In 2013, Benjamin Shors, a graduate of Cut Bank High School, began to collect oral histories of the 1964 flood on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, archiving more than 20 interviews with survivors of the worst natural disaster in Montana history. Those interviews led to six documentary shorts for PBS Indies, and led him to produce and co-direct “The Blackfeet Flood,” which tracks the lives of two families struggling to reconcile with the flood’s lasting trauma.
“The Blackfeet Flood” is holding two screenings this week. The first is on Friday, June 7 at Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier at 7 p.m. The second is at Glacier Peaks Casino in Browning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. These are free screenings for the film, which is currently in its festival run and will be distributed by PBS in the fall.
Shors is the Chair of Journalism and Media Production at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Lailani Upham, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and co-producer of the film, is a journalist in Polson.