Subject – Oct. 27th

On Thursday, October 27th, at 7pm at the Emerson Center, the Bozeman Doc Series continues with the Montana premiere of the critically acclaimed new documentary Subject.

Subject explores the life-altering experience of sharing one’s life on screen through key participants of acclaimed documentaries The Staircase, Hoop Dreams, The Wolfpack, Capturing the Friedmans, and The Square. These erstwhile documentary “stars” reveal the highs and lows of their experiences as well as the everyday realities of having their lives put under a microscope. Also featuring commentary from such influential names in the doc world as Kirsten Johnson, Sam Pollard, Thom Powers and Sonya Childress, the film unpacks vital issues around the ethics and responsibility inherent in documentary filmmaking. As tens of millions of people consume documentaries in an unprecedented “golden era,” Subject urges audiences to consider the often profound impact on their participants.

Subject world premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim.

“A documentary dork’s delight…my biggest lament is that it could have been five times as long.” The Hollywood Reporter

“[An] insightful ethical exploration. It’s amazing the amount of content ‘Subject’ packs into a tight 90-Minute package…There’s a fluidity and grace to how Hall and Tiexiera dissect everything…Hall and Tiexiera create something incredibly special. A great place to start for getting at the heart of why audiences love the truth of documentary, and what that truth really means.” Indiewire 

“Fantastic, probing, and compassionate.” Salon

“Powerful, extremely empathetic and captivatingly composed, Subject is one of the great ‘films about film’ to hit theaters this year.” Criterion Cast

Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door or before the show online at, where you can also buy Season Passes and 7-film punch cards, learn more about the series, and view trailers for upcoming films. The series will continue every other Thursday through April, 2023. Masks are now optional in the theater.