The Roxy Theater sees historic restoration

The Roxy Theater, located in downtown Missoula and home of Montana Film Festival, has undergone a historic restoration this summer. On August 9th, a new marquee was installed, complete with Art Deco period accurate neon.

The restoration project will mark its completion with an 80th birthday party for the theater on September 24th, just before the 3rd annual Montana Film Festival.

Read more from the Missoulian here and be sure to check out the new facade at MTFF, October 5th – 8th at The Roxy Theater.


Montana Film Festival Presents: Desert Hearts (1986)

Year round at The Roxy Theater, Montana Film Festival now presents a new release in independent cinema each month, one night only.

This month, Montana Film Festival brings a new reissue of the 1986 film Desert Hearts, the film from Donna Deitch that became a landmark in queer cinema and the depiction of women in romantic relationships on the silver screen.

“In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape.” (Slate)

Desert Hearts came at the start of cinematographer Robert Elswit’s career, who would go on to gorgeously capture some of the great films of the late 20th and early 21st century, most notably all of the films to date from Paul Thomas Anderson. The picture will be from a print newly restored by The Criterion Collection and projected in crisp DCP format.


Montana Film Fest Presents: Raw (2017)

Year round at The Roxy Theater, Montana Film Festival now presents a new release in independent cinema each month, one night only This month brings a controversial yet beautiful new horror film, Raw. June 16th at 9 pm, The Roxy Theater. 

“If you can see past the rain of blood, Raw is a gorgeously moving film” – The New Republic

Julia Ducournau’s feature debut has quickly become one of the more polarizing films of the year, in and outside of the horror genre. After a win at Cannes in 2016, Raw went on to Toronto where members of the audience reportedly fainted or fell ill during the screening. The film follows a young vegetarian woman who has just started vet school when, during a hazing ritual, she is forced to eat meat. This encounter plummets her down a ravenous spell of meat consumption, ultimately leading to a cannibal nightmare.

Raw has been lauded as an brilliant art house horror in-line with Suspiria. The AV Club praised the film, particular its fresh voice: “The strongest of the female-led films I’ve screened so far at the festival is Raw, Julia Ducournau’s beautifully realized, symbolically rich, and disturbingly erotic meditation on primal hungers of all kinds.

Catch the trailer for Raw here, and be sure to come out to the screening at The Roxy Theater on June 16th.

Buy tickets online here


Buster’s Mal Heart Filmmakers coming back to Montana

Adina Smith and Jonako Donley are returning to Montana this weekend for screenings of the film and for scouting locations to shoot future projects.

Since its debut, “Buster’s Mal Heart” has enjoyed national press and screenings at major events such as the Toronto International Film Festival, AFI Fest and the Tribeca Film Festival.

“Film projects have a positive economic impact on the communities in which they’re shot and bring significant attention to Montana both as a film location and a travel destination,” said Montana Film Commissioner Allison Whitmer. “This project has the bonus of Emmy star power behind it and is already generating quite a buzz.”

Smith and Donley will participate in screenings in Missoula and Helena.

Read More at Last Best News


‘Buster’s Mal Heart’: Film Review | TIFF 2016

‘Mr. Robot’s’ Rami Malek plays multiple roles (sort of) in Sarah Adina Smith’s study of paranoia and loss.

A psychological puzzle dramatizing the difficulties of fleeing from both society and oneself at the same time, Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart offers three views of a very damaged man. Fans of Mr. Robot won’t be disappointed in the least by this vehicle for Emmy-winning series star Rami Malek, which both fits in with Mr. Robot‘s delusion-prone paranoia and lets the charismatic actor stretch out in his first feature lead. But the picture’s art house appeal goes further than that, demonstrating Smith’s cinematic intelligence and an acute sympathy for alienated characters.

via The Hollywood Reporter


‘Cultural treasure’: Governor announces new facade renovation funding for Roxy Theater

Calling the little Roxy Theater on Missoula’s Hip Strip a cultural icon of statewide importance, Gov. Steve Bullock announced a $167,605 award  in tourism infrastructure and community development grant block money to fund the restoration of the historic movie theater.

“We’re here to celebrate a great partnership of public and private resources united by that common goal to restore, enhance and preserve one of Missoula’s – and indeed one of Montana’s – great treasures,” Bullock said. “The Roxy really does represent more than just what you all think of as your community theater. It’s sort of that intersection of art, culture and history – all important parts of our entire state’s identity.”

via Missoulian


Bill Pullman Gives His Best Performance in Years With Western ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ — SXSW 2017 Review

Bill Pullman might not be the most obvious choice for a western hero at this stage of his career, but that’s exactly what makes him ideal for “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” which isn’t about an obvious Western hero. As the titular Lefty, Pullman plays a 63-year-old sidekick in the wilds of late 19th century Montana, where he’s forced to take charge when the traditional hero (Peter Fonda) is suddenly killed. By giving the spotlight to an archetype usually relegated to the background, writer-director Jared Moshé puts a revisionist spin on the familiar oater, but everything else about “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” is by the book.

Read more at Indiewire


‘Certain Women’ Breakout Lily Gladstone to Star in WGN America’s DC Comics Pilot ‘Scalped’

WGN America’s DC Comics pilot “Scalped” is heating up.

Casting has officially begun on the project that was ordered to pilot nearly a year ago — Lily Gladstone has landed the first series regular role, Variety has learned exclusively.

Based on the western crime comics that were published by DC’s Vertigo imprint in 2007, “Scalped” is described as a modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American reservation. The project explores power, loyalty, and spirituality in a community led by the ambitious Chief Lincoln Red Crow as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse, who has returned home after years away from the reservation.

Via Variety