Monthly Archives: April 2015

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

Shakespeare With Noodles Trailer from David M. Weiss on Vimeo.

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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World Premiere of THE EYES OF ISABELLE at this year’s Prairie Lights Film Festival!

The Prairie Lights Film Festival is excited to announce the World Premiere of Dead Lantern Pictures’ THE EYES OF ISABELLE! The horror film, shot over 3 years right here in Nebraska, features over 50 Nebraska cast and crew members and contains FX work by Prairie Lights Guests Wetworks SFX Studios. The synopsis is as follows:

092013-Isabelle-4x6-Poster-1In 1955, Isabelle Wakeworth went on a murderous rampage in the small town of Hollowbrook, killing 13 people, including members of her own family after her eyes were brutally removed by her father.  Now, 60 years later, a mysterious phenomenon has brought Isabelle back to life and a small group of friends must band together to survive a night of terror as Isabelle hunts for her lost eyes.

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Prairie Lights is stoked to allow its patrons to be the very first people in the world to see this brand new horror film, just in time for Halloween!  Special Guests Wetworks SFX will be on hand for a Q&A session on how they did all of the amazing special fx. Don’t miss your chance to see the world premiere of THE EYES OF ISABELLE this October!

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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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Jeremy Lerman’s NEBRASKA SUPERSONIC and APP to screen at this year’s PLFF!

Prairie Lights is excited to announce a blast from our state’s filmmaking past: Jeremy Lerman’s  comedy NEBRASKA SUPERSONIC! Here’s the synopsis:

In Omaha, Nebraska, three slackers manage to graduate from college. CAL, STAN and DAVE, all sub-par French majors, get hired and promptly fired from temp jobs.lerman1
 poster     Since CAL, STAN and DAVE can't hold onto jobs, they start their own business: package delivery…on bicycles. While a business built on pedal-power makes perfect sense in a compact New York or Boston, bike couriers don't exist, and wisely so, on the vast Great Plains. No matter. CAL, STAN and DAVE see a niche market. Their company, "Nebraska Supersonic," gets regular routes between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, a 120-mile jaunt that, despite the distance, they find “rather refreshing.” As unlikely as the venture seems in farmland and suburbia, they win over a loyal (and oddball) customer base with their punctuality, courtesy and good hygiene. 
      
      As Nebraska Supersonic grows, troubles arise. CAL is offered a temptinglerman4 job by the competition, corporate giant Fancy Express. After being robbed of an ice cream delivery, STAN decides to become a cop, a fitting job as he "already has most of the required prejudices." DAVE secretly longs to be a baker and share his unusual culinary creations (teriyaki cupcakes etc.) with the world. Their company and, more importantly, their friendship are at risk. 
 
     And who is "Doody" Judy?

 

NEBRASKA SUPERSONIC was made in 2001 in Omaha, Nebraska and features over 90 different Nebraska actors and actresses. The film won Best Screenplay and the Golden Orbs Award at the No Dance Film Festival.  Prairie Lights is excited to be bringing this acclaimed comedy back to the big screen for Nebraska residents to experience once again.

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Additionally, we’ll be screening APP, a short film edited by Mr. Lerman and recently accepted to the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival!

APP follows Paul, a shy and brilliant app developer, as he desperately tries to get venture capital for his sexy wingwoman app from a sex-starved investor, Mike. To convince Mike to invest, Paul uses his app to seduce a feisty stranger, Zoe. As the App whispers advice, Paul becomes a hipster Don Juan and they grow closer through the night. But when Paul starts to feel a genuine connection, all his calculations become a little more complicated.

APP 2013 Teaser from Berman Bros. on Vimeo.

Don’t miss your chance to see these fantastic 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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Patrick Rea’s HOWL OF A GOOD TIME and RETURN to screen at this year’s PLFF!

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The Prairie Lights Film Festival is once again pleased to showcase friend, and Nebraska native, Patrick Rea’s films on the big screen!

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howl1This year, we’ll be showing two new flicks. The first, titled HOWL OF A GOOD TIME, centers around a group of young girls attempting to get into  a special screening of the classic werewolf film “Foaming at the Mouth II”.  Unbeknownst to them, the “special” in this screening turns out to be an audience of hungry moviegoers….

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The second is an experimental film called RETURN. The film centers around a beautiful return2woman who experiences phases of life while looking through the keyholes of locked doors.  The film is a new and exciting look into the diverse, and growing, film making skill of Mr. Rea.

Don’t miss your chance to see these 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 Vinnoth Ira Krish’s THE DECIPHERING and DEVIL’S PLIGHT at this year’s PLFF!

