Beloit, Wis. – Film enthusiasts in the Sioux Falls area can look out for a new South Dakota made film as it continues to make its way across the film festival circuit. Pierre native Andrew Kightlinger’s South Dakota set TATOR TOT & PATTON will be showing at the Beloit International Film Festival in late February, adding to several other noteworthy film festival stops since its premier in Los Angeles at the prestigious indie film festival Dances with
The film, starring Jessica Rothe (LA LA LAND, HAPPY DEATH DAY) and Bates Wilder (JOY, MYSTIC RIVER), is about “A wayward millennial escapes to her Uncle’s South Dakota ranch, unhinging his placid boozer existence.” Shot in entirely in the Pierre area with local extras and featuring cameos of recognizable state stables and imagery like Fernson Beer, SDSU apparel and plenty of establishing shots of prairie landscapes, Kightlinger said it was important to him to give the film a recognizable South Dakota vibe. “It was important to me to capture the essence of South Dakota’s magic by showcasing a horizon that’s both isolating and chock full of opportunity,” said Kightlinger. The success of the film has also been encouraging. Kightlinger’s acceptance at the Beloit International Film Festival continues a streak of successful screenings including Dances With Films, the Napa Valley Film Festival, The Twin Cities Film Festival, and screenings and awards at the South Dakota Film Festival and Catalina Film Festival.
Kightlinger is thrilled to show the film at Beloit IFF because it’s a film that mirrors his Midwestern upbringing. “I love watching people laugh and nod at the recognizable pleasures of ranch life,” said Kightlinger. Following initial momentum gained by earlier public screenings of the film, Kightlinger was signed at Principato-Young Entertainment, a major firm representing such names as Jordan Peele (GET OUT) and F Gary Gray (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, FATE OF THE FURIOUS). You can check out BIFF’s website, and follow the festival and the film on social media. The film is set to show at the festival in February.
The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 13th year, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit. For more information, please visit the BIFF website at BeloitFilmFest.org.