All Abilities poster featuring the eight films. Films can be read about from clicking on the link in the post.

Each year, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival brings rich, thought-provoking non-fiction films to Missoula. For the second year, Consumer Direct Care Network Montana is pleased to sponsor the “All Abilities” strand.

Our Montana Care Network champions the power of film to offer insight and understanding into the lives of people from all walks of life. The All Abilities strand includes eight films chronicling the stories of those whose lives are impacted by physical, developmental, or behavioral health challenges and which culminate with the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. One of these films, “Swim Team,” shares the extraordinary rise of a competitive swim team of teens from New Jersey who are on the autism spectrum. As three of their swimmers are on the cusp of adulthood, government services become scarce and these teens and their families grapple with the problem of “aging out.” Over the course of a year, “Swim Team” examines their struggles and hopeful victories as they strive for independence, inclusion and a life that feels winning.

Consumer Direct has received a limited number of tickets to festival screenings. Members, direct support professionals, and Consumer Direct staff are welcome to come by our office in Missoula, 3301 Great Northern Avenue, suite 203, 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Please note these tickets are first come, first served so come by soon if you are interested.

We welcome you to join us, along with filmmakers and fans from around the world, and enjoy the festival February 17 – 26.

Learn more about the “All Abilities” films.

Volunteer for the 2017 festival! As always, BSDFF welcomes volunteers. They receive a complimentary t-shirt for working two shifts as well as a free screening pass for each shift worked (to be distributed during the shift unless other arrangements are required). Volunteers who work 40 hours over the course of the festival will receive all-access passes good for screenings, parties and special events.