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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2013: Best Feature Blood Brother

Blood Brother won Best Feature Film at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival last night.  I viewed this film with our film media writer and correspondent Ann Bodle-Nash.  Both of us left the movie teary-eyed, considering life and the part we play in it, and Ann “pining” for India.  The story is poignant, funny, and raw as it takes you on a journey through Rocky Anna’s (Anna: a term of endearment, meaning ‘Big Brother’, given to him by the kids) eyes to India and his decision to not abandon the kid’s and mother’s in an AIDS Orphanage.

“I think every man and every woman, they want their life to count.” ~Rocky (Anna) Braat.

Before the showing of Blood Brother, Director of Programming Travis Morss relayed to the audience, “I watch a ton of documentaries and to be honest I glance over most of them quickly. One Saturday night in October, at midnight, I started watching this film. I was riveted.  I couldn’t take my eyes away. I never had a movie effect me like this one.  I can tell you, I thought about this movie many times over the past few months.”

I found this to be true myself.  I watched it on Thursday evening and came home and told my family about it.  My mind ponders often about this beautiful documentary and I am telling everyone it is a “must see”. We are lucky here in Missoula, the movie will be shown again on Sunday, February 24th at 7pm in the Wilma 1.  If you are not glued to the Oscars you must come to downtown Missoula and watch Blood Brother. It is a film that pulls at your heart, makes you laugh, causes you to cry, and think about what is my place in this life. ~ by: Leisa Greene

Blood Brother won at the Sundance Film Festival as well: Grand Jury Prize Documentary 2013 & Audience Award US Documentary Presented by Acura 2013.

Director: Steve Hoover (Rocky’s friend)

Writers: Phinehas Hodges, Steve Hoover, Tyson VanSkiver

Cinematography: John Pope

For more information on the movie and how you can help visit the Blood Brother website.

Below are awards screenings and re-screenings for Sunday, February 24th. For a complete schedule, go to


11 a.m., Wilma 2: Buzkashi (82 min.)

11:15 a.m., Crystal: Great Northwest  (70 min.),  Sergeant Dan Edwards  (6 min.)

1 p.m., Wilma 2: Love at a Certain Age (92 min.)

1:15 p.m., Crystal: Alien Boy (91 min.), Saved by the Birds (4 min.)

3 p.m., Wilma 2: Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (89 min.)

3:15 p.m., Crystal: Central Park Five (120 min.)

5 p.m., Wilma 2: In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (58 min.), Irish Folk Furniture (8 min.)

5 p.m., Wilma 1: Not Yet Begun to Fight, winner of the Big Sky Award (60 min.), Amar , winner of Best Mini Documentary (10 min.), Slomo, winner of Best Short Documentary (17 min.)

5:15 p.m., Crystal: The Year of the Living Dead (76 min.), The Mercantile (16 min.)

7 p.m., Wilma 1: Blood Brother, winner of Best Feature Documentary (105 min.)

9 p.m., Wilma 1: The Thick Dark Fog, winner of Big Sky Artistic Vision (57 min.), The Words in the Margins, winner of Mini Documentary Artistic       Vision (15 min.), Do Not Duplicate, winner of Short Artistic Vision (31 min.)

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Category: Indie It Art & Film, Indie It Art, Film & Theatre, Indie It Film

About the Author: Leisa Greene’s passions include writing about music, theater, film, food, art, family and friends -- all of which are supported by the community of Missoula and an IV line of dark-roasted iced coffee. She is the English Department’s Administrative Associate of Graduate Admissions at her alma mater, University of Montana; the editor-in-chief of Indie It Press; and the author of a memoir manuscript currently titled EARLY OUT. Her other writing consists of short essays (Brother Townsend and A Jamboree Family), playwriting (The Beckett Syndrome) and screenwriting. “The only regret you will ever have is if you never write it. So, go write it Mom. “ – Dustin Nelson, my son

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