Black Hills Film Festival

Black Hills Film Festival

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm



7:00 - 10:00 pm: The Still Life of Annika Myers

Canada, Short Narrative, 17 Minutes
Director:  Matthew Blecha
Writer:  Claire Mulligan
Producers: Darlene Tait, Matthew Blecha

During the Dutch Hunger Winter of 1945, ANNIKA MYERS traded her family’s treasured painting of a feast for rations. Now, at 84, she has found it, and she wants EVAN O’NEILL, the diligent retired manager of a grocery store, to help her steal it back. But is it truly the painting she hungers for? Evan, who has something of his own to reclaim, is faced with a difficult but life-affirming choice in this 18-minute drama The Still Life of Annika Myers.

7:00 - 10:00 pm: Varlet

U.S.A., Short Narrative, 20 Minutes
Director: Michael Kohlbrenner
Writer: John Budge
Producers: Michael Kohlbrenner, John Budge, Michael Patrick Kane

Set in the 1860s, a backwoods fur trapper on a grueling winter journey is attacked while resting at his camp. Now injured and a long way from civilization, he is forced to make the life or death decision to trust the untrustworthy.

7:00 - 10:00 pm: Warrior Women

South Dakota, Feature Documentary, 64 Minutes
Directors/Writers:  Elizabeth A. Castle,  Christina D. King
Producers: Anna Marie Pitman,  Elizabeth A. Castle, Christina D. King
Editor: Kristen Nutile

“Warrior Women” is the story of mothers and daughters fighting for Native rights in the American Indian Movement of the 1970s. The film unveils not only a female perspective of history, but also examines the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness. In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation and survival as a community of extended families.

Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists' children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values.

Through a circular Indigenous style of storytelling, this film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down and transformed from generation to generation in the context of colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence.

7:00 - 10:00 pm: When Life Gives You Lemmon

South Dakota, Student Film, 9 Minutes
Director: Riley Thelen

A profile of South Dakota artist and sculptor John Lopez in his home town of Lemmon.