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Empire Arts Center to screen historical film produced in North Dakota

The film, called “A Heart like Water,” will make its Grand Forks premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday. From an historical perspective, it tells the story of a husband and wife who must face the elements, sickness and the loneliness that accompanied living in Dakota Territory in 1887.

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Tiffany Cornwell stars in "A Heart Like Water."
Photo courtesy of Canticle Productions

A film produced in North Dakota is set to be screened at the Empire Arts Center on Thursday, Dec. 30.

The film, “A Heart Like Water,” will make its Grand Forks premiere at 7 p.m. It tells the story of a husband and wife who must face the elements, sickness and the loneliness that accompanied living in Dakota Territory in 1887.

“The film is based on the true stories of North Dakota settlers,” said Daniel Bielinski, who wrote and produced the film as well as appears in it. “In the state historical archives are beautiful and moving first-hand accounts of the brave men and women who came here in the late 1800s to make a home. Their stories are absolutely gripping and inspiring, tremendous dramatic material for a film.”

In a release sent to the Herald, Bielinski said the film is meant to celebrate the state’s natural features, and explore what it was like to live in North Dakota in that period.

Bielinski is the founder of Canticle Productions, which produced the film. He lives in Bismarck with his family, and serves as the chair of dramatic arts at the University of Mary. DN Cinematics also worked on producing the film. Starring alongside Bielinski is Tiffany Cornwell. The film was directed and edited by Charlie Griak, who is based out of Minneapolis.

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“A Heart Like Water” was filmed entirely in North Dakota — at Logging Camp Ranch near Amidon, and at the Black Leg Ranch near McKenzie — over the winter and summer of 2020. The film’s producers also are working on other projects that explore the history and culture of North Dakota.

At Thursday’s showing, attendees will have the chance to interact with the filmmakers and take photos in a red carpet-like atmosphere. Signed copies of the screenplay will be available.

“It is meant to be a fun, immersive, interactive experience, a glimpse into what it is like to make a true North Dakota film from the ground up. Audiences will also get a chance to see a sneak peek at 'Sanctified,' our next North Dakota film coming to theaters in the spring.”

“A Heart Like Water” has previously been screened in cities that include Minot and Fargo. The initial screenings will conclude in Bismarck in late January. After that, the film will be available online.

Tickets are $20, and can be purchased in advance at www.heartlikewaterfilm.com or by emailing tickets@canticle-productions.com.

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Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

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