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“Missoula Filmmakers Raising Funds for Milltown Dam Documentary”

“Missoula Filmmakers Raising Funds for Milltown Dam Documentary”
September 07, 2013
By Rob Chaney
Missoulian

Missoula filmmakers Dru Carr and and Doug Hawes-Davis hope a Kickstarter campaign will ensure their documentary about Milltown Dam’s removal will make a spring 2014 premiere.

TWO RIVERS chronicles the restoration of the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers, the closure of the Stimson Lumber Co. mill in Bonner and other changes that surrounded the dam’s removal in 2008. The duo started gathering footage in 2005, as the decision-making process was getting underway, and filmed through the river’s reopening this summer.

“The removal of the Milltown Dam was an event of national significance,” Carr said in an email. “This film will thoroughly document that process. But this is also a story about a place where two major rivers come together. We who live near it are all connected to that confluence, whether we know it or not.”

The Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise the final production funds necessary to meet the spring 2014 release target.

Hawes-Davis and Carr’s previous film, ALL THE LABOR about the rock group The Gourds, premiered at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. They also won an Emmy for FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON, Hawes-Davis helped found the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula.

The movie also includes cinematography from Missoula cameraman Kenneth Furrow, music by This is Process of Still Life and other collaborators with High Plains Films.

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