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Tuesday, March 3
 

6:30pm

Opening Night Film - Military Wives
(Comedy/Drama)
Rated R
UK - 112 minutes


Director: Peter Cattaneo
Writer: Rosanne Flynn, Rachel Tunnard
Producer: Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Piers Tempest
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Emma Lowndes

Directed by Peter Cattaneo and starring Academy Award® nominee Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), the film centers on a group of women in England whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with the men's absences, they form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement.




Tuesday March 3, 2020 6:30pm - 8:22pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:30pm

Opening Night Party
Immediately following our opening night film!
Heavy hors d'oeuvres
Free drinks for All Access pass holders provided by Tito's, Brickway, and Soaring Wings
Free entry for All Access pass holders!
$10 entry without a pass.




Tuesday March 3, 2020 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Herbe Sainte 1934 S 67th St, Omaha, NE 68106, USA
 
Wednesday, March 4
 

5:45pm

A Home Called Nebraska
Nebraska Spotlight Documentary
USA - 69 minutes

Filmmakers and cast in attendance

Producer/Director: Beth Gage, George Gage
Writer: Beth Gage
Cast: Lacey Studnicka, Feroz Mohmand, Gharghashta Katawazai, Kaela Volkmer, Sara Gilliam, Koang Doluloney, Dekow Sagar, Amel Hskan

In 2020, with the United States’ Refugee Resettlement Program hanging by a thread, “A Home Called Nebraska” is the story of mid-western welcome, support and unlikely friendships in a time of national anxiety and emboldened bigotry.



Wednesday March 4, 2020 5:45pm - 6:54pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

6:00pm

After So Many Days
USA, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Norway, Germany, Iceland, Russia
87 minutes

Director: Jim Hanft, Samantha Yonack
Writer/Producer: Jim Hanft, Samantha Yonack, Natalia Anderson, Kyle Weber

After a decade of making music together, Jim and Sam, a recently married singer/songwriter duo from Los Angeles, were not the conventionally successful band they hoped they’d be. Feeling stuck and anxious about their future, the duo made a spontaneous decision to go “all in,” making a pact to play one show every day for a year. With suitcases and a guitar, the troubadours ventured out for a 365-day tour down unexplored roads, and onto unexpected stages, bringing their music to new audiences throughout 14 different countries. After So Many Days, is an intimate front row seat to the highs and lows of what it’s like for two people to pursue a dream, together.


Wednesday March 4, 2020 6:00pm - 7:27pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

6:10pm

Shorts #1
Screening order:

Exam  directed by Sonia K. Hadad
Diving directed by Madison Cross
The Hand of the Devil directed by Max Lollar
Je Finirai en Prison (I'll End Up in Jail) directed by Alexandre Dostie
Zitate Furs Leben (Quotes for Life) directed by Monty Scholz
They Won't Last directed by Portlynn Tagavi



Short Films
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Exam

Nebraska Premiere, Iran - 14:54 minutes
Director: Sonia K HadadWriters: Sonia K Hadad, Farnoosh SamadiProducer: Pouria Heidary OurehCast: Sadaf Asgari, Hadis Miramini, Masih Kazemi, Elaheh Afsharitrailer: https://vimeo.com/355510004A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences... Read More →
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Diving

World Premiere, USA - 13:50 minutes
Writer/Director: Madison CrossProducer: Madison Cross, Tayler Vee RobinsonCast: Madison Cross, Rickey Wilson Jr, Taylor FreyAfter a first date leads Molly down a road of what if's, she decides that life is too short not to take the risk.
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The Hand of the Devil

World Premiere, USA - 13:20 minutes
Writer/Director: Max LollarProducer: Costa Lapaseotes, Max LollarCast: Jarrid Masse, Chloë Caro, Molly Dougherty, Christian OlivoInstagramIn this horror comedy inspired by 1980s B-movies, a desperate man disobeys a mysterious fortune teller and becomes possessed by the devil... Read More →
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Je Finirai en Prison (I'll End Up in Jail)

Nebraska Premiere, Canada - 23:00 minutes
Writer/Director:Alexandre DostieProducer: Hany Ouichou (Art & essai)Cast: Martine Francke, Émile Schneider, Guy Thauvette, Joseph Deloreytrailer: https://vimeo.com/382721480Maureen Sauvageau's escape comes to an abrupt end when she drives her monster truck into a deadly car accident. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, she must share the company and the blame of a rather touching junkie dubbed Jelly the Loon... Read More →
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Zitate Furs Leben (Quotes for Life)

Nebraska Premiere, Germany - 8:16 minutes
Writer/Director/Producer: Monty ScholzCast: Robert Knorr, Lotta Doll, Paula Hauss, Aleksan Cetinkayatrailer: https://vimeo.com/345511624Moritz tells us why his last relationship ended how it did.
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They Won't Last

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 15:41 minutes
USA - 15:41 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Portlynn TagaviWriter: Brandon Gale, Portlynn TagaviProducer: Richard BaileyCast: Jack De Sena, Brittany Renee Finamorehttps://www.facebook.com/theywontlasthttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt10299754/https://www.instagram.com/theywontlast/Trailer... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2020 6:10pm - 7:40pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:15pm

Knots: A Forced Marriage Story
Nebraska Spotlight Documentary
USA - 77 minutes

Filmmakers and cast in attendance

Director: Kate Ryan Brewer
Writer: Kate Ryan Brewer, Darmyn Calderon, Chris Cook
Producer: Kate Ryan Brewer, Paige Livingston, Jasmine Lord, Timothy Ryan
Cast: Jennifer McClellan, Fraidy Reiss, Jeanne Smoot, Casey Swegman, Nicholas L. Syrett, Sara Tasneem, Nina Van Harn, Bella Waru

Forced and child marriage is happening all across the U.S., legally. Three survivors - Nina, Sara, and Fraidy - take us on a journey into the depths of this human rights abuse hiding in plain sight.






Wednesday March 4, 2020 8:15pm - 9:32pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:30pm

Being Dead
(Drama)
USA - 99 minutes


Director: John Meyers
Writer: John Meyers (screenwriter), Jim Crace (novel)
Producer: John Meyers, Che Meriales
Cast: Elizabeth Marvel, Linus Roache, Kathryn Erbe, Daniella Alma, Emilotte Persson, Matthew Lure, Nicholas Wilder, Zoe Kaplan

Biologists Joseph and Celice Adkins (Linus Roache and Elizabeth Marvel) now have a reason to attempt to rekindle a love they once knew for the briefest of time before tragedy stained it forever. They journey back to the stretch of isolated coastline where they met 25 years earlier in search of the species of insect they once discovered that now faces extinction. Once there, they must decide if what they caused long ago will prevent forgiveness and renewal. What becomes of Joseph and Celice forces this love story full-circle with their estranged daughter, Syl. Having hit her own bottom, Syl returns home after many years to find her parents missing, Having dismissed her parents' staid lives, she's delivered at last to the dunes in which Joseph and Celice remain, so sure there was still time.


Wednesday March 4, 2020 8:30pm - 10:09pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:45pm

Shorts #2 - Nebraska Shorts
Screening order:

Alejandra directed by Ryan Hovland
Slasher directed by Ryan Hollst
Buzz vs Scooty directed by Margaux Towne
Underlying Fear directed by Adam V. Turner



Short Films
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Alejandra

World Premiere, USA - 11:01 minutes
Writer/Director: Ryan HovlandProducer: Carter Knopik, Parker ReilCast: Caitlin Staebell, Jeremy Kendall, Hannah Neil, William Grange, Wayne Matychukhttps://www.instagram.com/firstdegreefilmsWhen Alejandra arrives in small-town America as a foreign exchange student, she begins to question... Read More →
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Slasher

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 24:27 minutes
Producer/Director: Ryan HollstWriter: Ryan Hollst, Drew RobertsCast: Mike Burns, Gabby Kesterson, Brandon Williams, Dennis Stessman, Lyle Kwiatkowski, Andrew Romero, Andy Prescott, DK Kellum, Drew Roberts, Aaron Thomas, Shaylie Hollst, Ben Phillips, Brendan BrownSix friends venture... Read More →
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Buzz vs Scooty

World Premiere, USA - 16:00 minutes
Director: Margaux TowneWriter/Producer: Todd GravesCast: Houston Alexander, Walter Shatley, PJ Morgan, Rob Baker, Rachel Fox, Matt Wedlock, Larry Karstens, Curlee Alexander, John Pelkey, Mark Ferrera, Riley Clermont, Mike Halachttps://buzzvsscootyfilm.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11674744/https://www.facebook.com/BuzzvsScooty/https://www.twitter.com/BuzzvsScootyhttps://www.instagram.com/buzzvsscooty/Men... Read More →
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Underlying Fear

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 14:29 minutes
Director: Adam V. TurnerWriters: Adam V. Turner, Jon BassProducers: Adam V. Turner, Jon BassCast: Taylor Winks, Nehemiah Wright, Nicholas Russel, Michael Zovandy,Vincent Turner, Wayne Matychukhttps://www.facebook.com/UnderlyingFear/Rita, a Midwestern woman has to face her underlying... Read More →


Wednesday March 4, 2020 8:45pm - 9:51pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

10:00pm

Wednesday Night Party
Free drinks for All Access pass holders provided by Tito's, Brickway, and Soaring Wings
Free entry for All Access pass holders!
$10 entry without a pass.


