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Black Hills Film Festival
April 25 - April 29
The 9th Annual Black Hill Film Festival features 32 films including narratives and documentaries from South Dakota and around the world. Filmmakers from all over the country will be on hand after their film’s debut to answer audience questions. Industry professionals will conduct sessions on movie making including “Director/Actor Harmony” and “Hiring SAG-AFTRA actors for your low-budget film”.
The 2018 theme BIG VISTAS, BIG STORIES celebrates the diverse and expansive landscapes that shape the characters portrayed in Independent Film. Cinematographers capture scenes that set a mood for the audience and suggest insight into the characters. This theme is embodied in the opening night film Tater Tot & Patton shown Wednesday evening April 25 at 7 pm at the Elks Theatre in Rapid City. The film is shot on a ranch in the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area, and exposes the vastness of the South Dakota prairie with nothing around but earth and sky. The Pierre, SD filmmaker Andrew Kightlinger and some of the cast and crew will participate in the discussion session afterwards.
The Festival continues in the afternoon from 1 pm to 5 pm on Thursday with films and on Friday with discussion sessions at a new venue, the Hay Camp Brewing Co. in Rapid City. Have a beer and watch a film! The Thursday evening slate of films featuring Unbranded will screen at two new locations in addition to the Elks Theatre in Rapid City – the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish and the historic Hot Springs Theatre in Hot Springs. The film features sixteen mustangs, four men, and one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada, a 3000-mile gauntlet, equally indescribable and unforgiving, up the spine of the American West. Their wildness of spirit, in both man and horse, is quickly dwarfed by the wilderness they must navigate.
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World headlines the Friday night session beginning at 7 pm at the Elks Theatre. RUMBLE explores how the little known Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States. Our Special guest is Stevie Salas, Executive Producer. A guitar player, writer, producer, and composer, Salas (Apache) has recorded on over 70 different albums with artists as diverse as George Clinton, Justin Timberlake, Buddy Miles, T.I., Mick Jagger, and Rod Stewart. Having sold over two million solo albums around the world, Stevie has been cited as one of the top 50 guitarists of all time.
An extensive slate of films continues in Hill City for BIG PICTURE WEEKEND at the Hill City High School theater including the IMAX® film Rocky Mountain Express which propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. The screening is followed by a reception at the South Dakota Railroad Museum. The Festival sessions featuring Rumble and Rocky Mountain Express are made possible by a grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.
Saturday evening we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the classic film Smoke Signals with Special Guest – Actress Elaine Miles (also from TV series Northern Exposure) A party at the Alpine Inn follows. Sunday films continue from 1 to 5 pm.
For more information about the Black Hills Film Festival, a full schedule or to purchase Festival passes, go to www.BlackHillsFilmFestival.org.
About the Black Hills Film Festival: The ninth annual tribute to independent films runs April 25 – 29, 2018. The Festival hosts more than 30 films, and filmmakers will be on hand to lend insight into movie-making. VIP passes include access to all the films, seminars, parties and receptions for only $125! See all the films by purchasing a FULL pass for just $50. For details on VIP parties/receptions or to purchase passes visit our website at www.BlackHillsFilmFestival.org. If you only have an afternoon or evening to attend films, we suggest purchasing a Session Ticket at the door for just $10. No matter your time or budget, we invite you to enjoy the 2018 Black Hills Film Festival!