Life in the Land is a documentary film and podcast series that shares stories of those who interact with the complexities of Montana’s land, waters, and communities, looking at the success and value in collaborative & locally-led initiatives. Hear perspectives from community leaders, ranchers, conservationists, and more from within Montana’s rural and tribal communities. Witness how they are working in relationship with the land and one another to promote resilient communities and landscapes for all life to thrive.
We hope these films and podcasts can be observed in personal circles, as well as the films used to “kick-off” workshops and community conversations about how a holistic approach can be applied in other regions, watersheds, or communities. The films and podcasts can also be used within educational curriculum. The content does not claim to have all of the answers, but it shares philosophies from people on the ground that we hope shed light on new perspectives and prompt deeper dialogue in audiences’ circles. Podcast episodes are also available on Apple, Spotify, and Google Podcast on the “Stories for Action” series.
Screenings: Already we have had two public screenings of the film episodes, in Bozeman and Dillon, with fruitful panel discussions afterwards. Coming up, there will be a screening in Browning for the Blackfeet Nation on June 14th, and a virtual screening of the Seeley-Swan episode on July 6th. There will be a community screening in the Winnett, MT area as well this summer. Outside of this, the content is available to any entity to screen and organize as they wish. We will track all screening events for impact measurements.
Going forward: We have received seed funding to go forward with a second “season” of Life in the Land, and will begin production on two additional 15 minute films, and six podcast episodes later this summer. We hope Life in the Land can be an ongoing communications catalyst, to share stories, create connections, and advance holistic approaches and community leadership on the landscape. If you would like to support this future Life in the Land work, you may do so with a tax-deductible contribution here.
On behalf of the project’s Steering Committee, I would like to thank you so very much for your support and for following along in the progress of this project. We hope you are able to utilize and enjoy the finished products.
Lara Tomov, Project Director
Bill Long [Solid Ground Consulting], Bill Milton [Milton Ranch], Lailani Upham [Iron Shield Creative], Cliff Montagne [BioRegions International], Daniel Anderson [The Common Ground Project], Laura Nowlin [Winnett ACES], Ethan Kunard [Montana Watershed Coordination Council]