Wednesday March 4, 2020 10:00pm - 11:59pm
LIV Lounge 2285 S 67th St, Omaha, NE 68106, USA
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Thursday, March 5
 

8:00am

OFF Academy - Day 1
The OFF Academy is a two-day educational outreach intended for middle and high school students to learn the process of filmmaking from industry professionals.

Pre-registered students will receive an OFF Academy badge which will grant them access to all of the OFF Academy panels as well as all Omaha Film Festival screenings.

The three main pillars that the Academy is built on are ENTERTAINMENT | EDUCATION | INSPIRATION.

With industry professionals from across the country the two-day sessions will give students an inside look at screenwriting, acting, auditioning, cinematography, film lighting, editing, producing, and directing and will include hands-on interactive workshops targeting students in the disciplines they’re most interested in.

Schedule:

8:00am - 8:30am
participant check-in / light breakfast

8:30am -9:00am
Welcome from OFF Staff

9:00am - 9:45am
Foley, Can You Guess That Sound?
Kevin Keplar

10:00am - 10:45am
Acting/Casting/Auditioning
Jason Levering/David Weiss

10:00am - 10:45am
Film Tech
Ben Drickey/Aaron Smith

11:00am - Noon
Directing/Producing

Noon - 1:00pm
Craft Services
Beverages and lunch will be provided

1:00pm - 2:00pm
How to Break Into the Business
Bryan McClure

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Wrap Session

Made possible in part by grants and support provided by:
Weitz Family Foundation
Mann Kind Foundation
Walmart Community Grants
Kevin Keplar
Torchwerks
Omaha Funny Bone

Thursday March 5, 2020 8:00am - 2:30pm
Aksarben Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom 6737 Frances St, Omaha, NE

5:45pm

Shorts #3
Screening order:

Willows directed by Eduardo Cintron
The Mouse and the Lion directed by Lain Kienzle
Wax Paul Now directed by Val Bodurtha, Rebecca Shaw, Sophie Mann
White Guys Solve Sexism directed by Christopher Guerrero
Meats directed by Ashley Williams
Over the Line directed by Aaron Hall
Blocks directed by Bridget Moloney
Summer Lightning directed by Andrew Saunderson



Short Films
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Willows

World Premiere, USA - 14:37 minutes
Director: Eduardo CintronWriter: Andre Silva, Michael Franklin, Eduardo CintronProducer: Eduardo Cintron, Dylan Long, Andre Silva, Ken RoweCast: Darren Assante, Susan O'Doherty, Rich Maloy, Anthony Solanohttps://www.debokafilms.comhttps://www.instagram.com/educin/Willows is an anthology... Read More →
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The Mouse and the Lion

World Premiere, USA - 16:00 minutes
Writer/Director: Lain KienzleProducer: Jacob Bittens, Sophia Harvey, Jamal Bilal, Caroline LevineCast: Izzie Steele, Jefferson White, Collin MedfordIMdbFacebookTrailerWinter, 1920. As a brutal blizzard strikes, a farmer's wife finds a World War I veteran collapsed on her doorstep. She hauls him inside and as he regains his strength, their growing bond unearths secrets each would rather keep hidden... Read More →
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Wax Paul Now

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 16:12 minutes
Writer/Director: Rebecca Shaw, Val Bodurtha, Sophie MannCast: Rebecca Shaw, Val Bodurtha, Sophie Mann, Paul Giamatti, Trevor van Uden, Richard Brevardhttps://www.waxpaulnow.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10441834/https://www.facebook.com/waxpaulnowhttps://www.twitter.com/waxpaulnowhttps://www.instagram.com/waxpaulnowtrailer... Read More →
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White Guys Solve Sexism

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 6:26 minutes
Producer/Director: Christopher GuerreroWriter: Eric T. Roth, Christopher GuerreroCast: Leah Lamarr, Kyle Helf, Max Baumgartenhttps://www.whiteguyssolve.com/https://www.facebook.com/diretorchristopherguerrerohttps://www.twitter.com/mindshawkhttps://www.instagram.com/mindshawktrailer... Read More →
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Meats

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 10:28 minutes
Writer/Director: Ashley WilliamsProducer: Ashley Williams, Neal DodsonCast: Ashley Williams, Giancarlo Sbarbarohttps://www.ashleywilliams.workhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt9387222/https://www.facebook.com/ashleywilliamsofficial/https://www.instagram.com/ashleywilliamsandcompany/A pregnant... Read More →
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Over the Line

Nebraska Premiere, Canada - 7:08 minutes
Writer/Director: Aaron HallProducer: Alex Karakatsanis, Aaron HallCast: Kym Wyatt Mckenzie, Michael LakeTrailerDespite his backseat passenger being near death, an odd young man decides they need to make a quick pitstop before heading to the hospital - to rob a gas station... Read More →
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Blocks

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 10:44 minutes
Writer/Director: Bridget MoloneyProducer: Kate Chamuris, Kristin Slaysman, Valerie SteinbergCast: Claire Coffee, Mark Webber, Phoebe Sinclair, George Sinclair, Ruha Taslimi, Kristin Slaysman, Trae Harris,IMdbInstagramTrailerAn existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks... Read More →
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Summer Lightning

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 11:20 minutes
Writer/Director: Andrew SaundersonProducer: Andrew Preston, Zach Mann, Brendan KenneyCast: Ty Simpkins, Ryan Findleyhttps://www.summerlightningfilm.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9402252/https://www.facebook.com/filmlightninghttps://www.twitter.com/filmlightninghttps://www.instagram.com/filmlightningtrailer... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2020 5:45pm - 7:18pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

6:00pm

I Am Not Alone
(Documentary)
Armenia - 93 minutes


Writer/Director: Garin Hovannisian
Producer:Alec Mouhibian, Garin Hovannisian, Eric Esrailian, Tatevik Manoukyan
Executive Producer: Serj Tankian
Cast: Nikol Pashinyan, Serzh Sargsyan, Valeriy Osipyan, Anna Hakobyan, Chalo the Dog

On Easter 2018, a man put on a backpack and went live on Facebook to announce that he was beginning a walk across Armenia. His mission: to inspire a velvet revolution — and topple the corrupt regime that enjoys absolute power in his post-soviet nation. With total access to all key players, I AM NOT ALONE tells the miraculous true story of what happens in the next 40 days.


Thursday March 5, 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

6:15pm

The Short History of the Long Road
(Drama)
USA - 90 minutes


Writer/Director: Ani Simon-Kennedy
Cast: Maggie Siff, Danny Trejo, Sabrina Carpenter, Steven Ogg

Teenage Nola grew up living out of a van with her beloved father Clint, two nomads against the world. When tragedy strikes, Nola is confronted by the reality that life as an outsider may not be her only choice. She must engage with others to integrate herself into a society she has never known. As she slowly expands the relationships in her life, she is faced with the decision to get off the road for the first time, or to forge onward - with only her wits and memories as her road map.




Thursday March 5, 2020 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:15pm

The Blackout
(Drama)
USA - 80 minutes


Writer/Director: Daniela De Carlo
Producer: Alexandra Creswick
Cast: Leah Henoch, Hillary Anne Matthews, Tess Paras

As hurricane Sandy descends upon New York, leaving destruction in her wake and plunging the city into darkness, a group of friends and neighbors come together and discover the joys, heartaches, and pleasures of human connection.





