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!

PREMIERE of “What I Bring to the Table”! PLUS – Bonus screening of A Place at the Table!



November 20th, 2015 @TheRoxy406 (718 S Higgins Ave.)

Join The Roxy Film Academy in celebrating the work of some truly gifted, driven young adults!  RFA’s Fall Programming, What I Bring to the Table, is a documentary style cooking show, made for and by middle and high school students. It highlights Missoula groups working to support local, sustainable, healthy eating. What I Bring to the Table produced three documentary-style cooking shows, as well as a promotional video for the Missoula Food Co-Op’s fantastic Double SNAP Dollars program!  In addition to student work, stick around to watch the FANTASTIC documentary A Place at the Table. 
A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three Americans who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all. This documentary illustrates the inspiration that drives the “What I Bring to the Table” project.”
One dollar of your ticket will go to support Missoula Food Co-Op’s fantastic Double SNAP Dollars program.
More about this Roxy Film Academy Project
What I Bring to the Table is a media production series for middle and high school students which aims to make healthy, globally-conscious living available to all. Students worked directly with Missoula non-profit organizations and groups which support sustainable living, healthy eating, community development, and educational media production. After reviewing relevant documentaries, students got to see where and how their food is grown, and learned how to make unique, delicious recipes with chefs from Missoula’s favorite eatery, Burns St. Bistro.
Now, at the end of the series, their work will be put on the table (literally) as part of North Missoula Community Development Corporation‘s community feed on November 22nd, 2015 – just in time for Thanksgiving! At the feed, student work will be screened for the community to enjoy (alongside meals inspired by the cooking shows!)
Check our our partners and collaborators!
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Guerilla Filmmaking: RFA Weekend Class!

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!)


Ages 10-15


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)

Montana Production Intensive, November 14-15 2015

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.



OCTOBER 2015 @SciShow (!!!)

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.

Just Two Spots Left for the October Production Intensive

[Registration is now full. Please stay tuned for an announcement of the 2016 Montana Production Intensive Series at The Roxy Film Academy.]


Only two spots are still available for the October Production Intensive!

A full day of training at the studios of SciShow, one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world, awaits the lucky two who sign up, plus face time with trailblazing filmmakers whose work has played at Sundance and the Emmys.

Students will also receive VIP All-Access passes to every screening, panel and party at the Montana Film Festival.

Convinced? Register here.

Allison Whitmer at the October Production Intensive

Always on the phoneWe’re thrilled to have the trailblazing Montana producer Allison Whitmer back with us for the upcoming production intensive.

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 WhispererRyan 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.

Andrew Bujalski at the October Production Intensive

TAlfred+P+Sloan+Foundation+Reception+Prize+4iZcoUiDVPplhe Montana Film Academy is proud to welcome the first mentor for our October Production Intensive: indie luminary Andrew Bujalski.

Drawing comparisons to John Cassavetes, Eric Rohmer, and Mike Leigh, Bujalski is one of the key figures in 21st-century indie cinema. As writer, director and editor of the graceful, intricate comedies Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation, he pioneered a style of clever, humane, low-budget film that critics called “mumblecore.” His own films move smoothly beyond simple critical formulas, though—2013’s Computer Chess, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance, is a dark comedy about isolation, ambition, and the limits of human potential.

Production Intensive students will get to attend a facilitated discussion with Bujalski, and they’ll have the chance to see his most recent film, Results, which opened at Sundance 2015. Bujalski will also be in attendance at the inaugural Montana Film Festival, held from October 1-4.

Production Intensive Students Invited to Montana Film Festival


Students at the October Montana Production Intensive will receive an All-Access VIP Pass to the Montana Film Festival. The Montana Film Festival kicks off Thursday, October 1, featuring new independent films, Montana premieres, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and great evening parties—and production intensive students are invited to all of it. Register here for the intensive.

The inaugural festival will welcome guest writers, directors, actors, and industry professionals to experience Montana’s hospitality and breathtaking locations, and to connect them with the local talent they will need to start making movies here. As All-Access Passholders, students at the production intensive will get to meet all of these professionals in person, including director Andrew Bujalski, one of the most influential indie filmmakers in the industry, and actor Mya Taylor, one of the stars of the festival juggernaut Tangerine. Select filmmakers will be presenting exclusively to production intensive students during Saturday’s session at The Roxy.

Other highlights of the festival include four made-in-Montana movie premieres, a lineup of current festival hits, and a Montana film retrospective—featuring classics by Michael Cimino and Arthur Penn—that draws attention to the state’s past, present and future cinematic glory. Special events will spark conversation, introduce students to filmmakers and expose the creative workings of the craft. Register today for a fantastic opportunity to learn, network, and found a new generation of Montana film.

See the full roundup of films and VIP event schedule here.

Thanks for an Amazing Music Video Camp


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.

For more information about The Montana Film Academy, visit

Frenchtown Schools Summer Program visits The Roxy

“Do you guys do more than just show movies here?”

Boy, do we EVER!
The Roxy got a visit from Frenchtown School Summer Program on July 29th, 2015.
The kids learned about the theater from top to bottom, left to right, side to side.
The class got to go behind the scenes to see how we make it happen. They had a guided tour of our projection booth, learned about volunteer opportunities at the Roxy (for when they’re old enough), had long conversations about the types of movies screened at the theater, and watched a few short films from our Membership Reel and the International Wildlife Film Festival.
Oh, plus air conditioning.


Looking for an exciting way to engage your entire class or after-school camp? Bring them in for a field trip.

Contact learn@theroxytheater.org for more information.