Prairie State Film Festival

2018 VENUE


DEKALB, IL 60115

2018 Official Film Selections!

Check out all of the awesome film selections for our 2018 Festival Season! 

Endless Pursuit

‘An Endless Pursuit’ is a fashion short that attempts to hold a comparative lens to an inalienable American value. What does the Pursuit of Happiness mean within its original context? How does it intersect with our modern American Society?

The Know

A compulsive eater/cleaning man tries to keep his spirit in tact in a world where all media is owned by one company with an agenda of mind control.

Step One

Stuck at a train crossing on the way to his first AA meeting, Jeff finds that getting the words out is harder than he thought.

The Middle of Nowhere

The Middle of Nowhere is an animated short film about Roger, a downtrodden nerd, and Danny, his huge goofball friend. From his prison of nerdiness, Roger pines away for Rebecca, a snide older woman. In a bid for the riches he needs to win Rebecca's love, Roger and Danny become entangled with a local murderer, and havoc and hilarity ensue. Will Rebecca escape from the murderer's evil clutches? Can Roger win Rebecca's love at last? Only those who reach the middle of nowhere will know for sure.


Two friends go on a journey for Tacos! Did we mention they steal a car, and interrupt a giant criminal organizations plans?! If you think it’s hard to drive high...that’s not the issue. Zoinks! Is that Bigfoot? Can Eddy and Nick survive and return the car before they die?

The Shears

Years after The Shears escaped Woodbary (in The M3ntal State Film Trilogy), Their past isn't as hidden and safe as they once thought. A new enemy (Mr. Fox) starts a war the Shears wont soon forget.

The Naked Truth

This unorthodox film is a comical yet poignant satire about the day in the life of a woman who lives in a society consumed by the distractions of social media. Through a series of unfortunate events, our main character unintentionally and unaware spends her entire day naked from riding the subway to going out for dinner with her girlfriend. Everyone is so glued to their phones that no one notices....including our main character! Who is left among them to truly see: The Naked Truth.


Focusing on Jordan, a twenty-something writer, Words is a deeply personal, emotional story that does not sugarcoat the everyday battle that is clinical depression and anxiety disorder. As she battles her mental illness, Jordan discovers that her healing begins with her writing and her loved ones.

It is visceral and heart-wrenching, but we believe such a story is necessary to help deepen the general public's understanding of both mental illnesses. Most of all, we hope through this story a lot of good can be done for depression awareness, AND help those who wage the battle know they're not alone.

Sgt. Saurkraut's Polka Band: The Movie

We think we know the complete history of rock and roll, the British Invasion and The Beatles, but in this comedy mockumentary, college student, Marty Crawford might have stumbled upon the missing link... a forgotten old polka record album that appears to have somehow influenced the Beatles. Marty's research turns up some colorful characters with even more colorful stories and it's up to him to discover the truth. Many Beatles authors and historians come forth with inside information and expert commentary for Marty's student film documentary which just might turn the rock and roll world upside down.

The Hot Lap

Super Short Film of Dylan Moan, 19 yo Mini Sprint Race Car Driver at Haubstadt, Indiana on October 21st, 2017.

Lakeshore Drive

Lakeshore Drive is a powerful Chicago story that deals with marginalized citizens and abuse of power. During a routine rideshare experience, the driver discovers his passenger is a transgender acquaintance from high school who is escaping the dark world of prostitution. When her pimp – a crooked cop – demands to know her whereabouts, the driver is forced to choose between her life or his own.


Exit Interview

Dave is a compulsively nerdy and a bit anal retentive. Betsy is a little less reliable and a lot more in touch with her feelings. When Betsy suddenly dumps Dave over text he is left with many unanswered questions and he is determined to get answers in the best way he knows how.



Be Mime

Be Mime is a short comedy about a man struggling to find the right thing to say, when he cannot say anything.

It's just another day for friendly neighborhood Sam the Mime. In attempt to lend a hand to a stranger passing by, he learns that no good deed goes unpunished.




A young man with big aspirations sets out on a very curious and unique path to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut. Unemployed and living with his single mother, Rupert Madurski must find a nice balance in a world without spacemen.



