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Montana cast and crew debut contemporary western at Roxy

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Montana cast and crew debut contemporary western at Roxy
Photo courtesy of Becka MarshallLeft to right: John D. Nilles, Matt Hoeller and Brandon Johnson

Almost six years ago, John Nilles premiered his first movie, “Little” at the Roxy Theater in Hamilton.

It was filmed with a 1955 Bell and Howell 16 mm camera and a budget of $3,500.

Since then Nilles has made a number of shorts and documentaries, spent some time in Los Angeles but is back with what he considers his second serious film, “Cowboy Reckoning” and it will be screened at the Roxy this weekend.

A modern-day western, the film was made in Montana, with cast and crew mostly from the Bitterroot and Missoula areas.

“The concept for ‘Cowboy Reckoning’ was made as a proof of concept for the next project in development,” Nilles said.

A public screening of “Cowboy Reckoning” followed by “The Making of Cowboy Reckoning” will be at 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Roxy Twin in Hamilton on Saturday, May 31.

Georgia Kay can be reached at or 363-3300.


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