BZN Film Festival takes a serious look at energy issues

If pretentious, glitzy film festivals of the past left a bad taste in the mouths of Bozeman audiences, the new BZN Film Festival should reassure film lovers that this is the real deal, an event worth their time and attention.

It opened at the Emerson’s Crawford Theater Thursday night with director Jamie Redford’s documentary about his cross-country trip to find out if solar, wind and other renewable energy resources might ever replace fossil fuels.

Redford found lots of evidence that yes, it’s already happening, which led to his 2016 film, “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.”

“It was inspiring,” said Tim Crawford, a ranch owner, local solar energy advocate and member of the BZN Film Festival board.