Nebraska Premiere of THE ROOM by Erica Johnson!

We’re stoked to announce the Nebraska Premiere of Erica Johnson’s short film THE ROOM! Here’s a bit about the film:

The Room is about a young boy who is happily playing in his room by himself using his imagination. Suddenly, he realizes that his room is a mess and that his mom would not be happy about that. He rushes to clean up his room before his mom finds out!

The film was shot in Omaha with local cast and crew. Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00  to check out this awesome film and lock in some great discounts! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the after parties at Bonzai and Kinkaider, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

World Premiere of Tom Knoblauch’s THE NUANCED SIDE to screen at PLFF!

We’re stoked to announce that THE NUANCED SIDE, a short film directed by Tom Knoblauch, will be World Premiering at Prairie Lights as part of the Comedy Anthology block! Here’s a little about the film:

Pepper (Leah Cardenas) runs the least biased news podcast out there, but when she runs into her ex-boyfriend Bradley (Ben Matukewicz) who now works for the mainstream media, she runs into a clash of philosophies and feelings.

Tom, Ben Matukewicz , and Leah Cardenas will all be on hand to discuss the film in the filmmaker Q&A panel and don’t forget that they’ll also be world premiering their next feature length film, Naomi Jones!

What are you waiting for?!  Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00  to check out this awesome film and lock in some great discounts! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the after parties at Bonzai and Kinkaider, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

Special Guest Announcement: Vincent Smith, Director of PROOF!

 

Prairie Lights is pleased to announce that Vincent Smith, director of PROOF, which is World Premiering at PLLF will be in attendance. Here’s a bit about him:

Vincent Smith was born Hunter Bradley Smith on June 11, 2000 in Lincoln, Nebraska. His dreams of filmmaking date back to when he was 7 years old. He’s been involved in the production of several independent and student films. Inspired by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Orson Wells. He will be directing the Nebraska indie drama Student of the Year.

Vincent will be on hand for the filmmaker Q&A session and be one of the first to see PROOF! Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00  to check out this awesome film and lock in some great discounts! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the after parties at Bonzai and Kinkaider, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

Special Guest Announcement: William Fischer and S.M Senden, Director and Writer of THE GRAVE WHISPERS!

Prairie Lights is pleased to announce two more special guests: Director William Fischer and writer S.M Senden of THE GRAVE WHISPERS, World Premiering at this year’s PLFF! Here’s a bit about them:

William Fischer is a writer, director, and illustrator from Papillion, Nebraska. He recently completed a Masters in film production and direction at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His shot film “Over the Fairy Hill” recently played at the Omaha Film Festival, and he has had work published in magazines including Moon-Drenched Fables, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Bards and Sages Quarterly.

S M Senden was raised in the Chicago area, studied, worked and traveled in the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and holds a Masters degree. Senden has numerous history books, historical murder mysteries and collections of short stories in print from various publishers. Senden has written a dozen screenplays in various genres with some in production and a few completed.

Both will be on hand to discuss their film in the Filmmaker Q&A panel. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00  to check out this awesome film and lock in some great discounts! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the after parties at Bonzai and Kinkaider, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

Episode 9: The Films of the Film Festival and New Announcements!

Episode 9 of the Prairie Lights Podcast is live! Download the Mp3 here!

This week, Mark and I go film by film, discussing each of the announced films and also announcing several new World Premieres. Next week we start chatting with the filmmakers!

You can listen to the previous Prairie Lights episodes on the Archive Page.

What are you waiting for? Pick up your Weekend Passes right now for just $10 right now! You get the Free DVD Sampler, discounts at Bonzai, Sin City Grill, Chocolate Bar, and Kinkaider, as well as free popcorn and soda and free entry to the Kinkaider and Bonzai after parties which includes a performance by local band BRINER!

Episode 8: The podcast is back as we discuss the 2017 festival!

Episode 8 of the Prairie Lights Podcast is live! Download the Mp3 here!

