Film Series

Global Gateway Foreign Film Series (GGFFS)

The GGFFS started in the spring of 2012 in the University Center Theater, on the University of Montana campus. Global Gateway is part of UM's Office of International Programs (OIP). The motivation behind the series was the fact that films con do so much more than just entertain and distract from daily life.

Missoula Roxy TheatreWell-made movies have the potential to serve as very effective educational tool, aiding in understanding things better, remembering them better and utilizing them better.  As a matter of fact, films can be its own gateway to exploring complex ideas and open the viewer's eyes to "the other", what sets us apart, what connects us, to our differences, but more often to similarities and what we all, as humans, strive for.  This cinematic education in an auditorium can include learning about different people, languages, traditions, values, customs, habits, behaviors, and many other cultural aspects of diverse populations around the globe.  In spring 2014, the Global Gateway Foreign Film Series  connected even more to the Missoula public, by moving from UM's University Center Theater to the Roxy Community Theater downtown, on Higgins Avenue.

There are many ways to fulfill OIP's Mission of "...promoting and providing...educational opportunities that contribute to the development of a globally-minded community." GGFFS accomplishes that mission, by connecting campus and community, providing enlightening “windows to the world”, linking Missoula to the world and the world to Missoula, thus aiding in the growth of a globally-minded population.

Global Gateway welcomingThe popularity of the series has grown over the past years and attracts, every month, a steady viewership of about 40 - 60 people, community members and students alike. The film with the highest number of attendees to date was shown on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, when 120 people found their way to the Roxy, to watch The Lives of Others and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

Screening times are typically the second or third Wednesday in the months between September - April. Screening times are 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., for pre-movie mixing and mingling. All films in the GGFFS are free of charge and open to the public, have English subtitles and are introduced by a UM faculty, or a community member, with travel, research or teaching experience in the featured country and culture.

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston and Udo Fluck at the Roxy Theatre in MissoulaThe popularity of the series has grown over the past years and attracts, every month, a steady viewership of about 40 - 60 people, community members and students alike. The film with the highest number of attendees to date was shown on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, when 120 people found their way to the Roxy, to watch The Lives of Others and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston introducing Buena Vista Social ClubScreening times are typically the second or third Wednesday in the months between September - April. Screening times are 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., for pre-movie mixing and mingling. All films in the GGFFS are free of charge and open to the public, have English subtitles and are introduced by a UM faculty, or a community member, with travel, research or teaching experience in the featured country and culture.

Babette's Feast AppetizerRefreshments and/or traditional snacks are typically available at the Roxy Concession Stand, at the entrance, to compliment the cultural focus of each film. For the award-winning film "Babette's Feast", prominent Missoula chef Abe Risho and owner of the Silk Road Restaurant provided not only a wonderful introduction to the film, but also a delicacy that is prepared in the film. Pâté en Sarcophage was available at the Roxy Concession Stand for the audience to enjoy, as an "appetizer" before the feature film started.

A committee composed of UM and K-12 faculty, who passionately teach with film, and in film programs, and enthusiastic community members select a regional focus or topic and choose three to four films per semester that fit the selected emphasis and theme.

Committee Chair: 2012 - ongoing

  • Udo Fluck, Director, Global Gateway

Committee Members: 2015 -2016

  • Clary Loisel, Modern and Classical Languages and Film Studies
  • Phil Fandozzi, Department of English and Film Studies
  • Ashley Rezvani, a UM student
  • Nancy Matthews, who serves as a consultant on cultural exchange
  • Mike Steinberg, The Roxy Community Theater

Committee Members: 2014 -2015

  • Clary Loisel, Modern and Classical Languages and Film Studies
  • Phil Fandozzi, Department of English and Film Studies
  • Julie Edwards, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
  • Eunbee Seo, an international student, studying in UM’s Media Arts Department
  • Patricia Hixson, Faculty, Hellgate High School
  • Nancy Matthews, who serves as a consultant on cultural exchange
  • Chris Sand, The Roxy Community Theater

Past Committee Members include:

  • Michael Murphy, Professor, Media Arts
  • Sean O’Brien, Professor, English & Film Studies
  • Michel Valentin, Professor, Modern and Classical Languages/Literatures
  • Janet Rose, International Wildlife Media Center
  • Charlene Campbell, Artistic Director, Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater
  • Robin Murray, Wild Horse Productions

The film theme for 2014/2015 is:

Culture, Food and Passion

For upcoming attractions in spring 2015, please see Global Gateway's Foreign Film Lineup 2015


Past regional film foci and topics include:

Music In Film From Around The World (Fall 2015)
Official Film Poster and Spotlight on Cuba

Culture, Food and Passion (Fall 2014)
Official Film Poster

Societies in Transition (Spring 2014)
Official Film Poster

The Portuguese Connection (Fall 2013)
Official Film Poster

Youth And Shifting Cultures  -  Iran, India and Cuba (Spring 2013)
Official Film Poster 1
Official Film Poster 2

Human Portraits of Perseverance Around the World (Fall 2012)
Official Film Poster 1
Official Film Poster 2

Egypt - Past, Present and Future (Spring 2012) SERIES OPENING
Official Film Poster