Office Space actor Brian Baumgartner will no longer attend the film festival

A big-name guest from the South Dakota Film Festival will no longer travel to Aberdeen.

Brian Baumgartner was scheduled to attend the film festival with four others from the feature ‘Electric Jesus’. It’s the story of a group of teenagers who form a heavy metal Christian rock band and take their music on tour down south.

Baumgartner is a well-known actor from the popular NBC sitcom “The Office” in which he plays Kevin. In “Electric Jesus”, he is the band’s manager. His appearance was announced on August 12, when tickets went on sale. An announcement Monday from the South Dakota Film Festival changed the guest list. Actors of “Electric Jesus” Shannon Hutchinson and Wyatt Lenhart, director Chris White and music composer Daniel Smith will always be present.

“Today we share the update that, as sometimes happens, an unavoidable schedule change will prevent Brian from showing up in person,” the announcement read.

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A post-film chat with the four “Electric Jesus” guests and a live performance of songs from the film are now expected, according to the film festival’s announcement.

South Dakota Film Festival executive director Steven Huber said he is working on additional features for this year’s event, which he isn’t quite ready to announce. He said finding another big-name actor could prove difficult as these talks usually take place months in advance.

The South Dakota Film Festival runs September 16-18 and features 57 films plus a selection of shorts that will premiere at the Be Kind Trope Shrine Film Festival at the Red Rooster Coffee House on August 28. The film festival returns to the Capital Theater as a live event after two years of virtual festivals due to COVID-19.

Gerald R. Schneider