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This year is the 25th Anniversary of the release of the movie, A River Runs Through It. To celebrate, the In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival presented three days of stories from the iconic Blackfoot River and Blackfoot Valley featuring many of the creative team that brought A River Runs Through It to the Big Screen, including lead actor, Tom Skerritt.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
The Story of the Blackfoot
Friday's program included tours in the morning and an afternoon literary program at Missoula's First Presbyterian Church, 235 S. 5th St. W. – Reverend Maclean's historic church.
1) Geology of the Blackfoot Valley: The glacial history of the Blackfoot Valley led by Dr, James Sears, University of Montana Geologist.
2) Norman's Neighborhood Guided Tour: Natural and cultural history tour related to the Maclean Family around Seeley Lake.
We explored the native and non-native history of the Blackfoot Valley with keynote speaker and author Richard Manning, Blackfeet troubadour Jack Gladstone, authors Debra Earling and Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, stories of river restoration from the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Blackfoot Challenge and the founding of the valley's first dude ranch with Juanita Vero of the E Bar L Ranch.
Friday evening concluded with an elegant catered dinner at the home of the Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper on the banks of the Blackfoot River. Land Lindbergh and Hank Goetz joined us to reminisce about the establishment of Montana's first conservation easement.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
New Insights on Norman's Writing and the Headwaters Story
First Presbyterian Church
235 S. 5th St. W., Missoula, MT
Four authors shared lively new insights on Norman's writing, including O. Alan Weltzien (editor, the Norman Maclean Reader), William Bevis (author, “Maclean's River” from Ten Tough Trips), and scholar Timothy Schilling.
Seeley Swan High School students read from Rivers poetry journal.
Headwaters gathered to share their vision and contribution to this important 1996 compilation of short stories, essays and poems. Headwaters writers included: Annick Smith, William Kittredge, Dee McNamer, Peter Stark, Pete Fromm, Caroline Patterson, Fred Haefele, and Richard Manning.
Saturday afternoon included a dynamic visual presentation about Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes by Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper Jerry O'Connell at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
Saturday evening's wine tasting with Missoula's Mike the Wine Guy at Le Petit Outre, 129 S. Fourth St. W., Missoula introduced us to an exceptional flight of five wines, delicious hors d'oeuvres and lively conversation.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
Chuckwagon Pancake Breakfast with John Maclean presenting "Growing up Together: The Macleans and the Forest Service"
National Museum of Forest Service History Bungalow Ranger Station,6305 Hwy. 10 W., Missoula
The Making of A River Runs Through It
The Roxy Theater, Missoula
Screening of Shadow Casting: The Making of A River Runs Through It with Director Dennis Aig. Production Photos and Q&A with John Bailey, Fly Fishing Coach for A River Runs Through It
From the Book to the Big Screen: Making A River Runs Through It
The Wilma, Missoula
- Actor Tom Skerritt, played Reverend Maclean
- Patrick Markey, Producer of the film
- Richard Friedenberg, Screenwriter
- Jean Maclean Snyder, Film Consultant
Showing of A River Runs Through It
Tell Us Something: Up The Blackfoot
The Wilma, Missoula
As Part of the In The Footsteps of The Norman Maclean Festival, eight storytellers shared their true, personal stories about the big Blackfoot River.
"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it."
~ Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It