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Framing the Future

Using imagery to influence growth in Gallatin County.

We see chain stores expanding down North 19th and housing developments named "Quail’s Egg" and "Fantasia" creeping west across the valley, and it's easy to become distressed and lost in Gallatin County’s whirlwind development. With a political system where representatives are elected to speak for us, it’s also easy to believe in the demise of the individual voice.

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Big Sky Barbecue

I had arrived in Bozeman just hours before, fresh off I-90 from Chicago. In my first evening as a Montanan, I had eaten a bison burger, sampled microbrews from Bozeman Brewing Company, and was now headed to Gallatin Gateway to the cabin I'd be living in all winter. 

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Setting Your Waypoint

Montana is known around the country for a lot of things, but making movies just isn't one of them. We don’t have the glossy, Hollywood sheen bred in cities like New York or Los Angeles, and most folks adjust their expectations accordingly when watching films assembled in the Big Sky state—or at least they did until Bozeman-based outfit Confluence Films came along.

And when they create movies as good as (or even better than) any other company in the business today, it’s hard not to feel a swell of hometown pride for Confluence and their latest venture into fishing cinematography: Waypoints.

Waypoints Poster 

As the fourth feature-length installment from Confluence, this film sends their cast to fly fish every corner of the map in their most ambitious endevour to date. They end up wetting a line in five of the most drool-worthy fishing locations in the world, including Chile, Japan, and St. Brandon's Atoll. Whether it's hunting monster pike in Alaska or wrestling the nightmare-inducing payara in Venezuela, every scene is shot with the masterful touch of lifelong fly-fishermen. 

 An everyday catch fishing St. Brandon's

But it can't all just be pulling fish the size of tree trunks from the most scenic rivers around the globe—the crux of any adventure-sports film is making the audience care about people doing it. To the relief of plot-craving fish-fanatics everywhere, the team expertly weaves in profiles and interviews, adding depth and soul to the beautifully shot film.

 Just another day rippin' lip

The premier screening is on Saturday, November 9 at the Ellen Theatre: the family show starts at 5pm and the late show kicks off at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12, available at both River’s Edge locations, Fins & Feathers, Montana Troutfitters, Rockford Coffee, and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. You can also get tickets at the Ellen Theatre Box Office or theellentheatre.com.

 A monster Alaskan Pike

And after December 17, you can download Waypoints and their other three films at confluencefilms.tv—just in time for Christmas.

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Warriors on the Water

For the last decade, thousands of men and women every year have left their homes to experience the horrors of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. When they come back, they often need help healing their wounds and rebuilding their spirits. Imagine if more small communities around the country took in our nation's wounded soldiers and treated them like the significant, strong people they felt like before they went into battle?

Hit the Slopes With Eagle Mount

by Anya Bean

True Confessions of an O/B Intern

Learning the ropes at Outside Bozeman.

by Meghan O'Neal

I shuffled into the Outside Bozeman office, laptop clutched to my chest, my stomach in knots.

“Um, hi, I’m Meghan. The new editorial intern,” I said to the guy with the desk closest to the door, my voice barely above a whisper.

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Raising Outdoor Offspring

“Do you think we do too much on the weekends?” I asked my 12-year-old son as we sat around the campfire during a late-summer backpacking trip to Deer Lake.

“Yeah, I really haven’t hung out with my friends much this summer.”

“So, do you still want to float with Grandma and Grandpa next weekend?”

“Yeah, I want to—that’s tradition.”

Gorging Grizzlies

Bears embrace unlimited food opportunities this fall.

Getting Inspired at Casting 4 A Cure

by Anya Bean

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Elevating the Norm

Photo by Noah Howell

While the view from the lift line rarely changes, the backcountry experience is new every time. Elevation, the newest film from Salt Lake City–based Powderwhore Productions, premiers in Bozeman on October 1, taking viewers from one backcountry adventure to the next in search of elusive, untracked lines.

The film documents a diverse mix of riders and locations across North America: telemark skiing in the Teton Valley, snowboarding in the Wasatch, lightweight touring in Washington and Wyoming, and deluxe camping in the Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska.  

The film highlights elite riders who spend their time exploring the terrain in their own backyards. Jake Sakson skis in the Teton Valley and talks about areas so vast he rarely comes into contact with other riders. “It’s sometimes a lot of work to get out to ski the stuff you want to ski," he says, "but that’s what makes it special.” 

Photo by Noah Howell

The people featured in Elevation are alike for one reason: they love riding in the backcountry, earning turns under their own power, and exploring new locations along the way.  

“There’s the act of skiing, but then there’s the whole act of discovering and I like mixing the two together," says backcountry skier Andrew McLean. "There’s just this sense of exploration that you really can’t get anywhere else.” 

The Dorais brothers are featured prominently in the film, holding notable speed records on the Grand Teton and Mount Rainier. They claim they “just want to ski a lot, try and go fast, push ourselves, and go to some pretty places.”

As the natural skiing experience becomes more prevalent, Powderwhore has chosen to stay fixated on the authentic element of the sport, creating a film without the use of helicopters or large-scale productions. Their newest film portrays the real skiing experience, not just an intangible reality that the majority of viewers will never grab hold of.

Photo by Jonah Howell

In this most relatable of ski films, it's refreshing to see that the everyday skier is not lost. While the athletes featured are talented in their own right, it’s not always about the best trick or the biggest line, rather the people themselves who spend their time in these places.

Backcountry riding requires no validation—it’s out there waiting for anyone that’s up to the challenge. Elevation shows us what it means to get out under our own power in places where nothing comes easily... and it’s that much better for it.

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