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Best Last Place

A sequel to the award-winning SAVING THE BURG, which documented the 30-year comeback of Philipsburg, MT. This new work from Director Jim Jenner captures the irony of a frightening virus-spawned economic shutdown being followed by unprecedented waves of pandemic and political "refugees" into Montana. Interviews include dozens of people who experienced the changes wrought when Covid closures ultimately added rocket fuel to remote digital work access and inbound migration to rural communities. Unprecedented real estate price spikes, once-in-a-century building booms, evaporating workforce housing and busier highways are new realities in the Rockies. How Montana communities deal with these challenges shows that saving our legendary "Last Best" culture is now very much a work in progress.

This sequel to the award-winning SAVING THE BURG, captures the irony of frightening Covid closures followed by exploding change in a tiny Montana town. The drama of an epidemic akin to the Spanish flu is matched by unprecedented in-migration that threatens the soul of "Last Best" Montana.

A frightening Covid shutdown gives way to exploding change in a tiny Montana tourist town.