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Montana Film Office

August 2011 – Press & News

msuprofMSU film instructor nominated for Emmy for wolverine film

Filmmaker Gianna Savoie’s passion for the elusive wolverine has helped her capture something nearly as rare — a nomination for an Emmy in documentary programming.

Savoie, who is an adjunct instructor in Montana State University’s Science and Natural History Filmmaking graduate program, is nominated for an Emmy for her documentary “Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom.” Savoie wrote and produced the program for PBS’ Nature series.

The film, which can be viewed online at the PBS Nature site is nominated in the outstanding nature programming category. The winner will be announced at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences news and documentary Emmy presentation on Sept. 26 in New York City. Her film faces competition from Discovery Channel’s “First Life” with David Attenborough, Animal Planet’s “Secret Life of Elephants” and another PBS Nature program, “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air.”

“To my knowledge, Gianna is the first faculty member of the film school to be nominated for a national primetime Emmy,” said Dennis Aig, MSU film professor and director of MSU’s MFA program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. “This is a great honor for her and MSU. She is a great, talented colleague, and she is part of an internationally distinguished group of nominees.”

Click here for a PDF of the full article by Carol Schmidt of the MSU News Service.

sightsMSU filmmakers premiere second extreme skiing and boarding film on Sept. 1

“Set Your Sights,” the second extreme ski and snowboard film by a group of current and former students in the Montana State University School of Film and Photography, will have its world premiere at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman.

“Set Your Sights,” made by Toy Soldier Productions, was filmed during the epic 2010-2011 winter in locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. It includes several skiers and snowboarders from MSU as well as the surrounding area. Toy Solder Productions was formed two years ago by Justin Brodin, Andy Hahn, Jonny Dust and Shane Dowaliby, who were all students in the School of Film and Photography as well as extreme athletes.

The group’s first effort, “Come Find Us,” which featured the semi-underground world of extreme skiers and snow boarders in Montana, was released a year ago. Since it was made, Dowaliby and Brodin have graduated from MSU. “That film did better than we expected,” Dowaliby said. The members of Toy Soldier Productions felt they had learned so much during their first effort that they jumped into a second film that would benefit from what they learned in the first.

Click here for a PDF of the full article by Carol Schmidt of the MSU News Service.

CooperIndependent Movie Being Filmed At Historical Metlen Hotel

DILLON, Mont. — “Cooper” is a contemporary western movie being filmed throughout the state of Montana, but started its shooting today in the famous Melten Hotel in Dillon. There are about 20 people working on the independent film and all are from Montana. The movie is about the lifestyle and hardships that come along with ranching. The son of a rancher is one of the main characters and the plot thickens when it is revealed he picks up a dangerous sport. According to the crew the controversial sport along with research on the ranching lifestyle in Montana is what really developed the plot of the film.

Click here for a PDF of the full article by Alyx Sacks of the NBC Montana.