Thursday March 5, 2020 8:15pm - 9:32pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:30pm

Shorts #4 - Nebraska Shorts
Screening order:

May I Have This Dance directed by Elizabeth Rudigier
The Dress directed by Jill Zmolek
Francisco Ruiz - Tattoo Artist directed by Susana Vanourney
Survived directed by Deanna Buller
April Interlude directed by Tim Guthrie
Living in a VHS World directed by Chris Machian
Grace directed by LeAnne Bugay
Synethesia directed by Molly Misek
Great Monsters Walk These Halls directed by Mike Machian



Short Films
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Francisco Ruiz: Tattoo Artist

World Premiere, Netherlands - 7:09 minutes
Director: Susana VanourneyWriter/Producer: Susana Vanourney, Francisco RuizCast: Francisco RuizFrancisco Ruiz, a Venezuelan tattoo artist currently residing in Amsterdam, discusses his life and love of creating art through tattoos.
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May I Have This Dance

World Premiere, USA - 4:56 minutes
Writer/Director: Elizabeth Rudigier“May I have this Dance Please?” takes a look at the 5th graders of Jackson Elementary School as they learn ballroom dance. While the students learn the steps to each dance, they just might also learn more about their dance partners and how to... Read More →
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The Dress

World Premiere, USA - 7:29 minutes
Director: Jill ZmolekCast: Lora Kaup, Torisa WalkerA behind the scenes look at the Creighton stage production of “Legally Blonde.”In March of 2019, Creighton University's undergraduate program performed Legally Blonde The Musical, a Broadway production based on the original novel... Read More →
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Survived

World Premiere, USA - 15:10 minutes
Writer/Director: Deanna BullerCast: Amanda Ramold, Deanna Buller, Mia, Mabel (off-screen), Rita, Serenity Jankowski, Tabithahttps://villerproductions.weebly.com/shorts-and-other-video-projectsSurvived coverx the heavy subject of Sexual Assault and may be difficult for some people... Read More →
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April Interlude

World Premiere, USA - 2:55 minutes
Director: Tim GuthrieApril plays Bach.
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Living in a VHS world

World Premiere, USA - 4:10 minutes
Writer/Director: Chris MachianCast: Adam Haughttps://www.twitter.com/Chrismachianhttps://www.instagram.com/Chrismachian“Living in a VHS World” explores Adam Haug’s love affair with a medium that many have considered long dead. Haug is not only a collector but he releases his... Read More →
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Grace

World Premiere, USA - 5:39 minutes
Writer/Director: LeAnne BugayProducer: AE Stueve, Meg GrossCast: Grace SchaeferSophomore cross country runner Grace Schaefer pushes through the highs and lows of the sport she loves to medal at a meet.
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Synethesia

World Premiere, USA - 4:37 minutes
Writer/Director: Molly MisekSynesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. This film explores synesthesia, specifically chromesthesia, through the work of musician... Read More →
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Great Monsters Walk These Halls

World Premiere, USA - 15:15 minutes
Writer/Director: Mike MachianProducer: Mike Machian, Michael TorsonCast: Wayne Sealy, Wayne Halsey, Doug Kabourek, Brian Coreyhttps://www.facebook.com/greatmonsterswalk/“Great Monsters Walk These Halls” is written on the wall backstage at Mystery Manor, Omaha’s longest running... Read More →


Thursday March 5, 2020 8:30pm - 9:37pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:45pm

Senior Love Triangle
(Drama)
USA - 92 minutes


Director: Kelly Blatz
Writer: Kelly Blatz, Isadora Kosofsky
Producer: Jenna Cavelle, Lori Tanner, Drew Diamond, Mathew Smaglik, Baron Davis, Emilie Khair, Isadora Kosofksy
Cast: Tom Bower, Marlyn Mason, Anne Gee Byrd, Travis Van Winkle

An 84-year-old charming but delusional WWII veteran forms romantic relationships with two elderly women and goes on a crusade to save them from the isolation of their retirement homes in East Hollywood. Inspired by a true story documented in TIME magazine.




Thursday March 5, 2020 8:45pm - 10:22pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

10:00pm

Thursday Night Party
Free entry for folks with All Access passes
$10 entry without a pass.


Thursday March 5, 2020 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Backlot Taphouse 2110 South 67th Street, Suite 108
 
Friday, March 6
 

8:00am

OFF Academy - Day 2
The OFF Academy is a two-day educational outreach intended for middle and high school students to learn the process of filmmaking from industry professionals.

Pre-registered students will receive an OFF Academy badge which will grant them access to all of the OFF Academy panels as well as all Omaha Film Festival screenings.

The three main pillars that the Academy is built on are ENTERTAINMENT | EDUCATION | INSPIRATION.

With industry professionals from across the country the two-day sessions will give students an inside look at screenwriting, acting, auditioning, cinematography, film lighting, editing, producing, and directing and will include hands-on interactive workshops targeting students in the disciplines they’re most interested in.

Schedule:

8:00am - 8:30am
participant check-in / light breakfast

8:30am - 9:00am
Welcome from OFF Staff

9:00am - 9:45am
Make a Narrative Short Film
Visiting Filmmakers

10:00am - 10:45am
Documentary Filmmaking
Julie Sokolow & Alec Mouhibian

11:00am - Noon
Filmmaker/Student Roundtable
Visiting Filmmakers

Noon - 1:00pm
Lunch and Learn w/Filmmakers
Beverages and lunch will be provided

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Narrative Feature Filmmaking
Visiting Filmmakers

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Wrap Session and Goodbye

Made possible in part by grants and support provided by:
Weitz Family Foundation
Mann Kind Foundation
Walmart Community Grants
Kevin Keplar
Torchwerks
Omaha Funny Bone




Friday March 6, 2020 8:00am - 2:30pm
Aksarben Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom 6737 Frances St, Omaha, NE

5:45pm

Resistance
(Biography, Comedy, Drama)
France - USA - Germany - UK - 121 minutes


Writer/Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Cast: Ed Harris, Jesse Eisenberg, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy

The story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.





Friday March 6, 2020 5:45pm - 7:46pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

6:00pm

Shorts #5
Screening order:

Mr. Marvelous directed by Evan Falbaum
Buzzard directed by Joy Webster
The Shabbos Goy directed by Talia Osteen
The Chef directed by Hao Zheng
But First... directed by Erin Brown Thomas
Tacos for [Redacted] directed by Emily Skyle-Golden
Little Chief directed by Erica Tremblay
The Tattooed Heart directed by Sheldon Wong Schwartz



Short Films
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Mr. Marvelous

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 13:55 minutes
Director: Evan FalbaumWriters: Evan Falbaum, Kemerton HargroveProducer: Kemerton Hargrove, Mitch Landry, Landon MillerCast: Mitch Landry, M.E. Breithaupt, Torren Davis, Rod V. Phillips, Kemerton Hargrovehttps://www.moviesauce.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11266098/https://www.facebook.com/moviesauce/https://www.instagram.com/moviesauce/trailer... Read More →
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Buzzard

Nebraska Premiere, Canada - 15:15 minutes
Director: Joy WebsterWriter: Ben O'Neil, Joy WebsterProducer: Lucas FordCast: Alanna Bale, David Sparrow, Michael Lipkahttps://www.joywebster.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8510132/https://www.instagram.com/joywebs/trailer: https://vimeo.com/328514879A man on the brink of suicide... Read More →
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The Shabbos Goy

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 6:54 minutes
Writer/Director: Talia OsteenProducer: Jesse SchillerExecutive Producer: Paul Feig, Laura Fischer, Kesila ChildersCast: Milana Vayntrub, Devere Rogers, Tami Sagherhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt11163912/https://www.facebook.com/TheShabbosGoy/https://twitter.com/shabbosgoyfilmhttps://www.instagram.com/theshabbosgoyfilm/trailer... Read More →
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The Chef

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 19:50 minutes
Director: Hao ZhengWriter: Vanessa Leqi Kong, Ithaca Yixian DengProducer: Ithaca Yixian DengCast: Jim Lau Quinn, Von Hoene, Allen Theosky Rowehttps://www.thecheffilm.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8862058/https://www.facebook.com/thecheffilmhttps://www.instagram.com/thecheffilmtrailer... Read More →
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But First...

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 4:48 minutes
Director: Erin Brown ThomasWriter: Mike Esperanza, Erin Brown ThomasProducer: Lindsay GauthierCast: Erin Nicole Love, Tiffanie Carson, Sarah Housepianwww.erinbrownthomas.comhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt8974214/trailer: https://vimeo.com/293933332When just one thing, first, makes all... Read More →
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Tacos for [Redacted]

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 9:58 minutes
Director: Emily Skyle-GoldenWriter: Aaron FosterProducer: Ryan Golden, Tyler Bourns, Emily Skyle, Aaron FosterCast: Aaron Foster, Rick Podellhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt11526792/https://www.facebook.com/TacosForRedactedhttps://www.instagram.com/cordillerafilmsNVtrailer: https://vimeo.com/320813771An... Read More →
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Little Chief

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 11:48 minutes
Writer/Director: Erica TremblayProducer: Erica Tremblay, Kasia Chmielinski, Deidre BacksCast: Lily Gladstone, Julian Ballentynehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt9875306/https://www.twitter.com/ericatremblayhttps://www.instagram.com/littlechieffilmIt's just another typical day at a rural... Read More →
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The Tattooed Heart

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 9:00 minutes
Director: Sheldon Wong SchwartzWriter: Matt OlmsteadProducer: Swift Lee, Matt Olmstead, Willis Chung, Barry BattlesCast: Jennifer Morrison, Madison Wolfe, Nestor Serranohttps://www.imdb.com/video/vi3872832537trailer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8976082/A creative writing instructor... Read More →


Friday March 6, 2020 6:00pm - 7:32pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

6:15pm

The Planters
(Comedy)
USA - 78 minutes


Writer/Director: Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder
Producer: Jacqueline Beiro, Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder
Cast: Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder, Phil Parolisi, Pepe Serna

‘The Planters' is a dark comedy about Martha Plant, a telemarketer who sucks at her job, doesn’t like people, but likes to bury stolen treasure for cash donations. When she finds unlikely friendship in Sadie Mayflower, a Jesus-loving vagrant with multiple personalities, Martha’s world starts looking up. But Martha learns that opening herself up can come with unexpected consequences.




