Thursday, March 21, 2013

"A Place at the Table"
Documentary Film
April 10, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Carmike 12 Cinema

The Missoula Food Bank is Bringing a Critically Acclaimed Documentary to Missoula for 

Don't Miss "A Place at the Table"

April 10, 2013
7:30 pm
Carmike 12 Cinema

A Place At The Table presented by Missoula Food Bank will screen at the Carmike 12 Cinema on April 10th at 7:30pm. This one-night showing of the critically acclaimed documentary is an opportunity to look inside the blight that hunger is causing in the US, and to learn more about food insecurity in our own community.

In 2012, our local food bank provided more than 81,000 services to local families and individuals struggling with hunger. Missoula Food Bank experienced an 8% increase in the number of services provided from its store location and a 10% increase in overall services, including its summertime nutrition program for kids and home delivery program for low-income seniors. The issue of food insecurity is growing, not only in Missoula, but also nationwide.

A Place At The Table exposes the far-reaching implications of hunger in our neighborhoods. The film, which chronicles three individuals and their own experiences with food insecurity also features insights from expert nutritionists, sociologists, and celebrity advocates Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio. The Missoula screening will be prefaced with a short introduction from Missoula Food Bank containing local information and simple ways that we can all be a part of changing this destructive trend.

Missoula Food Bank hopes that this event will attract not only those who currently support the food bank, but also those who may not have a lot of information about the issue of local hunger. “This documentary profiles first-world hunger in such a poignant way. You will leave this event knowing so much more about our food system, about local food, and about those who are challenged to reconcile a healthy diet with their available resources,” states Jessica Allred, Community Relations Director. “These challenges are facing an increasing number of people right here in Missoula.”

A minimum of 95 tickets must be pre-sold by April 3rd in order for this event to happen. Tickets are available for $12.00 at 5% of ticket sales will benefit Missoula Food Bank.

Missoula Food Bank is a private, non-profit organization that addresses hunger in Missoula County by offering emergency food assistance to all individuals and families who come to us in need. Missoula Food Bank is located at 219 S. Third Street West, and is open for distribution Monday-Friday 10am-1pm, and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-7pm

Friday, February 22, 2013

India in Missoula
University of Montana & Various Locations
March 1st, through  March 9th, 2013

India in Missoula

Join the University of Montana and the Missoula community as they celebrate India! All events are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

                                                            Friday, March 1

“Connecting with India” – a First Friday exhibit
Kendahl Jan Jubb – watercolor
Ram Murphy – Photography
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Murphy~Jubb Fine Art
210 N. Higgins Suite 300
Event contact: Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Art

                                                        Saturday, March 2

The Traditional Medicine of India meets Western Lifestyles:
Optimize Your Health Through Ayurveda

Join local Ayurvedic Practitioners and
University Faculty for an interactive workshop
discovering the ancient medical system of India.
Participants will learn how to create a specific
lifestyle and diet plan tailored to each individual
that will enhance their health and wellbeing.
Free and open to the public
1:00 – 3:00 pm | Skaggs Building, Rm. 114
UM contact: Dr. Diana Lurie

                                                           Monday, March 4

The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955
A seminar presented by Prof. Leela Gandhi,
Professor of English, University of Chicago and
great grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi.
3:10 – 4:00 pm
Gallagher Business Building 123
UM contact: Prof. Ruth Vanita

Gandhi After Gandhi – Globalizing Gandhian Ethics
A University of Montana Presidential Lecture
by Prof. Leela Gandhi, Professor of English,
University of Chicago and great grand daughter
of Mahatma Gandhi.
Presented in collaboration with International
Programs, the Mansfield Center, and the College
of Arts and Sciences
8:00 pm | Dennison Theatre
UM contact: Prof. Richard Drake

                                                         Thursday, March 7

Study Abroad to India presentation
A presentation to UM students interested in
studying abroad in India. UM faculty and staff
who manage study abroad programs will provide
information about these opportunities and UM
students who studied abroad in India will make
presentations about their experiences.
4:00 – 5:30 pm | University Center Room 330
UM contacts:
Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry |
Prof. Keith Bosak |
Dr. Loey Knapp |
Prof. Clem Work |

Indian Film – Bitter Seeds
The controversy around genetically modified
seeds as it plays out in an Indian village.
7:00 pm | University Theatre, UC 3rd Floor
UM contact: Prof. Udo Fluck

                                                                   Friday, March 8

East-West Fusion
Classical Indian vocalist Aditya Prakash with
tabla player Neelamjit Dhillon and pianist
Julian Le.
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Music Building, Room #1 (basement)
UM contact: Prof. Ruth Vanita

                                                        Saturday, March 9

Classical Indian Vocalist Aditya Prakash
The University of Montana presents Aditya
Prakash performing classical Indian music, and
Hindu and Muslim devotional music. Aditya has
worked with Ravi Shankar.
4:00 – 6:00 pm
University Center Theatre, 3rd Floor
UM contact: Prof. Ruth Vanita


Join the University of Montana and the Missoula community as they celebrate India! All events are free and open to the public. 

