Costner to attend South Dakota Film Festival

An official logo for the 2009 South Dakota Film Festival.The fledgling South Dakota Film Festival, in only its third year of existence, got a major jolt of publicity recently when it announced that film great Kevin Costner will attend this year’s festival Sept. 18-20 at Aberdeen (Costner will be in attendance Sept. 18-19).

Costner and the state of South Dakota have a mutual love affair dating back about 20 years to the filming and release of "Dances with Wolves." The movie was the biggest success of Costner’s career, and the South Dakota-filmed scenes were a boon to the state’s tourism industry. Costner also invested in a Deadwood casino around the time of the movie’s filming.

One of the film festival’s events will feature Costner in a discussion about "Dances with Wolves" and his interest in American Indian culture.

Tickets to the festival are available now (some already are sold out). Here’s a schedule of events featuring Costner:

Opening Session
Friday, September 18, 7:30 pm. – Johnson Fine Arts Center, NSU Campus
Kevin will discuss his South Dakota connection and interest in Native American culture which was instrumental in his making of Dances with Wolves. ($25)

Patrons Rendezvous
Friday, September 18, 10:00 pm. – Capitol Theatre
A unique, exclusive opportunity to visit with Kevin about South Dakota, Native American culture, tourism, the arts and commerce. Hear his vision for northeast South Dakota and share your own. Enjoy live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, spirits and interesting discussion. ($1,000)

Discussion in the Round
Saturday September 19, 9 am. – Capitol Theatre
Filmmakers and students will enjoy this opportunity to discuss the filmic arts in South Dakota with Kevin. Seating is limited to first come first seated. ($15 Student, $100 non-student).

“The Chase” Fine Art Print
Autograph Session

Saturday, 12:30 pm – 4 pm. – Native American Cultural Center and Museum
Patrons Rendezvous participants will receive this beautiful print by artist Tom Phillips and may have it autographed by Kevin along with a one-on-one discussion. The general public is also welcome to attend this event with the purchase of the $500 print. 

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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