About Us

About Prairie Nation Creative

Michael Schwarz

Founder / Producer

As far back as I can remember, maybe even longer than that, I have always loved documentaries. There is so much happening in this world, especially in today’s day-and-age, and documentaries are a great avenue for educating us on current events in a fun and compelling way. One significant influence on my love for documentaries was my love for exploring. I can remember venturing off and scoping out the houses being built in the developing neighborhood right behind my house. As I got older, I found myself appreciating the work and love that went into architecture especially the beautiful original ceilings. That’s when I discovered that there were historic properties full of rich histories all over Oklahoma just sitting abandoned. Something within me wanted to do something about it.

A spark was ignited within me, and I knew that there had to be a way for me to create documentaries and save historic properties. I received my degree in Digital Filmmaking/Mass Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and while I was there I found the Holy Grail of historic buildings, the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs. For almost a decade I obtained footage, collected interviews and began compiling the story of the Majestic and everyone who’s lives were touched by this magical pillar of Hot Springs. Before I knew it I had a complete feature length documentary that has shown in multiple film festivals and was picked up by Gravitas Ventures, a distribution company helping it to become accessible all around the world.

After spending 4 years in Los Angeles working for a company that specialized in Personal Injury Videos, I journeyed back to my roots in Oklahoma and in 2020 I started my own documentary and legal impact production company that specializes in Day-in-the Life videos, Settlement Documentaries, and Historical Renovation Documentaries, just to name a few! In 2022 I created and hosted the Documentary Oklahoma City Film Festival with hopes of helping other documentary filmmakers tell their stories in the one-of-a-kind documentary only film festival in the very city I grew up in. With over 9 years of experience as a documentary film producer, videographer/photographer, and drone operator, my passion is providing the highest quality service of doing what I love to help others achieve what they love. Whether it’s helping a client get the life they deserve back or helping to save and restore a historic building, I want to help you bring a powerful visual story to life!

There are so many great tools out there now So anyone can tell their story. If you have a story you want to tell, get a camera and make a film! We can’t wait to see your submission.

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After a shady fire, city corruption, and 10 years of neglect, activists race to save the Majestic Hotel from demolition.
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Emily Cowan

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!

Denise Castelli

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. 

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Alex Burnstein

Editor

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.  

Jacob Miles

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.

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