Multiple Casting Calls to be held at Prairie Lights!

Attention thespians! One of the main goals of Prairie Lights is to help local artists network and get in on the ground floor of local projects. This year, we want to help facilitate our local actors and actresses! The Prairie Lights Film Festival will be hosting a number of open casting calls/auditions for numerous short films that will be shot in early 2018 by area filmmakers Dorothy Booraem, Bill Hedges, and Mathew Kister. Not only that, but on Friday, October 20th, Nebraska Independent Film Projects will be hosting their October meeting which will serve as a meet and greet of local directors and writers. It’s a great way for actors to not only network with many local filmmakers, but get information on their upcoming projects. And while you’re at PLFF, check out the films and audition for a bunch of rad short films that will be shot soon! Get your tickets now for just $10!

Friday, October 20th from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm at The Chocolate Bar

Nebraska Independent Film Projects October meeting which will include a meet and greet with tons of Nebraska filmmakers. Find out about upcoming projects and network!

Below are the casting notices and times for all auditions!

Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Local production company Dead Lantern Pictures will be auditioning for 4 short films to complete their already in production horror anthology CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE, the sequel to the critically acclaimed microbudget horror anthology SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE. All films will be shot in 2018.

Auditions will be from 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Saturday, October 21st in the basement of the Grand Theatre at Prairie Lights!

Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent
Project length: Short Film (15-20 minutes)
Project format: 16:9 HD
Production location: Omaha/Lincoln/Grand Island
Shooting Dates: Spring 2018
Compensation: from credits to $$$ depending on the role


The Gunfighter: a cocky gunfighter rides into a dusty old western town looking to take out a legendary gunslinger who has never lost.

Holdin’ ‘Em Off: a lone man tries to survive against an onslaught of zombie hordes as he waits to see if there is anyone left alive on earth.

The Centurion and the Witch:  A Roman legionnaire comes back from a long war to find his wife dead. He hears of a local witch who can bring her back…for a price….

Bed and Breakfast: A beautiful young woman’s car breaks down during a torrential rain storm and finds herself at a creepy bed and breakfast where gothic horror awaits.

Character BIOS


A brash, cocky young gunslinger who is the fastest gun in the west. He’s made his name by defeating everyone he’s come across. Now, the only person left is a legendary gunfighter nicknamed “The Scythe” who has never lost…and Jack is about to make his name.


A beautiful barmaid who worries that Jack may be in over his head.


A crusty old bartender who has seen everything and knows a terrible secret.


A worn out, tired gunfighter who has seen many others go up against “The Scythe” and lose.

[STEVE] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 25-45] [LEAD] – Holden’ ‘Em Off

A grizzled man who has spent the past month holding off a never ending horde of zombies. He is trying to hold on just a little bit longer, until he gets word that he is not the last man on earth…but will he?

[MARIUS] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 20] [LEAD] – The Centurion and the Witch

A tired and weary Roman soldier who comes back from a long campaign to find his wife murdered when he hears whispers of a witch who can bring back the dead…

[THE WITCH] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 20-35] [MAJOR SUPPORTING] – The Centurion and the Witch

A witch who has the ability to bring the dead back to life…for a price.

[JUNE] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 25-35] [LEAD] – Bed and Breakfast

A beautiful woman who finds herself trapped inside a creepy bed and breakfast and hunted by an unearthly creature. Please note: this role does require tastefully shot nudity.

[TIFFANY] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 20-30] [SUPPORTING] – Bed and Breakfast

A guest at the bed and breakfast who notices something isn’t quite right. Please note: this role does require tastefully shot nudity.

[THE BUTLER] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 45-65] [MAJOR SUPPORTING] – Bed and Breakfast

A creepy butler who offers the girls a free place to stay but knows more than he lets on.


Bill Hedges, director of DECADES, and the upcoming COSMIC CAT webseries from Cosmic Films, will be holding auditions for two upcoming episodes of his webseries which is a sci-fi comedy adventure running 15 minutes each and which will be shot in 2018 in Lyons, Nebraska.

