In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean

Writing the West: The Way Forward | September 13-15, 2019 | Seeley Lake & Missoula, Montana

The 2017 In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival presents three days of stories from the iconic Blackfoot River and Blackfoot Valley of northwest Montana.


Writing the West: A Way Forward
Schedule for the 3rd Norman Maclean Festival
September 13-15, 2019

Friday Daytime: In Seeley Lake: 2 tours

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Tour of “Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes” on the Blackfoot River with Jerry O'Connell, Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper

1:00 - 3:00 pm: Tour of “Norman's Neighborhood” in Seeley Lake with Ron Cox, Seeley Lake Historical Museum

Friday Evening: In Missoula

4:30 pm at the Museum of Forest Service History, Missoula, MT
Re-Release of 40 Years a Forester by Elers Koch with John Maclean and Peter Koch

Saturday Morning: In Missoula, MCT Theater

10:00 - 11:00 am presentation: The Lost Journals of Sacajawea with Debra Magpie Earling and Peter Koch (Poetry & Photography)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Exploring the West with Michael Punke (The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge) and Peter Stark (Astoria)

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Saturday Afternoon: MCT Theater

1:30 pm, Keynote: Michael Punke: Why I Write the West

2:00 - 3:00 pm, Realizing the West with Judy Blunt, Breaking Clean & Rick Bass, Why I Came West

3:15 – 4:30 pm, Restoring the West: The Way Forward with Dan O'Brien, Buffalo for the Broken Heart and Richard Manning, ReWilding the West

Saturday Evening Festival Dinner in Lobby of MCT

Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm featuring speaker Annick Smith – Is this Still the Last Best Place? Catering by Bravo Catering.

Sunday Morning: MCT Theater

10:00 am -12:00 pm, Exploiting the West: Perma Red from the Book to the Big Screen with Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red and clips from the upcoming Perma Red TV series with Johnny Arlee, Maya Ditloff, Ivy and Ivan McDonald, and Lynn-Wood Fields, Perma Red Production Team followed by a screening of A World Unseen (40 minute film about the making of The Revenant)

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Sunday Afternoon: Creating the film The Revenant: MCT Theate

1:30 - 5:00 pm, Michael Punke, author, The Revenant, a Novel of Revenge, and The Revenant screenwriter, Mark Smith with a film screening of The Revenant

5:00 pm: Festival closes


Sponsors: Montana Film Office • Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper • Citizens Alliance Bank • Humanities Montana • Missoula Federal Credit Union • Montana Cultural Trust • Montana Department of Commerce • Seeley Lake Community Foundation

For More Information contact: Jenny Rohrer, Festival Coordinator
(406) 754-0034,

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