Technology works for us, finally! After a year break, the Prairie Lights Podcast is back. Mat, Mark, and Lucas discuss local projects they’ve been working on, including Mark’s directorial debut MOWER BOY, and dive into what the Prairie Lights Film Festival is all about as well as what people can expect from the 2017 schedule. Check back each week for a new episode!

You can listen to the previous Prairie Lights episodes on the Archive Page.

What are you waiting for? Pick up your Weekend Passes right now for just $10 right now! You get the Free DVD Sampler, discounts at Bonzai, Sin City Grill, Chocolate Bar, and Kinkaider, as well as free popcorn and soda and free entry to the Kinkaider and Bonzai after parties which includes a performance by local band BRINER!

World Premiere of William Fischer’s THE GRAVE WHISPERS to screen at PLFF!

We’re stoked to announce the World Premiere of  William Fischer’s THE GRAVE WHISPERS at this year’s PLFF! Here’s a synopsis:

The stories of lives lived all across Nebraska are often forgotten unless one pauses in their day to visit some of the older cemeteries, wander amidst the gravestones and begin to learn of those buried there…

The final screenplay was written by S.M. Senden, a Nebraska writer,  and Sally Hurst from a story by S.M Senden. It was filmed in Springfield and Papillion, NE with talent from around the state, including Cynthia Condrey, Jacob J. Roman, Erica Gardner, Carly and Hadley Stokes, and Mike Burns.

Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00  to check out this awesome film and lock in some great discounts! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the after parties at Bonzai and Kinkaider, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

World Premiere of Vincent Smith’s PROOF to screen at PLFF!

We’re happy to announce that Vincent Smith’s PROOF will screen at this year’s PLFF! Here’s the synopsis:

A physicist makes a shocking discovery that threatens to change the world.

Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00  to check out the film and lock in some great discounts! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the after parties at Bonzai and Kinkaider, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

World Premiere of Jennifer A Hanisch’s WHO WILL LISTEN BUT THE WIND to screen at Prairie Lights!

We’re stoked to announce another World Premiere for Prairie Lights! This one is WHO WILL LISTEN BUT THE WIND by Jennifer A Hanisch. Here’s the synopsis:

Money is short and stress is high due to a child with TARS syndrome. Christopher quits his job of 10 years when his wife gets involved with another man. Things appear to go well for a short period when they decide to start an e-cigarette business. However, their relationship quickly spirals out of control as his wife plots his murder with a soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

The film was shot in Nebraska and will be the debut of Jennifer A Hanisch. Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00  to lock see this first film from a brand new Nebraska filmmaker and to lock in all those great discounts! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the after parties at Bonzai and Kinkaider, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

Special Guest Announcement: Christina Marie Leonard of LOCH NESS: THE WEB SERIES!

We are excited to announce that Nebraska native Christina Marie Leonard will be attending Prairie Lights for the screening of LOCH NESS: THE WEBSERIES! Here’s a bit about her:

Christina Marie Leonard is an actress and stand-up comedian originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She moved to Los Angeles in 2012, getting her start in the series “Riley Rewind, which first gained over a million hits on YouTube and then was streamed on Netflix.  She continues to act in such features as “Non Stop To Comic Con”, “The Tarot”, and “It Snows All The Time”, starring Taryn Manning and Brett Cullen. She has taken improv at UCB, Groundlings, and Second City, and performs stand up at such venues as The Comedy Store and The Hollywood Improv. Currently she hosts the Nebraska Coast Connection Hollywood Salon as well as a weekly podcast about Star Wars, “The Hidden Rebels”.

Not only will Christina be on hand to answer questions regarding her series, but the first episode of LOCH NESS: THE WEBSERIES will be included on the 2017 Prairie Lights Film Sampler DVD which comes free for all weekend passholders!

Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00  to see LOCH NESS: THE WEB SERIES and to lock in great discounts! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the after parties at Bonzai and Kinkaider, and a free DVD sampler of local films!