John Maisch’s documentary SOBER INDIAN/DANGEROUS INDIAN to screen at this year’s PLFF!

soberindianPrairie Lights is pleased to announce the documentary SOBER INDIAN/DANGEROUS INDIAN will be screening at this year’s PLFF! Here’s the synopsis:

Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian is both a story of brave men and women on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who have found empowerment through sobriety and those still struggling to overcome their alcohol addiction. Set in the weeks leading up to the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s historic vote to repeal its ban on alcohol on August 13, 2013, the documentary follows the journey of four alcoholics living on the streets of Whiteclay, Nebraska, less than 300 yards from their homes in Pine Ridge, Southlamere Dakota. A must-see film for anyone interested in stories about beating the odds in one of the poorest places in the country, Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian explores the harmful effects of alcohol abuse on tribal reservations including high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, cirrhosis, teen suicide, and high-risk sexual behavior.

jAdditionally, director John Maisch and Frank LaMere will be attending to participate in a Q&A session immediately after the screening of the film.

We’re excited to make this important documentary available to Nebraska audiences. Don’t miss your chance to see it this October! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of other soon to be announced films, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!

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Attendee and Filmmaker Mixers at The Chocolate Bar!

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We’re excited to announce that The Chocolate Bar, a sponsor of the PLFF, will be hosting two mixers during this year’s festival!

The first will take place from 3pm-5pm on Friday, October 16th and will be the defacto “start” of the weekend festivities.  All filmmakers, actors, actresses, and festival goers are invited to congregate and hobnob prior to the doors opening of the festival at 5pm. It’s a pre-party and you’re all invited! Plus The Chocolate Bar is located just 2 blocks from The Grand Theatre, making it a super convenient 2 minute walk!

The second will be an Actor/Actress/Filmmaker mixer on Saturday, October 17th from 4:30pm – 6pm. Local filmmakers and artists are encouraged to gather for good food, drinks, and networking. Find out what local filmmaking opportunities are on the horizon and trade contact info. Then, head on over to the theatre at 6pm for a fantastic night of World Premiere’s.

chocobar1Additionally, The Chocolate Bar will be offering 10% off all orders throughout the weekend for customers who have a Weekend Pass Badge. Passes for the entire weekend are only $10 so order em now!  As with all events at the PLFF, any festival goers are encouraged to attend these, and other soon to be announced mixers. Mingle with the local filmmakers, they love to talk shop!

Please stay tuned for additional information on more upcoming events being held by our sponsors, including after parties and discounts!

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Episode 1 of Michael Lang’s DEATH GRIP ELECTRIC webseries to screen at the PLFF!

dge2We’re excited to announce that episode 1 of Michael Lang’s upcoming web series DEATH GRIP ELECTRIC will screen at this year’s PLFF! Here’s the synopsis:

Death Grip Electric centers around Jack Haller (Jonathan Purcell), the son of a mortician who sets off a power struggle by killing the city’s most ruthless crime boss over a gambling debt. With the dark and fragile dgecity crumbling around him he must make a choice; fade back into the shadows of obscurity or take control before someone else takes his place.

dgebigIn the grand tradition of American Gangster fiction, Death Grip Electric explores the idea that the blind pursuit of power will destroy you in the end.

Don’t miss your chance to see this film, along with Michael Lang’s DAMN IT MAMET, this October! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of other soon to be announced films, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!

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Mark Thimijan’s WASTED NIGHTS to screen at this year’s PLFF!

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The PLFF is excited to announce that Mark Thimijan’s WASTED NIGHTS will be screening this year! Not only will we be showing the first episode, but we’ll also be World Premiering a brand new episode of the show! Here’s the synopsis:

 pic2Wasted Nights is a 10 episode web series that revolves around a group of characters who all hang out in the same bar. They experience dreams, hopes, failures, romance, comedy, drama, surrealism, realism, drunkenness, philosophy, heartache and achievement. Above all it’s a stylized look at a group of people who frequent the same bar and encompasses their immediate conversations and feelings.

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Don’t miss your chance to see this, and many other great films, this October! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of other soon to be announced films, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!

