Monthly Archives: June 2014

World Premiere of Chad Bishoff and Eric Dwight’s IMMORTAL DARKNESS to screen at PLFF2!

immortalSuper stoked to announce the world premiere of Chad Bishoff and Eric Dwight’s film noir, IMMORTAL DARKNESS,  will be seen at the PLFF! Here’s the details:

For months, Detective Jack McIntyre has been chasing drug dealer Vincent and his prostitute sister, Valerie.  After many hours on stakeout, Vincent is now behind bars.  Jack now relaxes and thinks about the past when there is a knock on the door.  It is the Valerie.  Is she there to turn herself in, or does she have alternative motives to seek revenge on Detective McIntyre?

The film stars Jeff Hoover and Tima Allmubarak and is directed by Chad Bishoff and written by Eric Dwight.

We are excited to offer Prairie Lights patrons the first chance to see this fantastic new Nebraska made film! How do you get to see this film? Why, by ordering a weekend pass, of course!


Summer Johnson’s M IS FOR MAKE BELIEVE to screen!

makePrairie Lights is excited to announce that Omaha director Summer Johnson’s short film M IS FOR MAKE BELIEVE will be screening this year! Here’s the details:

Two young girls stumble upon a dying man while playing make believe in the forest.

make2It was written, directed, filmed, produced, and performed by some of the most talented filmmakers/actors in Nebraska, featuring special effects by the amazing artists at Wetworks SFX Studios.  The film had the distinct honor of being one of the 6 jury selected finalists in the ABCs of Death 2 26th Director Contest (an international competition), showing the world what Nebraska filmmakers are made of!

We are excited to be bringing this fantastic short film which was viewed and voted on by thousands of people across the world! Be sure to order your passes now!


Counter Parts, The Hour Glass Figure, and Time’s Up Eve by Patrick Rea to screen at the PLFF2!

timesupeveThe Prairie Lights Film Festival will be counterpartsscreening three short films from Nebraska born director Patrick Rea! COUNTER PARTS, THE HOUR GLASS FIGURE, and TIME’S UP EVE will all be shown during the short film block. Each ranges from thriller, to horror, to film noir and we’re excited to be bringing each of them to central Nebraska viewers.

hourglassfigureThese are three award winning short films and we are honored that Mr. Rea will be submitting a number of fantastic films for our 2nd year, fresh off kickstarting the festival last year with his feature length film NAILBITER. Weekend passes are available now!



Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA to screen at the Prairie Lights Film Festival!

The Prairie Lights Film Festival will be screening Alexander Payne’s Academy-Award nominated film NEBRASKA at this year’s festival! NEBRASKA will be one of two Alexander Payne films screened at the PLFF this year. Here’s the synopsis:

nebraskaNEBRASKA is a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it’s ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn’t understand.

The Prairie Lights Film Festival and the historic Grand Theatre are honored to be bringing this great film to the central Nebraska! Keep checking back for more information and the announcement of the 2nd Alexander Payne film that will be screening. Order your weekend passes now!


Michael Johnson’s BLACK LINES to screen at the PLFF!


The Prairie Lights Film Festival is proud to announce that Michael Johnson’s BLACK LINES will be screening during the Short Film Block! Here’s the info from the director:

BlackLinesAfter a shocking accident involving his lover, Neil, drag performer Lee Harris is haunted by dark visions that threaten to push him past the line of sanity. Black Lines is a labor of love for writer/director Michael Johnson and No Seatbelts Productions that took seven years to write and two arduous days to film. It was filmed entirely in Lincoln, NE with a Nebraska cast and crew. It premiered as an Official Selection of the 2014 Omaha Film Festival.

This is one of many short films that will be screening during our Short Film Block. We are excited to announce BLACK LINES as the first short film selected to the PLFF! Pre-order your tickets today!



Jake Hull’s comedy TRUNK’D to screen at PLFF2!