Nowhere Mind

Ivan uses experimental meditation to induce out-of-body experiences that might make it possible for him to escape a mysterious illness.

His training takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself getting between the marital engagement of two old friends, Emily and John.

Unaware of Ivan's secret relationship with his fiancé, John invites Ivan to go on a hiking trip with him. In order to keep up appearances, Ivan agrees to go along.

On the trip, John grows ever more suspicious of Ivan's intentions with Emily. A dangerous game of cat and mouse ensues that could provide Ivan an unexpected route to a cure.

Till Death Do Us Part

When tragedy strikes a young couple, insanity and heartache drive them apart; they must rediscover the love they once had, or risk losing it all.


Honeycrisp tells the story of Hannah and Greta Lawton - two estranged sisters with a turbulent past who meet up to clean out their suddenly deceased parents cabin and repair - or end - their relationship. Coming face to face for the first time in years on the shores of the lake where they once spent their summers, these two young women confront past betrayals, uncover lingering secrets in surrounding woods, and battle with conflicting plans for the future - complicated by the reemergence of an affectionate grape harvester and his sword-weilding brother.


A chance encounter between two high school students on polar opposite sides of the school and town's social structure: One is an outcast who is bullied. The other is the star basketball player and most popular kid in school.

Human Instincts

Human Instincts follows Callum, an aloof, socially isolated college student, over the course of a 30 minute period in his philosophy class. Callum is usually passive, an observer in his class's rigorous discussions, but today is different. Today, he has something to prove, an experiment to conduct, and the rest of the class are his unwitting participants.

Bride of Frankie

In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor's lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results.


Mbali, a charming and adventurous 7 year-old South African, defies the norm by making a new friend; thus sparking a journey of transformation.


A girl drinks her morning coffee

So It Goes

Something isn't right at the Dallin farm where sickly teenage Oren has been in foster care for 4 years. 
Book smart, but a social pariah, Oren is mourning his boyfriend, Tomaj, who died from kidney failure 6 months ago. Oren keeps to himself when Benji arrives to fill Tomaj's empty bunk. When Oren sees what foster mother Ma Dallin has been up to, he must decide what to do next.

An Addicting Picture

A man must prove he's not an addict after a psychic tells his fiancé not to marry him, all because of one picture.

All Andy has to do is get his fiance's sister, Kathy, to approve the wedding, and they can get happily married. But there is only one problem: Kathy thinks Andy is a gambler, alcoholic, ​womanizer, and chain-smoker.

However, Kathy, up until now, has never met Andy. She came up with this quick assumption ​by​ viewing Andy's online dating profile photo. So there is only one thing left to do: they must meet at her "office", and get to the bottom of these accusations.

But since Kathy is a full-time psychic, their conversation gets interrupted with her eccentric, and downright chilling, clients. Andy witnesses the supernatural.... or, is it just his mind playing tricks on him​?​ Does Kathy possess a sort of trance that no one else can explain?

Kathy has only one day, before nightfall, to prove to Tiffany that Andy is not who he says he is. But the real question is if Andy is the only one with secrets.... Can someone really be pegged off of one single picture? Kathy thinks so..

Writer's Block

Writer's Block" peeks in on a writer describing her process to an enthusiastic audience.

The Puppy Trials

"The Puppy Trials" is the story of an old abandoned German Shepherd teaching a group of puppies how to behave, so they can get adopted.

Bryan Walters II

We pick up three years later with loner bar character Bryan Walters working at the tavern he once frequented. After a conversation with his concerned brother, and an invitation from a good friend out west, Bryan hits the road again on a soul searching quest. With endless possibilities in front of him, Bryan realizes that it's easy to leave when there's nothing to stay for.

The 39th

Amidst corruption, political scandal, and fiscal crisis, 26-year-old activist Will Guzzardi believes that he can mobilize a movement to upend Illinois’ political machine. But he chose to run against the daughter of one of the best connected pols in Chicago — and the establishment is not going to let her go down without a fight. THE 39TH follows Guzzardi as he fights to win over a changing neighborhood, block by block — and comes to terms with how far the machine will go to hang on to power.

Help Ethan

Monologue from Help Ethan, where teenagers go through the process of trying to find themselves.

June 30th 2018

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