Tim Crawford, has been a longtime patron of the historic Emerson Center For The Arts & Culture. Along with other citizens, he helped save it a quarter century ago from proposed demolition. He is a downtown Bozeman businessman, a Gallatin Valley farmer, a professional photographer and a lifelong conservationist, hunter, angler and gun owner.


George Dorsey, is a active chairman of several commercial organizations, a parent of four children, grandparent of five, and the primary source of funding for the Bozeman Film Celebration.

The Dorsey family first moved to Bozeman in 1994 and today enjoy a home and business activities in Bozeman.


Beth Ann Kennedy, has been producing and directing live theatrical events since the mid 90’s throughout USA, primarily in Washington, DC and NYC. A founding member of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival and longtime member of SAG AFTRA. Very excited that the Bozeman Film Celebration gives her the opportunity to live and work in beautiful Bozeman, Montana.


Jill Momaday, is a mother, actor, writer, and filmmaker whose film, Return to Rainy Mountain documents her Kiowa heritage and life in the arts as the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, N. Scott Momaday. Jill served as Chief of Protocol in New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs from 2005 to 2010 with Governor Bill Richardson. Her film credits include Tony Hillerman’s Coyote Waits, directed by Jan Egglesen and produced by Robert Redford; The Desperate Trail, directed by Paul Pesche; and Silent Tongue, written and directed by Sam Shepard. As a board member of BZN Film Celebration and their 2018 spotlight on women in the beautiful mountain west, she celebrates her Grandmother Natachee and the other Kiowa women who kept their tribal stories alive.


Jay Parini, is a poet, novelist, biographer and screenwriter.  He’s the author of six volumes of poetry, including New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015.  His eight novels include Benjamin’s Crossing and The Last Station, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film in 2010, starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.   He has written over twenty-five books, has been translated into thirty-five languages, and teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont.  His biographies include lives of Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, and Gore Vidal.


Betsy Gaines Quammen, is an environmental historian and writer. She received a PhD. from Montana State University, focusing on Mormon settlement and public land conflict in the west. She founded and headed The Tributary Fund, an organization that identified religious traditions celebrating wildlife and their habitats, establishing projects in Mongolia, Bhutan and the American west. Betsy worked for the East African Wildlife Society in Kenya, later moving to Montana to focus on grizzly bear conservation, ecosystem protection and grazing issues in the Northern Rockies. She earned her MS in Environmental Studies at University of Montana and has served on several boards, including the national Sierra Club and the Montana State University Dean’s Council for the College of Letters and Science.


Dr. Royce W. Smith is Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture at Montana State University. Coming to Montana in 2016, Dr. Smith has been a strong advocate for the role of arts and creativity in land-grant universities. He has served as a curator for the Havana Biennial in Cuba and the Curitiba Biennial in Brazil, and he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in 2015 to initiate the Asunción Biennial of International Art in Paraguay which is now in its third iteration. Dr. Smith completed his PhD in art history at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and has had teaching appointments at the University of New South Wales-Sydney and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has also been the first US professor invited by the Cuban Ministry of Culture to teach at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana—a national arts school that continues a robust relationship with Montana State University today.