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The MINT Film Festival is Here!


Billings's own MINT Film Festival opened September 17th and runs through October 10th, with both in-person and virtual offerings. Explore the schedule and get your passes on the MINT website. We also have some recommended reading to complement this year's lineup - read on!


Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780873518949
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - November 1st, 2013

Crow Country: Our Right to Food Sovereignty showcases a local effort for better food on the Crow Reservation, and this book by Heid E. Erdrich shows that the effort is widespread.

The Arapaho Way: Continuity and Change on the Wind River Reservation (Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of t #33) Cover Image
By Sara Wiles, Jordan Dresser (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780806162904
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - October 31st, 2019

In this beautiful book, a finalist for the 2020 High Plains Book Awards, the images perfectly complement the film Arapaho Truths, which tells four traditional tales.

The Cowboy Hat Book Cover Image
By Ritch Rand, William Reynolds, Banning Co (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781586852580
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Published: Gibbs Smith - June 16th, 2003

One of MINT's documentary feature films is called The Cowboy Hat Movie. Why we think this book is related should be self-evident.

The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220212
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Published: Catapult - September 15th, 2020

In My Name is Anik, we hear the story of Bircan, who has decided to learn Kurdish, her once-forbidden mother tongue. It is a reminder of what immigrants have had to leave behind, and this compilation of experiences explores more.

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580085793
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 1st, 2005

If you missed Fantastic Fungi at Art House Cinema, a documentary starring the author of Mycelium Running, you have another chance to see a fungi-focused film at MINT: The Botanist, about the search in the Montana wilderness for a rare mushroom.

Tippet Rise Art Center: (lavishly illustrated coffee table book showcasing a unique art, sculpture, and music destination in Montana) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616896492
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - June 5th, 2018

Xylem, The Heart of the Tree is one of the Made-in-Montana films about the consturction of one of the sculptures at Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, MT.

Weather Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597096003
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Published: Red Hen Press - October 9th, 2018

A novel about a meteorologist who can actually control the weather, we think this story dovetails nicely with Stormchaser, one of the narrative short films.

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224957
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Published: Penguin Books - March 3rd, 2020

The feature documentary TRUST ME calls for greater media literacy to help people trust one another, and Biased delves into why the manipulation is so easy in the first place.

The Round House: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062065254
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

Rez Dogs is a comedy/drama about young Native Americans, and our favorite book with a young Native American protagonist is The Round House. Even though some people might prefer The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the treasurer of our co-op, who is writing this, would respectfully disagree, although she would be open to a fiery debate on the subject.

Fools Crow Cover Image
By James Welch, Thomas McGuane (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143106517
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2011

Trail of Justice is a made-in-Montana western feature film set after the Civil War. We recommend pairing it with Fools Crow, which is set around the same time but is told from the Blackfeet perspective.