Montana’s BZN Film Rodeo rides into town today

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COEUR d’ALENE — The BZN Film Rodeo is coming to Coeur d’Alene to benefit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.

The screening on Friday, Nov. 9, will feature award winners for the 2018 BZN International Film Festival including three short films and the feature documentary “Mankiller.”

The films will be screened in the Community Room at the library. Tickets will be available at the door for $15. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn and treats and a no-host wine and beer bar will be provided.

BZN Film Rodeo is the traveling exhibition for the Bozeman Film Celebration, now in its second year in south central Montana, serving as a platform for independent filmmaking and creative expression, and supporting emerging and established voices.

Organizers said the BZN International Film Festival spotlights women filmmakers, writers, directors, actors and producers who understand that film is a powerful medium to convey their dreams and passions — and who are ready to take the helm, pioneering projects to change current statistics and elevate women’s visions and voices.

The idea of the festival was conceived about a year-and-a-half ago, and the inaugural festival was held this past June. Plans for a second festival are already underway, and the dates are set for June 6-9, 2019. The BZN International Film Festival was started by Beth Ann Kennedy, artistic director with the support of Executive Producer George Dorsey.

“Mankiller” — the Spirit Award winner — is the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985.

The film was directed by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and produced by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and Gale Anne Hurd. The film has a run time of 73 minutes.

The feature will be preceded by three shorts:

• “Where the Wild Things Play,” Narrative Short Winner, directed and written by Krystle Wright. There’s a revolving conversation of asking why aren’t there more females in the adventure industry whether it’s big mountain skiing, filmmakers, big wall climbers and so forth. Well it’s about time we found out. Run time, 4 minutes.

• “Drawback,” Documentary Short Winner, directed, written, and produced by Colter Olmstead, the story of a young bowhunter as she journeys out on her first hunting experience. Run time, 2.8 minutes.

• “Deux Mains,” (“With My Own Two Hands”), directed and written by Michael Barocas, a poetic expression of the human experience told through hands. Run time, 2 minutes.

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