Bigfork, A Montana Story, is an original documentary, a collaboration between Ed Gillenwater, local film writer and producer, Tabby Ivy, Bigfork artist, Denny Kellogg, Bigfork area resident, collector, and archivist, and Don Beans, local resident, Doctor and musician. This team’s last collaborative effort resulted in 2015’s A Timeless Legacy, Women Artists of Glacier National Park, the groundbreaking exhibition, documentary film, and book for the Hockaday Museum of Art. The documentary, A Timeless Legacy, recently aired on Montana PBS.
Bigfork, A Montana Story, begins with the geological beginning of this area, the First People who inhabited the land, and the traders, trappers, early pioneers, and entrepreneurs who came from across the continent, traveling long distances over difficult terrain to build the town and to make Bigfork their home. In the late 19th century, the Bigfork and Swan Lake areas became a destination for adventurous folks who were ‘fleeing civilization’ or ‘looking for a fresh start’. The extensive research involved has unearthed photos and documents unseen for decades. The project was not intended to be a definitive history of the town of Bigfork, but rather to tell a narrative of place. Thus, although these particular events happened here, they share a common theme of adventure, courage, and grit shown by all who came West to build a new life and chose to make Montana their home.
All benefits from the Bigfork Documentary Project benefit the BACC. Also available as a book.