Missoula festival focuses on indie films

Published: September 3, 2008

2008paperdolls.jpgThe Montana Independent Film Festival returns to Missoula for a second season, with screenings Sept. 19-21 at the newly renovated Wilma Theater.

This year’s festival hosts many films with ties to Montana, including the opening-night feature, “Pretty Ugly People,” which was filmed in Missoula using approximately 150 local residents, and the short, “Storyhill: Parallel Lives,” which documents the birth and growth of the Storyhill Music Festival in Hyalite Canyon near Bozeman.

Another film, “The Water Carriers,” follows the experiences of Montana State University’s Engineers Without Borders as they attempt to bring clean drinking water to school children in Kenya.

Saturday night is a fright fest with two Montana horror films: “Paper Dolls,” filmed in Glacier National Park, shows at 7 p.m.; and “Dead Noon,” currently set to be distributed by Lions Gate Films, shows at 9:30 p.m.

2008PaulMcCartney.jpgOn closing night, former ABC-TV news reporter, Los Angeles-area professor and actress Ruth Anson will be on hand for a Q&A, following a screening of her film “Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney” at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The three-day event showcases all types and genres of independent film, including narrative and documentary features and shorts. Several filmmakers will be in attendance and participate in Q&A sessions with the audience. The full festival schedule, including special activities, is available at http://www.MTIFF.com.

Tickets are $8-$12, or $30 for an all-access pass, with discounts available for students and seniors. Call 800-965-4827 or visit www.MTIFF.com for details.

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