The Prairie Lights Film Festival is stoked to announce two World Premiere’s for this year’s festival! Nebraska filmmaker Vinnoth Ira Krish will be debuting his feature length film THE DECIPHERING as well as his new short film DEVIL’S PLIGHT!

decipheringTHE DECIPHERING  tells the story of a man named Stuart and his obsession with deciphering a human longevity formula which places him face to face with a deadly serial killer.

 

In DEVIL’S PLIGHT, The Devil himself goes on record to proclaim his innocence, or has he come with a more sinister agenda?

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We are honored to be able to show both of these films for their World Premiere screenings! Additionally, the director will be on hand for a Q&A session to discuss both films. Please feel free to check out Opsoclo Films on Facebook.

Don’t miss your chance to be the first to see these 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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Guest Announcement: Brent Scott Maze, director of AMBULANCE and THE SHED OF OUR SKIN!

mazePrairie Lights is excited to announce that Nebraska filmmaker Brent Scott Maze will be a featured guest at this year’s Prairie Lights Film Festival!

He has two films screening, AMBULANCE and THE SHED OF OUR SKIN, and will be participating in a Q&A panel discussion. Here’s his bio:

Brent Scott Maze is a writer, director, and cinematographer who grew up as a musician and artist in Falls City, Nebraska. He eventually found his way into the world of artistic filmmaking through his high school math teacher, and his older brother. After watching directors such as Darren Aronofsky and Nicolas Winding Refn, he knew that becoming a filmmaker was exactly what he wanted to do with his life. Maze is currently getting hisshed1 Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and New Media at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at UNL. Now, prepping for his senior thesis film, he continues to work on as many films and projects as he can be a part of, inside and outside of school, as well as networking in attempts to reach further and further into the industry.

Get your weekend passes to Prairie Lights now for the super low price of $10! It gets you access to every film, every panel/Q&A, as well as free popcorn, soda, and local restaurant discounts!

Click here for more info on AMBULANCE and THE SHED OF OUR SKIN

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David Kuskie’s FILM FEST: WE COULD DO THIS IN SANFORD and ONLY ALLIANCE to screen at this year’s PLFF!

The Prairie Lights Film Festival is super excited to be screening Alliance, Nebraska native David Kuskie’s documentary FILM FEST: WE CAN DO THIS IN SANFORD as well as his music video ONLY ALLIANCE!

FILM FEST focuses on a group of friends in the community of Sanford, Florida  who decidefilmfest to share their love of film with the community and start a film festival. The film was done as part of a documentary filmmaking course at Full Sail University and was the directorial debut of David Kuskie.

Also screening is the short music video ONLY ALLIANCE.

carhengeAccording to Kuskie “This music video pays tribute to Alliance, Nebraska’s 125th Anniversary. It features local landmarks, actors, and musicians. It was made in cooperation with Alliance’s Community Theater Group – The Main Street Players.  It features local Alliance, Nebraska musicians, actors, landmarks, etc.  The video was made as a part of an original murder mystery play we performed.”

Come out and see these excellent films screening for the very first time in Nebraska! 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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Brent Scott Maze’s AMBULANCE and THE SHED OF OUR SKIN to screen at this year’s PLFF!

pic1We’re happy to announce that two films by Nebraskan and UNL alum Brent  Scott Maze will be screening at this year’s PLFF! The first is a short film called AMBULANCE. Here’s the synopsis:

ambulanceposterAfter being brutally beaten and left for dead in a downtown alleyway, a wealthy playboy finds aid in a passerby with indecipherable motives.

The film was shot in Falls City, Nebraska, along with a sequence in Lincoln and features over a dozen current and former University of Nebraska-Lincoln alums.

The other film screening is THE SHED OF OUR SKIN:

An exhausted detective turns to a colleague for shed1information in an attempt to finally get one step ahead of a frighteningly intelligent sociopath he has been hunting for years.

The film was also shot in Falls City, Nebraska by current students of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. 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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Tom Helberg’s THINGS LIKE CHEMISTRY to screen at this year’s PLFF!

We’re stoked to announce that Tom Helberg’s short film THINGS LIKE CHEMISTRY will screen at this year’s PLFF!  Here’s the synopsis:

chemistryTwo guys and two girls discuss the aftermath of a break-up. Details are fuzzy; who broke up with whom, what went wrong, who is at fault. One thing is for sure: love isn’t easy and break-ups are even harder.

Director Tom Helberg was born and raised in Callaway, Nebraska. In 2006 he moved tochemistry3 Lincoln with his family. There he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in 2012 with a BA in Film Studies.

Don’t forget that you can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see THINGS LIKE CHEMISTRY, 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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