Rachel comes to BSDFF with a diverse background in marketing, event promotions and public relations. While completing her Masters Degree in Communication at the University of Montana studying documentary film and social movement, Rachel worked as the assistant manager with the Historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula supporting front-of-house staff, local programming, accounting and in house promotions. After a short stint working in event ticketing and box office operations, Rachel joined the Montana Film Office where she coordinated public relations, marketing, communications, project development, and web & social media promotions, as well as event-based marketing and brand activation at film festivals including Sundance, SXSW and LA Film Festival. Rachel produced the first Montana Forum on Film and New Media and assisted in developing Montana’s film industry infrastructure through workforce development projects and administration of the Big Sky Film Grant program.
Director of Programming
Doug Hawes-Davis is the founder and Director of Programming of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Hawes-Davis co-founded High Plains Films 1992. Since then, he has created more than 40 documentary films. His most recent feature documentary, ALL THE LABOR, premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. In 2012, his film, FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON, a co-production of ITVS and Montana Public Television, was broadcast on the national PBS series, Independent Lens. His documentary feature, LIBBY, MONTANA was broadcast nationally on the acclaimed PBS Series, POV, and was nominated for a National Emmy Award the following year. He is also co-producer of THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: STORIES FROM BIG SKY COUNTRY a curated youtube channel of Montana-related content.
Michael T. Workman
Associate Programmer | Designer
Michael T Workman is an artist and filmmaker. He recieved his BFA in Art and BA in Filmmaking from The University of Montana in 2015. Workman started at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in high school when his first documentary AN ANONYMOUS REBELLION (2009), premiered at the 2010 festival. In 2015 he was selected as one of the 25 UNDER 25, an award that recognizes 25 Montanans under the age of 25 that are shaping Montana through their work and leading social change. His short documentary CONSTRUCTED SITUATIONS (2015) won the Best Film Grand Jury Award for the Audience Awards Art Montana competition. Workman has also worked as Art Director for TOTAL FEST, an independent music festival in Missoula.
Youth & Education Coordinator
Sarah Briggs is a filmmaker, dancer, and visual artist from Vermont. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Art History and minor in Dance from Middlebury College in 2015. She began working with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival as Education Coordinator for the 2016 festival. In 2015, her documentary COWGIRLS won Best Documentary Short at the Equus Film Festival in New York City. Briggs is also a published art historian, with her work on medieval manuscript illumination featured twice in the Bowdoin Journal of Art.
Sponsorship & Events Coordinator
Ken has been the Technical Director of Big Sky Documentary Film Festival since the early days. Outside of BSDFF, Ken Furrow is an independent cameraman/director living in Missoula, Montana. Ken has been involved with film and video production since 1988. His documentary credits include BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, Animal Planet, and PBS. He has worked for the major news networks including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, CBS, and NBC. He has numerous credits with educational productions for different government organizations and colleges and has produced commercial/corporate videos. He has also taught video production with middle/high school students.