Butte, Montana is a historic mining town, set a mile high in the Rocky Mountains, west of Yellowstone National Park. Often referred to as “The Richest Hill on Earth,” Butte began as a rough-and-tumble mining boomtown in the late nineteenth century, and quickly grew into the largest city west of the Mississippi River. The need for workers attracted immigrants from all over the world, creating one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the West. This legacy of multiculturalism makes for an ideal setting for international film.
The mining industry in Butte eventually declined, but Butte remains marked by the boom and the prosperity that came with it. Grand theaters, ornate mansions, and art deco bars stand in contrast to sweeping mountain views. Head frames stand on the town’s mountainsides, marking the entrances to the complex network of underground mines. And now, the can-do spirit of Butte’s past is being resurrected in the form of an artistic renaissance.