Gettysburg, SD

South Dakota premiere of film documentary

Make plans for a free night at the movies on Friday, April 11 at the Legion Community Building.
Gettysburg might even be a star in the show!
The feature length documentary film The Great American Wheat Harvest will hold its South Dakota premiere screening in town on April 11 with two showings. A matinee will show at 5 p.m. and an evening show will start at 8 p.m. Both shows are free to the public as a courtesy of the film’s Gold Sponsor, C&B Operations, LLC.
The film celebrates the story of the entire network of America’s wheat harvest, from the scientists who develop varieties and producers who grow wheat, to the manufacturers who build the combines, and the shipping companies that deliver to the mills. Wheat plays a vital role in the economy of South Dakota, and the documentary follows the harvest through the nation’s breadbasket, where they made a stop in Gettysburg. According to Matt Cronin, president and CEO of C&B Operations, some of the staff at Potter County Implement were interviewed during the filming and may be making their big screen film debut in the documentary.
“A film like the Great American Wheat Harvest encapsulates the heritage of farmers, custom harvesters and life in rural America,” says Matt Cronin, president and CEO of C&B Operations, LLC. “It is important to use communication vehicles, such as this documentary, to show the American public how important the agricultural industry and the family farmers are in feeding the world.” He said that too often, farming is viewed as something done by large corporations. While that may be true in some cases, those corporations are almost always family based, and that message gets lost. The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary focuses on the importance of family in the farming industry.
Having grown up on his family’s farm, which his brothers operate today, Cronin says he values the opportunity for his hometown and state to be a part of the film. “It’s a story that will feature people, like our customers, who are dedicated to producing our nation’s food supply,” he said.
The film also tells the stories of the custom harvesting crews, who pack their bags, stock their RVs, load their crews and families into their trucks and head south for an annual pilgrimage that involves hard work, hot weather, and occasionally, a rewarding sunset. Traveling from the heart of Texas to the wide open plains of Western Canada, these are the people who harvest the wheat and other crops that grow in abundance throughout the heart of the nations.
Cronin said that there is no better place for the South Dakota premier screening of the film than right here in the heart of wheat country, and he is happy to have C&B Operations as the Gold Sponsor and be able to provide the free community showing of the film.
“This will be a fun night at the movies,” said Cronin, who will be watching the documentary for the first time during the premiere, “and we might even see some people we know.”
Popcorn and other movie concessions will be sold during both shows as a fundraiser for local wrestlers who will be attending the Disney Wrestling Duals in Orlando. The American Legion bar will be open for adult concessions during the 8 p.m. showing.
Following each screening there will be a question and answer session with a few of the key people involved in the production and sponsorship of the film. Movie goers will also get to meet Conrad Weaver, who is the producer and director of the Great American Wheat Harvest.
-compiled by Molly McRoberts

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