Two Pioneer PBS films selected for drive-in film festival in Luverne September 6 & 7
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Two films by Pioneer PBS have been chosen to screen at the 4th annual Dancing Spider Film Festival which runs from Friday, September 6 to Saturday, September 7 at the Verne Drive-In Theater in Luverne. The animated short Maya Bdeg'a is playing on Friday evening and the film about Walter “Super” La Batte Jr. is playing on Saturday evening. Both films feature narration by LaBatte, who is a Granite Falls resident and member of the Upper Sioux Community.

The Dancing Spider Film Festival is an annual celebration of independent cinema, featuring filmmakers from rural areas in the South Dakota and Minnesota. The focus is to bring filmmakers and storytellers together with audiences. For more information, email

In 2018, Pioneer PBS’ Maya Bdeg’a was issued an Emmy® Award by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Since that time, the film has been featured at film festivals in St. Louis, Palm Springs, Rhode Island, Wrenshall and Rapid City.

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