Montana film festival kicked off with several posters featuring the work of several Western artists.
When Billings, Montana, kicked off its first international film festival in September it did so with poster art designed by prominent Western and Native American artists.
Montana International Film Festival, dubbed MINT by festivalgoers, ran September 14 through 16 and featured 55 films, numerous panels and additional events, and succeeded at uniting Billings’ growing culture base, Western and otherwise. To help promote the show, the festival turned to interior designers Kibler & Kirch and its sister business Stapleton Gallery, which had four Stapleton artists—audrey Hall, Ben Pease, Judd Thompson and Tyler Murphy—create poster images to announce and publicize the film festival. The artists’ works also helped promote a brand new category at the festival, Made in Montana.
The posters offered a range of subjects related to Montana: Murphy’s poster featured a herd of driving cattle, Thompson’s image featured a Native American figure in a bright desert scene, Hall painted a horse and rider next to a grain mill, and Apsáalooke painter Pease depicted a teepee with modern graffiti on its side. “Our cultural scene is incredibly rich and catching national attention,” says Kibler & Kirch owner Jeremiah Young, who is also the owner and co-curator of Stapleton Gallery. “Billings, Montana, might be a small place but people are looking this way due to the diverse artistry coming from here. We are thankful to be part of this scene!”
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Montana International Film Festival poster by Apsáalooke painter Ben Pease.
Montana International Film Festival poster by Tyler Murphy.