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Special Guest Announcement: Director Vinnoth Krishnan of DECIPHERING and DEVIL’S PLIGHT!

vinnoth2Prairie Lights is proud to announce that Vinnoth Krishnan, director of DECIPHERING and DEVIL’S PLIGHT, both having their World Premiere at this year’s festival, will be on hand as a Special Guest! Mr. Krishan will be doing a Q&A discussing his films. Here’s his bio:

Vinnoth Krishnan was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 4, 1985. He now resides in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2012 he joined with Princella Parker, a freelance vinnothfilmmaker making the documentary “Standing Bear and Native Daughters” for Nebraska Entertainment Television (NET), with PBS and Vision Maker Media.  He attended  the University of Nebraska – Lincoln majoring in Actuarial Science. Upon graduation, he joined Joshua Redwine and Princella Parker in 2013 and made his first experimental feature film “Deciphering”, and a short film “The Devil’s Plight”.  Vinnoth currently works as freelance filmmaker for Vision Maker Media and with Sneaky Sneaky Films “Lena Khan” on The Tiger Hunter in Los Angeles, California.

We’re stoked to bring this fantastic Nebraska filmmaker to Prairie Lights and honored to be holding World Premiere’s of his two new films, DECIPHERING and DEVIL’S PLIGHT! Don’t miss your chance to meet this fantastic filmmaker! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of other soon to be announced films, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!

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Ryan Tweedy’s Husker documentary THROUGH THESE GATES to screen at the PLFF!

Prairie Lights is excited to bring director Ryan Tweedy’s documentary THROUGH THESE GATES to the big screen! The film is a documentary on what it is to be a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan. Here’s the synopsis:

gates4The entrance to the University of Nebraska’s football stadium reads “Through These Gates Pass the Greatest Fans in College Football.” This film puts that statement to the test. It is an exploration of a state, of a town, of people’s relationships, of thousands of students, of the power of a strong leader and mentor and the love of countless athletes who came into contact with a football. It is a glimpse into the world of the Cornhuskers….the self proclaimed greatest fans in college football….and by all assessments the claims they make on their stadium gates may be right. This film follows several individuals associated with the University of Nebraska football gates2community through different life lessons including the mother of a player who passed away and continues to be supported by the football community, the Defensive Coordinator who gave footballs to Husker fans all over the country, a former player struggling with drug addiction, a child with brain cancer who gets to suit up with the team, even an astronaut who is able to see a packed stadium from space on game day. The stories are remarkablgates3e, and beyond these, the personal accounts of countless fans are truly inspiring. Through These Gates examines true sportsmanship, genuine community, and unconditional love. It’s not just a film about watching football. It’s a film about people needing one another.

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Don’t miss your chance to see this, and many other great films, this October! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of other soon to be announced films, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!

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World Premiere of FLAT WATER TERRORS to kick off the 3rd Annual PLFF!

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We are proud to announce that, just in time for Halloween, Prairie Lights will be world premiering FLAT WATER TERRORS, a collection of brand new short films by a plethora of fantastic Nebraska filmmakers on Friday, October 16th!  We’ll be opening the festival with over a dozen brand new, never before seen short films as part of Friday Night Horror Frights, which will gather a ton of awesome  films for a spooky and comedic night of scares and laughs to get you in the October Halloween-y spirit!

In addition to world premiering 17 new films by Nebraska filmmakers on opening night , we’ll  be holding a Q&A session with the directors, including: Joshua Anstey, Dorothy Booraem, Molly Grant-Leanna, Aaron Gum, Erik Ostberg, Sam Rocha, Tyler Schmid, and Joshua Weixelman!

And to add to an excellent night of spooky fun, the Midnight Frights horror podcast will be on hand to interview filmmakers and audience members, getting their reaction to the films and to add to the October festivities!

Here’s a rundown of all the films in FLAT WATER TERRORS!

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MIDNIGHT KISS (d. Aaron Gum)

When married couple Mikaela and Johnathon are celebrating New Years, Johnathon gives his wife a beautiful necklace, while Mikaela has a bloody surprise for her husband.

