Director Alex Smith, whose film Walking Out premieres at Sundance London this weekend, on his love for his home state, ‘Big Sky Country’

I’m on a quest, with my twin brother, to make five films in five parts of Montana. The latest, Walking Out, is number three. Montana is our canvas for stories about the American west and man’s connection with nature. It’s a very cinematic place and has become our muse. The film’s based on a short story set in Montana – something I read when I was about 14, the age of the main character. It’s about an estranged father and son surviving in the wild.

I grew up on a ranch of sorts in the west of Montana. It was surrounded by mountains and streams, about a mile from the Blackfoot river, where A River Runs Through It was filmed. It was a community of ranchers and loggers, but our parents were more hippie bohemians. We spent a lot of time in nature, goofing around in the woods – there were always chores though, mending fences, chopping wood. There was no TV reception, but we’d go to the arthouse cinema in the nearest college town – it’s what made me want to make films.

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Source: The Guardian

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