Yellow Bus Creations In The News

Great Falls Tribune - February 19, 2008

New Havre film festival seeking documentaries

Could Havre be the next Cannes or Sundance?

A group of artists is seeking films to show at a documentary film festival, set for Feb. 17.

Roughly two years ago, several Havre musicians started getting together to sing and play songs about peace. "Sometimes it's hard to find people to talk to about that without stepping on people's toes," said Rita Campbell, co-owner of Havre Health Foods and a member of the group known as Yellow Bus Creations. "We wanted to encourage each other."

This summer, they decided to step up their efforts a notch and began organizing the film festival with the goal of putting the spotlight on serious issues like racism and drug use that affect the Hi-Line.

"Our hope was that we could make a difference in the community," said festival organizer and owner of Artitudes Gallery, Kris Shaw.

Organizers sent out letters seeking filmmakers to 30 area public high schools, Hutterite colonies, reservations and Montana State University — Northern.

A recent Havre High graduate submitted a documentary about bullying in the school. And a class from Chester-Joplin-Inverness school entered their project about mining in the Sweet Grass Hills.

Campbell said they hope the festival will motivate young talent, giving them an opportunity to showcase their work.

They are also looking to show documentaries from both national and Montana professionals.

Hoping to help fill the roster, he group decided to extend the deadline through the end of January to submit films.

"When you start a festival, it starts small," Campbell said. "If it becomes an annual event, then I think more people will participate in the future."

Anyone interested in submitting a documentary can get more information, including release forms and contact numbers, on-line at yellowbuscreations.org or call Campbell at 265-5301