The Prairie Lights Film Festival is honored to help celebrate the life and art of Nebraska filmmaker Pete Lipins with a block of films! Pete’s contribution to the Nebraska filmmaking community is vast, not only as a creator but as a collaborator, mentor and friend.

Last year cancer took Pete from us, the same year his last film THE HYPNOTIST played on the Prairie Lights screen. This year Prairie Lights looks back on Pete’s early work including the DUDELING series and the rarely seen short film BIEZIE SATIEKAS along with it’s counterpart OVERSTOCK OF THE MAN-MACHINE by Andrew Johnson. Both shorts used the same script, written by Matt Cullinane, and Pete appears in both films playing the same role. Our tribute concludes with Pete’s 2008 feature KILLER, a film shot, edited, re-shot and re-edited then edited again over six years, a testament to Pete’s love of the process. 

Experience the legacy left by one of the most beloved members of the Nebraska filmmaking community with his family in attendance. Pete Lipins the man will be missed, but his art lives on.

The legacy of Nebraska filmmaker Pete Lipins continues with the formation of the Pete Lipins Filmmaker’s Grant. Intended to help fund Nebraska projects that celebrate the quirky, artistic and experimental spirit of Pete Lipins (The Hypnotist, Dudeling Trilogy) the Grant will be available to one project per year with hopes to expand the program as funding becomes available.

The PLF Grant will be overseen and administered by a special NIFP committee consisting of people that have worked with Pete and knew him well, family and those lucky enough to call him friend. More details about the Grant and the application process will be released in the coming months with plans to begin receiving applications in the summer of 2018.
NIFP has begun fundraising for the Grant. Donations are tax deductible. 

Pete Lipins Retrospective at this year’s PLFF!

The Pete Lipins Filmmaker’s Grant