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The Black Hills Film Festival kicks off April 30th and May 1st at the Elks Theatre!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 Wildus Johnitus Weds, April 30 – 7 pm USA – SD, Short Film, 7 min Produced & Directed by John Hill A seven-year-old boy's attempt to make a difference in the world in his own way.
Dinosaur 13 Wednesday, April 30 - 7 pm USA – SD, Documentary Feature, 95 minutes On August 12, 1990, in the badlands of South Dakota, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute unearthed the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. It was "the find" of a lifetime—the world's greatest dinosaur discovery. They named their dinosaur Sue. Two years later, when the FBI and the National Guard showed up, battle lines were drawn over ownership of Sue. The U.S. government, world-class museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists became the Goliath to Larson's David as he and his team fought to keep their dinosaur and wrestled with intimidation tactics that threatened their freedom as well. Dinosaur 13 chronicles an unprecedented saga in American history and details the fierce battle to possess a 65-million-year-old treasure. With consummate skill, filmmaker Todd Miller excavates layer after layer, exposing human emotion in a dramatic tale that is as complex as it is fascinating.
THURS, MAY 1 – 1 PM Istinma / To Rest Thurs, May 1 – 1 pm USA – SD, Short Film, 9 min Produced by James Q. Chan Directed by Andres Torres-Vives A Lakota man reconciles with his father, in the complex world around Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. A collaboration between Andrés Torres-Vives, a director and film instructor at UCLA, and aspiring Lakota writer, Jesse Short Bull. ADULT THEME
Young Lakota Thurs, May 1 – 1 pm USA - SD, Feature Documentary, 84 min Produced & Directed by Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt Three Lakota youth find political awakening when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female President of their tribe, pledges to build a women's health clinic on Pine Ridge and is ultimately impeached. Discussion follows -- Elizabeth Cook-Lynn – Moderator ADULT CONTENT
THURS, MAY 1 – 3:15 PM White Earth Thurs, May 1 – 3:15 pm USA – CA, Documentary Short, 20 min Produced, Directed, Cinematography by J. Christian Jensen Thousands of desperate souls flock to America's Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. "White Earth" is the winter tale of an oil boom seen through the eyes of a child.
Project Chariot Thurs, May 1 – 3:15 pm USA - AK, Feature Documentary, 75 min Produced and Directed by Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson In 1958, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission planned to detonate thermonuclear bombs near Point Hope, Alaska, North America's oldest continually inhabited settlement. A dramatic story of an Iñupiaq village that stopped them.
THURS, MAY 1 – 7 PM Escape from Schwartz's Bakery Thurs, May 1 – 7 pm USA – SD, Short Film, 1 min Produced & Directed by Susan Shay Brugger A sack of flour attempts an escape from a neighborhood bakery and a certain fate.
Wachi Winyan (Dancer) Thurs, May1 – 7 pm USA – SD, Documentary Short, 4 min Produced by Nicola Worrel & Shaun O'Connell Directed by Nicola Worrel Dancer captures the intimacy and beauty of a traditional Lakota powwow, as told from the perspective of a Fancy Shawl Dancer.
The First Date Thurs, May 1 – 7pm USA – MN, Short Film, 33 min Produced & Directed by Mason Makram Unbeknownst to Jack and Rachel, a neurotic, stubborn couple, they have been repeating their first date for months. But when Rachel doesn't show as planned, Jack is forced to take matters into his own hands.
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth Thurs, May 1 – 7 pm Germany, Documentary Feature, 99 min Produced & Directed by Eric Black & Frauke Sandig It is possible corporations will succeed in finishing off Nature and plant genetically modified corn on its burnt remains. It is possible they will intimidate and expel the Indigenous from their lands. On the other hand, resistance is growing.
PRICING Dinosaur 13 – tickets at door $20 All Day Pass for May 1 - $25 at the door For other passes call 605-574-9454 or online at www.blackhillsfilmfestival.org