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February 14, 2013


A 2009 graduate of The University of Montana School of Journalism radio-television program has two films selected for the 10th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend in Missoula.

Rob Norton of Brisbane, Australia, will show two short films during the festival, one of which was produced with fellow School of Journalism graduate Dan Boyce. Norton filmed “Axe Man” during summer 2012 in Darwin, Australia. The short film follows Steve Sunk as he makes weapons using ancient techniques. Like his knives, Sunk has a tough exterior with an underlying gracefulness. “Axe Man” will air at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Wilma Theatre, located at 131 S. Higgins Ave. in downtown Missoula.

Norton worked with Boyce on a second film accepted into the festival. “Bart” tells the tale of a drifter and musician who rolled into the Helena farmers market one Saturday, attracting attention with his guitar, fiddle and boisterous drinking songs. That film will screen at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Crystal Theatre, located at 515 S. Higgins Ave.

As a student at UM’s Department of Radio-Television, Norton worked on the award-winning student documentary “Unspoken.” He moved back to Brisbane after graduation and runs a video production company there.

Boyce interned at Loopline Film in Dublin as a UM student. He now works as Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau chief and is a special projects producer for Montana Public Television.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival begins Friday, Feb. 15, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 24. Learn more about the festival at





Contact: Denise Dowling, interim dean, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4143,