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Montana Film Office

Missoula sets the scene for indie drama “Bella Vista”

MT Crews & Services Hired: 16 | Total Economic Impact: $14,808

Filming Dates: February 1 – 4, 2013, and again in early April MT
Crew Hired: 8
Local Extras / Cast: 8
MT Service Providers: 10
Incentive: Yes
Film Locations: Missoula area, The University of Montana, Mission Valley and Polson.

Bella Vista” is a dramatic feature-length film telling the story of a newcomer to Missoula whose life is at a crossroads. “Bella Vista” takes its title from the name given to the Missoula Valley by Italians interned there during World War II. The film uses the local landscape as a character and centers around displacement – individual and historic. The first stage of production was completed in February. The film used Montana crew and talent as well as many service providers in the Missoula area. Besides the film’s lead actor, Kathleen Wise, who hails from Brooklyn, NY, the production company also had nine international students from The University of Montana (UM) who played roles in the film. The film crew included professional film crew as well as graduate students in UM’s Media Arts Program. The second half of shooting will wrap in April in the Mission Valley and Polson areas. Visit for more information.



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