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