News about Libby sent shockwaves through western Montana, but it was really the many-layered story that filmmakers Doug Hawes-Davis and Drury Gunn Carr told through their 2004 documentary Libby, Montana that elicited true emotion about the horror of what happened. That’s what a good documentary filmmaker does, and Hawes-Davis gets Missoula’s vote because he taps into our emotional tickers and makes us care. Be on the lookout for the latest example of his award-winning work with his look at an Ed Abbey-style activist in Brave New West.
2. Gita Saedi
3. Andy Smetanka