Friday March 6, 2020 6:15pm - 7:33pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:10pm

The Night
(Horror, Thriller)
USA/Iran - 105 minutes


Director: Kourosh Ahari
Writer: Kourosh Ahari, Milad Jarmooz
Producer: Alex Bretow, Jeffrey Allard, Cheryl Staurulakis, Armin Amiri, Mohammad Dormanesh
Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Niousha Jafarian

"The Night" is a psychological thriller that follows an Iranian couple, Babak and Neda, and their one-year-old daughter, Shabnam. Returning home from a friend’s gathering, Babak drives drunkenly, too stubborn to let Neda drive with a suspended license. When Babak’s driving threatens the safety of the family, Neda insists they stay the night at a hotel. Once they check into the hotel, Babak and Neda find themselves imprisoned–forced to face the secrets they've kept from each other. And though the clock moves forward, “the night” never ends.




Friday March 6, 2020 8:10pm - 9:51pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:20pm

Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story
USA - 87 minutes
Filmmaker in attendance

Writer/Director: Julie Sokolow
Producer: Olivia Vaughn, Danny Yourd
Cast: Jim Baumer, Mary Baumer

BAREFOOT is a portrait of Mark Baumer, a writer and activist who walked barefoot for over 100 days to protest climate change. In a voice The New Yorker praised as “reminiscent of Andy Kaufman”, Baumer narrates his walk in self-recorded videos, sharing his offbeat take on life and how we all can make a difference.


Friday March 6, 2020 8:20pm - 9:47pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:30pm

In Other Words
(Romance)
Nebraska Spotlight Narrative Feature
USA/Mexico - 99 minutes

Filmmakers and cast in attendance

Director: Patrick Perez Vidauri
Writer: Cristina Nava
Producer: Cristina Nava, Patrick Perez Vidauri
Cast: Bryan McClure, Edy Ganem, Chris Kattan, Natasha Esca, Renee Victor, Joe Nunez, Rishi Arya, Enrique Castillo

“In Other Words" is a romantic comedy about a tech geek (Bryan McClure) who lands an investor (Chris Kattan) for his matchmaking app. But when his app matches him with a beautiful girl (Natasha Esca) who doesn’t speak English, he travels with his buddies (Joe Nunez and Rishi Arya) to wine country in Baja California, Mexico to prove his algorithm isn’t screwy.





Friday March 6, 2020 8:30pm - 10:10pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

10:00pm

Ring the Bell Party at Julio's
Ring the Bell Party
Julio’s West
2820 South 123rd Ct
Free taco bar provided by Julio’s
Drink Specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access passes!

Friday March 6, 2020 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Julio's Restaurant 2820 S 123rd Ct, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
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Saturday, March 7
 

11:30am

Shorts #6
Screening order:

My Dinner with Werner directed by Maverick Moore
The Sunny Side Up directed by Peter Kilmartin
Daddio directed by Casey Wilson
Something in Common  directed by Lori Kay Allred
Helter Shelter directed by Jeremy Osbern
Guanajuato Norte directed by Ingrid Holmquist, Sana A. Malik
Maven Voyage directed by Rachel Emerson
In the Blood directed by Regina Banali



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My Dinner With Werner

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 17:49 minutes
Director: Maverick MooreWriter: Maverick Moore, Ryan McNamaraProducer: Marla Moore, Brian Elliott, Jake Moore, Steven Trebus, Alayna Hudson, Ryan McNamaraCast: Chynna Walker, Matthew Sanders, Andrew Perez, Grant Virtuehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt8453282/https://www.facebook.com/MyDinnerWithWernerhttps://www.twitter.com/DinnerWithWernhttps://www.instagram.com/maverickfilmstrailer... Read More →
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The Sunny Side Up

Nebraska Premiere, Ireland - 10:30 minutes
Director: Peter KilmartinProducer: Cian O'ConnorCast: Sonia Jacobs, Peter Pringlehttps://www.spicydogmedia.ie/https://www.facebook.com/spicydogmediatrailer: https://youtu.be/1JrT1BqSjSEPeter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs both served years in prison for crimes they did not commit. After... Read More →
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Daddio

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 17:50 minutes
Director: Casey WilsonWriter: Laura Kindred, Casey WilsonProducer: Laura Kindred, Casey Wilson, Adam Silver, Ursula CamackCast: Michael McKean, Casey Wilson, Adam Pally, June Diane Raphael, Blair Beeken, Johnny Meeks, Emma Weiss, Ian Durney, April Moutonhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt10839386/trailer... Read More →
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Something in Common

World Premiere, USA - 1:00 minutes
Writer/Director: Lori AllredCast: Pinot the dog, Sarah Irwin-Powell, Megan Nichols, Leslie Nicholshttps://winedogpictures.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10498676/A corgi on wheels finds a new friend.
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Helter Shelter

World Premiere, USA - 4:33 minutes
Director: Jeremy OsbernWriter/Performer: Nick GivechiProducer: Through A Glass ProductionsHelter Shelter is a spoken word poem/short film about the de-humanization of the homeless.
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Guanajuato Norte

Nebraska Premiere, USA/Mexico - 23:00 minutes
Writer/Director: Ingrid Holmquist, Sana A. MalikCast: Wenceslao (Winny) ContrerasFacebookInstagramTrailerWinny Contreras has lived and worked on the same farm in Connecticut for the last 24 years with men who are from his hometown in Guanajuato, Mexico. Before him, his father also crossed the border to find work, and thousands of migrants continue to leave their homes to support their families. Winny has missed major moments... Read More →
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Maven Voyage

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 14:58 minutes
Writer/Director: Rachel EmersonProducer: Andrew Mueller, Rachel EmersonCast: John Fulton, Rachel Emerson, Emily Popp, Reese Benson, Murphie Cunningham, Sam Ortizhttps://www.instagram.com/Maven_Voyagetrailer: https://vimeo.com/356337511/530a464655Maeve is training to be a part of the... Read More →
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In The Blood

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 6:41 minutes
Writer/Director: Regina BanaliProducer: Regina Banali, Nancy O'BrienCast: Frankie Banali, Tal Berkovich, Joe Chambrello, Alex Grossi, Chuck Wright, James Durbin, Jim Lawhttps://www.inthebloodshort.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11191498/https://www.twitter.com/ReginaBanalihttps://www.instagram.com/ReginaBanaliTrailer... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 11:30am - 1:06pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

12:15pm

Waging Change
USA - 61 minutes
Filmmaker in attendance

Producer/Director: Abby Ginzberg
Editor: Marta Wohl; Jim McSilver
Writer: Sharon Wood, Abby Ginzberg, Mara Wohl
Cast: Saru Jayaraman; Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Rep Jan Schakowky; Nataki Rhodes, Wardell Harvey, Andrea Velasquez

WAGING CHANGE reveals two American workers’ struggles hidden in plain sight-- the effort to end the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 for restaurant servers and bartenders and the #MeToo movement's efforts to end sexual harassment. The film shines a spotlight on the challenges faced by restaurant workers, 70% of whom are women, trying to feed themselves and their families on tips and the growing movement to end the tipped minimum wage.

Featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez and Saru Jayaraman, the film highlights the critical role consumers have to play in ending the two-tier wage system.




Saturday March 7, 2020 12:15pm - 1:16pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

12:30pm

From the Vine
(Drama)
Canada/Italy - 94 minutes

Filmmaker in attendance

Director: Sean Cisterna
Writer: Willem Wennekers, based on the novel Finding Marco by Ken Cancellara
Producer: Kyle Bornais, Paula Brancati, Ken Cancellara, Francesco Papa
Cast: Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Crewson, Marco Leonardi, Paula Brancati

From The Vine is the story of a downtrodden CEO experiencing a moral crisis who travels back to Italy to re-calibrate his moral compass. He discovers new life by reviving his grandfather's old vineyard, offering the small town of Acerenza a sustainable future and reconnecting with his family in the process. Combining magic realism and Italian neorealism, and set against the backdrop of wine country Italy, the film is about finding your roots in your family when you're at the bottom of the barrel.




