“Richard Hugo: Kicking the Loose Gravel Home” (1976) – sample scene



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Sample scene of Hugo reading his classic poem, The Lady In Kicking Horse Reservoir, from the film RICHARD HUGO: KICKING THE LOOSE GRAVEL HOME by Annick Smith. The full film will be an up-coming premiere episode on THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE – for the first time on-line and for the first time in full High Definition.

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“Richard Hugo: Kicking the Loose Gravel Home” (1976)



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Directed by Montana author/filmmaker Annick Smith, the film traces Hugo’s life from his grim childhood, through his experiences as a bombardier in World War II, to his creative writing professorship at the University of Montana.. With intimate moments from Hugo’s life, the film intricately ties his writings to the western places he loves the most: saloons, fishing holes, abandoned towns, and a home in Rattlesnake Canyon. The rhythms, emotions, humor and rollicking language of Montana’s greatest poet comes alive to audiences who never had the good luck of knowing him in person.

RICHARD HUGO: KICKING THE LOOSE GRAVEL HOME is available here for the very first time in full 1080p HD, created directly from an original 16mm print of the film.

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Producer/director/writer Annick Smith has written numerous books and screenplays. She was a co-producer of the film A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, directed by Robert Redford, and a founding board member of Redford’s Sundance Institute. She was executive producer of the film HEARTLAND (based on her novel of the same title). Other books include BIG BLUESTEM, and IN THIS WE ARE NATIVE. She also co-edited an anthology of Montana writing, THE LAST BEST PLACE. Her essays have appeared in numerous national journals such as AUDUBON, OUTSIDE, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Smith lives in Montana with her partner, the writer William Kittredge.

Celebrating 143 years at Gravel Hill Missionary Baptist Church



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Here are a few clips from events at church for our 143rd Homecoming. We would like to also thank St. John Missionary Baptist Church Hendersonville, Tn. for being our visitors today

Strange Creepy Town Near Area 51 – Semi Abandoned Town in Nevada Desert – The REAL Loneliest Road!



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I decided to finally take a remote back-road “trick route” I’d always wanted to try bypassing Tonopah on the way up from Las Vegas to Reno, Nevada. Wow, what a strange trip! A little single lane road in the middle of nowhere complete with a bizarre, sort of spooky and creepy (in a way), semi-ghost town! One of the oddest abandoned places we’ve seen in our years of desert travel. In over 2 hours of driving we saw not ONE other car…nor a single human being. Even when driving through the little town itself. Abandoned cars, trucks..even abandoned soda machines! But not a soul did we see! Haha..I thought being so close to area 51…maybe the aliens abducted everyone! Looks kinda like Fallout New Vegas or Nuketown. a scene straight from GTA! This is why we LOVE Nevada!! No place like it on Earth! ~Kenneth King Bear