“Tater Tot & Patton” Director Andrew Kightlinger Interview

Tater Tot and Patton is a 2017 independent film written and directed by South Dakota native Andrew Kightlinger. Not only did Kightlinger decide to set this film in the heartland of South Dakota, but he also shot the film there as well. Kightlinger grew up in Pierre and attended college at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.

The film stars Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day) and Bates Wilder (Joy). Tater Tot & Patton follows a wayward millennial as she makes her way to visit her alcoholic uncle in the great plains of South Dakota.

Kightlinger was gracious enough to sit down with Back Lot 605’s own Casey Kelderman. The full interview is available above. The film will make it’s rounds across the state in an effort to gain nationwide distribution for the film. The full schedule for the Tater Tot & Patton screenings is available below. Please visit the GoFundMe page and help support independent cinema in South Dakota!


About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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