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Watford City to host screening of 'Badlands Girl'

It’s 1895 in North Dakota. William, a mild-mannered rancher, plans to propose to his beautiful neighbor, Maggie. His plans are thwarted, however, by the unexpected arrival of Maggie’s old flame - Jacob, a handsome, reckless cowboy. Sparks fly as the two men vie for Maggie’s affection. The tension builds until a gang of vengeful outlaws descends upon the ranch, forcing Maggie into a desperate battle where she must confront her past and choose her future.
That is the story line of The Badlands Girl, a North Dakota western short film, that will be shown to McKenzie County residents during a screening on Thursday, May 9, at 6 Shooters’ Showhall in Watford City.
The screening, which is being hosted by the Long X Arts Foundation, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception with the filmaker, Daniel Bielinski, to follow at 6 p.m.
“The purpose of the screening is to show the work we’ve done in the past with The Badlands Girl, and to spread the word about the exciting next film we’re working on in western North Dakota,” states Bielinski. “Our next film is entitled Sanctified, which will be the first full-length western film ever shot in the North Dakota Badlands.”

The Badlands Girl, and now Sanctified, are meant to kickstart serious professional filmmaking here - films that showcase the beauty of the ND landscape, honor the history and culture of North Dakota, and tell the story of the people of this state. There are incredible ND stories waiting to be told, and film is such a beautiful and powerful medium for telling those stories. 

For more information on the movie and North Dakota filmmaker and actor, Daniel Beilinksi, visit 

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In Watford I got to go to my first National Park. I made some friends and we went to the badlands and saw things we never heard of before like jackrabbits and mule deer. In my opinion Watford is the best city ever!

~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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