The Black Hills Film Festival returns to the area for the seventh straight year. The annual event will be held May 4-7, 2016, Wednesday through Saturday, bringing people from all over the country to the Black Hills for the love of film. The theme of this year’s festival is to showcase stories with a South Dakota connection.
In keeping with the South Dakota theme, the festival will include something new—a movie
exhibit with costumes, movie props, and behind-the-scenes photos and videos from movies that
were filmed in South Dakota. The movie memorabilia, most from private collections, will be on
display in the Journey Museum upstairs in the Library starting April 26 and concluding on the
Journey’s Birthday – May 21. It features photographs and items from Dances With Wolves,
National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and Star Ship Trooper and many other films.
The exhibit was created by the Black Hills Film Festival in conjunction with the South Dakota
Film Office and many individuals in the South Dakota Film Industry and with funding assistance
from the SD Humanities Council.
On Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 pm, also at the Journey Museum in Rapid City there will be a FREE
presentation by Dr. David Wolff on “The Union Pacific Railroad and its path through Dakota
and Wyoming Territories” with introductory remarks by Rick Mills, Director of the South
Dakota State Railroad Museum. A screening of the classic film Union Pacific by Cecil B. De
Mille will follow. Union Pacific memorabilia and a replica of Paramount’s Golden Spike can be
seen in the museum exhibit.