Join us on August 11th at 7:00 pm for a special free screening of the documentary "Makoshika" A portrait of a fascinating American region undergoing a huge transformation.
Directed by Jessica Jane Hart, a Montana native who studied photography at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.
After graduating in 2006 she moved to Munich Germany to work as a freelance assistant to photographers Elias Hassos, Anja Frers and Matthias Ziegler. In 2009 she returned to the US and has been working as a freelance photographer in Montana, New York and California. In 2013 she began work on her first documentary film project, Makoshika which was completed in July of 2015.
This award winning film was an Official Selection at The Big Sky Documentary Film festival 2016, The Venice Film Week, the Environmental Film Festival 2016, was A Silver Award Winner at the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards 2015 and was named Best Heritage Film at Tribute Film Festival 2016.
A rugged stretch of badlands crossing through Montana and North Dakota, has always been a challenging place to live, but it has been sustained by a series of dramatic economic events, from the homestead boom to successive waves of oil development. Today, another oil boom is again transforming the region; small farm towns where residents once left their doors unlocked are overrun with workers vying for jobs in the oil fields, camper trailers sprawl across rural landscapes, and tight-knit farming communities inflate into boomtowns. Makoshika weaves together a story of the diverse communities and intriguing characters experiencing this boom, while using the region's history as a backdrop for understanding today.
What Jessica learned about all the changes occurring in the region as a result of the recent oil boom and the effect on the area and it's residents "... made us decide to create Makoshika, with the goal of painting a more complete picture of what is currently taking place today, following an array of characters from different perspectives as they negotiate the changes unfolding around them as well as their own histories and values. By looking into the history of the region and allowing the folks who occupy the landscape today to share their experiences both past and present, we aimed to create a truer picture of this unique and historic event."
See the trailer at http://www.makoshikadoc.com/