Richard Hugo: Kicking the Loose Gravel Home

Big Sky Film Series

Produced and directed by Montana author/filmmaker Annick Smith, the film traces Hugo’s life from his grim childhood, through his experiences as a bombardier in World War II, to his creative writing professorship at the University of Montana.. With intimate moments from Hugo’s life, the film intricately ties his writings to the western places he loves the most: saloons, fishing holes, abandoned towns, and a home in Rattlesnake Canyon. The rhythms, emotions, humor and rollicking language of Montana’s greatest poet comes alive to audiences who never had the good luck of knowing him in person.  Screening from the first ever HD transfer directly from an original 16mm print of the film.

Producer/director/writer Annick Smith has written numerous books and screenplays. She was a co-producer of the film A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, directed by Robert Redford, and a founding board member of Redford’s Sundance Institute. She was executive producer of the film HEARTLAND (based on her novel of the same title). Other books include BIG BLUESTEM, and IN THIS WE ARE NATIVE. She also co-edited an anthology of Montana writing, THE LAST BEST PLACE. Her essays have appeared in numerous national journals such as AUDUBON, OUTSIDE, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Smith lives in Montana with her partner, the writer William Kittredge.

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