Certain Women Trailer … and Introducing Lily Gladstone

Enjoy the new trailer for Kelly Reichardt’s CERTAIN WOMEN. The film was one of the most acclaimed offerings at Sundance this year, and you can catch it at the Montana Film Festival, October 6-9.

“Certain Women” reunites Reichardt with actress Michelle Williams who starred in her films “Wendy and Lucy” and  “Meek’s Cutoff.”  Rounding out the main trio are Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart.  The film also stars The Roxy’s own Lily Gladstone. The film takes place in Montana, where three intersecting narratives bring the characters together.  The film is based on Maile Meloy’s short-story collection “Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It.”


Open Call via Film Freeway Announced


The 2016 Montana Film Festival will have an open call for entries for the first time. Entries will be submitted on FilmFreeway.

  • Opening Date     April 20, 2016
  • Earlybird Deadline    May 31, 2016
  • Late Deadline    July 14, 2016
  • Extended Deadline    July 31, 2016
  • Notification Date    August 1, 2016
  • Festival Date    October 6-9, 2016


  1. Feature Film
  2. Short
  3. Documentary
  4. Experimental
  5. Animation




MTFF Announces 2016 Festival Dates

MTFF 2016 will be held October 6-9, 2016 at The Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana.

The Montana Film Festival is dedicated to the exploration and celebration of film as art. By using cinema and its intended gathering place, the theater, to warm our spirits at the campfire of the silver screen, we create an environment conducive to rediscovering the virtues of social communion. At our best we hope to enrich the cinematic lives of our community.




MovieMaker Festival Beat: “Missoula is so much cooler than you.”

From MovieMaker Magazine Winter 2016

v8-MM-Cover-Winter-2016-300x400Sarah Adina Smith  reports to MovieMaker from the Inagural Montana Film Festival.

MISSOULA IS SO MUCH COOLER THAN YOU – The Montana Film Festival unites a fascinating town. I don’t know what I was expecting from the first annual Montana Film Festival. I knew Missoula would be at least a little cool. It’s a college town, after all-a liberal beacon in an otherwise conservative state. But I didn’t expect Missoula to be so brilliantly, creatively, genuinely cool. There’s a vibrant community of artist-philosophers there, many of whom came to Montana to step away from the hustle and focus their attention where it should be-on crafting a life.

It’s an educated, energetic place filled with independent thinkers. And there’s a delightful collection of wackos, too. I saw an 80-year old woman flying down Higgins Avenue on her bike wearing spandex and a sombrero. (I’ve lied in downtown L.A. for a decade, so I’m kind of a wacko connoisseur…Missoula’s were top notch).

At the opening night party, I met a people who had built an art commune in the wilderness and made an improv film in its belly. I met a lumberjack-ish fellow who transformed an old school bus into a psychedelic vision maIMG_0637chine. And do you know what a “smoke jumper” is? I didn’t… but now I can tell you: These people jump out of airplanes to fight wildfires. Why has no one made a film about this yet?!

The fest was hosted by The Roxy, an art house theater with tons of character run by people who love films and make them, too. They’ve cultivated a community of film buffs, so films play for an audience hungry for challenging material. The reason MTFF was my favorite fest of the year was because I saw my favorite film of the year there-Krisha. So good. And seeing good films surrounded by good people is what it’s all supposed to be about, right?

By the time the fest wrapped up, I’d not only met new friends, but new collaborators. We ended up shooting my latest film, Buster’s Mal Heart, a few hours north of Missoula and many of the crew members we hired and the actors we cast were people we met at the festival. Sky Bennett, Kier Atherton, Kendra Mylenechuk, Lily Gladstone-just a few of the many Montana locals I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with. These artists, craftsmen and smoke jumpers are definitely, indisputably way cooler than I am. I feel very lucky.



Rolling Stone: Montana’s Lily Gladstone one of 12 Breakout Stars from Sundance 2016

From Rolling Stone Magazine January 2016

Lily Gladstone; Certain Women

Michael Buckner/Variety/Rex

Kelly Reichert’s triptych of Maile Meloy short stories about women in Montana weaves together three generations of incredible American actresses (represented here by Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, and Kristen Stewart). But it’s newcomer Lily Gladstone, playing a lonely farmhand who grows smitten with her town’s newest night school teacher (Stewart), who steals the show. Warm, silent and just as confused by her heart as we are, Gladstone’s gentle turn reveals a talent who can hint at greater depths of feeling than most performers could ever hope to show.


The Roxy’s Lily Gladstone- Certain Women at Sundance

From Movie Maker Magazine February 8, 2016

Lily Gladstone, actress, Certain Women

Lily Gladstone. Photograph by Pete Betcher

Lily Gladstone. Photograph by Pete Betcher

Gladstone was the first and only candidate to play “the Rancher” in Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, a character who anchors the third and longest chapter of the feature (and who, in Maile Meloy’s original short story, is actually male). It’s evident why. As a lonely Montana ranch hand who finds herself drawn to the company of a young teacher (Kristen Stewart), Gladstone barely has any lines, but there’s an immense yearning in her body language—slow, stoic—and her large, expressive eyes. The actress, who grew up on Montana’s Blackfeet Reservation, has a background in theater, but is garnering indie cred working with directors like Arnaud Desplechin and Sarah Adina Smith. –Kelly Leow

A happy year at Sundance offers forth not a spring of fresh blood, but a geyser.

This was one of those years, where categories were populated with more unheralded faces than usual. Good news for cinema’s next generation; bad news for writers on the ground (like Carlos Aguilar, Maddy Kadish, Kelly Leow and Jeff Meyers), trying to narrow down an annual “Breakthroughs” list.

Shiny new names abound amongst the following 12 entries, but this time around we sprinkled in a handful of what we’re calling “level-uppers”—people whose names film fans already know, but whose work this year constitutes a major step up, a dramatic change of course, or, simply, resounding confirmation of a previously detected well of talent.

Some candidates we considered who didn’t make the final cut were young actors Royalty Hightower (The Fits) and Markees Christmas (Morris from America), director Agnieszka Smoczyńska of Polish genre-bender The Lure, actress Morgan Saylor from White Girl, and actor Lucas Hedges fromManchester by the Sea. Though we had full intentions of include below-the-line contributors, directors and actors as they are obnoxiously wont, monopolized the spotlight this year. We were impressed, though, by people like The Fits’ writer/editor Saela Davis, Christine writer Craig Shilowich and musician Maica Armata, who composed and sang the haunting score for Tim Sutton’sDark Night (and appears in a couple of memorable scenes). Lastly, though we managed to catch a lot, there was much more we didn’t get to see that would’ve certainly yielded up more candidates for this list.

All that said and done, we’re very excited about the following talents. Look out for them in 2016 and beyond.