Summer Movie Nights

Take a night off once a month and join us for conservation and Western-minded movie nights! The films are typically themed with our monthly book club, and any events or Days on the Land we might be hosting that month. The movies are a mix of documentary and feature film, and some are adaptations from books we read.


May 2, 9, 16, 23: Lonesome Dove

May 30: Lonesome Dove (book)

Two former Texas Rangers (Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones) renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory. Based on Larry McMurtry's novel.


June 20: Grasslands

June 27: Braiding Sweetgrass (book)

Grasslands examines the unique natural habitat of the mixed-grass prairie through four seasons from the perspectives of the ranchers, conservationists, and aboriginal people who understand it best and live by preserving it. It is guided by a powerful metaphor / symbol: The re-discovered wallows of the re-introduced bison.


July 18: On the Wild Edge

July 25: A Thousand Deer (Book)

In 1980, David and Caroline Petersen packed all they owned into a VW bus and fled urban life for the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado. Thus began the couple’s lifelong immersion in a simple, independent existence balanced precariously between culture and nature. Accompanying David on his annual elk hunt, On the Wild Edge provides poetical inspiration for all serious hunters of personal meaning in life.


August 22: Hanna Ranch

August 30: Claiming Ground (Book)

Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse.


September 20: Ridin' For the Brand

September 27: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (book)

Riding for the Brand involves a year in the lives of three dedicated Montana ranching families, some whose earlier generations came to the Big Timber area during the early cattle drives from Texas a century ago. However, within a single generation, an ever-growing and ever-changing America has presented this agricultural sector with new environmental issues and economic problems that have made it difficult to remain viable. In on-the-street interviews, we see mixed concerns within the consumer market over the origins of their food products. There is a growing number, however, that have become quite concerned about the quality and origins of their food source, and the Montana ranch families are striving to meet the desires of this market.