Andie, a young woman recently released from rehab after an attempted suicide, is banished by her family to a secluded South Dakota ranch lorded over by her temperamental Uncle Erwin. Andie and Erwin prove to be vicious verbal sparring partners. They find themselves forced by their isolation amid 10,000 acres of wheat, sorghum and hay bails to find common ground by accepting each other’s addictions and slowly divulging their own secrets. Tater Tot & Patton explores universal themes of loss, depression, and the loneliness at the foundation of addiction; but above all, it illuminates the hope brought to us in the most unlikely of places by the most unlikely of people.
RUN TIME: 92 Mins
FILM PROGRAM: Narrative Features
DIRECTOR(s): Andrew Kightlinger
PRODUCER(s): Andrew Kightlinger, Adam Emerson
SCREENWRITER(s): Andrew Kightlinger
KEY CAST: Bates Wilder, Jessica Rothe, Forrest Weber, Leroy Uhrig
Andrew Kightlinger is a Madagascar-bred, South Dakota-brewed filmmaker. In addition to winning the Grand Prize in the 2016 Slamdance Screenplay Competition, Kightlinger has directed award-winning short films and two feature films. He currently sits on the Board of the South Dakota Arts Council, championing Lakota tribal artists and grassroots visual media.