A Flandreau alumnus has directed and produced a thriller movie that has had a premiere showing in Sioux Falls.
Jamie Wede produced and directed Valentine Crush, a movie about a roller derby player who meets her ultimate fan and gets more than she bargained for. It is set in South Dakota and was filmed in a farmhouse between Beresford and Wakonda during last year’s pandemic.
It had its premiere showing at The Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls on Aug. 28 and next Wede hopes it will get invited to some film festivals. At some point, he would like to show the movie at the Crystal Theatre in Flandreau. The movie is about 60 minutes long and will get tweaked after the first showing.
“This is the first movie I produced, and I directed this as well,” Wede said. He attended film school after high school, where he graduated from Flandreau in 1994. He then graduated from South Dakota State University after three years in Las Vegas.
The lead actress is from Omaha and the actor is from Sioux Falls.
The film also includes a soundtrack that Wede wants to press into 500 albums for a limited run. Several up and coming groups have songs in the movie, he said.
“The soundtrack is amazing. I did all women artists or women-fronted bands.”
The cost of the movie has been at least $30,000 so far and Wede is working to get some of those costs back through donations. If it is picked up eventually by a streaming service, that also will help.
Wede said it’s a goal to share the movie at the Crystal.
“At the Crystal, when I was young, I watched a lot of movies there. That’s where I dreamt about making movies. That would mean a lot to see a movie I made there,” he said.