LIVINGSTON — The upcoming How It Happens Festival in Livingston came out of a comment from a National Public Radio reviewer.
Howie Movshovitz, of NPR, said of “Winter in the Blood,” a made-in-Montana movie based on the iconic novel by James Welch, that films that good deserve a festival.
Montana Quarterly editor Scott McMillion had a similar idea after he talked with Andrew and Alex Smith, the twin brothers who produced the movie, which has drawn rave reviews at film festivals around the country.
McMillion had called the Smiths to see about arranging a showing in Livingston. They started kicking ideas around and the How It Happens Festival was born. The concept is to bring together some of Montana’s finest creative minds in the worlds of painting, music and literature, then give them a platform and get out of the way.
Events begin early in the afternoon of June 20 with presentations by landscape painter Clyde Aspevig, one of America’s most acclaimed artists, and Grammy-nominated composer Phil Aaberg. Some of Montana’s finest writers will appear and the festival will continue until late on the night of June 21.
Most of it happens at the Shane Center, a newly refurbished performing arts center in the heart of Livingston.
“Winter in the Blood” will be screened Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with filmmakers.
The festival wraps up Saturday night with some serious boogie with Wylie and the Wild West in the Elks building in downtown Livingston.
Admission to all events is $50. Seating is limited to 200 people. To register or view the entire lineup, go to www.HowItHappensMT.com.