Presents

Big Sky Crazy

She’s prepared them for anything.

Except bears. Definitely not bears.

Big Sky Crazy is a mockumentary comedy TV series about a group of misfits enrolled in an experimental wilderness therapy program on a beautiful ranch in Bozeman, Montana. At the helm of this misadventure is Beverly, a therapist haunted by her own life choices, who longs to redeem her past by helping the young residents entrusted to her care. But how, when she’s clearly as messed up as they are? It’s a comedy with a heart, in a style and format reminiscent of Modern Family or The Office, and the entire series celebrates the healing powers of the great outdoors. With a fabulous location, a talented crew, and a cast of characters that are at once funny, authentic, and complex, Big Sky Crazy has all the ingredients to be the next big thing.

Photo Gallery

Check out some of the videos we shot for our crowd-funding promotional campaign with literally no budget! If we can do this, we can do anything!

Kickstarter Pitch

Campfire

Opening Credits

 

Fears

 

Tractor

 

Team Building Exercise

 

Robert & Blake

 

Corral

 

Robert & Jonathan

 

Clinton & Cherokee

 

Four Wheeler

 

Shasta & Randy

 

Deer

 

Haystack

 

Meet The Crew

Robert Schneeweis

Producer

Robert Schneeweis started his first production company at age 15 and has been working in the film and television industry ever since. While earning his B.A. in film from Montana State University, Robert served as a producer on the feature documentary film, Rewind To Fast-Forward. Additionally, he directed news for a CBS affiliate, coordinated the Emmy Award-winning series 11th & Grant on Montana PBS, and co-founded Step 1 Films. Robert moved to Los Angeles in early 2017 to pursue his passion and a career in scripted television. Recently, he finished working on the second seasons of Sneaky Pete for Amazon, and Snowfall for FX. He is currently working as the Post Production Coordinator on season 14 of Criminal Minds for ABC / CBS.

Jeff Dougherty

Director of Photography

Jeff Dougherty, (B.A. in Film Production, Montana State University) is the co-founder and Technical Director of Step 1 Films. As a Director of Photography, he has worked extensively in commercial, promotion, and documentary films, including their first feature-length documentary, Rewind to Fast-Forward. Jeff has also camera operated for Sportsman Channel͛s, Meat Eater, and TLC’s Sister Wives, and has produced and directed for Zero Point Zero West. His work in narrative filmmaking has won Audience Choice and Best Cinematography awards from festivals across Montana.

Zena Dell Lowe

Writer and Director

Zena Dell Lowe is an award-winning writer, director, and actress, and the President of Mission Ranch Films, a Bozeman-based film production company, where she writes, produces and directs full time. Zena also teaches classes on screenwriting and playwriting as an adjunct professor at Covenant College in Georgia, and at Regent University in Virginia Beach. 

Meet The Cast

Zena Dell Lowe

“Beverly”

In addition to her other credentials, Zena has been a working actress for over 15 years. She’s done her fair share of dramatic roles, such as a recurring role as Francine Cerullo on General Hospital, and most recently a principal role in Director Kelly Reichardt’s latest film, Certain Women starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, which screened at Sundance in 2016. However, it’s comedy that Zena loves. She has played a number of quirky characters on stage and in film. To see some clips of Zena’s work, go to her acting website at www.zenadell.com.

Lou Morris

“Blake”

Lou Morris’ onscreen debut came with the Roger Corman financed Lynx an eco-drama set in the wilderness of Montana. Since then, Lou has worked with a number of talented professionals, including director Jim Kouf (National Treasure, Rush Hour, Grimm), and actors Jeff Daniels, William Baldwin, Henry Winkler, and Bill Pullman. While Lou is originally from Minnesota, he’s a true Montanan at heart. One of his proudest moments came recently, when he captured the greased pig at the local Cenex. “I’ve lived in Montana for over 25 years, but now it’s finally home”, Morris exclaimed upon his victory!

Tom Watson

“Jonathan”

Tom Watson is a filmmaker, actor, and an Associate Professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University. Most recently he co-directed the Emmy nominated documentary film and winner of the Montana Broadcasting Association’s E.B Craney Award, Bard in the Backcountry. Tom received his BFA in Theatre at the University of Idaho and his MFA in Design and Theatre Technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also worked at various theatres across the country.

Adrianna Leonard

“Shasta”

From South Carolina, Adriana graduated college at USC with honors, earning a BA in Theatre & PR. She also studied theatre at Regents College in London. A dancer her whole life, Adriana combined her passion for dance with acting when she appeared on ABC Family’s A Cinderella Story and on CW’s Hart of Dixie. Her first two studio features were released in 2016, Mr. Church with Eddie Murphy, and Cross 2 with Danny Trejo.

Jenna Michno

“Cherokee”

Jenna Michno is a ballerina turned actress who traded 17 years of classical ballet for the bright lights of a film set. Jenna studied theater at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. In NYC, she trained with first generation Meisner instructor Nina Murano and performed in off-broadway original work at the La MaMa Theatre. Her credits include several independent films, such as The Backseat (winner at Manhattan Film Festival, RxSM & The International Indie Gathering) and Abigail Schwarz’s Those Who Wander, with Bonnie Wright. She also co-wrote, produced and stars in the comedic web series Making It.

Robert Schneeweis

“Robert”

Robert Schneeweis is an actor and producer. From a young age, he loved to make his friends laugh, which quickly turned into a passion for acting and entertaining. He started his first production company at age 15 and has been working in the film and television industry ever since. Robert earned his B.A. in film from Montana State University and has starred in a dozen short projects over the last few years. He currently lives in Los Angeles and works as the Post Production Coordinator on Criminal Minds for ABC/ CBS. When he isn’t working, he still tries to make his friends laugh [something funny here].

Kyle Downs

“Randy”

Kyle Downs grew up in Durango, CO, acting in community and high school theater productions from the young age of nine. He moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University and graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Film and Photography as well as a degree in English Literature. Kyle is passionate about storytelling in all its forms and honored to be a part of this project.

Steele Stephens

“Clinton”

Steele Stephens is a 5th generation Montanan. In between working as an editorial intern at IDW Publishing, shoveling his parent’s hard-earned cash into the pockets of Texas A&M University, and working as a News Reporter in Billings, Steele acts, writes, and works out, all while dealing with the paralyzing existential angst that makes him ask what the hell he is doing with his life on a daily basis.