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Synopsis: The VIRTUAL event kicks off with this LAUNCH PARTY featuring Board Member Egija Hartmane-Salem and Face of the Festival – Ryan Hall. They introduce the Virtual site and talk about highlights. Also included are filmmaker interviews, and a short film program of 4 films from previous Black Hills Film Festivals. The box office is now officially open for the purchase of Single Tickets and All Access Passes for the Virtual Festival.
Short Films Included are:

DREAMGIVER – 2011 Best Student Film
USA, Student film (6:15 min)
Written, Directed, and Produced by Tyler Carter
A regular night of dream delivering turns into a literal nightmare when an orphan’s book of Ancient Aztec Mythology comes alive. The Dreamgiver must save the orphan from his own nightmare!

DUFFY’S JACKET – 2017 Best Short Film
Aberdeen, SD, Short Film (9 min)
Directed by Brian Hoesing, Written by Bruce Coville, Brian Hoesing, and Terra McQuillen, Produced by Terra McQuillen
A forgetful boy and his 2 cousins must survive the night once discovered by an ancient woodland monster.

GOOD DOG – 2013
USA, Short Film (14:10 min)
Written and Directed by Don Sniffin, Co-Produced by Don & Kathy Sniffin
Dog lives with the Person Family. Dog has a vision of the future. Dog must change the future. Good Dog!

OBITS – 2019
USA, Short Film (7 min)
Written by Guy Olivieri, Directed and Edited by Neil Fennell (Custer, SD) Executive Producers Kate Middleton, Neil Fennell, and Guy Olivieri
“Another day, another death.” Writing obituaries is the least prestigious job at the paper, and Kelly is stuck there. When her boss challenges her to go deeper – to learn more about her subjects – she comes up with a plan to change everything.

The LIVE portion of the Festival has been postponed to the following dates:
May 31 – Matthews Opera House, Spearfish
June 3 – 5 – Historic Hot Springs Theatre, Hill City High School Theatre
June 6 – The Elks, Rapid City
Session tickets will be sold at the venues. Live workshops/seminars and special guest presentations will be included along with some new films not available in the Virtual Festival.



Run Time

31 minutes


Egija Hartmane-Salem (Host)
Ryan Hall (Host)


Randal Iverson

Director's Statement

Randal Iverson filmed and directed this film at the Alex Johnson Hotel.

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