Missoula filmmaker to debut found-footage portrait of the city

Cory Walsh

This is the final, ultimate version of “the ultimate Missoula movie.”

On Thursday, Sept. 14, local filmmaker Andy Smetanka’s “A Place (Sort Of)” will screen at the Wilma after eight years spent assembling home and amateur movie clips into an unconventional documentary of the city and its people.

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“A Place (Sort Of)” is screening at The Wilma on Thursday, Sept. 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $20 in advance at logjampresents.com.

When Smetanka entered the project, he asked himself a simple question: “Who lives here year-round?” Sure, people visit in June and immediately say they’d like to move immediately, he thought. But who are the ones who get through the long, inversion-laden winters?

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“It sets out on a broad mission to investigate what kind of place this is,” he said, even taking its title from the Rockin’ Rudy’s merch slogan.

Given the long gestation period, he screened a version last year that didn’t yet have narration in place.

The finished, two-hour Super 8 opus comprises thousands of clips of home movies from about 10 sources, including his

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