Occupying Ed

Join us on Wednesday, November 19th for the South Dakota premier of Occupying Ed.

Occupying Ed is a film for the times. Ed is an uptight tax accountant in the middle of tax season. He has experienced some blackouts and is worried. He is also concerned about a mysterious British woman, Nicole, who seems to be stalking him. On top of that, she appears to have a connection with Ed's blackouts. As Ed learns that he has a split personality disorder, he also discovers that even though he is losing days at a time, he is functioning during these blackouts. In fact, his boss says his work is better than ever.

What the audience begins to discover, as does Ed, is that Ed's alternate personality is a woman. Her name is Helena. She takes over Ed's body, and Nicole is her girlfriend.

The small, American town where they all live is very accepting of Helena – she is clever, funny, good with kids, hard-working – and the townspeople really like her. Ed's redneck brother, Troy, on the other hand, does not.

As Ed learns more about Helena, he also begins to develop feelings for Nicole. This spawns a rather unusual love triangle.

By exploring an idea, which is just half a step beyond reality, Occupying Ed broadens its unique subject matter to a whole world of ideas.

Occupying Ed is a film about life and love and sexuality and gender and identity and the power of acceptance.

The film is directed by lauded Midwest filmmaker, Steve Balderson. Film Threat writes about Balderson, "makes movies that are so gorgeous that it's not unreasonable to say that, cinematographically at least; he's the equal of an Argento or Kubrick in their prime. Some people have perfect vocal pitch, Steve has perfect visual composition."

Lloyd Kaufman, CEO of Troma Entertainment and former president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, "The independent film industry is in trouble (I should know) and Occupying Ed could help resuscitate it. Balderson’s excellent film deserves to be seen. It’s sublime, eloquent, sensitive and very entertaining. I was enthralled..."

The film is very new to American Audiences and has also been receiving accolades from Europe.

Preceding the film are two locally made shorts: I Really Hate Coffee Episode Four, directed by Nathan Maas, and 1000 Years of Darkness Episode 2, directed by Ezekiel Richter.

The screening will be held at Club David in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door.

All profits will be donated to the Sioux Falls AIDS Walk Benevolence Fund.