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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces 2018 AudioDocs Selections And Special Event

Feb 4, 2018

The 2018 Big Sky Documentary film festival will present a special event with seven official audio documentary selections in the inaugural AudioDocs program produced in partnership with Montana Public Radio.

Selections include "The 121st Ship" from director Jessica Jane Hart; "Hoofprints on the Heart" and "Dogs are People Too" from host Caroline Ballard and producers Erin Jones, Anna Rader and, Micah Schweizer; "Kenneth’s First Vote" from directors Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren; "The Longest Year" from director Jessie Beers-Altman; "On Death" and "Space Clouds" from director Tally Abecassis and "Reason to the Moon" from director: Ng Sze Min.

Selections will air at a special listening event during BSDFF on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. at the MCT Center for the performing arts in Missoula. Many of the producers will be present for Q&As, and the event will also feature a special performance from the MASC Studio.

A program of the Big Sky Film Institute, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has grown to become the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with local Montana flavor. For 15 years, Big Sky has continued to engage vibrant conversations evolving in the industry, pushing the definition of documentary to discover what lies at its boundaries. While Big Sky will always be a film festival, the audio documentary has recently been the fastest growing medium in the documentary field, with radio and podcasts enjoying a proverbial 21st century renaissance. At the 2017 festival, Big Sky dipped its toe in the audio pool, hosting a “Listen Lounge” where individuals could don a pair of headphones and indulge in locally produced audio documentaries.

“The Listen Lounge activities exposed a desire for a more interactive and shared festival experience with the audio documentary medium,” says Big Sky Executive Director Rachel Gregg. “Audio stories and podcasts are often consumed independently, so we’re excited to explore the impact of audio documentary in a collective setting, a true festival experience.” 

Tickets for the February 21 AudioDocs event are $12 and include a special reception following the event. Learn more and purchase tickets at http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/festival/audio_documentaries