Kightlinger film to be shown in Pierre starting Friday

A film produced by a Pierre native and shot mostly in the Pierre and Fort Pierre area will have its first South Dakota Premier at the State 123 movie theater in Pierre Friday (March 8 at 7:15pm).

“Tater Tot & Patton” writer and director Andrew Kightlinger tells DRG news and farm he wrote the full-length feature film after his mother passed away.


Kightlinger, who now lives in Los Angeles, knew he wanted to shoot the film in his home state.


Kightlinger brought in friends from film school to play the lead roles, but local residents and locations are also used.


Kightlinger will be at Friday’s showing of “Tater Tot and Patton” in Pierre to answer questions from audience members.

The film also begins it’s one-week showing on Friday in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Spearfish, Huron and Brookings. It starts showing March 15 in Aberdeen and Watertown and will also go for a week. “Tater Tot and Patton” runs March 12– one night only– in Mobridge

Hear more from Kightlinger about “Tater Tot and Patton” in the latest KGFX Beyond the Mic podcast. Subscribe for free through Spotify, Google Play, Podbean or iTunes.