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MINT Film Festival a Grand Addition to Billings Art Scene - 9/14-16

September 13, 2018View for printing

My favorite part of driving Highway 87 to Billings is cresting the edge of town, especially at dusk. Fences and prairies surround you until, in one grand moment, the glittering lights of town are spread out before you.

This weekend, the lights of the historic Babcock Theatre will be on for Montana's newest film festival, MINT (Montana International Film Festival) . It's an event rife with potential to shine the spotlight on Billings as a place to create and experience the magic of film. It's also a grand addition to the city's highly respected art scene, already anchored by the Alberta Bair Theater and the Yellowstone Art Museum.

Appropriately, Billings has been the setting for many feature films -- from the black-and-white road comedy-drama "Nebraska," which featured a real-life city police officer in its opening scene, to the grand epic "Far and Away," which pit Tom Cruise against a rabble-rousing crowd in the old train depot and re-staged the Oklahoma land rush with hundreds of enthusiastic extras.

By Allison Whitmer, Montana Film Commissioner ... s-art-scene
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