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Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... November 7, 2019 Show 696 Hour 1

As Americans prepare for Veterans Day, Cinema Falls offers the South Dakota premiere of the feature film The Great War by South Dakota State University graduate Steven Luke.

During the final days of the first World War, Lt. William Rivers leads a squad of white U.S. soldiers behind enemy lines to locate a missing platoon of African American soldiers. Lt. Rivers must overcome the horrors of trench warfare as well as the racial and political chasm that divides Americans.

Whirlygig Productions

In The Moment ... May 28, 2019 Show 583 Hour 2

In 1943, Charles Woehrle's B-17 was shot down over France. Nazis controlled the region and Charles was soon captured by Germans.

Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story documents Charles life with focus on his two years as a prisoner of war.

Filmmaker Louise Woehrle (Charles' niece) comes to Sioux Falls as Cinema Falls presents Stalag Luft III Wednesday evening at 6:30 followed by a question/answer session with the filmmaker.

Woehrle visits about her film with SDPB's Steve Zwemke.

In The Moment ... January 18, 2018 Show 258 Hour 2

Escape room and puzzle fans are celebrating the release of the independent film "Solver." It's a mystery/adventure. Cinema Falls hosts the South Dakota premiere this weekend.

In The Moment ... November 29, 2017 Show 229 Hour 1 

Cinema Falls brings the film "Loving Vincent" to Sioux Falls. We're joined by Julie Anderson Friesen and Dr. Lindsay Twa, Associate Professor of Art at Augustana University for a conversation about the art and life of one of the world's most beloved painters.

In The Moment ... November 14, 2017 Show 219 Hour 1 

"Loving Vincent" is the story of the death, and more importantly, the life, of artist Vincent van Gogh. It's the world's first oil painted film. More than 125 professional oil painters created 65,000 individually painted frames for animation. Nothing you see in the film is computer generated.

It plays at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish this weekend, November 17 to 19. Cinema Falls brings it to the Washington Pavilion Belbas Theatre on Sunday, December 3.

In The Moment ... March 9, 2017 Show 046 Hour 1

Music lovers have obsessed over “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” since the album release in 1967. Cinema Falls brings the film "Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls on March 14. Today we talk with composer, musician, and Beatles scholar Scott Freiman about how a conversation in a friend’s living room evolved into a film/lecture series that helps listeners experience the Beatles as never before. Learn more at

Dakota Midday: "The General"

Oct 5, 2016
State Theatre

The State Theatre in Sioux Falls is showing the silent film "The General" this Saturday afternoon complete with live music from the Alloy Orchestra. Ticket proceeds from this Cinema Falls event will go benefit State Theatre renovation. "The General" begins at 4:00 p.m.

Sarah Kocher and Marie Lavelle

Augustana filmmakers Sara Kocher and Maria Lavelle show their documentary on homelessness tonight at Cinema Falls. “Over the Bridge” is a look at men and women who have “fallen through the safety nets” of society. The two student filmmakers are receiving support and encouragement from Cinema Falls and others in their attempt to launch the film onto the film festival circuit. Kocher and Lavelle join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about what they learned on the frozen streets of Sioux Falls by turning their camera … and their questions … on those they had previously overlooked.

Film expert Julie Anderson Friesen offers insight into awards season. From the Oscars to the Spirit Awards, Anderson Friesen gives behind-the-scenes glimpses at how foreign films are submitted for consideration, the ongoing journey of "Songs My Brother Taught Me," and how Cinema Falls supports diversity in the industry.

Cinema Falls brings Norweigan popcorn thriller "The Wave" to Sioux Falls on Sunday, March 6. Anderson Friesen also discusses the classic American disaster movie and how Norweigan filmmakers adapted the model to create a Scandanavian nail-biter. 

Hollywood writer and director Nick Simon returns home to Sioux Falls for the October 29th Midwest Premiere of his Wes Craven executive produced film, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS. The screening is only the second screening of the horror movie in the United States, and the fourth globally since its September world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. With cinematography by Dean Cundey (Halloween, Scream II, Jurassic Park, Back To The Future), it is also the last film produced by renowned horror filmmaker Wes Craven before his death in late August.

"Home" Starring Jenny Dempster

Nov 14, 2013

Sioux Falls native Jenny Dempster stars in the short film "Home."  Cinema Falls features the 10-minute short during CineFest 2013 - A Film Festival in an Evening this Sunday.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Icon Event Hall + Lounge in Sioux Falls.  Dempster has been acting since she was six.  She has studied at some of the top acting institutions in the world including the Globe Theater in London, Guild Hall School of Drama in London and Tisch School of Arts at New York University.

"Profile Of A Killer"

Apr 4, 2013

Gabe Angieri, a Twin Cities actor, talks about his upcoming film "Profile of a Killer." It shows at the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls Sunday evening as a part of the Cinema Falls film series. "Profile of a Killer" is about the relationship that develops between a fledgling serial killer and the FBI profiler brought in to catch him. Angieri is attending the event hosted by Cinema Falls.