An international student from China has won a prestigious award for his documentary about a Montana ranch family.
JK Lou was assigned a documentary project for a class last winter.
During a long cold spell he began to wonder how ranching families manage when it is bitterly cold outside.
He found a Helmville ranch family who allowed him to film them from February to April and their story – “32 Below” became his award-winning video.
Lou will get a $3000 scholarship from the Hearst Journalism Awards. Additionally, Lou will have the chance to compete in a national Multimedia competition in Houston in June.
The film will open the Big Sky Film festival at the Wilma Theatre on February 23rd.