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Sioux Falls Plays Host To Movie Premiere

May 8, 2014, 6:11 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Sioux Falls Plays Host To Movie Premiere

Looking for something to do for your mom this weekend? A new movie premiering in Sioux Falls tonight might just be the ticket.

Some of the stars of the new family comedy, "Mom's Night Out", stopped by the studio to talk about the new film and why they're here in South Dakota.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, many people are scrambling to find a way to honor their moms; and a new movie might be the answer.

"I love this movie because first of all, it's a family flick. It's just a great comedy. It's an opportunity to take the entire family to the movies. Like the old days, ya know," actor Robert Amaya said. 

"Mom's Night Out" is about a group of moms from a church group that decide to take the night off, and leave the kids with the dads. But as the night goes on, some crazy things happen.

While creating the movie, writers used their own personal experience to make the film more relatable.

"We were trying to find a way to just get out and keep the marriage alive and try to keep the balance between marriage, and family, and parenting. And just found ourselves laughing and crying on a daily basis," actress Andrea Logan White said.

"Comedy comes through pain. And often times as we were creating this story certain things would happen in real life and we would go, ok that's gotta go in the movie," producer and actor Kevin Downes said. 

Kevin Downes is a producer of the film and friends with Pastor Keith Loy from Celebrate Church here in Sioux Falls. Loy pitched the idea to Downes to hold a premier event here.

"I got what he was wanting to do to make it a community event. And I love that vision. I love that passion. I said, if I can make it work schedule-wise, I'm on board. And I was able to kind of squeeze it in here," Downes said. 

"The energy that's in the air. I've been received so well by so many people here. I love the people here. I mean Sioux Falls, you guys. I mean South Dakota, just some warm people," Amaya said.

"Everybody is really sweet. And you don't get that in L.A., but everybody is so kind. People open doors for you," White said.

Wednesday night, Mayor Mike Huether held a special event to give producer Kevin Downes a key to the city and announced May 8th "Mom's Night Out Day."

The movie will be playing at Century 14 in Sioux Falls Thursday night and nationwide starting Friday.

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