The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival just announced its 2013 lineup.
In the mix is Howdy, Montana, which follows Joey Running Crane of Goddammitboyhowdy, who grew up playing punk rock on the Blackfeet Reservation and has made a name for himself in the Missoula punk scene. We wrote about him in a 2008 piece called Reservation Rock.
Director Matt Cascella traveled to Montana in 2010 to film Joey, but he found a multitude of other Montana stories—artist Bill Ohrmann and ice-fishermen, for instance—that struck his fancy and he's woven those into the film.
It'll be interesting to see how it all works together as a portrait of Montana.
Other films to get pumped up about:
Iceberg Slim: a film that blends pulp fiction imagery with biographical digging to tell the story of legendary pimp/author Iceberg Slim, whose gritty and poetic books about ghetto life gave birth to Street Lit.
The 99%: a documentary about the Occupy movement not made by the movement, but created by independent filmmakers.
Bad Brains, A band in DC: Archival footage and comic illustrations that reconstruct the punk/reggae band's history.
Glow, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling: chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival runs from Feb. 15—24.