Big Sky Documentary Festival and High Plains Films

Keep Missoula, Montana's Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on your radar. It's still a home-grown affair, (free of SWAG, wheeling and dealing), but director Damon Ristau emphasizes aspirations to make it the world's premier documentary venue. The festival was conceived and is programmed by activist turned activist filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis, co-founder of the environmental filmmaking nonprofit High Plains Films, a great source of eco-docs and stock footage. Hawes-Davis takes a very TreeHuggerish approach to programming the festival: any eco- or otherwise socially relevant films must first and foremost pass aesthetic muster. After all, aren't all films about the environment in some way or another? :: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, High Plains Films