Livingston Depot Museum celebrating 25th anniversary of ‘A River Runs Through It’

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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The Livingston Depot Museum will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “A River Runs Through It” with a screening on the lawn at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

The film and local community will be a part of the event with speakers and invited guests with cooperation from the MSU Film Department and film producer Dennis Aig and the Montana Film Office. A discussion will preface the film screening. The Depot will offer food and beverages to moviegoers. The cost is $5 to support the museum.

“A River Runs Through It” has been named Montana’s most influential film. The film is based on the novella by Norman Maclean. In the novella “A River Runs Through It,” Maclean eloquently detailed his father’s religious devotion to fly fishing. His exquisite metaphor elevated that tradition to a sacred, bordering on transcendental, experience. “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”

Much of “A River Runs Through It” was shot in and around Livingston because of its historic downtown and the area’s scenic beauty. Depot Museum Director Diana Seider said, “Livingston is known for its history, beauty, and culture that continues to draw filmmakers to our area. ‘A River Runs Through It,’ and its local production helped create the modern film industry in Montana.”

Many of the extras and downtown residents still speak of their experiences fondly, and are excited to attend the nostalgic celebration. The evening’s program will provide time for crew members, extras and locals to share stories from the production. Those who would like to participate should call the Depot at 222-2300 to make sure they have a chance to speak.

Not only has the production of the film been a great boon for the state of Montana, tourism, the local fly fishing industry, and ecological stewardship, it has played an integral role for the Livingston Depot. Memorabilia and archives from the film were instrumental in founding the Depot’s film collection and popular exhibit, “Film In Montana: Movie Making Under the Big Sky.”

For more information, contact the museum office at 406-222-2300 or visit www.livingstondepot.org.