Prairie Pride Film Festival 13

Join us for a three day celebration of independent LGBTQIA+ cinema!

  • October 13-15
  • Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center 
  • Lincoln, NE
The Prairie Pride Film Festival is a program of OutNebraska.
Festival passes or tickets for individual film screenings can be purchased online at the link below, or in-person at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

About the Festival

OutNebraska is thrilled to present the 13th annual Prairie Pride Film Festival! Every year we strive to shine the spotlight on an often underrepresented demographic—queer and transgender filmmakers. As legislative attacks on queer and transgender people only become more common, it is crucial that LGBTQ+ stories are told in states like our own. Join us as we celebrate the power of film as an agent for social change, celebration and empowerment. We also extend a gracious thank you to our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers and staff, whose support make this event possible.

Feature Films

No Place Like Home (2023)

Dir. Kevin Willmott | Documentary | 57 min

Based on a book by journalist and author C.J. Janvoy, No Place Like Home delves into the interconnected stories of activists and ordinary people in the fight for a fair and just Kansas.

Considered one of the most hostile states in the country, the film reveals how negative attitudes and policies make life difficult and dangerous for the LGBTQ+ community.

Through this exploration, the struggles and reality of queer and trans individuals everywhere are brought to light.


Queendom (2023)

Dir. Agniia Galdanova | Documentary | 98 min


Big Boys (2023)

Dir. Corey Sherman | Comedy/Drama | 90 min

Jamie’s weekend camping trip is turned upside down when his beloved cousin decides to bring her new boyfriend.

Through awkward scrapes and arguments, Jaime comes to terms with his sexuality. In this heartwarming and hilarious coming-of-age story, an unrequited crush provides a glimpse into a common, under-examined aspect of queer life and adolescence.


Commitment to Life (2023)

Dir. Jeffrey Schwarz | Documentary | 115 min

Commitment to Life commemorates the history of organizing and community building in Los Angeles during the AIDS/HIV epidemic.

Told through the lens of an intrepid group of doctors, movie stars, moguls, and activists living with AIDS/HIV, the film documents the crucial role of the people who actively changed the course of the epidemic.

Still, the battle against a broken infrastructure and stigmatization, and the people of color disproportionately impacted, is both a reminder of our past and present and a stern warning for the future.


The Radical (2022)

Dir. Richard Finn Gregory | Documentary | 87 min

Becoming the world’s first openly gay imam, Muhsin Hendricks’ story is deeply moving and intimate.

Originally a fashion designer, Hendricks faced a struggle to reconcile faith and sexuality that ultimately led to the establishment of a radically-inclusive mosque in South Africa and a global queer Muslim movement.

Despite the danger, Hendricks’ decision to take his work to East African communities living under anti-LGBTQ+ laws is ultimately a journey of acceptance amidst struggle.


Wonderfully Made (2022)

Dir. Yuval David | Documentary | 95 min

Wonderfully Made is a combined fine art project and feature-length documentary that explores the aspirations of and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ Catholics.

By depicting Jesus as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in various races and ethnicities, the art pieces produced throughout serve as a reminder that we all deserve radical inclusion and unconditional love, no matter what exclusionary churches may teach.


1946 (2022)

Dir. Sharon “Rocky” Roggio | Documentary| 92 min

1946 follows the researchers who discovered how a grave mistranslation of the Bible led to the rise of an anti-gay movement among Christians.

With never-before-seen archives from Yale University, commentary from renowned scholars and opposing pastors and personal anecdotes from the filmmakers, the film sheds light on biblical literalism as a root of anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice.


Short Films

Holding Moses (2022)

Dir. Rivkah Beth Medow | Documentary | 16 min

Holding Moses is the deeply intimate story of a Broadway performer, Randi, and her triumph and grief surrounding the birth of her disabled son. Defying conventional standards of motherhood, Randi’s parenting journey is often overlooked.

Weaving together the threads of family, queerness and disability, her story highlights the challenges and gifts of birthing a child with disabilities.


Toe Tag (2023)

Dir. Michael Fisher | Drama | 19 min

Based on a true story, Toe Tag chronicles Sam Foster’s journey to seek the owner of a toe tag he discovers in the dunes of Fire Island.

This discovery of the mysterious tags leads to him to grapple with the loss of a lover who succumbed to AIDS. Upon returning the tags, Sam connects with another mourning stranger and learns his own memories may be the key to understanding his own grief.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Lincoln Symphony Orchestra


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