November 20th, 2015 @TheRoxy406 (718 S Higgins Ave.)
Guerilla Filmmaking: Get the Shot, No Matter What!
Guerilla filmmaking is the quickest, fastest, most on-the-fly style of filmmaking there is! Learn what you can and can’t get away with, how to be sneaky, and how to GET THE SHOT! Register for this three-part weekend class, and get a FREE Kids’ Pass to HOOTENANNY! (Kids take over the Roxy!)
November 20th – 5:30-6:30pm – Production Meeting and Orientation
November 21st – 10am-4pm – Shoot the Hoot!
November 22nd – 11am-4pm – Quick edits! (Great to remember for Vine, Instagram, and YouTube)
For the November Installment of the Montana Production Intensive Series 2015, we are prepping you for the real deal: to go ON SET with a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
By registering for the Montana Production Intensive #4, you are securing your spot as a Production Intern on the feature film “Walking Out”, shooting in central Montana through the fall and winter. This intensive will get you set-ready.
With the help of Warm Spring Productions, this intensive will prep you with the essentials of Production Assistance.
Know your walkie. Learn the jargon. Pack your go-bag.
“Walking Out”, based on the award-winning short story by David Quammen, is being adapted by Montana raised filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith. The Smith brothers’ previous titles included The Slaughter Rule starring Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams, and Winter in the Blood, starring Chaske Spencer and David Morse.
Whitmer, who was last at the Roxy for the May Production Intensive, is a veteran of Montana cinema who has worked on some of the most iconic projects ever made in the state: Robert Redford’s seminal The Horse Whisperer, Ryan Gosling’s screen debut The Slaughter Rule, the Smith Brothers’ critically acclaimed adaptation of James Welch’s novel Winter in the Blood, the Emmy-nominated miniseries Frontier House, and the upcoming Livingston, starring Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart. Her experience working at every stage of filmmaking—from development to the everyday supervision of the set to post-production—makes her a priceless resource for anyone hoping to start their career in film.
Production Intensive students will get to talk to Whitmer about how to survive and flourish on a film set. Whitmer will also be in attendance at the inaugural Montana Film Festival, held from October 1–4.
MUSIC VIDEO CAMP, August 2015
Over the course of five days, these four students (ages 9-16) were mentored by Missoula actors/filmmakers Dan Molloy and Lily Gladstone to create original music videos. The group decided on a single song and combined their efforts into one fantastic production!
“Waiting” by Maiah Wynne was selected, and the kids set to work! “Waiting” tells the story of Seth, a 12 year-old boy coping with a significant transition by retreating into his imagination. Often left on his own, Seth decides to take a day off from Ritalin and explore the streets of Missoula. Independent and highly imaginative, Seth’s day is interrupted by an appointment with his therapist, Dr. Swann. In this session, it becomes apparent that Seth’s prescription may be unnecessary. Enter Maiah, Seth’s beloved older sister who no longer lives at home with the family. With her love and encouragement, Seth is revealed to be a normal (if slightly eccentric) kid who simply misses his big sister – equally imaginative and eccentric.
Special thanks to Big Dipper Ice Cream, Carlo’s One Night Stand, A Carousel for Missoula, and the Roxy Theater.
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TEEN MUSIC VIDEO CAMP, AUG 17-21, 2015
Open to Ages 13-17
World Premiere Screening of Music Videos Friday, April 21st at The Roxy Theater
Montana Film Academy is excited to announce that our Music Video Summer Camp for Teens is now OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT.
During the week, campers will create full-length music videos from a selection of songs by local bands. The screening of the videos will take place Friday, August 21st and is open to the public.
Young filmmakers will chose an original song by one of Missoula’s local favorites: Wartime Blues, Magpies, Buddy Jackson, Holy Lands and more.
Any original songs recorded by camp registrants will also be considered, so if you’ve got your own tune you’d like to create a music video for, don’t be afraid to ask. Just email it to Lily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations, young filmmakers! We are so proud of you and the amazing work you produced this week at the Roxy!
A CREATURE STALKS THE STREETS OF MISSOULA, FEEDING ON DOGS AND TERRORIZING THE COMMUNITY. THE MEDIA DENIES ITS EXISTENCE, DESPITE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS FROM LOCAL ATTACK SURVIVORS. A WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARY TEAM IS DETERMINED TO CAPTURE FOOTAGE OF THE CREATURE, CANUS SPILOGASTOR AMERICANUS, WHICH ONLY COMES OUT OF HIBERNATION ONCE EVERY 30 YEARS. CAN THEY FIND THEIR SUBJECT BEFORE HYSTERIA SWEEPS AN ILL-INFORMED COMMUNITY, AND A (PERHAPS) CRITICAL SPECIES IS HUNTED INTO EXTINCTION?
