May is National Historic Preservation Month and the folks at preserve historic Missoula are doing their best to try to get the public to rally behind saving the Missoula Mercantile building. To that end, Nickki Manning from Preserve Historic Missoula said a new documentary will be playing at the Roxy Theater this Sunday.

"It's in production right now being finished hopefully by tonight," Manning said. "It's basically just kind of following this whole campaign that's been going on for Save the Merc. There's some interviews in it, some history of the Merc. It's kind of just the beginning. It basically ends with the 'to be continued' type of thing since we don't really know what's going to happen with it right now."

The documentary, Bricks and Backbones: Saving the Missoula Mercantile will air at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday and the event is free and open the public. Manning said they hope to reach an agreement to save the Merc.

"We're continuing to try to work together with everybody to find a viable alternative. Even Octagon Partners who own the building now, you know, we'd love to be able to work with them and find a happy medium," Manning said. "We all want to actually see something happen here. We just would like to see it happen without completely destroying the iconic building that we have there right now."

Time is running out. The city is expected to make a decision on what to do with the Merc before the June 7 deadline.

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