ArtCentral FILM FESTIVAL: "If You Build It"

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ArtCentral has partnered with The Northern Hills Rotary Club to create a film series that will benefit the community. Through this series, we use art as a tool – films in this case – to engage our community on specific topics that are relevant to both partnering organizations. 

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.


All films are FREE! General Admission.


“If You Build It” | Jan. 21, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.

2013, NR, 1h 25m
Directed by: Patrick Creadon | Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

CoHosts: BH Home Builders Association and SHS Shop Instructor, Eric Ligtenberg

“If You Build It” follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina. They work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build a project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills. It shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 5 p.m.

about all of the movies in this film series

Feb. 20 |”Waste Land” | 6:30 p.m. | The Matthews theater
Mar. 20 | “Make No Noise: The Story of a Skatepark” | 6:30 p.m. | The Matthews theater
Apr. 12 | “More Than a Word” | 6:30 p.m. | BHSU – Jonas Room 305


Date and Time:


Sunday, January 21, 2018


2:00 pm - 3:25 pm




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