Helmville, a small town in Montana, was not recognized as a place by the 2000 census. Families have lived there since 1872. They share deep Irish roots, planted when Irish immigrants turned to ranching in the Blackfoot Valley. The community remains faithful to its traditions and has resisted the disintegration of rural life endemic in other Montana counties. Indomitable Irish matriarchs bake and look through large ranch windows. Ranchers tend to the cattle. The children go to school. Documenting Helmville was a form of preservation. I wised to portray the eccentricity and tenacity of a small Pioneer town.