India in Missoula 2 0 1 3
For additional information
please contact Peter Baker at or 406-243-6142

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
The Wilma Theatre & The Crystal Theatre
February 15th through February 24th, 2013

Montana's Largest Cinematic Event

For ten days in February, the silver screens of the Crystal Theatre and the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula will serve as windows into the beautiful, tragic, uplifting, mystifying, hilarious and heartbreaking truths of our world, when the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with screenings of the best nonfiction films of the past year and the past decade.

With an expected audience of more than 20,000 filmgoers augmented by more than 100 visiting artists, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has emerged as Montana’s biggest cinematic event and the premier showcase of nonfiction film in the American West. In addition to more than 100 screenings, the festival boasts a packed schedule of panel discussions, workshops, performances and parties.

“Missoula residents care about their city and they care about their world,” said Missoula Mayor John Engen. “The growth and success of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is a testament to our community’s engagement with the important issues, people and stories of modern times.”

This year’s festival kicks off February 15 with a free screening of “First Comes Love,” sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. A wry autobiographical story of a single woman choosing to have a baby on her own, “First Comes Love” premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it earned rave reviews.

That screening will birth a festival schedule rich with diverse subjects and filmmaking styles, from a three-minute portrait of a talented young wood sculptor in Nigeria (“Artist Hustler”) to a 146-minute exploration of the career and personality of one of the most influential politicians of modern times (“The World According to Dick Cheney”). There are films about the plight of small dairy farmers in Maine, the challenges faced by Muslims attempting to build the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York City, and the colorful personalities of a parking lot circus troupe in Rio de Janeiro.

Even animation will have its moment at this year’s festival when Missoula artist Andy Smetanka presents a sneak-peak of “And We Were Young,” a feature-length film based on the diaries and first-person accounts of American doughboys in World War I. Films by several other Montana filmmakers will be featured, including the world premiere of Damon Ristau’s “Saved By the Birds,” a moving documentary about a woman whose record-setting career as a bird watcher began with a near-suicide.

For its annual filmmaker retrospective, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is excited to welcome Stanley Nelson, an Emmy-winning MacArthur “genius” Fellow and co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media. Several of Nelson’s films will be screened including “Jonestown: The Life And Death of Peoples Temple,” “Sweet Honey in the Rock Raise Your Voice,” and “Methadone: Curse or Cure.”
To celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday, the schedule will also include a look back at some of the most beloved and popular films from past festivals. Films featured in the “Best of 10” include Linda Hattendorf’s “Cats of Mirikatani,” Les Blank’s “Gap Toothed Women,” David Silberberg’s “Oh My God! It’s Harrod Blank!” and others. The "Best of 10 Staff Picks" series is being made possible by a grant from Humanities Montana.

“Over the past decade, we have seen this festival grow from a poorly kept secret among local documentary film buffs, to a destination event for filmmakers and audiences from across the country,” said Gita Saedi Kiely, festival director of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. “If you have ever been moved by a documentary film, then this year’s festival is certain to have something you will love.”

Throughout the festival, downtown Missoula will be a scene of heightened activity and excitement that reaches far beyond the actual theater spaces. In addition to the screenings themselves, the festival will host many events and parties in the downtown area, including an ongoing public cafĂ© at Montgomery Distillery where filmgoers can reflect on the films they’ve watched, view trailers for films to come, and enjoy handcrafted, Missoula-made spirits from the Distillery alongside coffee from local roaster Black Coffee.

Meantime, visiting and aspiring filmmakers will be kept busy at the Doc Shop, an industry-focused feature of the festival that offers opportunities for networking, discussion, and professional development. This year’s packed schedule includes workshops, work-in-progress presentations, panels and the annual Big Sky Documentary Pitch session. The Doc Shop takes place Feb. 18-21.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes place February 15-24. Festival passes are now available for purchase at Visitors can find lodging options and other local information at the site, along with a full listing and schedule of this year’s films. Several "late night" additions to the screening schedule are now posted to the festival web site.

WHEN: February 15-24, 2013

WHERE: Films will be screened at the historic Wilma Theatre and the
Crystal Theatre, both located on Higgins Avenue. Other events will
take place throughout downtown Missoula.

ADMISSION: Passes & punch cards are available online at
. All-access passes cost $275, all-screenings passes cost $120, five-
screening punch cards cost $30. Individual screening tickets will be
available at the box office.

MORE INFORMATION: or (406) 541-3456

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: Press passes are available for those who wish to
cover screenings or other events. Please contact Gita Saedi Kiely for
more information at (406) 541-3456. Press passes will not be available
at the door and must be arranged in advance.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
- Where Reality Plays Itself -
February 15-24, 2013 | Missoula, Montana