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The Blackfeet Flood
Documentary Short (27 min) | Benjamin Shors
On June 8, 1964, a driving rain buckled dams and flooded vehicles on the Blackfeet Reservation, sweeping crying children from mothers’ arms, and ferrying homes and bodies across the prairie. By the time it ended, more than two-dozen Blackfeet Indians had drowned in the worst natural disaster in Montana history. More than a half-century after the worst disaster in Montana history, two Blackfeet families struggle to come to terms with the 1964 flood. While one family held onto their rural lifestyle, the flood scattered the other family across the U.S.
Benjamin Shors is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker specializing in public-interest reporting in the Pacific Northwest. His documentary series, “Sixty-Four Flood,” was selected for online distribution by PBS Indies. He is currently working on a half-hour film on the 1964 flood on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. In 2008, he was a national finalist for the Livingston Award, which recognizes the country’s top journalist under the age of 35.