Film mania: Big Sky rolls on

Posted by Erika Fredrickson on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 11:30 AM

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at the Wilma Theatre is in full swing, and tonight features a couple of the most anticipated films.

Sweetgrass, directed by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, shows sheepherders in Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth mountains, featuring sweeping landscape cinematography and an unsentimental story. It screens at 7:30 p.m.

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Pinned, directed by Patrick Norman and Mike Norman, delves into the harsh world of high school wrestling. It screens at 9:45 p.m.

That said, we think you should consider the less-hyped films too.

At 4 p.m. Last Train Home, directed by Lixin Fan, offers a poignant look into China's balance of old traditions and new industry. It focuses on one family whose move to the city seems to unravel the familial fabric they were trying to save.
Four documentary shorts screen at 5:35 p.m., including Let Your Feet Do the Talkin' about dancing legend Thomas Maupin, who, at the age of 70, remains one of the greatest buck dancers in America.

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