The Prairie Lights Film Festival is happy to announce that director Colleen Krantz’s documentary WEST BY ORPHAN TRAIN will screen at this year’s festival! The documentary contains stories of Nebraskans and was partially filmed in Nebraska with the help of a grant from Humanities Nebraska. Here’s the synopsis:
It seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America’s not-so-distant past when nearly a quarter of a million children from East Coast orphanages were loaded on trains and sent west, where they were presented “for the picking.” West by Orphan Train will tell the story of these children, who were taken from a sometimes-rough existence to an unfamiliar rural setting during an era that lasted from 1854 to 1929. As some of the last of the still-living orphan train riders like to remind us, it was a different era — one that can’t be judged without understanding what lives were like then. West by Orphan Train, a documentary film completed in October 2014, offers that understanding.
Please visit the WEST BY ORPHAN TRAIN website for more details and don’t forget that you can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see this, 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!