Movies

"The Revenant" made news this past Sunday with Oscar wins in cinematography and a best actor win for star Leonardo DiCapprio. The character DiCapprio portrays in the film is mountain man Hugh Glass, who famously survived a grizzly bear mauling and then crawled 200 grueling South Dakota miles.

Harry Thompson, director of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University, talks about the story of Hugh Glass and Fred Manfred. Manfred wrote the iconic book “Lord Grizzly.”

Dakota Digest for December 31, 2015

Dec 31, 2015
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On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, the 116th annual bird count is underway throughout the country and South Dakota. Also, doctors are encouraging South Dakotans to get a flu shot or the flu mist. With the year 2016 on the horizon, SDPB's Nate Wek gives the Top-10 Movies of 2015. 

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The small Danish community of Viborg is holding a grand re-opening on Sunday afternoon for its one-hundred year old movie theater. The Lund Theater is the oldest running theater in South Dakota along with being listed on the Historic Register. Here's more on this historic building and the efforts to keep it open for future generations.

 

Casey Tibbs' Photographs and Journals

Apr 24, 2014

A dusty, forgotten box found in a California storage shed revealed rare photographs and journals of Casey Tibbs, the nine-time world bronc riding champion.  Five or more decades ago, he had given the documents to a long-time friend who is now in her late 90's.  The items were recently offered to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Ft.

The Conclusion Of The Drive-In Era

Aug 15, 2013

The late 1950’s and early 1960’s were the golden years for drive-in movie theaters across the country. During that time about 4,000 outdoor theaters brought Mad men, Godzilla, and Ben Hur to the big screen. The number of drive-ins have been in a steady decline to about 350 now. And at the end of the summer comes the permanent closing of Mitchell’s Starlite Drive-In theater. SDPB’s Kathleen Serie has the story on the end of the drive-in era.

"Downtowns," An Exhibit On The Homeless

Jul 30, 2013

Photographer Kirk Jordan's exhibit, "Downtowns," featuring images of homeless people, opens today at the Matthews Opera House and Art Center in Spearfish and runs through August 24th. An opening exhibition is this Friday from 5:30-7:30. Growing up in Spearfish with a strong love of music, photography and the movies, Kirk Jordan moved to California. He played music in Hollywood clubs and became a regular stand-up comedy performer at The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip.

Cinema Falls Founder

Oct 4, 2012

Julie Anderson Friesen describes Cinema Falls as a fictional place, created by the imagination but populated by real people. The mission of Cinema Falls is to screen and showcase quality independent and foreign film for audiences looking for cinematic adventure and nourishment. The first priority is to screen films that are not available on demand, downloadable, or on rentable DVD. By actively scouting and screening films currently part of the independent film festival circuit, Cinema Falls presents films that too often bypass the local Sioux Falls movie theaters.

South Dakota Film Festival

Sep 27, 2012

Tom Black, co-producer of the South Dakota Film Festival, says there's nothing like cinema on a big screen and that thrill is the reason the Festival seeks out and invites films of all kinds to participate in this pique event for the state.  The goal of the South Dakota Film Festival is to screen the best films submitted regardless of their geographic origin.  The Festival runs today through Sunday in Aberdeen with most of the films being shown at the Historic Capitol Theatre.