Jasper native’s film now on cable
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 09, 2012 | 2424 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A scene from “Prairie Love,” a film written by Walker High alum Ashley Martin Bias. Photo special to the Eagle
A scene from “Prairie Love,” a film written by Walker High alum Ashley Martin Bias. Photo special to the Eagle
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“Prairie Love,” a dark comedy co-written by Walker High School alumnae Ashley Martin Bias, was recently added to the Video on Demand lineup for Charter and Verizon.

“Prairie Love” debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for North American distribution by New-York based Film Movement six months later.

The film will be showing on cable through May. It will become more widely available on Netflix, Hulu and other online outlets this summer, and DVDs will begin shipping from Amazon.com in August.

“I’m so excited that folks in my hometown can see ‘Prairie Love’ in their home,” Bias said. “It’s very exciting to have our film sold to a distributor, not an easy feat for a first feature film with no budget.”

“Prairie Love” was co-written by Bias and her ex-husband, Dusty, who also directed. It was filmed in and around Minot, N.D. in 2009 during the coldest North Dakota winter on record since 1936. Post-production took place in Alabama.

The plot of “Prairie Love” 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 played at festivals across the country and won two Grand Jury Prizes as well as an Emerging Artist Award for director Dusty Bias.

The Hollywood Reporter said of the film, “Constantly teetering on the brink of absurdity, ‘Prairie Love’ is saved by a quirky sensibility, perceptive scripting and a painterly style.”