by Kate Whittle
It promises to be a tearful Thursday for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
Evening showings kick off at 5 p.m. with Blood Brother, which follows a young American man who travels to India and ends up working with HIV-positive orphans. Our usually stoic editor, Skylar Browning, wrote about it, saying, “I cried during most of the second half—and choked up again while telling my wife about it afterwards.”
Blood Brother screens at the Wilma at 5 PM.
Opposite Blood Brother is Racing the Rez, where Navajo and Hopi high school cross-country runners compete for pride and glory. Born to Run author Christopher McDougall said, “If it’s not the best running movie ever made, it’s damn sure in the fight.”
Racing the Rez screens at the Crystal at 5 PM.
Remember Polaroids? Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film sure does. The 2012 doc is a memorial of a time when it was exciting to instantly see a picture. Includes interviews with people who are passionate about Polaroids, like John Waters, and others working to keep the art alive.
Time Zero screens at the Wilma at 7 PM.
For an oldie-but-goodie, Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, 2004, offers a close look at the legendary and self-destructive singer-songwriter.
Be Here to Love Me screens at the Crystal at 7:20 PM.
The day includes a late addition, Valentine Road, a 2013 HBO film that explores the events leading to the 2008 death of 15-year-old openly gay student, Larry King, who was shot execution-style in a classroom by Brandon McInerney, then 14. Premiering in Montana after Sundance buzz.
Valentine Road screens at the Wilma at 9 PM.
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