LIVINGSTON DEPOT’S “THIRD THURSDAY” EVENT FEATURES
MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM AUGUST 18 WITH “TIMBER THE TREASURE DOG”
The Livingston Depot Center will present a “Buried Treasure Double Feature” with “Timber the Treasure Dog” and “Yellowstone: The Great Geyser Murder Mystery” on Thursday, August 18 starting at near dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) in its courtyard, with a $5 admission in support of the museum’s exhibit programs.
The films on-site cast actors will be introduced by Livingston resident Ari Novak, the writer and director of Timber, which marks Novak’s third feature film to be shot in the Treasure State. His credits also include work on Live Free or Die Hard, Borat, and direction of the cult classic Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs.
Timber The Treasure Dog, shot entirely in Montana with the generous support from the Montana Film Office, was released in the United States to enormous commercial success, selling out at both Walmart and Amazon in its first week. It stars legendary screen actor Wilford Brimley, as well as two local Montana kid actors, J.D. Hoppe, Averie South, and local Livingston legend and actor Mark Murphy. The story revolves around an energetic Alaskan Husky who shows up at the doorstep of 12-year-old Mikey Jones and his family, whose ranch is in the sights of Casper Stonewall, who is buying up threatened properties. Luckily, Timber holds a key clue to the local legend of a buried treasure that all but Mikey and his best friend, Billie, believe to be just a myth, and they set off on an adventure in an attempt to save the family ranch.
“Yellowstone: The Great Geyser Murder Mystery” is a 1936 drama revolving around an ex-con shot dead looking for a buried theft loot. An upstanding park ranger, wrongly suspected, sets out in search of the cache, certain it will help identify the real killer. Starring Ralph Morgan, Andy Devine, Alan Hale, and Judith Barrett, the film may be the first set in the park after the founding of the National Park Service and with its ranger protagonist, makes for a fitting hat-tip to the NPS’s 2016 centennial.
The event is sponsored by Katabatic Brewing, The Gourmet Cellar Uncorked, and Funflicks and follows in the tradition of other popular movie showings in the Depot courtyard. The museum’s courtyard recreates the fun of a drive-in a more intimate environment without the cars. Popcorn and beverages will be available including specialty brews from Katabatic and featured wines by the Gourmet Cellar Uncorked. As no seating is provided, lawn chairs and blankets are strongly suggested. Tickets are available at Sax & Fryer, Katabatic Brewing, the Depot Museum, and Conley’s Books & Music Etc.
This is the final Third Thursday event planned for the 2016 Depot Museum season. Visitors can also enjoy the adjacent Depot Museum’s historical exhibits “Rails Across the Rockies” and this year’s special exhibit, “The Railroads of Ron Nixon,” a collection of historic photos on load from the Museum of the Rockies.
The Depot Museum exhibits are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5, and Sunday from 1 to 5 into mid-September, with a modest admission. Group tours are also welcome, and more information is available through the Depot office at (406) 222-2300 or its website, www.livingstondepot.org.