LIVINGSTON DEPOT MUSEUM CELEBRATES 25 TH ANNIVERSARY OF “A RIVER RUNS
THROUGH IT” WITH MOVIES ON THE LAWN SCREENING EVENT AUGUST 17, 8:30 pm.
“A River Runs Through It,” has been named Montana’s most influential film. The film is based on the
novella by Norman Maclean. In the novella “A River Runs Through It,” Maclean eloquently detailed
his father’s religious devotion to flyfishing. His exquisite metaphor elevated that tradition to a sacred,
bordering on transcendental, experience. “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this iconic Montana production, the Livingston Depot
Foundation plans to host the popular summer event, “Movies on the Lawn,” with a screening on
Thursday, August 17th. The Livingston Depot Center will present the film event on Thursday, August
17 starting at 8:30 p.m. in its courtyard, with a $5 admission in support of the museum exhibit and
programs. Children under 14 accompanied by an adult are free.
The film and local community will be a part of this much-anticipated event with speakers and invited
guests through a cooperation with the MSU Film Department, film producer Dennis Aig, and the
Montana Film Office. Appearing on a very large staged screen, a reminiscences discussion will
preface the main attraction, the screening at approximately 9:00 pm. The Depot will also offer
popcorn and beverages to the moviegoers.
Much of “A River Runs Through It,” was shot in and around Livingston because of its historic
downtown and the area’s scenic beauty. Depot Museum Director Diana Seider stated, “Livingston is
known for its history, beauty, and culture that continues to draw filmmakers to our area. ‘A River Runs
Through It,’ and its local production helped create the modern film industry in Montana.” Many of the
extras and downtown residents still speak of their experiences fondly, and are excited to attend the
nostalgic celebration. The evening’s program will provide time for crew members, extras, and locals
to share stories from the production. Those who would like participate should call the Depot at 222-
2300 to make sure they have a chance to speak.
Not only has the production of the film been a great boon for the State of Montana, tourism, the local
fly fishing industry, and ecological stewardship; it has played an integral role for the Livingston Depot.
Memorabilia and archives from the film were instrumental in founding the Depot’s film collection and
popular exhibit, “Film In Montana: Movie Making Under the Big Sky.”
The event is sponsored by the Montana Film Office, American Bank, Bank of the Rockies,
Opportunity Bank, Katabatic Brewing, Cardinal Distributing, the Showcase Writers and Musicians
Guild, and Funflicks and follows in the tradition of other popular movie showings in the Depot
courtyard. The museum’s courtyard recreates the fun of a drive-in a more intimate environment
without the cars. As no seating is provided, lawn chairs or blankets are recommended.
The screening is also held in conjunction with the Depot’s summer exhibit, “A Railroad Runs Through
It,” in which local artists celebrate trains and Livingston’s enduring and interconnected relationship
with the railroad. The Depot Museum exhibits in 2017 run through September 24. Located at 200
West Park, the Depot is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to
5 p.m. There is a nominal admission, and group visits are also welcome by special arrangement.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Depot office at (406) 222-2300 or visiting
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Attachments: RiverRunsThroughIt-Cover Image-Cropped- “Brad Pitt casts a fly in a scene from the
1992 film, “A River Runs Through It.” Many scenes in the movie were filmed in Livingston.
Depot- Movies on the Lawn—“Bring a picnic and the family for a fun summer evening.” OR “Families
enjoy a summer evening in the Depot courtyard during a Movies On The Lawn event.”