For all who are out of the loop:
This summer, Montana Film Academy put into practice the art of making a MINI MONSTER MOCKUMENTARY. During the week, students devised, created, filmed and edited together short films with award-winning Documentarian Eddie Roqueta (Silencing the Thunder), special FX makeup artist Joe Sullivan, and local Missoula actors Lily Gladstone, Dan Molloy and Jeremy Sher.
20 kids, from ages 9-17, spent the week viewing and creating documentaries. With professional mentors, they put into practice the art of creating a short film. From pre to post-production, students created this entirely original film documenting (or, rather, mockumenting) a fantastical monster of their own creation: CANUS AMERIGASTOR, or, commonly know as THE MISSOULA GASTER. Part wolf, part eagle, part bear, and part mountain goat, “Canus Amerigastor” became the subject of two final mockumentaries. To set the tone of an evening newcast, other groups produced a news segment, interviews with eyewitnesses, and commercial breaks.
THE MISSOULA GASTER – LANDON HEATON
Canus Amerigastor – Max Firehammer
Pre-Show, Newcast, and Commercial Breaks – All Campers!
Origami Stop Motion Music Video – Maddie Whitright and Larae Ellenwood
Campers, we couldn’t be more proud or impressed! Keep it up, we’ll see you at another camp!
Filmmaking Camp Updates
June 22-26, 9am-5pm @ The Roxy Theater
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING CAMPS.
This summer, Montana Film Academy will put into practice the art of making a MINI MONSTER MOCKUMENTARY. During the week, students will devise, create, film and edit together a short film with award-winning Documentarian Eddie Roqueta (Silencing the Thunder), Special FX makeup artist Joe Sullivan, and local actors Lily Gladstone, Dan Molloy and Jeremy Sher.
Students will learn the process of creating a short film from pre to post-production as they create an entirely original film documenting (or, rather, mockumenting) a fantastical monster of their own creation. An original film will be written, shot, edited and screened during this week-long crash course in what it takes to make a movie.
Meet the Team
Eddie Roqueta – Wildlife Documentarian
Eddie Roqueta holds an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University and a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Roqueta is a National Geographic grant recipient, festival coordinator for the International Wildlife Film Festival, and an emerging documentary filmmaker. His debut short-film Silencing the Thunder has screened to great acclaim at numerous festivals including the 2015 Environmental Film Festival in DC, 2015 International Wildlife Film Festival, and 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (just to name a few) and is the winner of the College Emmy Award. Silencing the Thunder is broadcast locally on MontanaPBS and was featured on National Geographic’s website.
Joe Sullivan – Special FX Makeup Artist
Joe Sullivan was born and raised in good ‘ol Butte, Montana. He graduated from MSU with his degree in Film in 2012, and since then has been doing his best to make a name for himself.
He’s always had an affinity for Special Effects Makeup, and has had the opportunity to showcase his skills on several shorts films, commercials, and the feature films Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs and Timber the Treasure Dog.
He likes cheeseburgers.
Lily Gladstone – Actress and Camp Coordinator
Lily Gladstone is an actress, theatrical artist, workshop facilitator and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an Acting focus, as well as a minor in Native American Studies from the University of Montana. Since graduating, she has worked professionally on stages and screens around the United States.
A member of both Screen Actor’s Guild and Actor’s Equity Association, Lily is often away from Missoula, pretending to be someone else. She has nationally toured with The Montana Repertory Theatre, as well as the Seattle based company Living Voices.
Recently, she wrapped filming on Sony Pictures’s Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project, shot in Livingston, Montana alongside Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart. The film will be released in early 2016.
When she isn’t pretending to be someone else, she prefers to be in Missoula, teaching and facilitating fun things for kids to do.
Dan Molloy – Actor and Filmmaker
After graduating with a BA in Film/Television from MSU Bozeman in 2002, Daniel moved to Los Angeles working as an intern, script reader and assistant for Fox Studios, Davis Film works, Flower Films, Mindless Entertainment and the Gameshow Network.
Daniel came back to Missoula and got his MFA in filmmaking. His thesis film, Closed Door Open, was put on the honorable mention list at the SaMo Indie Film Festival in Santa Monica.
He is currently in Missoula freelance editing and gearing up production on his next short film Not Yet Traveled.
