A new documentary from Montana PBS and 4:08 Productions offers an intimate look at the life and work of Ivan Doig, the iconic Montana author whose novels and memoirs depict a rugged and authentic American West. Director/co-producer and Montana native Nic Davis (Enormous: The Gorge Story and founder of 4:08 Productions) had this to say about creating the documentary: “Ivan’s life—like his work—was filled with complexity, beauty, hardship and hard work. This film aims to capture these elements, while weaving in what Doig called ‘the poetry under the prose.' We hope it honors the legacy it left behind.”




Portrait of filmmaker Nic Davis

Nic Davis

Nic Davis is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, and the founder of the LA and Montana based studio, 4:08 Productions. His debut feature film, Enormous: The Gorge Story, had a nationwide theatrical release after screening at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Big Sky Doc Film Festival. It is currently being distributed by Greenwich Entertainment. In addition to his documentary work, Nic has directed major productions for Squarespace, SoFi Stadium, BBC, The Discovery Channel, and Cadillac, and has worked across the music industry with Dave Matthews, JP Saxe, Killer Mike (Run the Jewels), and Jason Mraz, among others. Ivan Doig - Landscapes of a Western Mind is his 3rd feature film.

Portrait of filmmaker Scott Sterling

Scott Sterling

Scott was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado, where exposure to the rugged outdoors, arts, and culture inspired a passion for visual art and storytelling. Sterling now serves as the director of production for Montana PBS in Bozeman, Montana. His work as producer, director, and editor includes the award-winning documentary features Mavericks, The Violin Alone, Fort Peck Dam, and Without Words, and the signature music performance series 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, now in its 14th season. Scott also works as a freelance colorist, with recent work airing on Nature on PBS, The Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channel, and The History Channel. Scott has earned twelve Emmy® Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest Chapter, and revels in the juxtaposition of story, art, and technology that is contemporary filmmaking.

Portrait of filmmaker Aaron Pruitt

Aaron Pruitt

For 28 years, Aaron has provided leadership in programming, production, fundraising and management at Montana PBS. He served as Executive Producer for many award-winning productions including 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, Class C: The Only Game in Town, Fort Peck Dam, Finding Traction, Keeping the Barn and Charlie Russell’s Old West. Pruitt collaborates with independent filmmakers distributing programs to national public television, such as The Last Artifact (APT), Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier Through Native Eyes (PBS NPS) and two PBS INDEPENDENT LENS documentaries, Butte America and Indian Relay.

Portrait of filmmaker Sabrina Lee

Sabrina Lee

Sabrina Lee has been telling stories for most of her life. Previously a modern dancer and choreographer, in 2005 she turned her artistic eye toward documentary filmmaking after spotting a hand-painted sign in a cow pasture that read “Hip-Hop Show Tonight.” She went onto create the award-winning documentary feature Where You From, and later produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed Not Yet Begun to Fight, a New York Times pick for “What to Watch” when it premiered on PBS. She also has worked as a freelance producer and story consultant.

Sabrina graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University and currently is pursuing an MFA in non-fiction writing. She lives in Montana where she breathes plenty of fresh air and shares a lumpy backyard with a family of prairie dogs.

Portrait of filmmaker Tony Hale

Tony Hale

Tony Hale is an Emmy-winning documentary editor based in Brooklyn, NY. His first feature documentary, A Will for the Woods, which he co-directed and edited, won multiple awards (including two at Full Frame) and aired nationally on PBS. Recently, Tony won the national Emmy for Outstanding Documentary Writing on The Story of Plastic (Discovery) and the Jackson Wild Media award for editing on YOUTH v GOV (Netflix). His other feature editing work includes: Charged (Hulu), Do the Math (Al-Jazeera America), Afghan Cycles, and The Lake at the Bottom of the World.

Tony's short film work includes pieces for The New York Times and The New Yorker, an Emmy-winning TV special, scripted shorts for directors Lulu Wang and Lucy Liu, multiple short documentaries, and dozens of videos for non-profits and national campaigns, including The Schomburg Center, 350.org, The Committee to Protect Journalists, and more. Beyond principal editing, Tony also creates impact materials for films, serves as a consulting editor, mentors filmmakers, and participates in panels. For more on Tony’s work, see www.tonyfilm.com

Portrait of filmmaker Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman started acting professionally in New York Theater in 1983, and shortly after began his film career that currently spans over seventy features and several television series.

His movie career includes blockbuster comedies (Ruthless People, Spaceballs, Casper, Bottle Shock), dramas (The Serpent and the Rainbow, The Accidental Tourist, Igby Goes Down), romantic comedies (Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping), action, (Independence Day), thrillers (Malice), westerns (The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Wyatt Earp), film noir (The Last Seduction, Lost Highway, The Zero Effect, Surveillance), horror (The Grudge).

For television, his work includes The Sinner (Harry Ambrose) – SAG-AFTRA nomination for Best Actor, Emmy nomination for best series – as well as Halston, Torchwood, Too Big to Fail, and The Virginian (director, actor – Wrangler Award for Directing).

Bill most recently finished a West End production of Madhouse, a new play by Theresa Rebeck with co-star David Harbour. Also in London he appeared in All My Sons at The Old Vic. His Broadway work includes The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Oleanna, The Other Place and Off-Broadway, The Jacksonian, Sticks and Bones. For Edward Albee’s Peter and Jerry (directed by Pam Mckinnon), Bill received the Drama Desk Best Actor Award and he was nominated in that category for three of the other productions.

His theater career includes the premiere of the devised dance/theater piece Healing Wars at Arena Stage led by choreographer Liz Lerman, (as co-writer, he received Helen Hays Award nomination), and the bi-lingual production of Othello at the National Theater in Bergen, Norway.