Saturday March 7, 2020 12:30pm - 2:04pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

1:45pm

Shorts #7 - Animated Shorts
Screening order:

Recoiled directed by Claire Grim
Why Slugs Have No Legs directed by Aline Höchli
The Lonely Orbit directed by Frederic Siegel, Benjamin Morard
Deadman's Reach directed by Quentin Vien
TellTale directed by Fu Yang
Irritable Ball Syndrome directed by Brady Glover
The Haunted Swordsman directed by Kevin McTurk
Kim directed by Madeline Landry
Abe's Story directed by Adam H Stewart
If Anything Happens I Love You directed by Will McCormack, Michael Govier



Short Films
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Recoiled

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 8:01 minutes
Director: Claire GrimWritten by Kersten Schatz, Story by Shalom Simmons and Claire Grimhttps://www.facebook.com/Recoiled2019/trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj51f6CTwjgRecoiled is a 3D animated short that tells the story of two young African American sisters. Kailli's hair... Read More →
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Why Slugs Have No Legs

Nebraska Premiere, Switzerland - 10:44 minutes
Writer/Director: Aline HöchliProducer: Marcel Derek Ramsay, Michèle Wannaz​Facebook​​​​Trailer​​​Slugs have a hard time keeping up with the pace of life in the city of insects. When a financial crisis hits, the industrious bees only see one solution... Read More →
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The Lonely Orbit

USA Premiere, Switzerland - 9:20 minutes
Writers/Directors: Frederic Siegel, Benjamin MorardProducer: Marwan Abdalla Eissa​Trailer​​​Leaving for his dream job, a satellite technician keeps solitude at bay by constantly texting with his old friends. After neglecting his duties, a satellite leaves its orbit which causes the world's network to collapse... Read More →
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Deadman's Reach

Nebraska Premiere, UK - 11:19 minutes
Writer/Director/Producer: Quentin VienAfter falling asleep on the London underground, a man finds himself mysteriously spirited into the desert where he follows an illusive trail of a failed love affair. Through the exploration of songwriting, the man eventually reaches catharsis... Read More →
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TellTale

Nebraska Premiere, USA, Taiwan - 3:09 minutes
Writer/Director/Producer: Fu Yanghttps://fuyang.wixsite.com/fuyang/telltale-thesis-filmtrailer: https://vimeo.com/337068274A man who holds too many secrets goes to confess to a sacred tree…
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Irritable Ball Syndrome

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 5:21 minutes
Writer/Director: Brady GloverCast: Hayden HoweWhen a scientist tries to infuse life into a ball, he learns how to roll with what life zaps at him.
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The Haunted Swordsman

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 16:25 minutes
Producer/Director: Kevin McTurkWriter: Tab MurphyCast: Jason Scott Lee, James Hong, Fanka Potente, Christopher LloydFacebook TrailerIn a world of demons and ghosts, a lone samurai and his odd companion seek vengeance... Read More →
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Kim

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 6:21 minutes
Writer/Director/Producer: Madeline LandryCast: Natalie Bendheim, Haynes Brookehttps://www.madelinelandry.com/film-kimhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt11150942/trailer: https://www.madelinelandry.com/film-kim"Kim" is a stop-motion animated, mock-umentary style short about the titular Kim... Read More →
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Abe's Story

Nebraska Premiere, Ireland - 12:21 minutes
Director: Adam H. StewartWriter: Adam H. Stewart, Garry WalshCast: Colin O'Donovan, David Bamber, Owen Roe, Jonathan Ryanhttps://www.abesstory.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7047302/https://www.facebook.com/adamstewartfilm/https://www.twitter.com/AdamStewartFilmhttps://www.instagram.com/trailer... Read More →
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If Anything Happens I Love You

World Premiere, USA - 12:21 minutes
Writers/Directors: Will McCormack, Michael GovierProducer: Maryann Garger, Gary Gilbert, Gerald Chamaleswww.ifanythinghappensiloveyou.comhttps://www.instagram.com/ohgoodprotrailer: www.ifanythinghappensiloveyou.comGrieving parents struggle with the loss of their daughter after a school... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 1:45pm - 3:21pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

2:00pm

Writer's Theatre
Live script readings and Q&A with attending screenwriters

The Writers Theatre will be held at
College of St Mary - Gross Auditorium 
7000 Mercy Rd, Omaha NE

Highway 83 written by Anthony Rainone (Feature Screenplay)
A driven sheriff in the Badlands of 1970 South Dakota desperately tries to stop her convict father's execution by hunting down the real killer - a Nazi who escaped from a German POW camp in Nebraska decades earlier.

Float Me Up written by Daniel Talbott (Feature Screenplay)
Emma lives on her own in the house where she was raised, her parents both gone. She travels far out of New Orleans each week to care for her wayward brother Cody—their family a tightly closed island of two. When her brother makes a decision that breaks open her life and leaves her utterly alone, Emma emerges from the smallness of her existence and ventures into the chaos and swirl of the French Quarter and greater New Orleans, whose eclectic inhabitants, lost souls, and fellow travelers will either drown her or help her toward some new shore of possibility.

They Went On written by Anthony Gilmore & Drew McCoy (Feature Screenplay)
They Went On begins with the narrator, a young Marina Hernandez, in the middle of escaping a Kansas City mental ward in 1979. We learn that Marina, charismatic and electric despite signs of a hard life, has undifferentiated schizophrenia ... and that she has a story to tell us, starting from the end.

Black Star Rising written by Doug Williams (Feature Screenplay)
Barbara Jordan conquers poverty and racism to become a leading black politician in the 1970s. But as she rises, Jordan’s allies sabotage her career because she doesn’t act like a stereotypical “black woman politician.” Though crippled by illness and betrayal, she confronts her critics in one last war against injustice.

Hippy Dippy written by Anthony Rainone (Short Screenplay)
Two men set out to steal a rodeo bull and come up against a migrant woman tougher than all of them.

Bronko and Dorothy written by John T. Frederick (Short Screenplay)
Two old folks discuss disappointment, anger, death and life at The Gardens Of Eden... a modern elder care warehouse.

People In A Box written by M.r. Fitzgerald (Short Screenplay)
A passionate, naive singer is trapped in a mysterious Black-Box Theatre where she and other entertainers must perform to survive.

Undone - Pilot written by Christine Burright McGuigan (Teleplay)
A jaded wedding photographer must come to terms with her career and her views on marriage after splitting up with her husband.

Shadowpoint - A Domestic Incident written by Doug Sasse (Teleplay)
After accidentally killing his wife during a heated argument and burying her in the woods, a guilt-ridden husband begins to see his dead wife all over town. This is an episode in a new anthology series.

The Group written by Joel Stevens & Angee Stevens (Exhibition Short Screenplay)
In Dr. Kyle’s Teen Coping Group, the only thing more terrifying than the secrets revealed are the ones that aren’t.


Saturday March 7, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
College of St Mary, Gross Auditorium 7000 Mercy Rd, Omaha NE

2:45pm

The Job
(drama)
Nebraska Spotlight Narrative Feature
USA - 120 minutes

Filmmakers and cast in attendance

Director: Randy J. Goodwin
Writer: Randy J. Goodwin, Steven Lee
Producer: Randy J. Goodwin, Steven Lee, Nicholas Smith, Gina Rugolo, Mimi Goodwin
Cast: Randy J. Goodwin, Kendra C. Johnson, Ben C. Adams, Larry Bagby, Sean Summers, Brandon Collins, Styles Collins

After killing a man in the ring, boxing champion, Lance "The Dance" Foster, spirals out of control and loses everything. Five years later, Lance finds faith in God, a job at a gym, sobriety, and more importantly, peace. He vows never to be violent again and now lives an "every man" life. Unfortunately, this life is not acceptable to his wife Natalie, who has grown accustomed to a life of wealth that is no longer available to her. Nor to Abe, the jobless kid breaking into the champ's house looking to score big in order to take care of his young wife and sick child. Does Lance break his vow of nonviolence to save his life, or trust that God will provide?




Saturday March 7, 2020 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

3:00pm

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
(Biography, Drama, History)
USA - 81 minutes


Writer/Director: David Midell
Producer: Enrico Natale, David Midell
Cast: Frankie Faison, Enrico Natale, Stevo O' Connell, Anika Noni Rose

Based on the true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veteran with bipolar disorder, who was killed during a conflict with police officers who were dispatched to check on him.




Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:23pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

4:00pm

Shorts #8
Screening order:

Coffee Shop Names directed by Deepak Sethi
Portraitist directed by Cyrus Neshvad
Age of Bryce directed by David Feagan, Brian Elliott
The Devil's Harmony directed by Dylan Holmes Williams
Bunker Burger directed by Adam Yorke
Tree #3 directed by Omer Ben-Shachar
Oh, Sorry directed by Justin Giddings & Ryan Welsh



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Coffee Shop Names

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 7:58 minutes
Writer/Director: Deepak SethiProducer: Valerie SteinbergCast: Danny Pudi, Karan Soni, Kausar Mohammed, Anders Holmhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt10919250/trailer: https://youtu.be/E5PPb60sy4UThree Indian people imagine their personas as their "coffee shop names," the names they give... Read More →
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Portraitist

Nebraska Premiere, Luxembourg - 15:00 minutes
Producer/Director: Cyrus, NeshvadWriter: Guillaume LevilCast: Albert Delpy TrailerA grandfather at the edge of despair is called to care for his dying granddaughter. Through art, he kindles a relationship with her that brings beauty to the darkness in their lives... Read More →
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Age of Bryce

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 9:50 minutes
Producer/Director: Brian Elliott; David FeaganWriter: Brian ElliottCast: DeAnna Toten Beard; Major DodsonFacebookTwitterSmothered by an adoring, over-protective mom, 12-year-old Bryce Yancy Paul (Bip) is pushed to the brink of pubescent revolution. It’s time to ripen. Bloom. Break the shackles of parental paranoia. It’s the Age of Bryce. Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do... Read More →
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The Devil's Harmony

Nebraska Premiere, UK - 14:23 minutes
Writer/Director: Dylan Holmes WilliamsProducer: Nathan CraigCast: Patsy Ferran, Leo Suterhttp://www.dylanholmeswilliams.comhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt10093862/https://www.twitter.com/dholmeswilliamshttps://www.instagram.com/dylanholmeswilliamstrailer: https://vimeo.com/255302784A... Read More →
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Bunker Burger

Nebraska Premiere, Canada - 11:30 minutes
Writer/Director: Adam YorkeProducer: Adam Yorke, Kristy Neville, Matt CodeCast: Enrico Colantoni, Sara Mitich, Tony Babcock, Jennifer Vallance, Sarah Gnocato, Bethanie Ho, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Jake Raymond, Kyana Teresa, Ava Augustin, Danijel Mandic, Greg Zajac, Tanya Bevan, Grant Landry... Read More →
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Tree #3

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 19:50 minutes
Director: Omer Ben-ShacharWriters: Omer Ben Shachar, Sydney MeadowProducer: Iris Xuan YangCast: Lior Malka, Rita Zohar, Alex Gonzalez, Eva Du, Shira Gross, Kelly Ryan, Ohad BittonIMdbFacebookTrailerAfter he's been cast (again!) as a background tree in his annual middle school play, an ambitious and imaginative Israeli immigrant boy leads a revolution on stage that his intolerant drama teacher will never forget... Read More →
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Oh, Sorry

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 14:56 minutes
Director: Justin Giddings & Ryan WelshWriter: Madeleine CoghlanProducer: Cindi Rice, John Frank RosenblumCast: Wyatt Oleff, Madeleine Coghlan, Reina Hardesty, Brandon PereaFacebookTwitterInstagramTrailerA grieving young woman leans on her younger brother for emotional support until a spontaneous night out forces her to confront her denial... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 4:00pm - 5:34pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

5:45pm

Sergio
(Drama)
USA - 118 minutes

Rated R for language, some bloody images and a scene of sexuality

Director: Greg Barker
Writer: Craig Borten
Cast: Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Garret Dillahunt, Brían F. O'Byrne, Will Dalton, Clemens Schick, Bradley Whitford.

Charismatic and complex, Sergio Vieira de Mello (Wagner Moura) has spent the majority of his storied career as a top UN diplomat working in the world's most unstable regions, deftly navigating deals with presidents, revolutionaries, and war criminals for the sake of protecting the lives of ordinary people. But just as he readies himself for a simpler life with the woman he loves (Ana de Armas), Sergio takes one last assignment - in Baghdad, newly plunged into chaos following the US invasion. The assignment is meant to be brief, until a bomb blast causes the walls of the UN headquarters to come literally crashing down upon him, setting into motion a gripping life-or-death struggle. Inspired by a true story, SERGIO is a sweeping drama focused on a man pushed to his physical and emotional limits as he's forced to confront his own divisive choices about ambition, family, and his capacity to love.


Saturday March 7, 2020 5:45pm - 7:43pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

6:00pm

The In-Between
(drama)
USA - 78 minutes


Director: Mindy Bledsoe
Writer: Mindy Bledsoe, Rob Senska, Jennifer Stone
Producer: Chris Lyon, Blayne Weaver, Bledska, Jennifer Stone
Cast: Mindy Bledsoe, Jennifer Stone, Rane Jameson

Two women set out on a road trip with different missions. Mads (Jennifer Stone "Wizards of Waverly Place") needs to renew her driver's license in South Dakota, while Junior needs to visit Portland, OR on a quest for her dead sister. Both women have medical issues that cause friction along the way, but they never let those problems define their identities. Mads is also keeping a secret from Junior, that could explode at any moment and ruin their journey.


Saturday March 7, 2020 6:00pm - 7:18pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

6:30pm

Shorts #9 - Nebraska Shorts
Screening order:

Sessions by instructors Jason Levering, David Weiss (out of competition)
One Bullet to Shoot directed by Vaughn Mueller
Better with You directed by Allison Holt
The Boulevard: Six Months created by Trevor Nealy and Karl Yanike
Until Evening directed by Mike Machian (out of competition)
Not directed by Allison Schafer
David directed by Christine Burright McGuigan
The Last Showdown directed by Cooper Watkins



Short Films
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Sessions

World Premiere, USA - 5:55 minutes
Instructors: Jason Levering, David WeissWriter/Cast: Stella Ehrhart, Caleb Eschliman, Haden Batchelder, Sydney Skierka, Michael FrandoligSessions is the result of a collaborative film course from the 2020 Nebraska Thespians Conference. With the help of the class instructors, each... Read More →
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One Bullet To Shoot

World Premiere, USA - 4:23 minutes
Writer/Director: Vaughn MillerA musical video of a song by Vaughn Miller
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Better with You

World Premiere, USA - 6:24 minutes
Director: Allison HoltWriter/Producer: Samantha D. BoeschCast: Alex AbateA man who lives with OCD feels although his life is missing something.
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The Boulevard: Six Months

World Premiere, USA - 20:16 minutes
Created by Trevor Nealy and Karl YanikeCast: Karl Yanike, Trevor Nealy, Jimmy HillTwo slackers try to maintain their sanity while living off a six-month supply of mac and cheese in their apartment.
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Until Evening

World Premiere, USA - 11:00 minutes
Director: Mike MachianWriter: Maya Peirce, Chuck Mittan and Christopher SiaensProducer: Mike Machian, Chuck MittanCast: MJ Peters, Erika Kozel, Cheri Bloomingdale, Linda Hughes, Stephanie Finklea, Michael Torson, Chris Williams, Jonathan Newtonhttps://www.facebook.com/untileveningA... Read More →
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Not

World Premiere, USA - 1:10 minutes
Writer/Director: Allison SchaferA quick reflection of what you are, and are not.
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David

World Premiere, USA - 2:19 minutes
Writer/Director: Christine Burright McGuiganCast: Christine Burright McGuigan, Becky Grey, Aaron Slagle, Taryn WoodsThree friends discuss their nicknames.
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The Last Showdown

World Premiere, USA - 3:18 minutes
Writer/Director/Producer: Cooper WatkinsCast: Evan Eggers, Gabe Foreman Albers, Cooper WatkinsAn old prospector leads a cowboy to a black clad gunfighter. A duel ensues.


Saturday March 7, 2020 6:30pm - 7:25pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:10pm

Aggie
USA - 91 minutes

Writer/Director: Catherine Gund
Producer: Catherine Gund, Tanya Selvaratnam
Cast: Agnes Gund, Darren Walker, Ava DuVernay, Thelma Golden, John Waters, Glenn Ligon

Aggie is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change.Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists—particularly women and people of color—and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The film opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” for $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick, who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight injustice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way.


Saturday March 7, 2020 8:10pm - 9:40pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:20pm

Here Awhile
(Drama)
USA - 86 minutes


Director: Tim True
Writer: Csaba Mera, Tim True
Producer: Deborah Lee Smith
Cast: Anna Camp, Joe Lo Truglio, Steven Strait

Anna (played by Anna Camp) returns to Portland after 15 years to reconnect with her brother Michael (Steven Strait). Anna reveals that she has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and that she plans to end her life utilizing Oregon’s unique Death with Dignity Act. Michael pleads with her to reconsider but she is adamant.

Michael’s girlfriend, Shonda, and Michael’s brilliantly quirky neighbor, Gary (Joe Lo Truglio), and Anna's partner, Luisa, understand and are supportive of her difficult decision. Through a series of adventures, the group gets closer, and ultimately comes together to celebrate her life. When the time is right, Anna addresses each with a heartfelt goodbye as they surround her with love during her last breaths.




