Bard In The Backcountry

Coming in 2014

Get a behind-the-scenes look at a summer of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

Bard in the Backcountry is the story of Shakespeare in Montana. It is the behind-the-scenes look at a summer of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks from first read through to final performance. But it is also the story of professional actors - some veterans and some fresh out of school - who have their lives changed by the people and places of Montana. 

About the Film:

BARD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY is a documentary film that chronicles the summer 2013 season of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. The film will feature the current season’s cast of ten professional actors from around the U.S. as they encounter the Montana landscape, culture and people. As these young actors travel hundreds of miles each day to set up the stage, don their costumes and perform, they learn about the discipline of a traveling company, the generosity of spirit required in all team endeavors, and the mileage and grandeur spread across the state of Montana. The landscape itself becomes a primary force in the lives of this company as they perform 67 shows in ten weeks. This tour will lead them into the lives of people in communities as small as fourteen people. Many are loyal fans of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks who have seen Shakespeare performed every summer for forty years. At the heart of this film is intense metamorphosis, for the current season’s cast, past performers, and residents of Montana whose lives have been touched by this beloved company.

About Hybrid Media LLC: 
Hybrid Media LLC produces unique content, most often concerned with human beings living in nature-- especially how people influence a landscape and a landscape influences a people. Other films include the Mating For Life (2012), 111 Degrees Longitude (2007) High Plains Winter (2006). More information and video can be found at

About Cindy Stillwell, Producer and Co-director:
Cindy Stillwell is the founder of Hybrid Media LLC. Her films have screened at venues worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Sundance Film Festival, DOK Leipzig and the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. In addition her short films are distributed in collections from Slamdance Film Festival, Full Frame Film Festival, the Journal of Short Film, and FUTURE SHORTS, in the U.K. She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, the Ucross Foundation and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Stillwell received her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in Bozeman, Montana, where she teaches film production and mentors graduate students in the MFA program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking as part of the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University.