Welcome to Leith

Join Indievents, Gigastrand International, and Club David Wednesday, September 2nd, for the South Dakota Premiere of Welcome to Leith.

Welcome to Leith made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and was a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. Since the premiere, Welcome to Leith has won several awards and received wide critical acclaim.

Leith, North Dakota is a registered ghost town of 24 people. Its inhabitants are mostly farmers or ranchers, with land passed down generation to generation. The town has an apocalyptic beauty set against a prairie backdrop of wide-open sky and fields of wheat.

In May of 2012, an outsider named Craig Cobb moved in and started buying up property. He accumulated twelve plots of land, some empty, some with houses in various states of disrepair. People figured he'd moved in to be close to the Bakken oil fields some 70 miles north. Turns out he was a notorious white separatist who was plotting a takeover of the city government. Shortly after his plans were unveiled, a family of fellow white separatists moved in to start fixing up his properties.

With incredible access to long time residents of Leith as well as white supremecists, Welcome to Leith offers a glimpse into a town struggling for sovereignty against one man's extremist vision. Welcome to Leith is an eerie document of American DIY ideals played out in one of the most under populated states in the nation.

"Haunting...a stunning portrait of First Amendment rights pushed to their extremes." - Indiewire

"...presents a chilling 'it could happen here' scenario." - Rolling Stone

"[This] real horror story...brings new life to old news stories..." - New York Times

"...a gripping you-are-there portrait of a community under siege..." - Variety

"...chilling and unmistakable in its conviction that evil in this country is a long way from extinction." - The Dissolve

"...one of the most surprising, and likely one of the best, documentaries of the year..." - Four Three

"...one of the most viscerally terrifying documentaries in recent memory..." - POV Magazine

"As horrifying and powerful as any fictional thriller..." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Following the screening, Welcome to Leith co-director Christopher Walker will participate in a live audience Q and A via Skype!

The screening will be held at Club David in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are only $8 in advance and $12 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets at Club David, Zandbroz, The Last Stop Cd Shop or online at the EventBrite button below.

This documentary is being co-sponsored by Gigastrand International. Please take time to check them out at http://www.gigastrand.com/