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Imagine a house being built without a plumber, electrician, or carpenter. Imagine a bricklayer working with no mortar, or a painter with no paint. Film is only the total of the sum of its parts. If anything is less than great, the entire film suffers. Without these amazing folks, Destroyer would be nothing more than an idea rattling around in Andrew Kighltinger’s head. The least we can do for such dedicated film makers, is allot a portion of this site to their individual biographies.



AndrewKAndrew Kightlinger, Director, Screenwriter (@AndrewKight)

Born and raised in Madagascar before moving to South Dakota, Andrew Kightlinger has been a film director since 2008.  His work has appeared at San Diego Comic-Con and Palm Springs International ShortFest. In 2013, he released his feature directorial debut, “Dust of War”, a post-apocalyptic adventure starring Tony Todd (Candyman, The Rock) and Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 1 & 2).  The film premiered at Comic-Con and will play globally on DVD/VOD in 2014. Additionally, his latest short “Paper People” was an Official Selection at the Academy-qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest, among another twenty-five festivals nationwide.  His upcoming projects include the short drama “Destroyer” starring Alan Ruck & Judith Hoag and a new feature-length production. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Boston University (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Government and French from Augustana College in South Dakota (2008).

Jake Miller, Writer

rod-pRod Peyton, Writer

A native of South Dakota, Rod Peyton received his M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute Conservatory, and his BA in Studies in Cinema and Media Culture from the University of Minnesota. His short films have won awards at festivals across the country, and his work has been seen on regional and national television, as well as online. He currently divides his time between Minneapolis and Los Angeles, where he works as a filmmaker, teaches screenwriting and serves on the Alumni Executive Board of the AFI Conservatory.


per-wPeter Wigand, Director of Photography

Peter was born and raised in Graz, Austria. Early on he found his love for making films and besides realizing his own projects and working in the independent film industry he also worked on a few local features. Seeking more he decided to come to the U.S. to study cinematography and not too much later graduated from Colorado Film School with 8 awards for his works, including “Denver Nights,” “The Men Running Past,” “Pyramids,” “Breakaway,” “Just not my Day,” “Annie’s Road,” “Good Bye Jack,” “Broken Cycle,” “Serene Valley,” “Bunker’d” and “Shiny Things.”



adam-eAdam Emerson, Producer (@adamcemerson)

Adam Emerson was born and raised in the plains state of South Dakota. Known for the 2013 Comic Con Selection “Dust of War”, Adam’s love for film came as a by-product of his interest in project management and logistics. As a writer/producer, he works to improve his craft and continuously deliver a superior product to audiences – and a wonderful experience to the artistic world.



dohui-kDohui Kim, Associate Producer

Dohui was born and raised in South Korea. She loves projects and working with various people. Her organizational skills and attention to detail help keep filmeset in-line and her positive attitude brings a great plus to projects. She worked on the  feature film “Dust of War” as a Produciton coordinator. The short film “Destroyer” marks her second foray into film.



Chris Canfield, Production Designer


scott-sScott Schulte, Art Director

Scott Schulte was raised in South Dakota and currently lives in Denver. He recently received his BFA in Film/Video Production from Regis University and the Colorado Film School in Denver, CO.  He has worked art department on a number of different shorts, a couple of feature films, and a few national commercials. Destroyer is Scott’s 4th collaboration working with director Andrew Kightlinger.



ryan-hRyan Hall, Line Producer (@RyanMHall)

Ryan  has been acting in South Dakota film and television for several years and has been featured in several award-winning commercial and television spots. While he is most well-known for being in front of the camera, he is also very at home behind the camera in production. His most recent works include Andrew Kightlinger’s “You Don’t Know Bertha Constantine,” “Goodbye Jack,” and the International TV show “The Full Throttle Saloon.” He has been involved in several short films and television spots that have won over 20 awards this year alone. Ryan is most well known for playing silly and ridiculous characters, but finds a real joy in playing troubled characters as well. Ryan currently lives in Rapid City, SD with his wife and 4 kids.


erin-mErin McGregor, Assistant Director

Erin McGregor is a Minneapolis-based Assistant Director.  No stranger to the rural lifestyle, Erin grew up in a small town near central Minnesota before moving to “The Cities” (Minnesotan slang for St. Paul/Minneapolis) to attend college.  She graduated in 2011 from the University of Northwestern St. Paul, with a degree in Video Production.  Since then Erin has been pursuing a career in film production.  Her love of storytelling, collaborative teamwork, and color-coded spreadsheets provide her with a special passion for narrative film productions such as Destroyer.


doyle-hDoyle Holden, 1st Assistant Camera

Doyle grew up in Pierre, SD and graduated from Dakota State University with a degree in Digital Storytelling. He is currently living in Minneapolis working for ShopHQ, a home shopping network that broadcast to over 80 million homes. At ShopHQ Doyle operates jib cameras, manage on-air models and studios. His production experience ranges from everything with Andrew to music video and band promotion production with a company in Sioux Falls called Emurg.



Brian HoesingBrian Hoesing, Logger

Brian was born and raised in Aberdeen S.D. and has been making films since childhood. More recently he has Co-Written and Directed several short films including “Table 9”. He has been a part of the crew of, “Dust of War,” “Paper People,” and “Wunderland”. Favorite Films Include “Jurassic Park,” “Back to the Future,” “Toy Story,” “Almost Famous,” and “Son of Rambow.”



Miki-SMiki Sautbine, Hair/Makeup

Miki is a hairstylist and makeup artist, working with beauty and special FX. She enjoys the collaborative nature of film work and the creative challenge of putting together hair and makeup looks for both characters and situations. Miki’s goal as a hair and makeup artist in the film industry is to support the actor’s work in portraying his or her character in each scene. Convincing makeup can enhance the emotional atmosphere of a scene in subtle but important ways. She is very excited to be working with the very talented cast and crew of “Destroyer!”