'Makoshika'

Directed by Jessica Jane Hart, the documentary 'Makoshika' captures life on the wind-swept prairie country of Eastern Montana for framers, ranchers and oil field workers.

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The Billings Public Library plays host to a 6 p.m. screening of "Makoshika," an award-winning, independently produced 50-minute documentary film, on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the Community Room.

"Makoshika" illustrates how people cope with cycles of industrial boom and bust throughout generations, sharing stories that start from the height of the most recent oil boom. Director Jessica Jane Hart and producers Peter Tolton and Stan Parker will field questions about film-making and their experiences shooting in the Bakken area.

A directorial debut for Billings native Jessica Jane Hart, Makoshika premiered in February 2016 at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula. The documentary won a Jury Award from the Local Sightings Festival in Seattle, Best Heritage Feature Documentary at the Tribute Film Festival in Abilene, Texas, and a Silver Spotlight Documentary Film Award.

The film was partially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign that gathered much of its support from the Billings community, plus a Humanities Montana Grant and local sponsorships.

For additional information, please contact the library at refdesk@ci.billings.mt.us or librarian Jennifer Kruger at 657-8294.

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.