Best Filmmaker

Andy Smetanka

Chances are, if you see only one stop-motion, Super-8, feature-length documentary based on a collection of oral histories of World War I created from hundreds of thousands of hand-razored paper silhouettes this year, it’s probably going to be And We Were Young. Andy Smetanka’s stunningly beautiful and achingly grim masterpiece was the crown jewel of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February, and the Kickstarter-funded movie is just now inching its way around the indie film circuit. Smetanka, a longtime Missoula creative rabblerouser, is keenly aware of the adage, keep throwing things at the wall ’til something sticks. And We Were Young knocks the damn thing clean over. Andy Smetankavimeo.com/andysmetanka

Finalists, Best Filmmaker

2. Damon Ristau

3. Andrew Rizzo


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