THE THINGS IN THE HOUSE ON PEACH AVENUE (d. Joshua Anstey)

A couple paranormal investigators doing an internet youtube show on a ghostly young girl come face to face with something far scarier.

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NO EXIT (d. Dorothy Booraem)

A group of people trapped in an experiment grow progressively more and more insane as the days go on. Meanwhile, the people behind the mirror chart their progress.

THE TOOTH GOBLIN (d. Molly Grant-Leanna)

A young woman, paranoid about the cleanliness of her teeth, is terrified of a creature who lives under her bed that steals teeth.

CROSSWORDS (d. Erik Ostberg)

A young woman, obsessed with crossword puzzles tumblr_nmpvcki69J1u7m69uo1_1280becomes obsessed with figuring out a secret message hidden amongst the game.

BLOODY MARY (d. Sam Rocha)

A new spin on the classic urban legend. In this, a young woman seeks to discover whether or not the man she is with is her true husband to be.

EMILY (d. Joshua Weixelman and Tyler Schmid)

Over sixty years ago, a young girl named Emily was dollbrutally murdered. Today, a murder mystery author is out to write her story.
We cannot wait to kick off Prairie Lights this year with 17 world premiere films from a wide variety of talented Nebraska filmmakers! Friday night will be packed with FLAT WATER TERRORS, the world premiere of SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE, Nate Coloumbe’s COULROPHOBIA, Patrick Rea’s HOWL OF A GOOD TIME, and more! Be sure to come out and enjoy a fright filled evening to kick off a jam packed weekend of great Nebraska made films!
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You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of others, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!
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World Premiere of Benito Garcia’s IN PLAIN SIGHT to screen at this year’s PLFF!

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Prairie Lights is stoked to announce another World Premiere added to the slate of films this year! Benito Garcia’s IN PLAIN SIGHT will grace the silver screen! Here’s the synopsis:

As a newly wed CIA undercover operative, Ashley never thought her next target would be so hard to kill.

On top of the excitement of the premiere, Mr. Garcia will be on hand to discuss this film, asben well as the other films making their world premieres that he has worked on via Wetworks SFX Studios (including Coulrophobia and The Eyes of Isabelle).  We can’t wait to show this and the many other films Mr. Garcia has worked on this past year.

Don’t miss your chance to see this, and many other great films, this October! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of other soon to be announced films, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!

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David Weiss’s SHAKESPEARE WITH NOODLES to screen at the PLFF!

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Prairie Lights is excited to announce David Weiss’s SHAKESPEARE WITH NOODLES is playing at this year’s festival!

noodles1 In a world where children are told to sit down and be quiet, this summer theatre program encourages them to do the exact opposite. ‘Shakespeare With Noodles’ is the brainchild of Margaret Marsh, who is an adjunct professor, teaching theatre classes at both Hastings College and Central Community College-Hastings. As she found herself using swimming noodles to fashion wood molding for scenery, she remarked to a friend it would be fun to do a show and use nothing but swimming noodles. At the same time her oldest daughter was lamenting the lack of Shakespeare being performed in the area. The twonoodles2 ideas became one, and now, each summer, armed with props made almost exclusively out of swimming noodles, she and her merry band of school-aged thespians present a different Shakespeare play.

Don’t miss your chance to see this, and many other great films, this October! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of other soon to be announced films, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!

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Special Guest Announcement: Directors Ben Matukewicz and Tom Knoblauch of ALMOST A WEEKEND!

benandtomPrairie Lights is stoked to announce two new guests! Ben Matukewicz and Tom Knoblauch, co-directors and co-writers of ALMOST A WEEKEND. The duo will be doing a Q&A session to accompany the screening!

The two filmmakers co-founded Fatherson Productions. They wrote and directed the mumblecore comedy Almost a Weekend and are currently directing their second film, Adoptation. They are based out of Omaha, Nebraska.

Don’t miss your chance to meet this fantastic filmmakers and to check out their comedy, ALMOST A WEEKEND! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see these films, and a ton of other soon to be announced films, right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!

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