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Lexi Bass’s WAXING to screen at this year’s PLFF!

waxingPrairie Lights is proud to announce that Lexi Bass’s WAXING will screen at this year’s festival! Here’s a message from the director:

As a non-native, I learned about Nebraska through the history of the Dust Bowl and the art of the Great Plains. The Nebraskan landscape became a personal metaphor for labor and struggle, for duty, vast waxing2opportunity, and the possibility for freedom. The people of Nebraska have been part of that landscape. Fiercely hard-working and dutiful, only native Nebraskans could gracefully traverse the starkly desolate psychogeography seen in WAXING.

For this film, I helmed the camera on the frozen tides of the Nebraskan Plains in winter. Looking to the frigid skies and our eerily close neighbor, the Moon, this meditation on growing up, heavy responsibility, and an astronomical fear of failure documented my own waxing3dreams, recorded over ten years and remembered from childhood. Spurred by Jung’s Red Book, recording dreams has been a key component of my practice as a cinema artist. My stories often take years to unravel themselves, but in euphoric moments, I’ve awoken to an ending, a dream that ties all the nightmares together, and I experience a sort of transcendence; an epiphany. This experience is what my cinema hopes to offer.

This is a truly unique cinematic experience and showcases the Prairie Lights commitment to screen both traditional and non-traditional cinema from a wide variety of great filmmakers here in the state.

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!


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!


Patrick Rea’s NAILBITER selected as the opening feature of the PLFF!

We are incredibly pleased to announce that Schulyer, Nebraska native Patrick Rea’s  award winning feature length film, NAILBITER, will open The Prairie Lights Film Festival on Friday, November 8th! Mr. Rea will be on hand for a Q&A session to discuss the creation of his film as well! From Mr. Rea’s bio:

nailbiterPatrick Rea is a prolific award-winning independent filmmaker, recognized for his innovative storytelling and creative directing style in horror and suspense. His latest feature film “Nailbiter” won Best Director and/or Best Feature Film awards in several film festivals in 2012, including Shriekfest, Chicago Fear Fest and AMC Theaters KC Film Fest. “Nailbiter” was patrickreareleased on May 28th through Lionsgate Home Entertainment on DVD/VOD and Digital Downloads. It is currently in the Redbox nationwide.

We will also be showing some of Mr. Rea’s short films. Keep checking back in the coming weeks for the official film schedule and more details!