Monthly Archives: March 2017

World Premiere of Patrick Lambrecht’s GHOST HUNTER to screen at PLFF!

Prairie Lights is proud to announce the first film in our annual Flat Water Terrors anthology: Patrick Lambrecht’s GHOST HUNTER!

While waiting for the rest of her paranormal investigative team to arrive, Jayda decides to start exploring an abandoned building on her own. What she ends up capturing is more than what she expects.

GHOST HUNTER is written by local area writer Lisa Kovanda, directed by Patrick Lambrecht, stars Andrea Erickson, and is the latest film from local production company Midnight Fright Films. The film will join a group of 7-8 as yet unannounced films as part of FLAT WATER TERRORS VOLUME 3, a collection of World Premiere short horror films. Wanna get scared? Check out how to be the first to see this film below!

Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00 to see this and a ton of other awesome Nebraska films! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the Bonzai After Party, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

Z and Fawn Bowen’s THREE TO LA to have its Nebraska Premiere at this year’s PLFF!

Prairie Lights is excited to announce the Nebraska Premiere of Z and Fawn Bowen’s THREE TO LA! Here’s the synopsis:

A young man and woman’s personal struggles to confess their feelings, secrets, and choices in regards to their complicated friendship, after one surprises another with plane tickets to their childhood dream to go to Los Angeles to escape their Midwest fates.

The film’s producer and lead actress, Fawn Bowen, was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and we’re excited to screen this film showing the diverse range of homegrown Nebraska talent currently working in Los Angeles! In addition, both Fawn and the director, Z, will be on hand for the screening.

Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00to see this and a ton of other awesome Nebraska films! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the Bonzai After Party, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

 

Jim Fields’ LIFE AFTER EX to screen at this year’s PLFF!

Prairie Lights is stoked to announce that the latest film from Jim Fields, LIFE AFTER EX, will be screening at the film festival this year! Here’s a bit about the film:

Life After Ex is a new romantic comedy/drama about the search for love after a gay divorce. Set in the months before the Supreme Court ruled to legalize same sex marriage nationwide, Dylan Holm (Nicklaus Knipe) is shocked to learn he’s unable to file for divorce in his home state of Nebraska and must move to Iowa (where same sex marriage is legal) to establish residency and eventually file for divorce there. After moving across the river from Omaha, Nebraska, to Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dylan struggles to put his life back together but eventually discovers it’s never too late for love.

Filmed in Omaha, Nebraska, and in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a cast and crew made up of Nebraska natives and residents, Life After Ex stars Nicklaus Knipe, Justin Parker, and Joe DeSanti, and features performances by Spencer Wolfe, Anthony Holmes, Robert Saladee, Kristy Olson, Eric Lawson, Dani Cleveland, Jax Barchaus, Ben Gothier, Daniel Selby, Douglas D. Schwarte, Zach Barrientos, and Michael Juarez. Produced by Jim Fields, Chuck Martens, and Joseph William Simmons, Life After Ex is written and directed by Jim Fields (Flyover Country/Bugeaters) and features cinematography by Guy S. White and a music score by Dereck Higgins.

Be one of the first in Nebraska to see this brand new feature film from Jim Fields! Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00to see this and a ton of other awesome Nebraska films! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the Bonzai After Party, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

World Premiere of Tyler Schmid, Shadlee Jo Meinke, Ryan Meinke, and Scott Powers’ PRAIRIE PINTS at this year’s PLFF!

Prairie Lights is excited to announce the World Premiere of PRAIRIE PINTS, a feature length documentary spotlighting the unique craft beer industry here in Nebraska! Here’s a short synopsis:

Nebraska has always been the land of pioneers eager to explore and brave enough to take risks. Our journey takes us from the edge of the Missouri River to the Sandhills and beyond. Join us as we explore the Nebraska craft beer landscape, meet its trail blazers, and see its landmarks…from grain to glass, this is Prairie Pints.

The film is Co-Directed, Written, and Produced by Tyler Schmid, Shadlee Jo Meinke, Ryan Meinke and Scott Powers, and Executive Produced by William Clause, this documentary is the first of its kind showcasing the ingenuity and small business mindset of Nebraska business owners as they take their passion for beer to the residents of our fine state. Be the first to see Prairie Pints this October at Prairie Lights!

Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00to see this and a ton of other awesome Nebraska films! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the Bonzai After Party, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

World Premiere of Michael Johnson’s THE BAGMAN DIED FIRST to screen at PLFF!

We are exited to announce that Michael Johnson’s THE BAGMAN DIED FIRST will premiere at this year’s PLFF! Here’s the synopsis:

It was supposed to be easy. Quick change of hands type job. But that’s not how it happened. The survivors don’t have long yet to live, but they still have to outlive each other…

The Bagman Died First is a neo-western short film, written and directed by Michael Johnson (his short Black Lines screened at the 2014 Prairie Lights). It was filmed in Valparaiso, Nebraska with a cast and crew entirely made up of Nebraska natives and residents. It stars Andrew Prescott (Endor, Backwash) and Rodrigo Carballo, and features Edwin Garcia and Vincent Alston. It is produced by No Seatbelts Productions and Unfiltered Entertainment.

Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00to see this and a ton of other awesome Nebraska films! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the Bonzai After Party, and a free DVD sampler of local films!

Sold For Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska and Survivor Stories to screen at this year’s PLFF with Community Roundtable

Prairie Lights is proud to bring two important Nebraska documentaries to the big screen at this year’s festival: Sold For Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska and Survivor Stories. Hosted by Mike Tobias, and produced for NET, these documentaries put a spotlight  on these important issues which are occurring on a daily basis here in our state.

In addition to screening the films, we will be having a Q&A session afterwards with members of law enforcement and the community who will discuss the best ways to identify and combat trafficking in our state. Here’s some details of the films:

Somewhere in Nebraska, right now, there’s sex for sale. Experts believe a lot of the time this isn’t prostitution. It’s someone being trafficked through what’s legally defined as “force, fraud or coercion.” It’s an ugly industry whose victims are mostly women and often children.

“Sold for Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska” examines how trafficking happens in the state, the fight to stop it and what is being done to help victims. This program includes:

  • An overview of new research by Creighton University researchers on commercial sex trade and trafficking in Nebraska.
  • A look at trafficking in rural Nebraska.
  • The story of Rachel Pointer, an Omaha woman who was first sold for sex when she was 6-years-old.
  • An interview with a convicted sex trafficker.
  • A look at how law enforcement fights trafficking.
  • Information on the efforts of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

“Sold for Sex: Survivor Stories” focuses on women who have been trafficked. This program includes:

  • The powerful stories of three different Nebraska trafficking survivors.
  • Interviews with experts on how people become trafficking victims, and why the crime is often not reported or punished.
  • Perspective from more than 20 Nebraska trafficking survivors compiled for a new report.

Again, we are incredibly proud to be able to screen these important documentaries and help expose Nebraskans to a major issue that is happening right now in our state. Festival tickets are currently available for pre-order.

World Premiere of Dorothy Booraem and Chad Haufschild’s CORRUPTOR!

Prairie Lights is honored to announce the first film programmed for this year’s festival: CORRUPTOR by Dorothy Booraem and Chad Haufschild of Unfiltered Entertainment!

Wracked with guilt over the death of his younger brother and struggling with his ultra-religious family, Tyler Iske is easy prey for the darkness called Corruptor.
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CORRUPTOR is the next feature length horror film from the duo, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and who have also screened BLOOD RITES, HEARTLESS, and KISS A FELLA at previous years of Prairie Lights. They have over 15 years of filmmaking experience and shot the film in Lincoln, Nebraska with local cast and crew. The film stars Michael Crawford of Mike’s Adventures at Home and Megan Shepherd of Shivers Down Your Spine, and is based on a story by Dustin Ferguson.

Both Dorothy and Chad will be on hand for a Q&A session after the film to discuss the creation of the film and answer all of your questions.

Check out some of below screenshots and then pre-order your tickets to be the first to see the film!

Head over to the Tickets page and pre-order your Weekend Pass for the low price of $10.00 to see this and a ton of other awesome Nebraska films! All weekend passes come with free popcorn and soda vouchers, discounts to local restaurants, free access to the Bonzai After Party, and a free DVD sampler of local films!