For 15 years, Big Sky has continued to engage vibrant conversations evolving in the industry, pushing the definition of documentary to discover what lies at its boundaries. While Big Sky will always be a film festival, it cannot go unnoticed that audio documentary has recently been the fastest growing medium in the documentary field, with radio and podcasts enjoying a proverbial 21st century renaissance. At the 2018 festival we are proud to present an all new AudioDocs event, in partnership with Montana Public Radio, featuring seven official selecitons in the audio documentary category. Join us for a multimedia event in a collective listening festival atmosphere, followed by a special reception.
AudioDocs Event - Wednesday, February 21st, 6:15pm, MCT - $12
THE 121st SHIP
Director: Jessica Jane Hart - 24 min
Lauren Vuong, who escaped from Vietnam with her family in 1979, recalls the one person who rescued her family and allowed her a chance at life.
DOGS ARE PEOPLE, TOO
Caroline Ballard, host, Erin Jones, senior producer, Anna Rader, digital producer, Micah Schweizer, executive producer - 23 min
In 2007, more than 50 pit bulls were discovered at former NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring in Virginia. Most people thought they couldn’t be saved. But their stories had just begun.
HOOFPRINTS ON THE HEART
Caroline Ballard, host, Erin Jones, senior producer, Anna Rader, digital producer, Micah Schweizer, executive producer - 20 min
This is the story of a love that spans continents. Jon Dunham set out on the longest, toughest walk of his life. But along the way, he met someone who helped carry the weight.
KENNETH’S FIRST VOTE
Directors: Hannah Ayers, Lance Warren - 6 min
On November 8, 2016, Kenneth Williams voted for the first time. Though he completed a prison sentence for robbery 30 years ago, this 67 year-old business owner lacked voting rights until restored by Virginia's governor following a lengthy application process.
THE LONGEST YEAR
Director: Jessie Beers-Altman - 12 min
The Longest Year represents a young woman's attempt to understand and work through a personal, tragic, life-altering event through the memories of friends and loved ones who shared the experience.
ON DEATH AND SPACE CLOUDS
Director: Tally Abecassis - 7 min
How do you keep someone's memory alive once they have died? A mother and child try to make sense of it together.
REASON TO THE MOON
Director: Ng Sze Min - 4 min
The advent of the spacecraft enabled man to reach the moon. And what have we discovered?