The South Dakota Film Festival (SDFF) will soon return once more to Aberdeen’s very own Capitol Theater, bringing with it some of the best and brightest in the film industry. Festival producers Tom Black and Brent Brandt are both eager to present yet another year of quality films, and for good reason. The festival has become a hotly anticipated event not just for the art loving locals of the Hub City, but for artists from around the country as well.
SDFF 2015 is currently scheduled to show a collection of 70 films, selected from an initial submission pool of nearly 350 entries. More than half of the films shown at the festival are expected to be attended by members of their respective creative teams — directors, producers, editors, and actors alike will arrive from across the globe to share their work with the people of Aberdeen. Renowned film stars Doug Jones (of such films as “Hellboy” and “Pans Labrynth”), Josh Kelley (of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “UnREAL”), Alexandra Holden (of “In A World” and “Hot Chick”) and comedy film editor Eric Kissack (of “Role Models” and “Daddy’s Home”) are just a few of the many artists who will be in Aberdeen over the course of this year’s festival. In a recent interview, Brandt laid out the SDFF’s plan to encourage NSU students to attend. “We haven’t had much of a representation from NSU in the past,” Brandt expressed. “We want to see this changed!” To that end, the SDFF is offering a special 50% student discount on ticket purchases. Ordinarily $120, the VIP Pass allows entrance to all movie screenings, special guest events, workshops, and parties, as well as access to the catered Filmmaker’s Lounge — and with presentation of a valid university ID, it will cost students a mere $60.00. “The way I see it, who doesn’t want to watch some great movies and eat great food?” asked Brandt, demonstrating an acute understanding of the hearts of college students. Should some still find the VIP Pass too costly, though, Full Festival Passes will also be offered to students at the reduced rate of $18. “This is an opportunity you almost can’t afford not to take advantage of!” Brandt said. The festival itself will be held in downtown Aberdeen at the Capitol Theatre, September 30 through October 4. Ticket purchases can be made at the Capitol Theatre, located at 417 S. Main Street, or by telephone at (605) 725-2697. Further ticket information, as well as listings of the films and the festival’s special guests, can be found on either the South Dakota Film Festival’s Facebook page or at their website, southdakotafilmfest.org. Brent Brandt may be contacted at (605) 290-4993 with any additional questions or concerns. Be sure to check out the ninth annual South Dakota Film Festival where, according to Brandt, “There’s sure to be something for everyone.”