RFA Spark! Residency – Lights, Camera, Action!


The Roxy Film Academy has proudly teamed up with SPARK! Arts Ignite to bring film-making to Washington, Meadow Hill, & C.S. Porter Missoula Public Schools.

SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming in Missoula County Public Schools.

For this first residency Education Coordinators Erin Hale, Erin Esse, & Ian Carstens are working with C.S. Porter, Meadow Hill, & Washington middle schools. They are visiting the classrooms and giving lessons on film composition, script writing, and working as a film crew. The kids utilize what they are learning in class and transform it into a fun, interactive script. Then they get on set and begin production!

It’s fast, fun & really exciting!

We know our farmer and our chef!

The Cooking Show Summer Camp presents a new film featuring Animated Vegetables and Beet Cake locally harvested and lovingly created with Baker Jason McMackin of Burns St. Bistro.

Thanks to our incredible partners for cultivating amazing food, fun and sustainability in our community. Burns St. Bistro, North Missoula Community Development Corporation, (NMCDC), Garden City Harvest and Orchard Garden- we learned SO much from you.

Please join us for the world premier of the Roxy Film Academy’s new summer Cooking Show. August 5th 5 pm Free and open to the public.


Missoula Outdoor Recreation: GoPro Adventure Camp Premier at The Roxy

The City of Missoula’s incredible, amazing, fabulous, and adventurous Outdoor Recreation & Education program has wrapped up a week of outdoor exploration. We’re proud to host a premier of campers’ GoPro footage, compiled into one wild ride of a film.

Friday July 19th 5 pm at The Roxy , Free and open to the public

Did you know that adventure is actually a state of mind? At the MORE program, we recognize that people in Missoula have all different shapes, incomes, genders, sizes, ages, colors, and abilities. It’s our goal to provide programs that fit the needs of the people of Missoula. After all, we are your community Parks and Recreation department! From walking tours of our city parks, volunteer projects, white water rafting, rock climbing, and leadership camps, we can offer adventure on every level.

MORE’s Program Goals

  • To provide enriching, positive, and safe experiences though a variety of outdoor based experiential activities and skills.
  • To foster a sense of community and be a resource in Western Montana by facilitating productive group interactions and learning opportunities.
  • To offer our professional staff the opportunity to expand and sharpen their wealth of outdoor skills.

Outdoor Adventures 
Missoula Outdoor Recreation and Education (M.O.R.E) program offers unique team-building activities such as our Challenge Course that can quickly bring your group to a new level of teamwork and communication, all while having a great time.

Find out more about MORE and register for summer and fall after-school camps here….

The Mission of MORE is to provide programs to our community that offer opportunities to experience, learn, enjoy and grow in the outdoors.


SPARK! Paxson First Grade World Premiere


The pinnacle moment of an eight week SPARK! filmmaking residency program at Paxon School came Thursday, March 17th during the World Premiere of Mrs. Roos’ Class: The Movie. Roxy Film Academy instructor Aaron Roos welcomed excited Paxson parents, 1st Grade students, and faculty. Fresh organic popcorn and juice boxes were had by all.

Filmgoers were enamored by the film, which featured students acting in skits which grew out of their Community Curriculum. It’s all about the people and family that make our world a community. As the credits rolled at the end of the film, the soundtrack that played the kids music class performance of “We’re Growing Up, Waaaay up!” An adorable final moment of this event came when the film cut, but  the mini-audience members continued to sing the next lines of the soundtrack at the very top of their lungs.

Mrs. Johnstone’s first grade class is in their seventh week of the SPARK! filmmaking residency program at Paxson Elementary. Their film will premiere at the Roxy on Friday May, 6th.






2016 Summer Camps at The Roxy

The Roxy Film Academy is back this summer with camps that bring together community, film and education.  Fun. Sun. Film. Friends. Popcorn!

See all the details and register online today to reserve your spot! Ages 12-16 recommended.

Silly Cinema
July 18-22

During this week-long camp, students work in cahoots with BASEment Improv and aBaseImprov slew of local comedians to conceptualize, perform, and film short comedy skits. Days will be packed with student-driven concept development, sunshine, props, and popcorn. The resulting film will be shown at the Roxy Theater on Friday, July 22nd. Register

The Cooking Show

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This dynamic camp is dedicated to connecting the dots from farm to table, all through the lens of the camera! While getting hands-on camera experience, students harvest ingredients at a local farm
and cook up their bounty with Baker Jason McMackin of Burns St. Bistro. The resulting cooking show will premiere on Friday, August 5th at the Roxy Theater. Register

Breaking News!logo
August 8-12
Did you hear there was an alien spotted on Mount Sentinel? Read the report on the glitter virus? Have you tasted the candy-berries growing in the Bitterroot? With the support of KECI, Special FX artists, and local actors, kids create their very own Breaking News! Mockumentary. These antics will be revealed at the Roxy on Friday, August 8. Register

Dance on Film
August 15-19
Calling all movers, shakers and movie-makers! Collaborate with Turning the Wheel Missoula and the MASC Artisans to write, choreograph, costume and film a visual masterpiece. The shimmering result of this week-long groove train will premiere at the Roxy on Friday, August 15th. Register


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Classes are Monday-Friday

9:00 am – 9:30 am Drop Off

9:30 – 3:00 Class

3:00 – 4:00 Movies and popcorn!

Friday film premier 5 pm for family, friends and fans at The Roxy.


2014 Winter Filmmaking Adventures

Winter 2014

Parade of Lights 3-Day Camp

At this 3-day filmmaking class, students developed a story and production team Friday, got out shooting in the community on Saturday, and learned about post-production and editing on Sunday.

MFA Students will be introduced to the basics of storytelling as well as the technical aspects of documentary and fiction filmmaking.They will make short fiction films and will practice the basics of documentary shooting through conducting interviews and learning about post-production after the Parade of Lights.

Fall 2014

Run and Gun Film Squad

Run with the MFA into a filmmaking intensive during Hootenanny and Sunday Streets Missoula. Hootenanny is a weekend of over 20 events including movies, music, puppets, workshops and ninjas at The Roxy. Hootenanny Logo Lime-Teal

Develop a story Friday, train on camera and sound Saturday, and get out and shoot with your team Sunday during Sunday Streets Missoula. This course is going to be fast and seriously fun.

Here’s a MFA mini-doc created by Ali with footage from students. Great job everyone!