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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

  • STC Great Room, University of Montana Western 710 South Atlantic Street Dillon, MT United States (map)

BTC is teaming up with the Southwest Montana Arts Council to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Dillon. Mark your calendars for two nights of unique films highlighting adventure and conservation work across the globe February 12th & 13th at 7PM. Each night will feature 90 minutes of exciting works from across the globe, including right here in Montana. Festival at the Swysgood Technology Center (STC) Great Room on the University of Montana Western Campus.

Tickets: $15 for one night or $25 for both Friday and Saturday viewings.

Free child care

The UMW Education Club will provide free child care in the basement of STC on both nights of the festival.

Local information

Several local outdoor groups will have information tables for you to peruse.

Lots o' Prizes

There will be raffles and door prizes from our national partners, Patagonia, Klean Kanteen, Clif Bars, Barefoot Winery, Sierra Nevada and Earthjustice.

Get refreshed

Popcorn and Pepsi products will be for sale. Proceeds benefit the Southwest Montana Arts Council and Beaverhead Trails Coalition.


Friday night                                                                                                                                                                                                       
I Heard, 4 min.
A Seuss-esque journey into some of the 110+ million acres of designated American wilderness that we have to enjoy. Award-winning filmmaker Michael Ramsey's short film celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act which ensures that we will have places "...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."
Monarch & Milkweed, 8 min.
Take a microcosmic safari through a field of milkweed and discover a whole world of life, from bees to wasps to hummingbirds to butterflies. The charismatic Monarch butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed for its survival, and places like Yosemite National Park offer protection for this often overlooked plant.
Teton Hooping Contingency, 8 min.                                                      
The town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming possesses a rich mountain culture and it is where 26 year old Ryan Mertaugh developed the art of Extreme Hula Hooping. Follow Ryan’s adventures of hooping his way through the Teton Mountain Range. As he challenges perceptions of social norms, some surprising discoveries are made along the way.
Common Ground, 19 min. (Montana)                                   
Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of this unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change.
Mixing Oil and Water11 min. (Montana)
Shale oil and gas development and fresh water use are tightly intertwined. “Mixing Oil and Water” illustrates that water quality, scarcity, and uncertainty are becoming more relevant in Montana where oil and gas development occurs. Are we willing to sacrifice clean water in order to carry out extreme fossil fuel development?
Nobody's River, 31 min.
Four women journey down one of the last free flowing rivers of the world and discover raw beauty, industrial wastelands, devastating loss, and unbridled joy.
Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat9 min.
A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap.
A Line in the Sand, 2 min.
If you only had 2 minutes to advocate for Wilderness, what would you say?

Saturday night                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Art for Change,  7 min.
Artists come together and use their art to fight an environmental injustice.
Comes with Baggage, 18 min. (Montana)
This lighthearted history of bicycle travel in the Americas makes you want to sell all your possessions, quit your job and escape on a bike. Past and current footage, along with interviews of bike pioneers, makers and historians are combined to give a unique perspective on where bicycles can take you both physically and spiritually.
Soil Carbon Cowboys, 12 min. (Montana)
Many people talk about the cattle business as a big environmental problem. Cattle, when properly grazed, offer solutions to soil health, animal health, human health, water supply and food nutrition. It’s a brave new world, and it’s below our feet.
Chuitna, 29 min.
“Chuitna” chronicles the journey of conservation-minded fly fishermen who travel to Alaska’s unspoiled Chuitna Watershed to wade waist-deep into its salmon-rich waters and the fight to defeat the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine. With every cast and every conversation with the frontier Alaskans fighting to protect their homeland, the travelers obtain a deeper understanding of the mine’s devastating impact.
Delta Dawn, 17 min.
The Colorado River hasn’t kissed the sea in almost two decades — until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners followed the water to witness this unprecedented restoration effort, and attempted to be the only, and potentially the last to float the Colorado River to the sea by paddle board. With unpredictable adventure as the backdrop, filmmaker Pete McBride tells the story of Western water, a challenged Colorado River and the uplifting potential for environmental restoration via collaboration, all through his repeated experiences chasing a river to the sea.
The World Beyond the World, 4 min.

Earlier Event: January 21
BTC Monthly Meeting
Later Event: March 10
BTC Monthly Meeting