BOZEMAN (AP) - A documentary film about working-class Americans, told by miners and their families in Butte, will open here on Friday night.
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"Butte, America," produced and directed by Pam Roberts, chronicles the collision of the Industrial Revolution and the Western frontier.
Roberts, a Hardin native who lives in Bozeman, said the stories of immigrant families like the one she was born into resonated with her from the time she visited Butte as a young girl. The film, which took nine years to make, concentrates on the people who have lived in Butte throughout its history of booms and busts in the mining industry.
Butte native Edwin Dobb, a descendant of Irish copper miners, co-wrote the script along with Academy Award nominee Eugene Corr. Irish actor Gabriel Byrne narrates the film, which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Emerson Center for the Performing Arts and Culture.