We’re pleased to announce that Nebraska native Jake Hull’s feature length comedy, TRUNK’D, will screen at this year’s PLFF!  Here’s some info from the film’s website:

trunkd_poster(S)“TRUNK’D” is a unapologetic road-trip comedy that involves four men driving from Nebraska to Texas to dispose of the body of a dead call girl whom they find unresponsive the morning after a bachelor party. The film was shot over a period of fifteen days in southeastern Nebraska. Actors in Trunk’d include an impressive roster of nationally known comedians and up and coming talent.

jakehullTRUNK’D won Best Picture and Best Director at the Laugh or Die Comedy Film Festival in Chicago.  The film also won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor (Mike Leaman) at Tampa Bay’s Innovative Film Festival.

In addition, director Jake Hull will be a Special Guest and be participating in a Q&A session about the creation of the film!

We’re excited to bring this well regarded comedy to the patrons of the Prairie Lights Film Festival. Order your weekend passes now to get in on the action!

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Mike Corkle’s THE SURVIVAL GAME to screen at the PLFF!

We’re pleased to announce that Mike Corkle’s feature length thriller, THE SURVIVAL GAME will be screening this year! Mike Corkle was born in Beatrice and grew up in Lincoln. THE SURVIVAL GAME was shot near the town of Western, Nebraska and features a Nebraska cast and crew. The synopsis:

thesurvivalgamesA routine camping trip turns deadly when deranged mobsters believe a group of friends have a mysterious and valuable item. Left to survive on their own in the rugged wilderness, each member must rely on instinct to make it out alive. With plenty of action and chilling turns, The Survival Games is a thrilling ride to see who makes it out alive!

Come check out a nifty thriller made right here in Nebraska at this year’s PLFF! Tickets available now!

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MINDLESS MACHINES announced as PLFF House Band!

mindlessmachinesSuper stoked to announce that Jim Brodhagen will once again be bringing some killer music to this year’s Prairie Lights Film Festival, this time as part of his Mindless Machines project. He, along with bandmates Tadas Kasputis and Jared Chulufas will be playing multiple 30 minute sets throughout the weekend and will officially kick off the festival when doors open at 6:00pm on Friday, September 12th!

Prairie Lights is honored to have Mindless Machines provide some awesome local Nebraska music to the patrons of Prairie Lights. Be sure to pre-order a weekend pass to get in on all the action!

David Liban’s CARHENGE: GENIUS OR JUNK? to screen at the PLFF!

The Prairie Lights Film Festival is excited to announce David Liban’s documentary CARHENGE: GENIUS OR JUNK? will screen this year! Carhenge is one of the oddest and most talked about tourist attractions in Nebraska. Mr. Liban’s film goes into the history of why the monument was built and the controversy that arose from its creation.

carhengeCarhenge is a replica of Stonehenge located in Alliance, Nebraska. It was built by John Reinders in 1987 during a family reunion and has become a huge tourist attraction for the state of Nebraska. It is estimated that it draws between 30,000 and 80,000 visitors per year.nd

CARHENGE: GENIUS OR JUNK has been nominated for a Midwestern Emmy in the Cultural Documentary category and won Best Documentary at the Boulder International Film Festival. We are excited to bring this wonderful film to the people of Nebraska to learn more about our well know piece of Americana.


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Nick Royer’s AIR to screen at PLFF2!

AIR The Film – Official Trailer from Royer Films on Vimeo.

The Prairie Lights Film Festival is pleased to announce Nebraska filmmaker Nick Royer’s feature film AIR will screen at this year’s fest!  From the film’s website:

AirA SCUBA Diver surfaces to a world with no breathable air, and must fight to get back to her family, and her son, before her tanks run out.

AIR is what we like to call a ‘community film’ – it’s the result of the hard work and dedication of over 40 volunteer cast & crew members who came together to make this project happen. The film was produced in Nebraska and Iowa in June of 2013 under the leadership of producing team Nick and Emily Royer.

nickroyerDirector Nick Royer will also be attending as a special guest and will be holding a Q&A session discussing the making of the film! Prairie Lights is excited to add Nick Royer and AIR to our official 2014 lineup. Be sure to pre-order your weekend passes and come on out to see a fantastic Nebraska made film!