ArtCentral has announced the ArtCentral Film Festival – Season 2 to be shown at The Matthews in 2018. The films run from September through November, for a total of four movies. The Northern Black Hills Rotary Club again partners with us to help bring this quality series of films to Spearfish. Through this series, we use art as a tool – films in this case – to engage our community on specific topics that are relevant to all members of our community. The four films are free to the public. Three of the movies are listed as NR (not-rated) and one is rated R. 

Films provide a neutral (non-threatening) way to learn about and discuss topics that may be otherwise unfamiliar or more difficult to discuss. For this series, we have selected four films that address a range of topics including rural connectedness, peace, conflict resolution, inclusivity, economic development, community collaboration, and diversity.

Following each film, the co-hosting organization will help facilitate a discussion about ideas presented in the film. Co-hosts for films are organizations in our community and will help us talk about how these issues relate to the Spearfish community. The co-hosts will also actively promote each film to their organization to increase awareness of the film series offerings.

The Northern Black Hills Rotary Club is involved not only in helping to fund the event but also in volunteering during the film screenings and supporting publicity of the events. The film series is also made possible through funding from the Bush Foundation’s ArtCentral Community Innovation Grant.

The film series is also made possible through funding from the Bush Foundation’s ArtCentral Community Innovation Grant.

The films begin in September 2018 and continue with a film per month.

All movies are shown at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, in The Matthews theater.


ArtCentral Film Festival – Season 2

Each film is FREE and open to the public. 

Me, The Other | Sept. 18, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

2018, NR, 110 minutes
Directed by: Shidan Majidi

Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

“Me, the “Other” is a documentary film about a diverse group of twelve students from diverse backgrounds (ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual orientation) living on the frontlines of prejudice by asking the questions we don’t discuss in classrooms, workplaces, and social places. Through their struggles and accomplishments, we find ourselves in each of them. Otherness’ is never one thing. The film is the centerpiece of a platform for creating conversations about what connects us and what keeps us apart.

DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 9 p.m.


The Rider | October 16, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. (rated R)

2018, R, 1h 44m
Directed by: Lucy Walker and Karen Harley 

Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

After a tragic riding accident, young cowboy Brady (Brady Jandreau), once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, is warned that his competition days are over. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Brady Jandreau is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and currently resides on Pine Ridge. He is a saddle bronc rider and a horse trainer. The filming mainly took place on the reservation and in the surrounding Badlands.

DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 9 p.m.


The Homestretch | November 13, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

2014, NR, 90m
Directed by: Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

“The Homestretch” follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Kasey, Anthony, and Roque – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 9 p.m.


Dakota 38 | November 27, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

2012, NR, 1h 58m
Directed by: Silas Hagerty

Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader, and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. “When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator… As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn’t get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it’s one of those dreams that bothers you night and day.”

Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. “We can’t blame the wasichus anymore. We’re doing it to ourselves. We’re selling drugs. We’re killing our own people. That’s what this ride is about, is healing.” This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.

DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 9 p.m.