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On Thursday, November 7th, 2019, at 7pm at the Emerson Center, The Bozeman Doc Series presented the Montana premiere of the award-winning new documentary, Scheme Birds.
Scrappy Scottish teenager Gemma has never backed down from a fight. That’s the way of life in the small-town, low-income housing scheme where she grew up, southeast of Glasgow. A place where you “either get knocked up or locked up,” there’s been nothing to do there since the local steelworks closed in the 1980s. Everyone finds a distraction: Gemma’s grandfather keeps pigeons and teaches boxing, the kids drink and commit petty crime, and Gemma finds motherhood.
An intimate portrait of a fading town, and of a young woman’s coming-of-age in a place scarred by society’s broken promises, Scheme Birds captures Gemma’s tenacity and determination as she struggles to rise above her surroundings. Though her budding voice provides a chilling commentary on the violence and loneliness all around her, there is a clear strand of hope in this absorbing story of survival.
Scheme Birds world-premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Best Documentary Feature Award.
“Superb…an alternately lyrical and gut-punching coming-of-age study. Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin announce themselves as docmakers to watch with this piercing chronicle of a Scottish teen’s drastic coming of age.” Variety
“Intimate and wrenchingly affecting…this extraordinary documentary weighs the bleak details against moments of lyrical beauty and even humor. It’s a remarkable achievement.” Screendaily
“It’s a beautifully shot, often heartbreaking slice-of-life tale that quickly pulls the viewer in with its captivating lead.” Film Pulse
Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door or before the show at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers. Tickets are also available online at www.bozemandocseries.org, where you can also buy Season Passes and 7-film punch cards, and view trailers for upcoming films. The Bozeman Doc Series is a bi-weekly documentary screening series curated by award-winning filmmaker Jason Burlage. The series brings brand new films from around the world to the Emerson’s Crawford Theater between October and April.