Love & Terror On the Howling Plains of NowhereHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
In 2006, Steven Haataja, a brilliant mathematics professor in the isolated community of Chadron, Nebraska, disappears without a trace. When his body is discovered three months later, bound to a tree and burned beyond recognition, the cause of death sends the community reeling with questions, conspiracy theories and misplaced suspicions. As the unusual cast of characters inhabiting the town weighs in on Haataja’s final days, a vortex of esoteric theories, tawdry innuendos and illogical scenarios unravel. Gifted and iconoclastic author Poe Ballantine, whose acclaimed memoir inspired the film, leads us through the maze, offering insights into Chadron and his own life of wanderlust.
Excellent: A Must-See
I’ve been to Nebraska. I’ve married a Nebraskan. This movie not only captures the essence of the plains, the desolation, but it gives the viewer two stories: one of a haunting mystery yet unsolved, and another of desperation and the search for “home”. Fabulous and well constructed.
Mystifying, charming, and eerie...
This doc surprised me in its straight-forward elegance and momentum. It tells small town life and the wandering spirit of the Plains in a way that I hadn't heard before. It also shares and parallels the quiet desperation that exists between the ranch houses. I think Haataja had a deadly encounter with someone very bad, maybe someone in the town, maybe even one of the interviewees, but I don't know which one... You've got to check it out, maybe this can help crack the case?
Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere
A strange story told with intelligence, humor, and empathy. A great portrait of a midwestern small town, its people, and a macabre mystery.