‘The American Buffalo’ documentary featuring Montana shown Oct. 16-17 on PBS

“The American Buffalo,” a two-part, four-hour film directed by Ken Burns, will premiere on Oct. 16-17 on Montana PBS.

Photographers capture buffalo for the Ken Burns special, “The American Buffalo,” in the National Bison Range in Montana. 

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The documentary features the biography of a shaggy beast that has found itself at the center of many of the country’s most mythic and heartbreaking tales, the documentary’s promoters say. It will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. both nights, according to the schedule posted on the Montana PBS website at https://bit.ly/3RYzkRR.  

Montana plays a huge role in the history documented in the film. The filmmakers kicked off their promotional tour in June in Missoula with a public event hosted by Montana PBS and a formal visit to the CSKT Bison Range.

The film was shot throughout the state, including at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Flying D Ranch, Fort Belknap, Yellowstone National Park and more, and features interviews with Montanans including Steven Rinella, Michael Punke, George Horse Capture Jr. (Aaniiih), Rosalyn LaPier (Blackfeet of Montana and Métis), Marcia Pablo

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