Growing up we all have dreams, for Andrew Kightlinger it was to make movies. He spent the first 12 years of his life in Madagascar, which gives him a unique perspective. When his family moved to the U.S., he found his love in South Dakota.
Filmmaking is Kightlinger's passion. For him, filming in South Dakota is the definition of art.
"South Dakota literally has horizons as we all know, and I think that goes the same for artists, creatively speaking we have unlimited possibilities," South Dakota Filmmaker Andrew Kightlinger said.
Kightlinger is a graduate of Augustana College, which helped him decide this was the place for him to do what he loves. He has written and directed a number of films.
"Well my ultimate goal is to be a storyteller and to continue to tell stories and entertain audiences and maybe in some way stir conversation with whatever topic I may choose," Kightlinger said.
His latest film "Dust of War" will do just that.
"I guess the best way to describe it is Star Wars on the prairie," Kightlinger said.
Kightlinger's passion for film and for his new home caught the attention of Julie Anderson Friesen of Cinema Falls.
"And then just very happy to make a connection with someone who was trying to make films in South Dakota," Founder of Cinema Falls Julie Anderson Friesen said.
It's this shared love that has kept Friesen and Cinema Falls supporting Kightlinger.
"It's really about watching someone fulfill their dreams and being a part of that and being in the audience and I think it inspires other people as well," Friesen said.
Cinema Falls will premiere Kightlinger's newest film in October. They hope it serves as inspiration to others in an industry not often represented in our area.
"I think park of what Andrew is doing, is starting to inspire some of the other South Dakota film makers or people who want to be a filmmaker if Andrew can shoot this post-apocalyptic war movie here if he can take advantage of the landscape then maybe I can too," Friesen said.
But you don't have to be an aspiring filmmaker to enjoy Kightlinger's work.
"What I love about being a filmmaker is the ability to make escape art essentially, I think our primary goal as film artists is to make films for an audience," Kightlinger said.
After spending years perfecting "Dust of War" Kightlinger is ready to share it with the public.
"Whether you like it or not I hope it does something and that's what Dust Of War is, a campy sci-fi movie so I hope they come out feeling they saw a fun adventure film," Kightlinger said.
An adventure you might not expect to be filmed right here in South Dakota.