In conjunction with our mission, the MSU Leadership Institute utilizes carefully selected films to cultivate and inspire dialogue and deep discussion around various topics. These free film screenings cover a number of different genres, and they all serve the purpose of igniting and supplementing the diverse passions of students and community members alike. Past films have included Snow Guardians, Bhutto, Beyond Our Differences, Wretchers & Jabberers, 127 Hours, and many more.


Spring 2018

"Life, Animated" (2016) - April 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in The Procrastinator Theater


"Life, Animated" (2016), a documentary by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams and based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Suskind, will be shown at the Procrastinator Theater on Tuesday, April 17th at6:00 p.m. Montana State University’s Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Welfare, Aaron Grusonik, MA, PsyD., as well as Montana State University Film Professor, Andrew Patrick Nelson, PhD., will speak prior to the film on the topics of mental health, mental disability, and higher education.

"Life, Animated" (2016) an emotional coming-of-age story that follows Owen Suskind, a young autistic man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. The inspirational film follows Owen as he moves into to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. Life, Animatedevocatively interweaves classic Disney sequences with scenes from Owen’s life in order to explore how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and helped him to interpret the world around him.


"Hacksaw Ridge" - March 20, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in The Procrastinator Theater


A presentation about reintegration of veterans will precede a free screening of the feature film “Hacksaw Ridge,” set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Montana State University’s Procrastinator Theater in the MSU Strand Union Building.

Prior to the film, representatives from MSU’s Veteran Support Center will give a 20-minute presentation about the importance of reintegrating veterans back into society after they return from service. This presentation will center on raising awareness for veterans and highlight the leadership skills shown by veterans.

Directed by Mel Gibson, the film is based on the 2004 documentary, “The Conscientious Objector.” It focuses on the true story of World War II combat medic, Desmond Doss. Doss became the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot after saving 75 men in Okinawa, during one of the bloodiest battles of WWII.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. The doors open at 4:30 p.m.


"Charged"- March 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Strand Union Building, Ballroom A


Eduardo Garcia, the inspirational subject of the award-winning documentary “Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story,” will answer questions following a screening of the film at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5,  in Montana State University’s Strand Union Building Ballroom A. Garcia will be joined by Jennifer Jane, who plays a pivotal role in the film.

"Charged" chronicles the journey of Garcia, a chef to celebrities and outdoorsman whose life nearly ended in 2011 when he was shocked by 2,400 volts of electricity after touching the carcass of a dead bear with the tip of his knife while hiking in the backcountry of Paradise Valley. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass and was airlifted to a burn center in Utah. Through sheer resilience, and with the help of his former partner, Jennifer Jane, Garcia gained back his health only to learn that he had another battle, this one with cancer. The film recounts Garcia’s learning to embrace his past, his family and his future.

The screening and Q&A are free and open to the public, although advance tickets are required. While tickets are free if ordered online, over the phone or at Rosauers, a $2.50 convenience fee per ticket will be charged. Tickets picked up in person at the Bobcat Ticket Office or Ask Us Desk will not incur any additional charges. There is a four ticket limit per person. 

Presented by the MSU Leadership Institute, the screening and Garcia’s appearance is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost and the Associated Students of Montana State University. 


"Bending the Arc" - January 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater

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The documentary, Bending the Arc, will be shown at Montana State University’s Procrastinator Theater on January 23rd at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. The screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets for Dr. Farmer's Lecture on January 31st will be raffled off at this screening. 

Bending the Arc is a powerful film that portrays the importance of service-driven leadership,  especially in the world of global health care. The documentary is about a team of young students—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim and Ophelia Dahl—whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement.

This screening is a part of the MSU Leadership Institute’s annual Film Series and is hosted in partnership with the Honors College and the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience.