PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One House Commemoration brought before state lawmakers during the main run of this year’s Legislative Session was the first recognition this year for what is the 25th anniversary of the filming of Dances With Wolves in South Dakota. The Academy award winning movie was directed, produced by and featured actor Kevin Costner and was filmed in South Dakota during the summer and fall of 1989. The movie featured the story of a friendship that came to be between a Civil War soldier and a band of Sioux Indians. Bill Stevens of Pierre worked as a Production Assistant and van driver during the filming of the movie and is one of many South Dakotans who were involved in various aspects of it. He says Dances With Wolves put a spotlight on South Dakota when it was released-and continues to bring attention to the state since most of it was filmed here.
Around the start of the year in 1989, Stevens says people in the central South Dakota started hearing about the possibility of the filming of a major production coming to the Pierre/Fort Pierre area.
Stevens says later this year, there could be some reunion activities and events set up locally to recall the filming of the movie 25 years ago. He says the events would be for former cast and crew members, as well as movie fans.
Stevens says several state residents who call themselves “The Dances With Wolves Alumni Crew” still have photos, videos and other memories from when the film was shot in the state. He believes there could be a local re-showing of the feature film in 2015-which would mark 25 years since the movie first came to the big screen. In House Commemoration 1056, the Legislature recognized efforts to remember and commemorate the filming of the movie and thanked Costner and his film production crew for sharing South Dakota’s Lakota People, buffalo and landscape with millions of people.
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