Milltown is located in Western Montana where the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers meet.
Here timber was processed using hydro-power and electric power supplied by the Milltown Dam. Recently the dam and hydro-power plant have been demolished and the timber mill shut down. Toxins and heavy metals from mines in upstream Butte and from a copper plant in Anaconda leached into the river. The river carried the toxins straight to a water reservoir and contaminated the earth below.
In attempts to renaturalise the landscape, the contaminated sludge (estimated at 14 million truck loads) is now being excavated and shipped upstream.
MILLTOWN, MONTANA's composed cinematography and impressive sound collages explore this magnificent and endangered landscape.
Title: Milltown, Montana
Original Title: Milltown, Montana
Language versions: English
Length: 36 min
Director: Rainer Komers
Screenplay: Rainer Komers
Cinematography: Rainer Komers
Editing: Bert Schmidt
Sound Mix: Michael Riedmiller
Production: Stefan Kloos (ARTE, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH, ZDF)
World Sales: Rise and Shine
Age Recommendation: 12