Prairie Pride Film Festival debuts in Lincoln


February 24th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – The 2010 film, “A Marine Story” tells the tale of Alexandra Everett, a decorated marine officer returning home from Iraq. At first, the reason for Everett’s untimely return is unknown, but as she begins to form an unlikely friendship with a troubled young teen, the truth comes out. Alexandra is a lesbian.

The Prairie Pride Film Festival makes its inaugural debut in Lincoln

As the plot progresses, the complexities of tolerance clashing with a conservative backdrop unfold: as violence, drama, and love all find a role in the story.

The film has received several awards and critical acclaim, and has now found itself back on the big screen. This time, it’ll be in Lincoln’s Joyo Theatre as part of the first annual Prairie Pride Film Festival.

Mike Echternacht, who is in charge of programming for the event, hopes the films will help promote tolerance in Nebraska.

“Tolerance, education, and understanding… those are kind of themes that go through all these films,” said Echternacht. “I feel that film is a really good medium to give people the exposure to issues that they may not get otherwise.”

The festival is organized by the Allies and Advocates for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Equality Student organization, and will feature several other award-winning films highlighting the challenges many homosexuals face. It will run through Saturday, February 26th with different films airing each night.

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