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Film Shot In Billings Will Get Montana Premiere At Festival

A movie shot in Billings more than 2 years ago will get its Montana premiere Saturday on the closing night of the Montana International Film Festival.

The writer-director of We Burn Like This says she's excited about this homecoming to the community that played a role in making this film a reality.

Alana Waksman says it’s an honor for the film to have its Montana debut at the Babcock Theater, an iconic and historical theater in downtown Billings, where much of We Burn Like This was shot two years ago.

“It's just so wonderful and fulfilling to be highlighted in this way through the Montana International Film Festival in the community that really stood behind us this whole way and helped us make the film. To get to screen it in such a beautiful space is so exciting,” Waksman said.

We Burn Like This is a story of a young Jewish girl, a descendent of the Holocaust who is targeted by Neo-Nazis in Billings and begins a journey of identity and personal healing.

Waksman and Billings natives Marshall Granger, the film’s producer and editor, actor Casidee Riley and composer Logan Stahley as well as L.A. native and lead actor Madeleine Coghlan will be talking with the audience during a Q&A following the screening.

Waksman’s film has several other film festivals in its future this fall including the Montana Film Festival in Missoula in November.

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Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.