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University of Montana students will appear just a little larger than life when they hit the screen tonight.
“Untrammeled”, a documentary film from local, Florence-based filmmakers Shanenon and Julia Starrett, follows two groups of Montana students as they traverse the beauty of the Scapegoat and Bob Marshall Wilderness areas. The groups, one made of local Hellgate, Sentinel, and Salish-Kootanai high school students and one of University of Montana-Missoula students, trekked on multiple backpacking trips, including on 12 day, 85 mile trip. With film crew in tow, every step and challenge the students faced (and even some candid reflections) were captured in some of the most unspoiled vistas Montana has to offer.
The film was created as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act, which in 1964, created 9.1 million acres of federally protected wilderness areas and began a legacy of protection that has expanded to include more than 109 million acres of protected land. “Untrammeled” will be featured at many celebrations of the act this year as well as featured in film festivals around the nation. Director of the film, Shanenon Starrett, said in a press release “This was an incredible filming opportunity for us and we are very thankful to the passionate people who made it all possible, especially the founders of the Wilderness Act itself. We are very excited to share with the public the adventure these students had in a film that is set in one of Montana’s greatest treasures.”
SOme of the film’s highlights include having been shot about and by 100% Montanans, using solar technology to power their equipment, and filming over 85+ miles of Montana-led backpacking adventures.
“Untrammeled’ will screen for the first time Tuesday, April 8th at the UC Theater (UC Commons building at the University of Montana campus), starting at 7pm.
Fore more information about the film or the filmmakers, contact Julia Starrett at Starrett Artists, LLC (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 406.823.0101.