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Forum staff reports, Published December 02 2010

North Dakota-made movie 'Prairie Love' to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

"Prairie Love," a movie made by a group of North Dakota filmmakers, has been selected to have its world premiere screening during the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, which was shot in January 2009 in the North Dakota towns of Minot, Burlington, Lignite, Mohall and Glenburn, will play along with seven other films in the festival's "Next" category, which highlights projects with very low budgets.

The filmmakers describe "Prairie Love" as a "dark comedy about the search for companionship in a desolate landscape. The plot involves a mysterious Vagrant who patrols the deserted winter plains, living out of his car and off of the land. When he discovers a nearly-frozen local with a pen-pal girlfriend, he seizes the opportunity to change his lonely existence."

The film was written and directed by Dusty Bias and produced by Douglas Mueller and Holly Lynn Ellis. It stars Jeremy Clark, Ellis and Garth Blomberg, a former student at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in America. This year's festival will be Jan. 20-30 in Park City, Utah.