Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere


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Film Info
Release Year:2014
Runtime:103 min.
Type of Film:Feature Documentary
Premiere Status:US Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Dave Jannetta
Produced by:Dave Jannetta
Poe Ballantine
Screenwriter:Poe Ballantine
Dave Jannetta
Cinematography:Cory Stambler
Wade Hampton
Editing By:Dave Jannetta
Music By:Josh Lawrence


In 2006, Dr. Steven Haataja had just settled into his new post as a math professor at the local college in the sleepy town of Chadron, population 5,600, in the far western plains of Nebraska. Later that year, he would disappear without a trace until his body was discovered three months later, burned beyond recognition. The gruesome discovery sets the town reeling, with conspiracy theories running rampant and locals eager to weigh in with their suspicions. Following the lead of author Poe Ballantine- whose acclaimed memoir inspired the film—filmmaker Dave Jannetta smartly leads us through the “Twin Peaks” –like community of Chadron and the unsolved mystery of Haataja’s bizarre death, with morbid humor and a keen eye for eccentric characters.