Jeremy Sher – Actor
Jeremy has co-founded several performance ensembles over the past 20 years in Barcelona, Seattle, Montana and France. He has performed and trained in disciplines from classical theatre to Japanese dance, often with multi-national casts.
In Missoula where he currently lives, he has performed with Montana Rep. In Chicago he worked at Writers Theatre (“Travels With My Aunt”), The Neo-Futurists (“Strange Interlude”), Next Theatre, Stage Left, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Redmoon Theater (After Dark Award: Outstanding Performance “Hunchback”), The Building Stage (After Dark Award: Outstanding Production “Dustbowl Gothic”). Regionally, he’s performed at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Theatre D.C., HotCity Theatre (St. Louis) and Annex Theatre (Seattle), among others. Off-Broadway: New Victory Theatre. He has created three original full-length productions and plans to continue this work going forward.
Monday June 22-26th, 2015 @ 9 am – 5 pm at The Roxy Theater
Ages 10-16 recommended
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Montana Film Academy is excited to report that its arsenal of iPad filmmaking equipment was just utilized for a truly moving and deeply meaningful endeavor. From January 9-14th, the iPads (and actress Lily Gladstone) hit the road with Yellow Bird Inc.’s 19th Annual Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run to conduct a digital storytelling workshop for participating youth from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in SE Montana.
Across 400 miles, over 5 days, upwards of 70 youth from Northern Cheyenne and other tribal nations participated in this year’s relay run. The run is held annually on the anniversary of the 1879 Cheyenne Outbreak from Fort Robinson, NE. Therunners face the harsh winter conditions of the Northern Plains to commemorate and honor the sacrifices made by their ancestors, while also embracing the life that emerged from the tragedy of the outbreak. A true exercise in forgiveness and healing, this run transmutes the trauma of the outbreak into an act of celebrating love and life.
A bit about the history of the Fort Robinson Outbreak:
In the fall of 1878, after having been forcibly relocated to Indian Territory (what is now Kansas and Oklahoma), upwards of 300 Northern Cheyenne were led by Chiefs Dull Knife and Lone Wolf on a northern exodus to their traditional lands and rightful home in the Powder River country of Montana and Wyoming. Dull Knife and Lone Wolf parted ways along this journey. Those who followed Dull Knife eventually (and accidentally) were intercepted by Calvary soldiers during a white-out blizzard a just south of Chadron, NE and taken to Fort Robinson.
Dull Knife’s people were held in an Army barracks through the fall, and initially were allowed to come and go as long as they were present for evening role call. During the months of November and December, Dull Knife and his people maintained they would rather die than be returned South – even petitioning to be relocated to Pine Ridge to live with Red Cloud’s band of Oglala Lakota. In early January 1879, after being ordered to return south, Dull Knife’s people refused and were locked inside the barracks. 148 Cheyenne were imprisoned together in this new prison, about the size of a tennis court. Food, water and firewood were withheld.
The children were told to scrape the frosted condensation from the windows, and to chew on strips of leather to ease their hunger. On January 9th, at 9:45pm, the people broke out of the barracks. The men fought back the soldiers with weapons they had hidden while the others ran. On January 22nd, a group of 32 were intercepted 35 miles north of Fort Robinson, in a place referred to as the “Last Hole”, and were shot at point blank. Their remains (some of which had been sent to the Smithsonian to research the effects of gunpowder fired at close range) were repatriated by the Northern Cheyenne in 1994, and laid to rest in Busby MT.
The run begins at the site of the reconstructed Army barracks, and ends 5 days later at the site in Busby.
On one night of the run, from approximately 9pm to 3am, the older and stronger runners make up mileage for the younger ones, who stay behind to swim and have fun at the hotel. It was here, at the AmericInn in Belle Fourche, SD that a small group of 10-12 year old girls decided to use their free time to form a production team, plan a project, gather footage, and cut together a trailer for a documentary film.
Thus LuLu Sisters Productions was born – lulu meaning the vocal outcry of support Cheyenne women practice to uplift and encourage others- this particular group of girls were very generous with their lulu’ing all along the run. Their subject, who the community loving refers to as Grandma Jenny (Jenny Seminole Parker), is the youngest daughter of a survivor of the outbreak. Grandma Jenny has gone along the run year after year, and serves as a constant source of support, encouragement, and good stories. The girls formed their questions for Grandma Jenny, and took off with the iPads.
Here are two trailers for their forthcoming documentary (cut together by Nellie Whiteman and TeeTee Medicine Horse).