Renga for the West

IF/Then Short Documentary Program | 2017 (Big Sky Documentary Film Festival)

Renga for the West (formerly titled New Neighbors) explores the relationship between new refugee arrivals to the state of Montana and long-time residents through self-directed first person stories.

A deep dive into day jobs, road trips and high school pep-rallies in Montana, USA through the eyes of new refugee arrivals as they show us their trials and tribulations with the American Dream.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - World Premiere

LA Film Festival - Free screening co-hosted by KCRW

The Refugee Directors’ Cooperative The Refugee Directors’ Cooperative

The Refugee Directors’ Cooperative is a community of men, women and children resettled to Montana from Eritrea, Syria, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo boldly organizing to influence... more»

Bryan Bello Bryan Bello
Producer, Director

Bryan Bello founded the nation's first homeless filmmaking cooperative with eight men and women surviving the streets of Washington D.C. The group's five documentaries have been viewed... more»

Ryan Seitz Ryan Seitz
Producer, Director

Ryan Seitz is the founder of Highway Goat Productions, LLC which has produced the award-winning films Freeload and Skips Stones for Fudge. Ryan has guest lectured at NYU for the... more»

Claire Haughey Claire Haughey
Producer, Director

Claire Haughey is a documentary filmmaker with a background in commercial photography and a passion for community filmmaking and intimate, first-person narratives. She is currently a graduate student... more»

Gabe Sweeney Gabe Sweeney
Producer, Director

Gabe Sweeney is a filmmaker and audio engineer living in Missoula, MT. Sweeney works currently as a bioacoustician and wildlife filmmaker for the conservation research group, MPG Ranch. He is... more»

Saif Al-saegh Saif Al-saegh

Saif Al-saegh is a filmmaker and a poet in both English and Arabic. He is originally from Baghdad and currently lives and works in the United States. His volume of poetry Iraqi Headaches was published... more»

Cast & Crew

Gabe Sweeney: Creative Director
Greta Bates: Co-producer
Alyson Sperry: Co-producer