About Prairie Nation Creative
Founder / Producer
Michael Schwarz is an Award Winning Filmmaker. His journey in film began in Oklahoma at McGuinness High School, and continued with Michael earning a film degree from the University of Central Arkansas where his teacher can be quoted as saying “He was one of the most talented students I ever taught”. After a 4-year learning experience in California in the field of legal filmmaking Michael returned to the Midwest to open Prairie Nation Creative, a Legal Production House. In the 3 years since beginning his company, Michael has produced hundreds of short documentary films helping the victims of personal injury and wrongful death. His work on litigation teams across the Midwest has proven good results for the attorneys he serves. Michaels’s contribution to this field has already been valuable with him creating the Trial Trailer™, Case Clusters™, and studying the use and implementation of Compassionate Interviewing. The combination of his talents and film products created for the legal space has added value and healing to many people’s lives.
In addition to Michael’s work in the Legal Space, he is also the founder of Abandoned Atlas Foundation which has over 200 thousand social media followers who all have a love for abandoned buildings. Michael has found a way for some of these buildings to be “saved” by creating what he calls “Developer Videos”. Michael and his team at the PNC Historic Production House produce short documentaries about the life and times of these buildings thereby marketing them to Developers who can see the vision of the future life they could revive in these projects. His heart for helping abandoned structures and places has resulted in AAF having chapters in 7 states.
Michael is also the Director of the feature film “Forever Majestic”. Set in Hot Springs, AR, the Majestic Hotel was the setting for this documentary that involved impassioned townspeople and the fight over saving the abandoned iconic bathhouse hotel. Available on Amazon Prime, this movie is a good example of Michael’s love for Producing, directing, community, and history. (See more about the movie here > LINK)
Michael currently lives in Oklahoma City and runs a team of employees at Prairie Nation Creative who are producing his impact films in both the Legal and the Historic Space.
Marketing / Assistant Editor
I am a woman of many talents which is why I absolutely love working for Prairie Nation Creative. Being here since its inception the early months were countless hours of marketing and hitting brick walls. I will never forget getting my first client and that feeling of being able to show someone exactly why we’re an Award-Winning Media Production Company.
I love that I am able to explore and execute many of my different talents within my job. Whether its web design, marketing, editing, or coordinating projects I am blessed to be working here!
Director of Communications / Marketing
Denise Castelli is the Communications Director for Prairie Nation Creative. A Commissioner on the Oklahoma Commissioner for the Status of Women,Denise was named to Oklahoma’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2021. Attending the University of Missouri with her eye on a degree in Investigative Journalism, life took a turn when she was offered ownership in a chain of salons in Fayetteville, AR. Currently she is a, Entertainment, Music, and Film Producer and past board member of the State of Oklahoma Film and Music Office Board and the Authority Board for Oklahoma Education Television Association and PBS. She is the owner of a private boutique company, LimeLight Productions.
In 2021, Denise reversed her decision to retire and accepted the position as Communications Director for Prairie Nation Creative saying “I have had a great and amazing career in entertainment. The work Prairie Nation Creative does in helping the victims of personal injury and wrongful death is the reason I came out of retirement and took this job. After many years in the film business, I wanted to leave a mark of helping others. I get to do that and more working for Michael and the team at PNC. This is the most inspirational work I have ever done.”
An amateur historian, Denise loves the fact that the PNC team supports Abandoned Atlas Foundation. Her favorite work activities include exploring abandoned places (is that even work?), being undercover, telling the stories of those that have been harmed in any way, traveling the country filming for attorneys, developers, and others who have a story to tell, setting up the scenes for interviews, and making sure everyone knows about the awesome PNC Team and most importantly, what an amazing Filmmaker Michael is. Denise loves Oklahoma, her children and grandchildren, her dog Story, her granddogs, and the many friends she has made over her career.
Since the dawn of time… Well really since almost 3 decades ago Alex has loved stories. It all started with the literary classic, Hop on Pop and then as time went on and he learned how to translate the strange runes on the scrolls of Seuss, his tastes grew and changed to other such classics like Cat in the Hat and The Sneeches. One day Alex discovered a strange and magical tube with moving pictures confined inside a small square box. That was the day everything changed. He learned that stories can come in all shapes and sizes from a wide variety of different sources but something about the stories that were taken in with your eyes, absorbed into your very soul, he knew deep down that if Spongebob Squarepants resonated so deeply and profoundly within his soul that perhaps he too could help tell stories and touch the viewers life in his own little way even if just for a moment.
Studying Film and Technology Media at the University of Oklahoma, Alex received his Bachelor’s of Art in 2019. He has worked in the film industry for over a decade and has experience with a large variety of editing, writing and filmmaking. His passion lies with telling stories, and helping others tell their stories. He believes there is something magical in being able to work with footage and piece it together like a grand puzzle just waiting to be turned into visual journey. Everyone has a story to tell. Even if they don’t know it yet, something is always waiting around the corner, and Alex is eager to help you tell that story.
Graphic Designer / Editor
I have always loved the art of graphic design and story-telling being able to create something that will help someone tell their story whether it be a logo or putting together one of our creative videos, one can appreciate the time and dedication that goes into this job.