Big Sky makes list of best small-town film festivals




In last week's year-in-review story, arts editor Erika Fredrickson noted just how cool it was to have Yo La Tengo appear at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival to score some really old French nature films. You just don't see/hear that every day.

Today, PBS noted the same Yo La Tengo concert as just one of the reasons BSDFF deserves to be listed among the nation's best small-town documentary film festivals.

The full list includes some other gems, like the Bare Bones Film Festival and Roger Ebert's annual event in Champaign, Ill.

Here's what they wrote about Missoula:

As one of the largest film events in Montana, Big Sky has become the go-to venue for nonfiction films in the American West. In addition to showcasing contemporary and classics docs, the festival has highlighted the films the Maysles Brothers, Kartemquin Films and Frederick Wiseman in past retrospective programs. There’s also a heavy emphasis on combining cinema with music. Last year, Yo La Tengo provided live musical accompaniment to the documentaries of French filmmaker Jean Painlevé.

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