Director of western to visit with actor, film

By: 
Samantha Hill

“The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” filmed in Montana, is making its way through Montana with a stop in Livingston next Wednesday with main actor and director in tow.

The film “Ballad of Lefty Brown” is a western starring Bill Pullman, who sets out on a journey through the frontier in a search to avenge his partner’s murder. After a shootout, he is accused of the killing of his friend so he must evade the law and prove his innocence. The movie also stars Jim Caviezel, Peter Fonda, Kathy Baker, Tommy Flanagan, and Joe Anderson.

Director of the film Jared Moshe, who will be in Livingston with the film was able to talk a little about the making of his film last week.

Moshe said he had the idea for Lefty, the main character for the film, in his head for a long time before it really gained momentum. He ended up deciding to make the film in Montana after meeting the state film commissioner.

“She made made me aware of the possibility of filming in Montana,” he said.

Bill Pullman came onto the project during that period and was very happy with his choice.

“No one would have done a better job than Bill,” Moshe said.

As the filmmaker was looking for places to film, he fell in love with Bannack, a ghost town in western Montana. Although they filmed many of the scenes there, Moshe still searched for another location all over the state.

They eventually found a spot near Whitehall, a surprisingly convenient spot for the film’s star.

“Its kind of funny that we were looking all over and we ended up only miles away from Bill’s house,” Moshe laughed.

The film took 20 days to shoot September 2016, which Moshe said was unusually quick for films but it didn’t effect the actors’ performances.

He said there were so many beautiful moments in the film including one scene where they filmed at 4 a.m. to catch “the magic hour” is one the last scenes.

“It was a very pragmatic ending scene,” Moshe said.

The crew was lucky to evade the snow during filming and it only started a week after they left.

The film made its debut at the South By Southwest Festival last March and it recently made its way into select theaters in December.

Moshe said he is excited to come back to different areas of Montana because he didn’t get to spend a lot of time in it the last time around. He also admitted he is excited to come back for Willie’s Distillery, a popular spot in Ennis.

“Man I miss some of that Bighorn Bourbon,” he said.

The Montana Film Festival Roadshow for “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” will start in Billings Tuesday, followed by Livingston, Bozeman, Whitehall, Helena and Missoula.

The Livingston film screening will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts ballroom with a reception before the event at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar as well as appetizers. There will also be a question and answering period with Moshe and Pullman following the screening.

Admission to the event is $5.

For more information, tickets, and screening times, visit: www.montanafilmfestival.org/roadshow