The state of Montana played backdrop to one of this years Oscar nominees for Best Picture, “The Revenant,” for several key scenes.
But another Montana-based film is nearing completion.
Actors, writers, even the composers and exclusive music are all coming from right here the Treasure State, for a group of first-time Missoula film-makers.
Jordan Marvin began writing his film back in 20-14.
The film, "I'm A Patriot,” was entirely made by Montanans, totes a cast of only statewide actors, and was even shot almost completely in the state, which is something Marvin calls a rarity.
“For most places outside of LA or New York, the industry isn't really here,” Marvin said. “It’s kind of limited on resources, but the amazing thing about Missoula is those resources are amazing.”
During the 2015 legislative session, funding was cut for the Montana Film Office, which helped provide funding for movies filmed in Big Sky country.
But Marvin and his team instead turned to social media, creating a Kickstarter page to raise funding for the movie.
The proposed budget? $21,000.
In less than a month, Marvin said his goal was met.
“And that was about 90-95% of what we needed to make the movie, and that was great,” Marvin said. “Thats just kind of what Missoula and Montana is I think. They respond to people who are trying to do things.”
The film also features music made exclusively in Montana, and with the Treasure State as the backdrop, Marvins group utilized a rare camera lens to capture their scenes.
CinemaScope lenses, which became popular during the late 60s and helped rejuvenate the movie industry, will provide Marvins film with an ultra-wide aspect ratio that most lenses can't achieve.
As for any details on the film’s story, Marvin kept his lips sealed, but hopes Missoulians will be ready for the debut of "I'm A Patriot" as early as this summer.