Saturday March 7, 2020 8:20pm - 9:43pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:45pm

Shorts #10 - Nebraska Shorts
Screening order:

Feel Pretty directed by Dale C. Brooks, Matt Brooks
Caniglia directed by David M. Weiss
The Murder King directed by Kate Ryan Brewer
The Night Watcher directed by Rob Yanike
Fortunate Country directed by Kristin Jordan Tripe, Julia Hinson
One Punch directed by Shawn Gourley, Lauren Abell



Short Films
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Feel Pretty

World Premiere, USA - 3:31 minutes
Writers/Directors: Dale Brooks, Matt BrooksProducer: Jameon RushCast: Maggie Vaughanhttps://optixdm.com/feel-prettyA woman prepares.
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Caniglia

World Premiere, Italy - 9:03 minutes
Director: David M. WeissWriter: David M. Weiss, Jeremy Caniglia, Carlos Hof (Film Score)Producer: David M.WeissCast: Jeremy Caniglia, Jacqui Caniglia, Vivian Caniglia, Caravaggio Caniglia, Grace Hartiganhttps://dmweissproductions.com/https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1874291/https://www.facebook.com/oilpaintinghttps://www.instagram.com/davidmweiss/trailer... Read More →
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The Murder King

World Premiere, USA - 15:54 minutes
Writer/Director: Kate Ryan BrewerProducer: Michael Hennings, Greg LillyCast: Mindy Wood, Ben Brewer, Helen Hudgins, Monica Ortiz, Adam Flohrhttps://www.facebook.com/tmkmovie/https://www.instagram.com/themurderkingmovieWhen Leanne was a girl her younger sister, Emily, disappeared... Read More →
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The Night Watcher

World Premiere, USA - 1:30 minutes
Writer/Director: Rob YanikeCast: Reagan Yanike, Greg Nissen, Caleb Yanike, Karis Yanike, Shannon Smay7-year-old Lauren likes to sneak out of bed at night and watch scary movies...bad idea.
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Fortunate Country

World Premiere, USA - 22:44 minutes
Directors: Kristin Jordan Tripe, Julia HinsonWriter: Kristin Jordan TripeProducer: Kristin Jordan Tripe, Paul MarcarelliCast: Kristin Jordan Tripe, Regina Palmer, Haley Haas, Aaron McCauleyhttps://www.kristinjordantripe.com/fortunate-countrytrailer: https://www.kristinjordantripe.com/fortunate-countryTwo... Read More →
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One Punch

World Premiere, USA - 8:04 minutes
Writers/Directors: Shawn Gourley, Lauren AbellProducer: MJ PetersCast: Beau Fisher, MJ Peters, Matthew OlsenTrailerShortly after buying a self-defense class from an infomercial, a broken-hearted manager must use his newly acquired skills... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 8:45pm - 9:46pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

10:00pm

Saturday Night Party
Free entry for All Access pass holders!
$10 entry without a pass.

Saturday March 7, 2020 10:00pm - 11:59pm
The Gallery at Brickway 1116 Jackson St, Omaha NE 68102
 
Sunday, March 8
 

10:30am

Shorts #11 - Nebraska Short Encore program
Encore screening of Nebraska Shorts programming.
No Q&A following this screening.
No Audience Choice ballots for this screening.

Screening order:
Alejandra  directed by Ryan Hovland
Francisco Ruiz - Tattoo Artist directed by Susana Vanourney
Slasher directed by Ryan Hollst
Living in a VHS World directed by Chris Machian
Buzz vs Scooty directed by Margaux Towne
Synethesia directed by Molly Misek
Underlying Fear directed by Adam V. Turner




Short Films
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Alejandra

World Premiere, USA - 11:01 minutes
Writer/Director: Ryan HovlandProducer: Carter Knopik, Parker ReilCast: Caitlin Staebell, Jeremy Kendall, Hannah Neil, William Grange, Wayne Matychukhttps://www.instagram.com/firstdegreefilmsWhen Alejandra arrives in small-town America as a foreign exchange student, she begins to question... Read More →
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Slasher

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 24:27 minutes
Producer/Director: Ryan HollstWriter: Ryan Hollst, Drew RobertsCast: Mike Burns, Gabby Kesterson, Brandon Williams, Dennis Stessman, Lyle Kwiatkowski, Andrew Romero, Andy Prescott, DK Kellum, Drew Roberts, Aaron Thomas, Shaylie Hollst, Ben Phillips, Brendan BrownSix friends venture... Read More →
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Buzz vs Scooty

World Premiere, USA - 16:00 minutes
Director: Margaux TowneWriter/Producer: Todd GravesCast: Houston Alexander, Walter Shatley, PJ Morgan, Rob Baker, Rachel Fox, Matt Wedlock, Larry Karstens, Curlee Alexander, John Pelkey, Mark Ferrera, Riley Clermont, Mike Halachttps://buzzvsscootyfilm.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11674744/https://www.facebook.com/BuzzvsScooty/https://www.twitter.com/BuzzvsScootyhttps://www.instagram.com/buzzvsscooty/Men... Read More →
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Underlying Fear

Nebraska Premiere, USA - 14:29 minutes
Director: Adam V. TurnerWriters: Adam V. Turner, Jon BassProducers: Adam V. Turner, Jon BassCast: Taylor Winks, Nehemiah Wright, Nicholas Russel, Michael Zovandy,Vincent Turner, Wayne Matychukhttps://www.facebook.com/UnderlyingFear/Rita, a Midwestern woman has to face her underlying... Read More →
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Francisco Ruiz: Tattoo Artist

World Premiere, Netherlands - 7:09 minutes
Director: Susana VanourneyWriter/Producer: Susana Vanourney, Francisco RuizCast: Francisco RuizFrancisco Ruiz, a Venezuelan tattoo artist currently residing in Amsterdam, discusses his life and love of creating art through tattoos.
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Living in a VHS world

World Premiere, USA - 4:10 minutes
Writer/Director: Chris MachianCast: Adam Haughttps://www.twitter.com/Chrismachianhttps://www.instagram.com/Chrismachian“Living in a VHS World” explores Adam Haug’s love affair with a medium that many have considered long dead. Haug is not only a collector but he releases his... Read More →
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Synethesia

World Premiere, USA - 4:37 minutes
Writer/Director: Molly MisekSynesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. This film explores synesthesia, specifically chromesthesia, through the work of musician... Read More →


Sunday March 8, 2020 10:30am - 11:59am
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

11:00am

Red Flame (Test Screening)
(Thriller)
USA - 104 minutes

Narrative Feature Film
Filmmakers and cast in attendance

Free to attend! First come first served seating. Participants may be asked to fill out paperwork.

Audience members, here's your chance to participate in a test screening giving the filmmakers feedback on their film!

Written and Directed by the Maze Brothers

A renegade detective and injured professional cyclist navigate the bizarre criminal underbelly of a steroid ring intertwined with the exclusive art world.


Sunday March 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:44pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

12:15pm

It's Nice To Be With You Always: A Film About Neeli Cherkovski
Nebraska Spotlight Documentary
USA - 49 minutes

Filmmaker in attendance

Writer/Director: Kyle Harvey
Producer: Danny Rosen
Cast: Neeli Cherkovski

It’s Nice To Be With You Always blends together Cinéma-vérité style footage and conversations to create an intimate portrait of the poet Neeli Cherkovski. Imagine being dropped into the middle of a poem.

Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including Elegy For My Beat Generation (2018), From the Canyon Outward (2009), and The Crow and I (2015). He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski). Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski, as well as the critical memoir Whitman’s Wild Children (1988). An archive of his papers is held at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in San Francisco since 1974.




Sunday March 8, 2020 12:15pm - 1:04pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

12:30pm

Shorts #12 - Nebraska Short Encore program
Encore screening of Nebraska Shorts programming.
No Q&A following this screening.
No Audience Choice ballots for this screening.

