A new film series produced by MAPS Media Institute will premiere on Montana PBS on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. “Stories from Montana’s Future” showcases the filmmaking talent of high school students from across the state. The first episode airing on Jan. 7 is entitled “Blackfeet Country” and includes three award-winning short films made by the students of Browning High School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
The series includes “Browning Rising Voices,” which won the 2019 National Student Production Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for short form non-fiction. The film vividly portrays the talented Rising Voices poetry club at Browning High School, where students write and perform their original work. Also included in the episode are “The Last Day” and “Aisitsimstā (Imagination)”. Both films won the best short form fiction award from the Northwest NATAS, in 2018 and 2019, respectively. These productions were filmed and edited by Browning High School students in an intensive week-long MAPS filmmaking workshop, with support from Montana GEAR Up and the Greater Montana Foundation.