This week's cover story does its best to highlight some of the bigger attractions at this year's Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, but with 143 flicks on the schedule many worthy projects hit the cutting room floor, so to speak. So, to further quench your insatiable thirst for festival recommendations, here are 10 more films we wanted to mention for one reason or another:
1. Clover and Her Mob. A 22-minute short about emus made by the excellent local organization, MAPS Media Institute, which works on media arts projects in local schools. Saturday, Feb. 12, noon, at the Wilma.
2. Death Goes Green. The Indy published a cover story on Montana's green burial movement last year. This 8-minute short covers some of the national movement's pioneers. Monday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m. at the Wilma.
3. Feathered Cocaine. The description alone is crazy (paraphrased: the story of a leading falcon trainer who claims to have gone falcon hunting with Osama Bin Laden six times since 2004), but this film should also catch the interest of our local falconers. Saturday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. at Pipestone.
5. Lost Angels. There's been a lot of talk recently about Missoula's homeless population. This film goes to Los Angeles' Skid Row, "home" of one of the largest homeless populations in the U.S., and introduces viewers to former Olympic athletes, Harvard attorneys and other remarkable individuals. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7:50 p.m., at the Wilma.
6. Marwencol. This bizarre film has received rave reviews at other festivals. Paul Constant at The Stranger wrote: "The questions Marwencol asks—about art, about irony, about being a good person or just being a person at all—are heady. Its answers are delightful and charming and true. This is far and away one of the best films of the year." Friday, Feb. 18, 7:45 p.m. at the Wilma.
8. My Playground. The local folks below will dig this look at parkour enthusiasts Team JiYo. Friday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., at Pipestone.
9. Notes From a Poet and a One-Eyed Cat. A 10-minute short about the Missoula Writing Collaborative by Mackenzie Enich. Sunday, Feb. 20, noon, at the Wilma.
10. The Two Escobars. ESPN recently completed a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary by airing 30 different sports documentaries. This one is widely regarded as the best of the bunch, so if you missed the broadcast — and have yet to receive it on Netflix — watch it on the big screen. Saturday, Feb. 12, 11:50 a.m., at the Wilma.
What'd we miss? Which film are you most excited to see? Feel free to pass along your own recommendations in the comments thread.