In Kalispell, a Star-Studded Film School Emerges

For all of Montana’s exquisite colors and variegated beauty, in the right light, with the right eyes, it can be seen as a vast blank canvas.

That’s how director and screenwriter Michael Polish and his actress wife Kate Bosworth see the Treasure State through the lens of filmmaking potential, not just as a pretty backdrop, but as a place to cultivate, nurture and proliferate its own movie industry: a home, a headquarters, a destination, not a way station.

Polish and Bosworth want to start at ground zero: launch an arts school that offers tools for every aspect of filmmaking with assistance from their extensive Hollywood connections, thus building a framework of possibilities, and then watch as the framework fills out, morphs, expands, takes on a life of its own.