HELENA — Montana history buffs and lovers brace themselves as a new student film premiering at Myrna Loy this Thursday will delve into the state and capital’s past.
student film, “The People’s House” will premiere at Myrna Loy Thursday, September 8 at 8:00 p.m. free of charge. The film is about the Montana State Capitol building and how Montana became a state.
“This topic, I think looking at this building, this architecture, this stuff has so much to do with what Montana is. The Capitol, the building itself, is already a story. What it means to be a Montanese, who is an insider, who is an outsider. And I think that changes from generation to generation. And it touches on notions of governance and democracy, which I think all need to be renewed for this generation,” says film professor and director of the NEH summer program at Helena College, Dr. Ari Lee Laskin.
The film is part of a summer filmmaking program funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program invites high school students, seniors and recent high school graduates to spend a few weeks making a film. The program is spread over 3 different summers. Last year’s film, “No Ordinary Time,” focused on the impact of the Spanish Flu on Montana.
Mara Flynn, a film student at Montana State University, returned this year as a professor’s assistant, working primarily with writers and producers on this year’s project. This program helped Flynn realize that filmmaking was something she wanted to pursue in college.
“… an opportunity to learn more about Helena. That’s where I kind of had, that’s where I’ve lived all my life. So it was a great opportunity to learn more about it, and also to get into making movies with other groups of people. I had done a few on my own, but I really wanted to work with a group of people who were interested in the same things as me,” says Flynn.
You can watch last year’s movie on Helena College website.