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South Dakota Office of Tourism’s website now features upcoming film information

11/28/2007
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PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s website, www.TravelSD.com now features information about the upcoming film National Treasure: Book of Secrets including movie trailers, interviews and information about the South Dakota locations used in the film. 
“The release of National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a big deal for South Dakota and we want to reflect that on our website,” said Richard Benda, secretary, Department of Tourism and State Development. “Not only will this movie give exposure to our state in terms of attracting tourists, but it also had a $3.9 million economic impact on our state during filming.”  
The film is a follow up to the box-office hit National Treasure, released in 2004; treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) once again sets out on an exhilarating, action-packed new global quest to unearth hidden history and treasures. 
When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben’s great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s death. Determined to prove his ancestor’s innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America.  This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations – but to the trail of the world’s most treasured secrets.   
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Jon Turteltaub and directed by Turteltaub, the story reunites the original cast including Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha and Academy Award ®-winner Jon Voight and Academy Award®-nominee Harvey Keitel, joined this time by four-time Academy Award®-nominee Ed Harris and 2006 Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren.  
“South Dakota is known for its amazing landscapes and beautiful scenery,” said Billie Jo Waara, director, South Dakota Office of Tourism. “This page allows visitors to go behind the scenes and experience what the film’s cast and crew did while filming on location in South Dakota.”  
Visitors to the page, www.TravelSD.com/nationaltreasure, can watch the movie trailer, view images of the production and read interviews. Both Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park were used as locations in the film.  
“South Dakota serves as the ideal location for this film,” said Lesa Jarding, film and media representative, South Dakota Office of Tourism. “Unique locations like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the friendliness of our people are two big draws to film companies. We’re excited to share South Dakota with the world during the upcoming release of National Treasure: Book of Secrets
The efforts of the South Dakota Film Office, a component of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development, are part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. 
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