10th annual BH Film Festival kicks off Wednesday

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BLACK HILLS — The 10th annual Black Hill Film Festival features 27 films including narratives and documentaries from South Dakota and around the world. Filmmakers from all over the world will be on hand after their film’s debut to answer audience questions. 

The Festival opens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City at with the BEYOND OZ Hair, Makeup and Costume contest. The public is welcome to view the creations in progress and socialize in the reception area of the Emerald City. At 7 p.m. the films begin with short films, Awards and the South Dakota-made feature film “The Rider.” Lead character, Brady Jandreau, will be in attendance to answer questions following the film. 

Thursday night films are presented at the Elks Theatre with special guest Céline Cousteau, while Friday afternoon selections are screened at the Journey Museum. An extensive slate of films screen Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday in Hill City at the High School theatre and in Hot Springs at the Historic Hot Springs Theatre. 

A diverse array of stories are presented during this landmark Festival, from the tribes living in the Amazon, to Vertical Farms, to children born with both sexes, to a rancher on the South Dakota plains. The films feature characters faced with fatal diseases, with traumatic brain injuries, hearing loss and other challenges and yet still strive to create a fulfilling and productive life for themselves. 

Films like “National Parks Adventure,” “Devils Tower,” and “The Trouble with Wolves,” “We are Still Here,” “Tribes on the Edge”, “Our Tiospaye,” “Blood Memory,” and “East Side Sushi” will be shown.

Each year, the festival sponsors the attendance of industry professionals to provide training and mentoring. Doug Lee from Sioux Falls will be in Hill City on Saturday morning May 4 to conduct a free session on “Filmmaking Essentials.” Anyone with an interest in improving their filming is welcome. 

The public is invited to meet attending filmmakers. 

For more information, go to BlackHillsFilmFestival.org.

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