High schoolers' documentary on state Capitol to hit film festivals

A Humanities Through Film high school student edits footage of the state Capitol for the documentary “The People’s House.”

Megan Michelotti

Creating a well-rounded documentary in two weeks may feel like an insurmountable task, but high school students in Helena College’s summer bridge program Humanities Through Film this past July accomplished it with “The People’s House.”

“We’ve heard back from a bunch (of film festivals), and (“The People’s House”) has gotten into about a dozen film festivals already,” said Ari Laskin, the program’s director on Thursday during a presentation at the Montana Historical Society. “… We won’t hear back from them all until basically a year, but it’s done shockingly well.”

Humanities Through Film students explore art inside the Montana state Capitol.

Megan Michelotti

The summer program is part of a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Next summer will be the third and final year for students to participate in filmmaking with

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