heart," a look at three 10-year-olds in a competition to memorize the 600-page Koran (Schoolhouse Doc feature, rated for seventh grade and up, MCT, 4 p.m.); and "The Final Year," a deep dive into the last year of the Obama administration (Wilma, 8:30 p.m.).
"My Country No More" — Following the rise and fall of the new American oil boom, this film paints an intimate portrait of a rural community in crisis, forced to confront the meaning of progress as they fight for a disappearing way of life. Wilma, 6 p.m.
"690 Vopnafjörður" — In the middle of nowhere, the 645 people of Vopnafjörður, Iceland go about their daily lives. As single individuals carry the responsibility of ensuring the community’s future, the fear of depopulation is inevitable. This film explores the communal tensions that push people to stay or leave a place like Vopnafjörður. Roxy 2, 7:30 p.m.
"The Bastard" — Ethiopian Daniel Hoek is absolutely convinced that he would never have landed in jail if his Dutch father had not abandoned him. His dad, Joop Hoek, is equally certain that he would have been a different person had he not been deserted by his own father. A moving narrative about destiny, DNA and the role of absent fathers. MCT, 8:30 p.m.
"A Sniper’s War" — The story of a sniper whose anti-U.S. views lead him to join the pro-Russian rebels in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict — a primary source of political tension between the United States and Russia. When social media becomes a communication platform to schedule sniper duels, the film’s focus, Deki, finds his life in jeopardy. Elk’s Lodge, 8:45 p.m.
Filmmakers in attendance
Q&A following film screening
"The Reluctant Radical" — Lindsey Grayzel, director/producer/editor; Deia Schlosberg, co-producer; Ken Ward, subject; Conrad Shaw, production assistant. Wilma, 1 p.m.
"For Akheem" — Jeff Truesdale, executive producer. MCT, 1:45 p.m.
"All That We Carry" — Erin Kokdil, director. Room 140 — Priscilla Gonzalez, director. "Last Dance At Johnson’s Barn" — Clay Haskell, director; Dylan Nelson, producer; Eric Johnson, subject. Wilma, 3:30 p.m.
"Everything Old is New Again" — Keelan Williams, director. "In God We Trump" — Christopher Maloney, director. Elks Lodge, 4 p.m.
"Koran By Heart" — Greg Barker, director. MCT, 4 p.m.
"My Country No More" — Jeremiah Hammerling and Rita Baghdadi, directors; Jeff Consiglio, editor; BC Campbell, composer. Wilma, 6 p.m.
"Moroni for President" — Saila Huusko, director. MCT, 8:30 p.m.
"The Final Year" — Greg Barker, director. Wilma, 8:30 p.m.
"A Sniper’s War" — Olya Schechter, director. Elk’s Lodge, 8:45 p.m.
"Robert Mims the Texan Bull Rider" — Doug Hancock, director; Robert Mims, subject. "Slave One: The Kung Fu Judge Story" — Juan Leguizamon, director/editor; David Bee, consulting editor. "Samantha’s Acro Cats" — Jacob Feiring, director. Roxy 2, 9:15 p.m.
"The Antarctica Series" — From the New York Times, a collection of four virtual reality projects filmed on, above and below the ice in Antarctica. MCT, any time during operating hours.
BSDFF happy hours at Dram Shop, 5-6:30 p.m.
Tickets available at venues and at box office at ROAM office, 125 S. Higgins. Full schedule of films and events: bigskyfilmfest.org.