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Shining a spotlight on the Mining City: Curtains up for Butte’s annual film festival

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BUTTE - The second year for the Covellite International Film Festival begins rolling Tuesday in Butte featuring 110 films over the next five days.

“They’re not just Montana filmmakers, they’re from all over the country, they’ve traveled far and wide to be here,” said event organizer Brian Boyd.

Seattle filmmaker Johnny Rayne will feature his drama Forever Fighter, a film he decided to make even though he had never done it before.

“I tried selling the movie to have someone else make it because I didn’t know, eventually I realized it’s all on me to do it, so I went out and ordered eight books on how to make a film,” Rayne said.

Audiences will see a wide range of films at this free event.

“I think we have high-quality films, so of the films are high-minded, but also there are so many great human stories that I think people will really connect to it,” Boyd said.

And while this is only the second year for the festival, this event in Butte is already gaining a reputation among filmmakers as a great event to showcase their films

“The success of the first year, the buzz on the circuit, I’ve been to 10 this year and people are talking about it, Covellite, there’s a buzz,” said Canadian filmmaker Troy Greenwood.

Los Angeles filmmaker Richardo Gaona said, “A lot of my friends are up at TIFF right now and I’d rather be here, I’d rather my film be playing here.”

Rayne added, “It’s just phenomenal, I couldn’t ask for a better place to screen my movie honestly.”

The festival continues through Saturday evening and a program with the times and locations of the films can be found at various businesses throughout Uptown.

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