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Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish are ready to go M.I.A.
The married couple is launching nonprofit art school the Montana Institute of the Arts, aka M.I.A. According to a press release about the new venture, the institute “will take a hands-on approach to the moviemaking process, taught by professionals in the industry,” with courses covering all aspects of production — from writing and directing to all jobs in front of and behind the camera.
The school launches in partnership with Flathead Community College in Kalispell, and classes are scheduled to start in July. Kicking it off will be a two-week introduction course on filmmaking. Applications for the inaugural class close June 1, and class size is said to be limited and will include 24 students.
“As a Montana resident who has a long family lineage here, it is important to me that the Montana film and art community flourish. We believe we have a concept to help support this vision,” said Polish in a statement. Added Bosworth: “Between the two of us, Michael and I have accumulated over 40 years’ experience in filmmaking. We look forward to bringing our knowledge of the arts to a place that is so special to us — Montana.”
Special indeed: Their wedding ceremony took place on a ranch in Philipsburg, Montana, on Aug. 31, 2013. M.I.A. is not the first time they’ve worked together. Polish directed the indie feature Nona which Bosworth produced.
Polish serves as president of the board for M.I.A.; Bosworth is a board director. According to the school’s website, Kalispell native Travis Bruyer is also listed as founder and executive director of the school.
More information about the school can be found here.
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