Spotlight on Sponsors: HBO
With an audience reach of approximately 127 million subscribers worldwide, HBO (Home Box Office) is the leading television programming and distribution platform providing viewers with groundbreaking series, films, documentaries and sports. The expansive visions of HBO have helped BSDFF come alive each opening night for years; HBO is a sustaining opening night sponsor, helping us kick off the festival with a free screening, a packed house buzzing with anticipation and excitement for the stories waiting to be told during BSDFF’s Festival Week.
This year’s opening night BSDFF and HBO will present “Bright Lights,” featuring Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds. "Bright Lights" is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty, in all its eccentricity. At 83 years old, grand dame Debbie Reynolds (star of “Singing in the Rain,”) still performs a Las Vegas act, dressed in gold lamé. But performing takes its toll, and Debbie’s health suffers. This devastates her daughter, “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher, whose response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Carrie is helpless in the face of her mother’s determination that “the show must go on.” Through vintage family films, iconic old-world Hollywood history comes to life. Rich cinema verité also takes us to into the heart of Beverly Hills today, where Carrie and Debbie live together. This is a film about show business, and bittersweet family love. HBO Debut: March 2017; 95 minutes
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival lights up downtown Missoula for 10 days every February, bring stories from across the globe to our beautiful and eclectic mountain town, create a vibrant, quality event that gathers our engaged community, and expand the knowledge and conversation around issues that matter. The success of the festival is defined by the marvelous support and enthusiasm of film industry partners and Missoula businesses, organizations, non-profits, theaters and dedicated patrons. THANK YOU.