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New Neighbors | Tribeca Film Institute

New Neighbors Project

Self-directed refugee stories from the new American West

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Our very own Film Studies Adjunct Instructor, Bryan Bello, won the inaugural pitch competition for Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Pitch competition , hosted by Audience Awards during the recent 14th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.bryan bello

Directed and produced by Bryan Bello, The New Neighbors Project plans to create a series of short documentaries through workshops which teach refugees media production skills so they can direct their own stories.

"We launch our workshop in which we will be teaching refugees to make and direct their own short documentaries on April 8th, 2017. Our refugee directors come from Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Eritrea," says Bello.

The refugees own copyright to their films and will be sharing them around the state through a screening program that New Neighbors are establishing. All proceeds from ticket sales of their films go back to the filmmakers.

A team made up of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Montana will then weave four of the refugee-directed shorts into a larger narrative they supplement with their own observational footage. 

The film will premiere 2018 at Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

Public Readings | Presentations | Lectures

Each year, the English Department is pleased to offer and promote dozens of public readings, presentations, and lectures, held both on campus in downtown Missoula. In addition to the pages for the Literature and Research Colloquium (LARC) and the Second Wind reading series, we encourage you to check this space as well as the Creative Writing webpages to learn of the exciting events planned during the academic year.

Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson Papers

On behalf of the Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections, we would like to announce that the Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson Papers are open for research. The guide to the collection may be found at Patricia Goedicke and Leonard Wallace Robinson Papers