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The Great War



Sunday, Nov 10, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Orpheum Theater
315 N Phillips Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 United States


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Red Carpet Premiere: THE GREAT WAR – (dir. Steven Luke)
Historic Orpheum Theater, Lobby Bar Opens – 4:00pm – Doors Open to Historic Lobby 4:30pm – Film Event Begins 5:00pm
TRT: 100 min plus post-film Q&A with South Dakota director Steven Luke
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama, Historical, WWI, South Dakota Director
This film included in Fast Pass admission.

Director Attending Filmed in Minnesota
Starring: Ron Perlman, Billy Zane, Bates Wilder, Hiram A. Murray, Aaron Courteau

Film Summary: Pierre, SD native and film director Steven Luke brings his WWI drama THE GREAT WAR to Cinema Falls for its South Dakota premiere on the heels of its World Premiere at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Filmed in Minnesota, THE GREAT WAR will be presented at the Historic Orpheum Theater just one day before the 101st anniversary of Armistice when fighting stopped at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 2018. A post-film Q&A will include the director as well as Bates Wilder (Lt. William Rivers) arriving from Boston, Hiram A. Murray (Private John Cain) of Los Angeles, and Aaron Courteau (Sgt. Allistor Richardson) traveling from Minneapolis.

Film Summary: During the last days of the Great War, Lt. William Rivers (Bates Wilder) leads a squad of U.S. troops behind enemy lines to locate a missing platoon of African American “Buffalo” soldiers. Lt. Rivers must overcome his own trauma stemming from the horrors of trench warfare as well as his own beliefs about the roles and rights of African American soldiers. In order to complete his mission, Rivers must find a way to unite the men regardless of the color of their skin, and attempt to survive the last great battle of the great war.

About the Filmmaker:

Born in the” Great American Desert” of South Dakota, Steven Luke comes from Cowboy country. A filmmaker who studied history, Luke pursued his love of films while in college and was instantly engaged in the world of story and picture. After graduating from South Dakota State University in 2009 with a BS in History, he instantly set out to pursue his dream and goal of making world class movies and films. Luke has produced several award-winning shorts including ‘Wunderland,’ and ‘Paper People.” Luke has produced, acted or directed alongside several Academy Award® and critically acclaimed actors including Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Tom Berenger (Platoon), Dolph Ludgren (Universal Soldier), Tony Todd (Candyman), and Doug Jones (The Shape of Water).

Luke’s current directorial film, THE GREAT WAR, starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Billy Zane (Titanic), is set for release later this year in 2019.