Kightlinger's Film to Be Screened at International Film Festival

Paper People, a film by Andrew Kightlinger ‘08, has been selected to be screened at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, set for June 18-24.

Filmed entirely during the spring of 2012 in Pierre, S.D., Paper People will be shown at Camelot Theatres on Friday, June 21, as part of the Changing Lanes Program of the festival.

The Palm Springs International ShortFest, now in its 19th year, is one of the largest showcases of short films in North America. The festival will show 330 films, including 70 World Premieres, 55 North American Premieres and 14 U.S. Premieres. As an Academy-qualifying festival, first-place winners in four categories will automatically become eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for a possible Academy Award nomination.

“Attending Palm Springs is an opportunity to cultivate relationships with filmmakers on a global scale,” Kightlinger said. “This is a huge festival for us and it is a little daunting. As South Dakotans, we've done half the job of standing out, but we must also represent South Dakota in a way that reflects our artistic ‘oomph’ and driven work ethic.”

Paper People is an 18-minute short film Kightlinger wrote and directed. The film tells the tale of wounded souls in search of respite, featuring a suicidal ex-Marine, a single mother and her precocious daughter.

“People feed on hope – and this film aims to serve that hope in heaping portions,” Kightlinger said. “We are absolutely elated to be bringing Paper People to an eager, wider audience, especially at such a prestigious event.”

Paper People has also been screened at, among others, the Trail Dance Film Festival, the South Dakota Film Festival, the Northern Voyage Film Festival, Cinema Falls and the Black Hills Film Festival.

After Palm Springs, Kightlinger plans to release his new film Dust of War in the fall. The film was screened this year at the Marché du Film in Cannes, France, on May 21.

Kightlinger’s upcoming projects include a new short film called Destroyer. The film is currently in pre-production and seeking financing. He is also producing a new feature film that will, again, be shot entirely in South Dakota.

Learn more about Kightlinger’s work.

— Chi Ngo '13