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"Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey" examines the life of the prolific climber.

Here are Tuesday's highlights at the 15th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival:


Catch 28 films at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts and the Elks Lodge, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Shorts galore: Three blocks of short films screening throughout the day.

Schoolhouse Docs begin: Films screened by local educators especially for school-age kids. Today’s screening features eight short films rated for kids sixth grade and up. MCT, 4 p.m.

"Edith + Eddie" — Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. A 2018 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short. Shorts block, Elks Lodge 6:15 p.m.

"Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Becky" — Fred Becky is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Becky’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road. His rebel lifestyle, essential books and unparalleled first ascents form an iconic legacy that lives on forever. Elks Lodge, 8:45 p.m.

"Renga for the West" — In 2016, Missoula opened its doors to refugees for the first time this century. This film explores the relationship between new refugee arrivals and long-time Montanans through a tapestry of self-directed, first-person stories. Shorts block, MCT 6 p.m.

"Father’s Kingdom" — In the early 1900s, an African-American man named Reverend M.J. Divine began a religious movement that would reach more than a million followers at its peak, crossing racial divisions and advocating for gender and economic equality. Father Divine is little remembered today, dismissed as a con man. The reason? Father Divine claimed to be God. MCT, 8:30 p.m.

Filmmakers in attendance

Q&A following each film screening:

"Scrap" — Chris Filippone, director. "Lincoln" — Laura Lovo, director. "Flat Rocks" — Courtney Montour, director. "Person of the Forest" — Melissa Lesh, director; Robert Rodriguez Suro, cinematographer. Shorts block, MCT, 1:30 p.m.

"More Than a Word" — John and Kenn Little, directors. Elks Lodge, 3:45 p.m.

"Wild Next Door" — Joseph Matesh, director. "Rebuilding in Miniature" — Veena Rao, director. "Drummer Girl" — Sophie Hexter, director. Schoolhouse Docs shorts block, MCT, 4 p.m.

"Ladies First" — Uraaz Bal, director. Renga for the West — Bryan Bello, director. "Never Give Up While You Are Still Alive" — Joel Kambale, director. MCT, 6 p.m.

"Coach Nison" — Charlie Hoxie, director. Shorts block, Elks Lodge, 6:15 p.m.

"Father’s Kingdom" — Lenny Feinberg, director. MCT, 8:30 p.m.

"Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Becky" — Adam Brown, director; Jason Reid, producer/editor. Elks Lodge, 8:45 p.m.


"The Antarctica Series" — From the New York Times, a collection of four virtual reality films 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:

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