For Love Of The Land



A Montana Production Company

About Us

Our Founder | Our Mission | Past Projects | Current Project

Our Founder

CR Matty Films is the product of an ambitious student at Montana State University, Cynthia Matty-Huber. Before discovering her passion for film, Cynthia spent most of her early life developing her skills as a Photographer. However, once she broke into film, she had an artistic breakthrough that allowed her to find her voice as a creative in film. That breakthrough was Cynthia’s documentary short, “I Am Still Here.” The film focused on a touching story of a ninety-two-year-old rancher struggling to make his way in a changing world. Later it was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the Big Sky Film Festival. After receiving great feedback, Cynthia was inspired. Consequently, this inspiration led her to create the Montana Production company, CR Matty Films.

"To be an artist in imagery means never to avert one's eyes and to always be seeing".

Our Mission

Our mission is to keep the spirit of the old West alive. There are countless Montanans with a rich history that have witnessed the changing landscape and culture of the West. By illuminating those stories, CR Matty Films hopes to educate and bring awareness to the traditional lifestyle of ranchers in the West. A lifestyle fueled by the immense appreciation of the land, but that is slowly fading away.


Past Projects

CR Matty Films has produced three short films, “Where Home Has Always Been” (2018), “I Am Still Here” (2019), and “For Love of the Land” (2021). Each short film tells the story of John Hoiland, a ninety-four-year-old rancher working tirelessly to preserve his ranch. Comparatively, the films all highlight a different aspect of John’s life; his lifestyle, history, and outlook on preserving his land. Recently, CR Matty Films released the award-winning documentary, ‘For Love of the Land,’ which received fantastic recognition on the festival circuit. In culmination, the film has won more than 38 awards and 4 IMDB’s, including one for Best Documentary Short at IdiX.

Current Project

Currently, CR Matty Films is working on a documentary about the famous western photographer Barbara Van Cleve. Barbara is a fifth-generation Montanan with a century of family history going back to the early 1900s when her family settled in the Crazy Mountains. Upon their arrival in Montana, the Van Cleve’s began operating a ‘dude ranch,’ where Barbara grew up and spent most of her summers as an adult.

 Barbara’s story offers insight into a lifestyle some may have never heard of and never before seen archive footage of early Montana. However, this film is not just about Barbara’s life; it tells a story of how Barbara’s history intertwined with the changing landscape of the West. Barbara’s goal as a photographer aligns with our goal at CR Matty Films. Barbara wants viewers to see the West through her eyes, and we hope to bring her vision to life.


Cynthia Matty Huber

Director \ Cinematographer \ DP

Coleen Harvey

Sound Recorder \ Camera Assist

Jessica Portuondo

Camera Assist

Adam Miklós


Adrián Száki

Production Manager \ Drone Operator

Travis Truax

Narrative Writer
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For Love Of
The Land

Awards for Love of the Land

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."


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