BUTTE, AMERICA tells the tale of Butte, Montana, once the world's largest producer of copper -- the "Richest Hill on Earth,"
The documentary examines Russell's arrival in Montana as a youth, his apprenticeship and work as a cowboy on the open Range, and his self-taught, almost explosive growth into an iconic American artist who affected generations.
The unlikely pairing of two modern visionaries, Vilmos Olah, a Hungarian violin virtuoso, and Eric Funk, contemporary classical composer from the heart of Montana, has resulted in a new piece of music that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible.
Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography, INDIAN RELAY follows three teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete in an Indian Relay season.
Makoshika is an artful, informative portrait of a fascinating American region undergoing yet another huge transformation. Examining both the present boom and those since passed, Makoshika alternates between intimate first person narratives and historical commentary, asking viewers to look at the present through the lens of history.
Since the opening of Glacier National Park in 1910, there were no reported fatal bear attacks until one summer night in 1967, when two grizzlies, in two remote areas of the Park attacked campers and killed two young women. The dramatic and tragic story of that night, and how it eventually influenced the fate of the grizzly bear in the continental United States, is the subject of this historical documentary.
We've all seen it, we've all done it, and yet it continues to happen on Montana's roads every day. This documentary explores the consequences of driving while distracted through the stories of those who have experienced it first hand. Can we put the brakes on this behavior?
We will visit the Big Sky Rocketry Association and watch their launch event near Twin Bridges and then explore a geologic curiosity near Sunburst called "Jerusalem Peaks." We will also profile Dixon poet Victor Charlo. William Marcus hosts the program from the Range Rider's Museum in Miles City.
The film is based on the 1925 Nation prize-winning poem by Eli Siegel, which is celebrating its eightieth anniversary. The stunning landscapes in the film were taken by Montana photographers Doug Cox, John Lambing, Wayne Mumford, John Reddy, George Robbins, George & Donna Schuyler; and the stirring archival photographs of Montana were generously...
Backroads travels first to Park City, where the best angel food for miles around comes from "The Cake Ladies." In Great Falls, we'll visit a special site that honors fallen soldiers, and pays tribute to living veterans. We stop in the central Montana town of Winifred, for the world's largest Tonka toy collection. And we visit a working cowboy singer on...
This edition of Backroads starts at an exciting amateur skijoring event in the Big Hole Valley, then meets up with some senior weight lifters in Ronan, visits an ice cave in the Pryor Mountains, and spends time with two women who have formed a fast friendship through their community work in Lame Deer. William Marcus hosts the program from Fort Missoula.
We learn the history of Montana breweries at a beer museum in Polson; spend time at KGVA - the radio voice of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation; visit Montana's smallest state park, and meet a Three Forks man who collects artifacts and stories for his newspaper column. William Marcus hosts the program from the Prairie Winds Cafe in Molt.
A series of educational programs detailing a century of fascinating Montana history. This episode details important political moments in Montana. It begins with a biographical account of Jeannette Rankin. The second half of the program consists of excerpts from, "For This and Future Generations,".
A series of educational programs detailing a century of fascinating Montana history. From the first homesteaders to arrive in the Big Sky, to the contemporary artists and shifting economies that will shape the years to come. This episode documents the rise and the fall of a company credited with creating the state's economy but criticized for the...
This Home Video DVD (extended version) includes: A 67 minute version of the film, plus, a 10 minute special feature honoring film participants who have since passed away, and a 5 minute "behind the scenes" look at the making of Butte, America.
A historical documentary about the dramatic and tragic events of August 12, 1967, when two grizzlies, in two remote areas of the Park attacked campers and killed two young women. The DVD relates how the fate of the grizzly bear in the continental United States was influenced after that night, as these were the first reported fatal bear attacks in the...
It is the speed of a horse and some folks say the best way to see and savor a life well lived. This Home Video DVD is the story of retired back-country outfitter Smoke Elser. His vision of wilderness has always included people. This program takes you into the Bob Marshall wilderness as Elser shares his history, passion and connection to the outdoors....
In a 1934 speech at Fort Peck Montana, FDR unveiled his plan to build the world's largest earthen dam, creating thousands of jobs at a time when the country was still reeling from the Great Depression. It stands today as an icon of the "big dam" era, but our thirst for water places increasing demands on this precious commodity.
In 1902, a unique combination of Native women came together at a boarding school in Montana. They used the new sport of basketball to help them adjust to a rapidly changing world. Their travels and experiences led them to places they never imagined. Ultimately, these women played for something much larger than themselves.
The Great Falls Story is the history of everyday life in what was Montana's largest city. Great Falls started as an ambitious dream to make North Central Montana an industrial empire. The story is told through hundreds of photos, rare film from nearly a century ago, and first hand stories.