Missoula-based High Plains Films has released trailers for its five-years-in-the-making film Facing the Storm: The Story of the American Bison, which documents the complete history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. Check them out:
Here's a synopsis:
FACING THE STORM is the epic account of our tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. It explores the visionary quest to protect and restore bison and details the inextricable relationship of the Plains Indians with the animal. The film also recounts the harrowing near-destruction of the species in the late nineteenth century — from an estimated 30 million bison to a mere 23 individuals by 1885. It graphically exposes the annual slaughter of bison outside of Yellowstone National Park, where the largest genetically-pure herd remains in semi-captivity. Finally, the film explores the epic vision — and monumental obstacles — to restore bison to immense tracts of the Great Plains. This involves a dramatic transformation of how we understand the Great Plains - from a utilitarian worldview to a fully-functional ecosystem that combines a lost culture with modern ecological science and contemporary economies, and includes the full range of original species that have been largely vanquished from the region. FACING THE STORM shows us that the American bison is not just an icon of a lost world, but may very well show us the path to the future.
Facing the Storm is a co-Production with The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Montana Public Television.