Screening order:
May I Have This Dance Please? directed by Elizabeth Rudigier
The Dress directed by Jill Zmolek
Better with You directed by Allison Holt
Survived directed by Deanna Buller
Grace directed by LeAnne Bugay
The Boulevard: Six Months created by Trevor Nealy and Karl Yanike
Not directed by Allison Schafer
The Last Showdown directed by Cooper Watkins
April Interlude directed by Tim Guthrie
David directed by Christine Burright McGuigan
Great Monsters Walk These Halls directed by Mike Machian




Short Films
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May I Have This Dance

World Premiere, USA - 4:56 minutes
Writer/Director: Elizabeth Rudigier“May I have this Dance Please?” takes a look at the 5th graders of Jackson Elementary School as they learn ballroom dance. While the students learn the steps to each dance, they just might also learn more about their dance partners and how to... Read More →
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The Dress

World Premiere, USA - 7:29 minutes
Director: Jill ZmolekCast: Lora Kaup, Torisa WalkerA behind the scenes look at the Creighton stage production of “Legally Blonde.”In March of 2019, Creighton University's undergraduate program performed Legally Blonde The Musical, a Broadway production based on the original novel... Read More →
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Survived

World Premiere, USA - 15:10 minutes
Writer/Director: Deanna BullerCast: Amanda Ramold, Deanna Buller, Mia, Mabel (off-screen), Rita, Serenity Jankowski, Tabithahttps://villerproductions.weebly.com/shorts-and-other-video-projectsSurvived coverx the heavy subject of Sexual Assault and may be difficult for some people... Read More →
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April Interlude

World Premiere, USA - 2:55 minutes
Director: Tim GuthrieApril plays Bach.
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Grace

World Premiere, USA - 5:39 minutes
Writer/Director: LeAnne BugayProducer: AE Stueve, Meg GrossCast: Grace SchaeferSophomore cross country runner Grace Schaefer pushes through the highs and lows of the sport she loves to medal at a meet.
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Great Monsters Walk These Halls

World Premiere, USA - 15:15 minutes
Writer/Director: Mike MachianProducer: Mike Machian, Michael TorsonCast: Wayne Sealy, Wayne Halsey, Doug Kabourek, Brian Coreyhttps://www.facebook.com/greatmonsterswalk/“Great Monsters Walk These Halls” is written on the wall backstage at Mystery Manor, Omaha’s longest running... Read More →
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Better with You

World Premiere, USA - 6:24 minutes
Director: Allison HoltWriter/Producer: Samantha D. BoeschCast: Alex AbateA man who lives with OCD feels although his life is missing something.
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The Boulevard: Six Months

World Premiere, USA - 20:16 minutes
Created by Trevor Nealy and Karl YanikeCast: Karl Yanike, Trevor Nealy, Jimmy HillTwo slackers try to maintain their sanity while living off a six-month supply of mac and cheese in their apartment.
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Not

World Premiere, USA - 1:10 minutes
Writer/Director: Allison SchaferA quick reflection of what you are, and are not.
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David

World Premiere, USA - 2:19 minutes
Writer/Director: Christine Burright McGuiganCast: Christine Burright McGuigan, Becky Grey, Aaron Slagle, Taryn WoodsThree friends discuss their nicknames.
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The Last Showdown

World Premiere, USA - 3:18 minutes
Writer/Director/Producer: Cooper WatkinsCast: Evan Eggers, Gabe Foreman Albers, Cooper WatkinsAn old prospector leads a cowboy to a black clad gunfighter. A duel ensues.


Sunday March 8, 2020 12:30pm - 2:01pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

1:30pm

On Broadway
USA - 85 minutes

Director: Oren Jacoby
Producer: Oren Jacoby, Holly Siegel, co-producer Sam Jinishian
Cast: Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen Including performances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin

An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theater coming back from the brink thanks to innovative work, inclusion, and an uneasy balance between art and commerce. A hurly burly ride down the main street of American show business.


Sunday March 8, 2020 1:30pm - 2:52pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

2:05pm

Colectiv (Collective)
(Documentary)
Romania/Luxembourg - 109 minutes

100% on Rotten Tomatoes

This is truly a documentary for our times, deserving of widespread exposure.
Jay Weissberg
Variety

[A] fast-paced shocker that communicates its urgency to the viewer.
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

[A] gripping, despairing exposé of institutional injustice.
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

Director: Alexander Nanau
Writer: Alexander Nanau, Antoaneta Opris
Producer: Alexander Nanau, Bianca Oana

In Romania, a night club experienced a significant fire that left several dead and many more suffering from intense burn wounds. However, in the weeks following the conflagration, many of the victims began succumbing to their wounds, despite not being overtly life-threatening. Documentary footage charts the course of a group of investigative journalists on a mission to expose the flaws of the government health system and the wider infrastructure at large. Ultimately, the team poses significant questions about the consequences of political corruption.




Sunday March 8, 2020 2:05pm - 3:54pm
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

2:30pm

Shorts #13 - Nebraska Short Encore program
Encore screening of Nebraska Shorts programming.
No Q&A following this screening.
No Audience Choice ballots for this screening.

Screening order:
Sessions by instructors Jason Levering, David Weiss (out of competition)
One Bullet to Shoot directed by Vaughn Mueller
Feel Pretty directed by Dale C. Brooks, Matt Brooks
Caniglia directed by David M. Weiss
Until Evening directed by Mike Machian (out of competition)
The Murder King directed by Kate Ryan Brewer
The Night Watcher directed by Rob Yanike
Fortunate Country directed by Kristin Jordan Tripe, Julia Hinson
One Punch directed by Shawn Gourley, Lauren Abell




Short Films
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Sessions

World Premiere, USA - 5:55 minutes
Instructors: Jason Levering, David WeissWriter/Cast: Stella Ehrhart, Caleb Eschliman, Haden Batchelder, Sydney Skierka, Michael FrandoligSessions is the result of a collaborative film course from the 2020 Nebraska Thespians Conference. With the help of the class instructors, each... Read More →
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One Bullet To Shoot

World Premiere, USA - 4:23 minutes
Writer/Director: Vaughn MillerA musical video of a song by Vaughn Miller
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Until Evening

World Premiere, USA - 11:00 minutes
Director: Mike MachianWriter: Maya Peirce, Chuck Mittan and Christopher SiaensProducer: Mike Machian, Chuck MittanCast: MJ Peters, Erika Kozel, Cheri Bloomingdale, Linda Hughes, Stephanie Finklea, Michael Torson, Chris Williams, Jonathan Newtonhttps://www.facebook.com/untileveningA... Read More →
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Feel Pretty

World Premiere, USA - 3:31 minutes
Writers/Directors: Dale Brooks, Matt BrooksProducer: Jameon RushCast: Maggie Vaughanhttps://optixdm.com/feel-prettyA woman prepares.
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Caniglia

World Premiere, Italy - 9:03 minutes
Director: David M. WeissWriter: David M. Weiss, Jeremy Caniglia, Carlos Hof (Film Score)Producer: David M.WeissCast: Jeremy Caniglia, Jacqui Caniglia, Vivian Caniglia, Caravaggio Caniglia, Grace Hartiganhttps://dmweissproductions.com/https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1874291/https://www.facebook.com/oilpaintinghttps://www.instagram.com/davidmweiss/trailer... Read More →
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The Murder King

World Premiere, USA - 15:54 minutes
Writer/Director: Kate Ryan BrewerProducer: Michael Hennings, Greg LillyCast: Mindy Wood, Ben Brewer, Helen Hudgins, Monica Ortiz, Adam Flohrhttps://www.facebook.com/tmkmovie/https://www.instagram.com/themurderkingmovieWhen Leanne was a girl her younger sister, Emily, disappeared... Read More →
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The Night Watcher

World Premiere, USA - 1:30 minutes
Writer/Director: Rob YanikeCast: Reagan Yanike, Greg Nissen, Caleb Yanike, Karis Yanike, Shannon Smay7-year-old Lauren likes to sneak out of bed at night and watch scary movies...bad idea.
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Fortunate Country

World Premiere, USA - 22:44 minutes
Directors: Kristin Jordan Tripe, Julia HinsonWriter: Kristin Jordan TripeProducer: Kristin Jordan Tripe, Paul MarcarelliCast: Kristin Jordan Tripe, Regina Palmer, Haley Haas, Aaron McCauleyhttps://www.kristinjordantripe.com/fortunate-countrytrailer: https://www.kristinjordantripe.com/fortunate-countryTwo... Read More →
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One Punch

World Premiere, USA - 8:04 minutes
Writers/Directors: Shawn Gourley, Lauren AbellProducer: MJ PetersCast: Beau Fisher, MJ Peters, Matthew OlsenTrailerShortly after buying a self-defense class from an infomercial, a broken-hearted manager must use his newly acquired skills... Read More →


Sunday March 8, 2020 2:30pm - 4:01pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

4:30pm

Awards Ceremony
Last year over $30,000 in prizes were given out in the following categories:

Screenplay Jury Prizes:

Best Nebraska Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay

Film Jury Prizes:
Best Animated Short Film 
Best Nebraska Short Film
Best Short Film 
Best Documentary 
Best Narrative Feature Film 

Audience Choice Awards:
Audience Choice Short Film
Audience Choice Documentary
Audience Choice Narrative Feature Film

Sunday March 8, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

5:45pm

Closing Night Film - Dream Horse
(Drama)
UK - 102 minutes


Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: Neil McKay
Producer: Katherine Butler, Tracy O'Riordan
Cast: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Joanna Page

The film tells the true story of Jan Vokes, (Toni Collette) a Welsh cleaner and bartender, who decides to breed and rear a race horse. She persuades her neighbors and friends to contribute financially to the goal. The group's unlikely investment plan pays off as the horse rises through the ranks and puts them in a race for the national championship.




Sunday March 8, 2020 5:45pm - 7:27pm
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

7:30pm

Closing Night Party
Free entry for All Access pass holders!
$10 entry without a pass.


Sunday March 8, 2020 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Backlot Taphouse 2110 South 67th Street, Suite 108