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Nebraska Spotlight [clear filter]
Wednesday, March 4

5:45pm CST

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 CST
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

8:15pm CST

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 CST
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE
Friday, March 6

8:30pm CST

In Other Words
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 CST
Aksarben Cinema - #4 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE
Saturday, March 7

2:45pm CST

The Job
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 CST
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE
Sunday, March 8

11:00am CDT

Red Flame (Test Screening)
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 CDT
Aksarben Cinema - #5 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE

12:15pm CDT

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 CDT
Aksarben Cinema - #6 2110 S 67th Street, Omaha, NE