Best Way to Get to Know Your State

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Montana’s a pretty big place—147,164 square miles, to be exact—and the plethora of stories out there can be overwhelming. Curious how a Missoula bartender mixes the perfect cocktail, or why a Yellowstone fly-fishing guide chose to live life by rod and reel? Thanks to a partnership between Missoula-based High Plains Films and the Montana Film Office, those tales are now available at the click of a button. The Montana Experience: Stories from Big Sky Country—a YouTube channel launched last fall—is fast becoming an archive for everything from state history to environmental issues to footage of The Gourds playing live on The Trail 103.3. It’s easy to lose oneself for hours in the collection, which includes documentary shorts and longer pieces by a host of Montana filmmakers. But you’ll walk away from each video feeling more connected to this place, and wondering what other stories are out there for you to find.
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