MINT coming to Red Lodge

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Second Annual Montana International Film Festival (MINT) has announced its main slate of nearly 75 films and will once again be holding a special two-day “Mini MINT” at the Roman Theater, Red Lodge, on the weekend of Sept. 27-28.

The festival will open with an episode of the Smithsonian Channel documentary series ‘Epic Yellowstone’, narrated by part-time Montana resident Bill Pullman and close with the North American premiere of Richard Gray’s Braveheart sequel Robert The Bruce, with Angus Macfadyen reprising his role as the iconic title character and co-starring Jared Harris, Patrick Fugit, Zach McGowan, and Melora Walters.

  Highlights of the festival long weekend include an opening night block party with live music from Montana/Arizona musician June West, a special screening of Melody Miller’ California’s Forgotten Children presented by the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force, a short film by legendary British photographer Platon, and a new Nature Conservation section of the Festival, among many others. MINT will announce a full schedule of all the special events, panels and additional film selections, as well as jury members, in approximately two weeks.

 MINT’s sophomore edition will see six narrative and five documentary features competing for at least  $5,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, including the MINT Spirit Award, as well as six juried awards: Best Female Director; Best Narrative Feature; Best Narrative Short Film; Best Documentary Feature Film; Best Documentary Short Film; and the Made-In-Montana award. Of the eleven competition features, three are world premieres, while one is a North American bow and six are Montana premieres.

 “Once again, this year’s submissions season resulted in an exceptional group of films and a series of tough programming choices,” said Executive Director Brian Murnion. “Making the selection was even tougher than last year.” Programming Director, Pete Tolton added “This year’s program builds on the foundation we laid last year and we hope it will result in a superior MINT experience for both our audience and our filmmakers.”

 The historic Babcock Theatre in Billings will once again host many of the MINT screenings and other programming and has amped up its cinema offerings during the year, in part due to the nascent MINT Film Institute launched earlier this year in order to offer film education and increased exhibition in Eastern Montana. Over the past year, the Institute has presented several screenings of noteworthy films, including visits by directors and talent.

Other venues include the Art House Cinema – a non-profit, independent cinema and pub in the heart of downtown Billings – The Yellowstone Art Museum, a pop-up venue in the Stapleton Gallery and CLDI.

Passes are currently on sale and individual tickets go on sale on Aug. 29. Please visit https://mintfilmfestival.org/ for passes and all other film festival information.

The Carbon County News

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