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The lookout

16 minutes

Breathtaking views and solitude: scenes from a Montana forest fire lookout post

Each summer, Leif Haugen travels to the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana to look for fires. Living atop a mountain three miles from the Canadian border, he spends his days alone, with only a remote radio for company. In The Lookout, Leif explains the joys of solitude, and the wonder of independent living, in one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the US. A quiet portrait of a quiet place, the film is an introduction to an increasingly uncommon job, and a reminder why the forests and vast skies of the American West matter.

Director: Brian Bolster

Producer: Brian Bolster

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