HELENA, Mont. – Two made-in-Montana films will be shown this weekend at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.
The Ballad of Lefty Brown is making its world premiere on Saturday. The Western was filmed outside of a ranch in Harrison, Mont., Bannack State Park and Montana Heritage Commission site Nevada City using Montana crew. It features actors Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker and Peter Fonda.
Walking Out was written and directed by Montana natives Alex and Andrew Smith. It was filmed in Livingston, the Paradise Valley, and Hyalite Canyon using Montana crew. SXSW has dubbed Walking Out a “festival favorite,” and will be screened three times beginning March 12. The film features Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman and Montana actor Lily Gladstone.
Both films were funded in-part by the Big Sky Film Grant.
The Montana Film Office is an award-winning office of film and PR professionals. Established in 1974, the Film Office is a component of the Montana Department of Commerce dedicating themselves to promoting the state of Montana as a filming location to the film/TV/ print industries and inviting those productions into Montana for the overall economic benefit of the state, assisting producers in finding locations to fit their scripts and acting as a liaison through every phase of production, and nurturing and supporting the development of their resident crew base, as well as resident Montana filmmakers.