Screening for local rancher documentary is tonight

Enterprise Staff
Thursday, February 13, 2020
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Courtesy of Wheatgrass Gifts & Green Door Gallery 

Local rancher John Hoiland is pictured in this promotional poster for “I Am Still Here.”


A screening for the award-winning documentary short film on  local rancher John Hoiland, “I Am Still Here,” will take place tonight, Feb. 13.

The screening will be at 7 p.m. at  Green Door Gallery, located at 120 N. Main St. in Livingston. 

The film, by Cynthia Matty Huber, was selected as the Best Documentary in the 2019 New York State International Film Festival, a press release from Wheatgrass Gifts & Green Door Gallery said.

“Fascinated by the rugged Montana landscape and the harsh lifestyle that ranching entails, my team and I spent the past year documenting one elderly cattle rancher,” filmmaker Matty Huber said in the release. “John Hoiland is a living icon of a time when ranching thrived. His story is one rooted in a deep connection to the land, his family, and a bygone era. ‘I’m Still Here,’ my short film, begins to tell John’s story.” 

For almost 92 years, Hoiland has lived at “The Home Place,” a modest house situated on over 900 acres of land in Montana. He’s watched the world change as he clung to the only way of life he knows, the release said. 

Raised north of Boston in New Hampshire, Matty Huber discovered early on a love for photography and film. She particularly enjoyed human interest stories that laid bare the diversities of people’s experiences and celebrated their triumphs in life.

Not content just to admire, she wanted to make films. To that end, she obtained a B.A. in film and photography and will finish her MFA in Film/Science Filmmaking from Montana State University this spring. 

Matty Huber is currently working on a film that documents a paleontologist who stares down critics in her hunt for dinosaur proteins and a film that follows a family of Maine lobstermen.