'Children of the Arctic'

"Children of the Arctic" follows youths in the northernmost community in Alaska.

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Here are the highlights for Thursday's screenings at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in downtown Missoula.

FILMS

Films at the Wilma, Crystal and Top Hat, beginning at 2 p.m.

Shorts galore: 24 short films from two competitions: Fusion Doc Challenge at 2 p.m., International Documentary Challenge at 4 p.m. Top Hat Lounge.

“Top Spin”: Three U.S. teenagers battle their way through the world of competitive ping pong. Feature competition. Wilma Theatre, 4 p.m.

Sam Green retrospective continues with six short films screening at the Crystal Theater, 5:15 p.m.

“There Will Be No Stay”: Inside the world of executioners, you’ll find compassion and consequence. World premiere, feature competition. Wilma Theatre, 6 p.m.

“Children of The Arctic”: Portrait of five teenagers growing up in the northernmost community in the U.S. Big Sky Award Competition. Crystal Theater, 7 p.m.

“Being Evel”: Montana’s favorite son is the subject of this film from Oscar-winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville. Introduction by former Congressman Pat Williams. Wilma Theatre, 8 p.m.

FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE

Q&A following film screening

“Top Spin”" Sara Newens, Mina Son, directors. Wilma Theatre, 4 p.m.

“Sam Green Retrospective”: Sam Green, director. Crystal Theater, 5:15 p.m.

“There Will Be No Stay”: Patty Dillon, director. Wilma Theatre, 6 p.m.

“Children of the Arctic”: Nick Brandestini, director. Wilma Theatre, 7 p.m.

“Being Evel”: Daniel Junge, director. Wilma Theater, 8 p.m.

EVENTS

DocShop – Big Sky Pitch Session! Filmmakers pitch industry experts to get their projects funded. UC Theater, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Big Sky Interactive at the Missoula Art Museum. Viewers become participants in three different interactive documentaries, “The Whale Hunt,” creating their own unique experiences. Missoula Art Museum, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

John Cohen photography exhibit. Cohen is a legendary musician (New Lost City Ramblers), photographer (Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac) and documentary filmmaker ("That High Lonesome Sound"). Brink Gallery, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Full schedule of films and events: bigskyfilmfest.org.

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