Auditions will be from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 21st in the basement of the Grand Theatre at Prairie Lights!


Lenore is a free spirited, hippie-like older woman who doesn’t feel her age and is still very active with lots of interests and is always busy. She is a little disorganized and quickly moves on to new fads and even boyfriends. She is the object of Will’s unrequited affection but doesn’t see that and thinks of him as only a friend. Lenore is later possessed by an alien presence and channels the alien’s spirit in her demeanor as she becomes cold, ruthless, and deadly.


a humanoid-looking alien curator and daughter of an alien zoo-keeper. Andrea is very professional, stoic to her captured human Will, yet friendly to his cat. She is controlling even while smiling. This is in direct contrast to her demeanor at the climax when she lets her guard down and reveals herself to be actually emotional, yet psychotic .

Sunday, October 22nd from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dorothy Booraem, director of WAKE THE WITCH, BLOOD RITES, and CORRUPTOR, world premiering at PLFF, will be holding auditions for two short films! Lots of roles! Come audition for a seriously talented, and prolific local filmmaker!

Production titles: 2 Gods Walk Into A Bar / I Belong to Me
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Types: Independent
Project lengths: Short Films (15 minutes)
Project format: HD
Production/Shooting location: Lincoln, NE
Production Company: Unfiltered Entertainment
Company website:
Director: Dorothy Booraem
Producer: Chad Haufschild/Dorothy Booraem
Casting Director: Chad Haufschild/Dorothy Booraem
Compensation: No

Auditions: October 22nd 9:3AM – 12PM in basement of The Grand Theatre

Shooting Starts: Spring 2018 Date TBD
Shooting Ends: Spring 2018 Date TBD

Synopsis “2 Gods Walk Into A Bar” – Romantic/Fantasy Comedy
Karen, a relationship psychology major, is afraid to tell her crush how she feels on Valentine’s Day. Trying to hide her feelings she ends up in a bar on Valentine’s Day that caters to a very specific demographic which forces her to get involved and stop living on sidelines.

Synopsis “I Belong to Me” – SciFi/Noir
Office manager Carol Hall hires copyright investigator, Hunter, to find out who has been using her self-copies to create critically acclaimed paintings. Lovers Jeri and Ella find themselves caught in the middle of the investigation.

Character BIOS – 2 Gods
[Karen – Female – AGE: 20-25]
Karen is a graduate student, shy, goofy, passionate and socially awkward. She’s adorable and mostly drunk throughout this short.

[Marni – Female – AGE: 20-25]
Karen’s roommate. Kind, together, pretty and straightforward.

[Cro – Male – AGE: 40 – 65]
Cro is at the end of his time, beaten into submission, sometimes okay with it, sometimes not

[Rhea – Female -AGE: 45 – 68]
Rhea is a seductive woman with a dark past. She and Cro were a thing back in the day.

[Cupid – Male – Age: 35 – 55]
Cupid is handsome and frustrated with his job.

[Eris – Female – Age: 28 – 40]
Eris is a charismatic loner, down on her luck but ready to fight to death for whatever she feels most passionate about at the time.

Character Bios “I Belong”
Carol – Female- Age: 25 – 40
Carol is has just returned from a work gig in Asia. She was an artist at one time but now her career is as an office manager.

Hunter – Male – Age:25 – 40
Hunter is an investigator, freelance, he’s seen a lot and done a lot.

Jeri – Female – Age 25-40
Jeri is Carol’s copy (double). She is an artist and an innocent.

Ella – Female – Age 30 – 45
Ella is a career woman and Jeri’s lover. Jeri’s unquestioning love means everything to her.

So, get your tickets now to Prairie Lights, enjoy a killer weekend of local films, networking, good eats and good people and audition for a bunch of rad films that will be shooting early next year in Nebraska!

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