— Festival is April 5 at Belle Mehus City Auditorium

“To Be, or Not” writer and producer Dan Bielinski

BISMARCK, ND— “To Be, or Not,” a short film written by University of Mary theater chair Daniel Bielinski and produced in collaboration with local filmmakers, has been accepted to premiere at the Dakota Film Festival April 5.

The film was shot in Sleepy Hollow Arts Park in Bismarck, with local crew and actors, in August 2018.

The film festival takes place at the Belle Mehus City Auditorium, Sixth and Broadway, downtown Bismarck.

“To Be, or Not,” was written and produced by Bielinski, and directed, produced and edited by Matt Fern, of The Creative Treatment, and co-produced by D&N Cinematics. University of Mary students were able to participate in the production in the camera department, G&E department, hair and makeup, and catering services.

Bismarck Theater Artists Stephanie Delmore, left, Susan Lundberg, right, in “To Be, or Not.”

“To Be, or Not,” shot in mockumentary style, follows the story of Daniel Zucklemeier, North Dakota’s only one-man Shakespeare company, who is preparing to perform his hip-hop-inspired production of “Julius Caesar.” Zucklemeier dreams of winning a coveted Brady acting award, but will have to break his series of disastrous flops to do so.

The production features local theater artists such as Susan Lundberg and Stephanie Delmore, Brian Brady, Bielinski and Tom Hug.

The film festival begins at 7 p.m. April 5.

For tickets andmore information, visit http://dakotafilmfestival.org.