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Julie Amsberry

 Julie Amsberry began her artistic journey as a child growing up in small town Iowa, completely entranced in pop music, dancing, live theatre, and the wonder of television. In college, she pursued a degree in music education at the University of Northern Iowa then put her nose to the grindstone for many years as a middle […]

Jay Albertson

 Ezekiel Richter and Jay Albertson work together as a filmmaking team, sharing the tasks of writing, directing, and producing.They have completed several short films including Excess Express. More recently, Richter and Albertson finished production on their first feature film, Worst Kind of People. But even more recently, Albertson and Richter have launched an unofficial campaign […]

Emily Beck

Born and raised in North Dakota, Emily now serves as Executive Director of the Historic Fargo Theatre and the annual Fargo Film Festival. After falling in love with movies at a young age, Emily followed that passion in her academic pursuits earning her degree in Film History/Criticism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She began her […]

Chad Bishoff

 Chad Bishoff comes to the South Dakota Film Festival with a film he produced with Eric Dwight and also served as Director of Photography and Editor, Bus 1107.  Bishoff started his career in production before moving into producing, writing and directing. He has produced and directed commercial spots for Omaha Children’s Hospital, Nebraska Furniture Mart, […]

Dalton Coffey

Dalton Coffey is an award winning filmmaker from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, known for his creative storytelling and visual aesthetic. Originally from Harrison, Arkansas, Dalton began his creative career as a musician, recording engineer, and songwriter. His passion for storytelling led to a desire to share his stories with a broader audience, providing a new […]

Greg Carlson – Filmmaker, Professor

Greg Carlson is an educator, moviemaker, and writer. He is the senior co-chair of the 2011 Fargo Film Festival, the Associate Film Editor of the High Plains Reader and teaches film at Concordia College. Work that Carlson has directed or produced has been screened in the Orlando Film Festival, the Free Range Film Festival, the […]

Brianna Deihl

Brianna Deihl is a Writer / Director / Producer from Minneapolis. She made her first film in 4th grade. Her mother was the camera operator. Her father ruined most of the takes by driving through the background in his green hearse as he was trying to level the topsoil for planting grass seeds. Since then her senior […]

Lawrence Diggs

Lawrence Diggs uses art to encourage communication on difficult topics. He creates short animations to spark interactive discussions with his audience about these difficult topics. He makes presentations worldwide on culture and food. He works in various media including animation, photography, digital imagery, musical composition, interactive presentation, poetry in English and Japanese, ceramics and microbial […]

Eric Dwight

Eric Dwight comes to the South Dakota Film Festival with a film he wrote, directed, and acted in, Bus 1107.  Eric started out writing as a teenager writing scripts, short stories, and even publishing two poems.  While in high school he got involved in improvisational comedy. (Something he still performs today in Nebraska, Iowa, and […]

Matt Eckholm

Matt Eckholm is a director, producer and screenwriter from the Twin Cities. He attended the Northwestern University NHSI Film/Video program in 2009, and is currently finishing his Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His film Try Number Three received several awards from the MSUM Film Studies juried screening, including ‘Best […]

Graham Greene

The South Dakota Film Festival is pleased to announce that Graham Greene will be attending the Festival as part of the Thunderheart retrospective.  Greene earned his first major feature film credit in the historical epic, Revolution, opposite Al Pacino. Later, he landed the role of Kicking Bird in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves (1990). The […]

Brian Hoesing

Brian Hoesing was born and raised in Aberdeen S.D. and has been making films since childhood. More recently he has Co-Written and Directed several short films including Table 9, which premieres this year at the South Dakota Film Fest. Favorite Films Include Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Toy Story, Almost Famous, and Son of […]

Andrew Kightlinger

Born and raised in Madagascar, Kightlinger studied politics and French at Augustana College before attending film school at Boston University.  Having already directed a few shorts, Kightlinger’s feature directing debut Dust of War, co-stars Tony Todd (Candyman) and Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth).  It is currently in post-production. Andrew holds a unique view of the world […]

Steven Luke

Steven is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where he pursued and honed his natural love of acting and producing.  His most recent works include Souvenirs starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell and The Deep End, for which he earned a Best Actor recognition at the 2011 Fischgaard Short Film Competition.  When not in […]

Ben Lifson – Filmmaker

Ben Lifson is a senior filmmaker at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Starting out wanting to make video games, he transitioned into film when he realized his interest in visual storytelling through movies. He has found his talent in screenwriting and editing, and has worked on several narrative and documentary works, both student […]

Amy Miner

Yankton native Amy Miner is a teacher at heart.  From teaching language arts and drama at both public and private middle and high schools, teaching acting and composition to college students, guiding drama residencies in public and private schools K-12, and offering methods classes to secondary educators, she has been inevitably drawn to the classroom […]

Patrick McKeown

Patrick McKeown is a student filmmaker from Shoreview, MN. He is currently a senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In addition to Francois Marconi – Man or God?, he has participated in several projects of varying genre and tone. He enjoys reading comic books, photography, and playing music. His film, Francois Marconi- Man or God?, […]

Andy Mogren – Filmmaker

  Andy Mogren is a self taught comedy wizard.  With a unique visual and comedy style unlike anything you’ve seen before, he has taken the comedy film festival circuit by surprise with films like Bear Force One and Werewolf in a Girl’s Sorority.  He is also the creator of the World’s first 3D comedy television […]

Jason A. Micallef

We are pleased to announce that screenwriter, Jason A. Micallef will be attending the South Dakota Film Festival. Jason travels to Aberdeen to take part in a Q&A following the screening of Butter. Tickets are still available, click on the link to the right to purchase online or stop in at the Capitol Theatre. Butter […]

Ashley Marie Odegard

Ashley Marie Odegard is a screenwriter, director and animator from Fargo, North Dakota. She is currently finishing her degrees in Writing and Film Production at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In addition to her film Verbatim, Ashley has written and directed two narrative shorts and worked on several film crews. She loves to write and works […]