Black Hills film looks to shine at festival - KOTA Territory News

Black Hills film looks to shine at festival


Several filmmakers in KOTA Territory will have their moment in the spotlight this week.

The 2013 Black Hills Film Festival started Wednesday, May 1st, and continues until Sunday May 5th.

Of the 37 films at this years festival, five are from South Dakota filmmakers.

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde, one of the five, is a documentary feature film that explores the life of a cowboy conservationist who has dedicated his life to saving the wild horses and protecting the land and water of the American west.

"I'm tickled to death to see it finally come to fruition," said cowboy conservationist and subject of the film, Dayton O. Hyde. " It's a great feeling and I was certainly reassured when I first saw it."

The film features spectacular footage of breathtaking scenery, much of which was filmed in the Black Hills, and wild mustangs at Hyde's Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs.

Just two weeks ago, the film won the Sarasota Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary and received highest audience score out of 203 films screened at the festival.

The film also took second place in the Audience Favorite competition at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Ca.

"I was so satisfied to get the film finished," said director Suzanne Mitchell. "To me that was my biggest reward, and everything that's been coming since that has been icing on the cake."

The movie also features inspiring music from singer and songwriter Steve Poltz.

"I think it fits the film," said Poltz. "It's earthy, it's organic, it honors Dayton, and it's got a good feel for the land and the beauty of South Dakota."

For more information about the other movies and all the festival has to offer, visit

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