The film is an historically accurate account of the events in Butte’s rich history that shaped the communities unique traditions and character. Butte has always been a mining town; it is also a community made up of immigrants from 39 different countries whose ethnic diversities merged in the crucible of underground hard rock mining, fostering a culture of working together, of protecting one another, of finding common ground, of emerging from downtimes not embittered but emboldened, and facing down adversity, if not to thrive, then to persevere. That is what makes Butte unique and that is what this film is about.
The filmmakers, Dick Maney and B.J. McKenzie, began working on what they then called “The Butte Film” in 2000. Over the next 10 years, their work was interrupted to make some 36 other, shorter and unrelated films. Despite the starts and stops, “The Butte Film” continued to evolve over time and the filmmakers never lost sight of their ultimate goal: to bring their vision of Butte to the screen.