BZN announces first round of films

New Bozeman Film Celebration, June 7-10, releases first five film titles

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BZN Pick: Sami Blood
Documentary “Sami Blood” centers on a 14-year-old girl who decides to escape her small town and disown her Sami heritage.

The Bozeman Film Celebration (BZN) has announced the first round of films that will screen at its inaugural event June 7-10.

In keeping with BZN Spotlight on Women, all films at this festival will be produced, written or directed by women, and/or portray a nuanced portrait of the female experience.

Every film will be given one screening at BZN, and many of the films outlined below will be accompanied by the filmmaker and feature a post-screening Q&A.

“I am thrilled at the caliber and range of films that we have lined up thus far,” said Artistic Director Beth Ann Kennedy. “Our call for films by and about women appears to have struck a chord.”

“Be it the film about the environment or the American South or 20th century Sweden, BZN will offer a range of perspectives on the female experience that will extend beyond our corner of the world,” she adds.

BZN: First round of films

  • Kim Swims (USA): Montana may be a land-locked state, but that won’t stop Bozeman audiences from being swept up in this riveting documentary about record-shattering marathon open-air swimmer Kim Chambers. Swimming 30 miles in choppy, shark-infested waters in the San Francisco Bay is no small task, but Kim faces the challenge with a smile. (Filmmaker: Kate Webber)
  • Awakening in Taos (USA): Born in New York, Mabel Dodge Luhan was a woman unique to her time. In her late 30s she experienced a life-altering arrival into a small town in Northern New Mexico and embraced a Native American tribe in a way that seized the attention of the artistic and literary world. (Filmmaker: Mark Gordon)
  • Sami Blood (Sweden): Set at a nomad school for Sami children in 1930s Sweden, Amanda Kernell’s feature documentary centers on a 14-year-old girl who decides to escape her small town and disown her Sami heritage. The film is loosely based on the experiences of the filmmaker’s grandmother, and premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.
  • Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (USA): James Redford takes a realistically optimistic look at the clean energy movement within the United States in this engaging feature documentary. Traveling from Marin County, CA to Buffalo, NY, he traces how America has already developed the means for supplying massive amounts of clean energy – and explores why that may not always seem to be the case.
  • Long Shadow (USA): Frances Causey traces her family history and takes a hard, sometimes uncomfortable look at the ways in which her Southern heritage is enmeshed with slavery. Intertwining historical documentation of America’s dark past of racial subjugation with our modern day, Causey offers a perspective on how we might move forward towards a more fair and equal society.

Passes to the June 9 -10 events are now on sale until the event in June, and tickets will go on sale in mid May. Click here to purchase passes.

Submissions still open for BZN

While BZN is an international festival, statewide submissions are sought to bring a local flair to the event. Filmmakers are encouraged to visit the BZN FilmFreeway and Withoutabox listings.

• Regular Window: Submissions due March 1, 2018

• Late Window: March 1-16, 2018