Thursday, January 9, 2014

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival reveals its 2014 lineup

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Orange, who?
Orange you glad it's almost time for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival again?

(Okay, so, I'm no comedienne.)

The Big Sky Film Festival this year offers a comic theme, along with a whole boatload of other films. On first glance, there are a ton of interesting picks, but I'll just name a few. The retrospective on Robert Weide, who produced "Curb Your Enthusiasm," includes the pilot episode, which was originally meant to be a stand-alone mockumentary.


Freeload, made by Missoula filmmakers over the course of a few years, offers a look at hobo train-hopping life, with music by Missoula's Bryan Ramirez from his bands Ex-Cocaine, Poor School and others.

A few oldies but goodies: The 1991 Dancin' Outlaw profiles a clog dancer in the Appalachian Mountains whose father also danced. It was described in the London Independent as "John Waters meets Tennessee Williams."

Also, the 1986 Heavy Metal Parking Lot that takes place in the parking lot of a Judas Priest concert.

There's a whole lot more, and you can check the list out here. The festival runs Feb. 15—Feb. 23 and you can get passes for it at

(In the meantime, BSDFF is offering all kinds of films at the Top Hat leading up to the festival, including Conan O'Brien Can't Stop screening Jan. 20.)

Along with films this year, comedians Tig Notaro and Chris Fairbanks do their funny business at the Wilma on Feb. 19 as part of the event. Fairbanks is a beloved funny dude from Missoula who lives in LA and returns here often to tell weird and hilarious stories on stage. Notaro is a brilliant woman who does understatement beautifully. Check out this Conan clip of her if you've never seen it.

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