Kicking off their 14th annual run, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival opened on Friday night with a screening of the HBO documentary Bright Lights at the Wilma. Fans began lining up before 6 p.m. for the free screening, and filled the house to capacity.
The documentary tells the story of the relationship between Debbie Reynolds and her children, Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher, and is based on a small portion of the film archives of the family. It was heartfelt and raw, and made you want to laugh, cry and cheer, all at the same time.
The film was introduced by current Executive Director Rachel Gregg, who was joined by the film’s producer, Todd Fisher. Fisher returned after the screening and participated in a Q&A session that lasted for nearly an hour.
The Festival continues through February 26, with screenings at a multitude of venues, including the Wilma, the Elks Lodge, the Public House, the Roxy and the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Headquarters for the event will be at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography (216 N. Higgins), where you can purchase tickets and merchandise, participate in the VR Experience or attend classes on documentary filmmaking through the Doc Shops series, which begins on Monday, February 20.