Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Missoula history 101: 9 Pieces of Peace

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 5:09 PM

If you've been around Missoula long enough, you're familiar with how a very large peace sign becomes a battleground.

Independent film director Jan Selby is in the midst of making a film called 9 Pieces of Peace about the Water Works peace sign that began as a 30-foot high act of graffiti overlooking the Missoula Valley. The film is about the way residents reacted to its dismantlement and how, over a few decades, it grew into a much bigger community debate that has come to characterize Missoula's rebellious nature in many way—hence the replacement peace sign you can still see on the hill.

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Today, Wednesday, July 28, from 5 to 8 p.m., you can go to Ten Spoon Winery to check out the movie trailer and view peace sign memorabilia. Plus you can share any stories—a videographer will be in attendance—about the peace sign with Selby. The fundraiser includes music by the Ethan Thompson Band and Rhanda Johnson, with food provided and wine for sale. $10/$5 for those "living lightly."

If you can't make it to the film benefit tonight you can still contribute your peace sign stories and comments to Selby by going to the film website, where you'll also learn more about upcoming events for the film.

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