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Explore Montana Through Film

Program Description

This program series highlights Montana on film, by featuring a wide range of popular movies and documentaries that were filmed here. This film series will provide a chance for attendees to revisit some old classics and also see some newer films that they may be surprised were shot here.


  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Hidalgo
  • The Horse Whisperer
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Forrest Gump
  • A River Runs Through It
  • The Shining
  • Little Big Man


There is no need for speakers, except for someone to introduce the film. If you wish to host a discussion of the film after its showing, develop a series of discussion questions and have the individual who introduces the film lead the discussion.


  • Your library will want to obtain a license to show movies legally. Find out more at: http://www.movlic.com/library/library.html
  • The length of each program will be determined by the length of the movie.
  • Auditorium-style seating.
  • Preparation-time: 2 hours for publicity purposes. Add an hour if you plan to lead a discussion after the movie.

Learn More About It

Movie Licensing USA has information on how to obtain a public performance license.
Find out more at: http://www.movlic.com/library/library.html

The Montana Film Office's Web site has a lengthy list of feature films and documentaries. Read more at: http://montanafilm.com/

Make It Special

Provide popcorn and drinks or allow patrons to bring in snacks and drinks to consume during the movie.

Market It

Distribute flyers to local video stores, businesses, places of employment, and workout facilities.

  • Montana State Library
  • P.O. Box 201800, 1515 East 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
  • Fax: (406) 444-0266
  • msl.mt.gov