'We Burn Like This' film returns home for Montana tour

Jake Iverson

“We Burn Like This” wasn’t just made in Montana. It’s made of Montana. 

“This film is so a part of Billings,” said Alana Waksman, who wrote, directed and produced “We Burn Like This”, her first feature. “It was really made only through the help of the Billings community.”

That community, both in Billings and around the state, is about to get a chance to see the movie they helped create. Waksman is taking the film on the road for a Montana tour this week and next, and the movie will be released to streaming services on June 28. 

The movie was shot in Billings, Butte and Missoula in 2019, so the upcoming tour is a sort of return home, both for the movie and Waksman, who was raised in Iowa but lived in Missoula for years while working on the movie. 

“We Burn Like This” made its Montana premier last fall at the MINT film festival in Billings, and followed that up with a showing at the Montana Film Festival in Missoula, but the upcoming tour will be the first time it’s widely available in the state. 

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