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Montana Film Office

Apr
30
2013
Press: April 2013

Hard day’s night: Some work, more play in new Gourds doc

by Nick Davis

At the risk of bouncing a smug note into the surrounding areas of western Montana, Missoula is one hell of a town. There are a million reasons why this is so, but the one exemplified by this weekend’s shot of Gourds mania is worth particular mention.

Simply put, Missoula attracts creative talents of astonishing quantity and quality. And when you put that many dynamic minds in a place hemmed by mountains and fed by rivers, good stuff is bound to happen. Good stuff, like a late-night backyard barbecue, sparked what would become All The Labor, the new documentary from Doug Hawes-Davis and High Plains Films about one of the greatest American bands to never quite hit it big (yet).

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Two films shot in Montana make it into Cannes Festival

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April 22, 2013 2:14 pm • By Jaci Webb

Montana will hit the big screen in two of the 19 films selected in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival competition, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” and French director Arnaud Desplechin’s “Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian).” Both films were shot in Montana in 2012.

Montana Film commissioner Deny Staggs said it’s a great moment for Montana to have our state on the world stage.

“Having two films that were shot in our state featured in the world’s most prestigious film festival is a testament not only to Montana as a wonderful shooting location but to the men and women who make up our cast and crew base,” Staggs said Monday.

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Whitefish to be set for ‘unromantic’ comedy about bikini-clad baristas

WHITEFISH – Tinseltown will converge on the ski town of Whitefish this month as shooting begins on an independent “unromantic” comedy set in a beach-themed coffee shop staffed by bikini-clad baristas.

Sound incongruous? The producers of “The Thin Line” think so, too, and they’re convinced the absurdity of the low-budget film will appeal to a broad audience and strike a comedic chord.

“One of the things that I love about the movie is the incongruity. A beach-themed coffee shop in a mountain town? It was sort of a happy accident,” said Billy Thompson, who is overseeing the film’s casting and music…

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Two MT Films In Cannes Festival

By Kenneth Wong
BILLINGS – Two films shot in the Treasure State will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France.According to the Montana Film Office, “Nebraska” and “Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)” will be shown at the annual festival, which starts in May 15th.Nebraska was shot in Billings in November, and talks about a father and son traveling from Montana to Nebraska to collect a $1 Million prize. According to the Montana Film Office, 30 local extras were in the film, and it brought in over $370,000 to the state’s economy.

Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) was shot over the summer of 2012, near the town of Browning.