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Montana Film Office

Montanans Prepare to Act Out at Black Hills Film Festival

Soon, applause will ring through South Dakota because the Black Hills Film Festival is coming back! Falling May 1 – May 5 in Hill City, SD, the southernmost-Dakota based fest will have some Montana flavor in the mix this year with the addition of Montana casting director/producer Tina Buckingham, LA-based casting director Rene Haynes and Bozeman-based talent agent Jennie Saks. The three will teach a SAG acting workshop on May 5th.

Based in Bozeman, Tina has been a casting director on many Montana features and commercials and is the founder and director of the Montana Film Actor’s Studio, now in its 6th year of training actors of all ages and abilities.

Rene, originally from Great Falls, now focuses her 25 years of casting expertise out of Los Angeles. Well-known for her abilities in casting Native Americans, Haynes has received two Emmy Nominations for the TNT/Dreamworks mini-series “Into the West” and the HBO feature “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” She also received a CAS Artios Award for “Outstanding Casting” for her work for HBO.

Owner of NASS Talent Management in Bozeman, Jennie boasts twenty-five years of industry experience representing working Montana actors. She currently manages Michael and Eddie Spears.

Parties or productions looking to utilize the years of experience, expertise and talent of Buckingham, Haynes or Saks are encouraged to contact them at their personal sites.



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