Erich Lochridge of the Rapid City, S.D., Journal has this story launching the festival, whose theme is “Location, Location, Location.”
Given the location, the emphasis on Native-themed films is a natural. Among those will be “From the Badlands to Alcatraz,” a film about empowering Lakota people from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota by training them to swim from the infamous Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Watch the trailer, above.
Today’s lineup includes a presentation by Cheyenne and Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre, noted for, among others, “Smoke Signals.”
The whole idea behind the festival, says Lochridge, is to re-create the feel of the Sundance Film Festival in the early days. We hope that’s exactly what happens.
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