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Tuesday, March 7
 

6:30pm

The Last Word - Opening Night Film
(Comedy)
USA - 108 minutes
Rated R for language

Director: Mark Pellington
Writer: Stuart Ross Fink
Producer: Kirk D'Amico, Anne-Marie Mackaym, Mark Pellington
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche

Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine), a once-successful businesswoman, works with young local writer Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried) to pen her life story. When the initial result doesn't meet Lauler's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she'll be remembered, dragging Anne along as an unwilling accomplice. As their journey unfolds, the two women develop a strong bond which not only alters Harriet's legacy but also Anne's future.


Tuesday March 7, 2017 6:30pm - 8:18pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

8:00pm

Cheeseburger in Paradise - Opening Night Party
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!

$10 entry without a pass

Tuesday March 7, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Cheeseburger in Paradise 17304 Davenport Street
 
Wednesday, March 8
 

5:45pm

Woman on Fire
USA -  84 minutes

Writer/Director: Julie Sokolow
Producer: Danny Yourd
Cast: Brooke Guinan, George Guinan, Jim Baker

This portrait of courage under fire celebrates NYC’s first openly transgender firefighter. For Brooke Guinan, fighting fires runs in her blood – both her father and grandfather served in the FDNY. But as a transgender woman, her path to service has not been without obstacles. Transitioning from male to female in what is still an overwhelmingly macho profession proves a challenge for her coworkers and her family, while her boyfriend reckons with the impact of Brooke’s newly public profile on his parents.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #11 304 N 174th St

6:00pm

Short Film Block #1
Screening order:

La Invitacion (Sleepover) directed by Susana Casares
No Soy Yo (This Isn't Me) directed by Manfred López
Counter Act directed by Heath Affolter
Promise directed by Tian Xie
A State of Emergency directed by Tarek Roehlinger
Dryad directed by Thomas Vernay
Love is a Sting directed by Vincent Gallagher
The Boy by the Sea directed by Vasily Chuprina

Short Films
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Counter Act

USA Premiere | Canada -  15 minutes | | Writer/Director: The Affolter Brothers | Producer: The Affolter Brothers | Cast: Teal Fiddler, J. Alex Brinson, Naika Toussaint, Cameron Bright, Louis Ferreira, Chelah Horsdal | | When Alice, a naïve young woman having lunch in a diner circa 1960, joins Mary and Ray in their “sit-in” protest, the ire of the racist patrons boils over and Alice learns what it truly takes to stand up... Read More →
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Dryad

Nebraska Premiere | France -  12 minutes | | Writer/Director: Thomas Vernay | Producer: Olivier Berlemont et Emilie Dubois | Cast: Elaura Thomasson, David Vigroux | | The wind blows, noises of armor resound. A knight escorts a young woman athwart plains. The thunder begins to scold, clouds invade the landscape. The knight, worried, stares the castle on the horizon. The end is close.
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A State of Emergency

Nebraska premiere | Germany/France -  12 minutes | | Director: Tarek Roehlinger | Writer: Andrej Sorin, Tarek Roehlinger | Cast: Moussa Sylla, Rémy Ferreira, Julien Courbey, Ridwane Bellawell | | A movie about a society in fear. It is the story of two soldiers in the everyday life of Paris guarding an official building. An abandoned bag, curious passants and a crazy tramp move the situation into its climax. The lines between... Read More →
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No Soy Yo (This Isn't Me)

USA Premiere | Mexico - 3 minutes | | Writer/Director: Manfred Lopez Grem | Producer: Manfred Lopez Grem, Victor Solorio Silva | Cast: Regina Pavón Durán, Claudia Ramírez Silva, Christopher Contreras Cortés | | Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death. This film explores the harrowing consequences of what we swear will never happen to us. | | http://manfredlopez.com/film/this_isnt_me.htm... Read More →
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Promise

Nebraska premiere | China - 16 minutes | | Director: Tian Xie | Writer: Tian Xie & Chu Suming | Producer: Tian Xie & Fu Cheng | Cast: Feng Linhua | | Deep in Yunnan, China, simple peasant parents have raised a smart boy. But life for the family has become impossible financially, so the parents take jobs in a distant city. Promising to return on the new year, they leave their only son to live on his own. Months pass as he dreams of their... Read More →
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The Boy by the Sea

Nebraska premiere | Netherlands -  7 minutes | | Director: Vasily Chuprina | Writer: Andreas Illmer | Producer: Vasily Chuprina | Cast: Ad van Kempen, Rom Elzakkers | | The story of an unlikely friendship. A young boy sitting by the sea, watching the stones he throws disappear beneath the surface. An old lighthouse keeper. A different truth beyond the water. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5560706... Read More →
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La Invitacion (The Sleepover)

Nebraska premiere | Spain -  14 minutes | | Writer/Director: Susana Casares | Producer: María Zamora, Gema Vidal | Cast: Patricia Arbues, Teresa Soria Ruano, Rodrigo Poisón | | Pushed by the fear of losing her friends, Silvia (10) has invited them to a sleepover... but things can be complicated when your home is not exactly what your friends may call a home. | | http://www.madridencorto.es/2016
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Love is a Sting

Nebraska premiere | Ireland -  18 minutes | | Director: Vincent Gallagher | Writer: Benjamin Cleary | Producer: Ian Hunt Duffy | Cast: Ciarán Hinds, Seán T. Ó'Meallaigh | | Written by Academy Award® Winner Benjamin Cleary, ‘Love is a Sting’ tells the story of struggling children’s book writer Harold Finch. At his lowest point, Harold gains an unexpected house guest in the form of an ageing... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2017 6:00pm - 7:38pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

6:15pm

Kate Can't Swim
(Drama)
USA - 90 minutes

Directer: Josh Helman
Writer: Jennifer Allcott and Josh Helman
Co-Director: Evan Jonigkeit
Producer: Jennifer Allcott, Samuel R. Syrop
Executive Producer: Evan Jonigkeit, Zosia Mamet
Cast: Celeste Arias, Jennifer Allcott, Grayson Dejesus, Josh Helman

Kate is almost thirty, almost engaged, almost settled in her career as a writer—but is deeply dissatisfied. When Kate’s best friend Em returns from Paris with a surprising new lover in tow, Kate and her boyfriend Pete spend a weekend in upstate New York with the new couple. As Kate struggles with her suspicions about Em’s new lover, dormant feelings about her own life arise, forcing her to decide whether to stay on her current life path or to burn it down and forge a new one.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 6:15pm - 7:41pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

8:15pm

Pushing Dead
(Comedy)
USA - 111 minutes

Writer/Director: Tom E. Brown
Producer: Chris Martin, Richard LaGravenese, Jim Bloom, Eyde Belasco
Cast: James Roday, Danny Glover, Robin Weigert, Khandi Alexander

When a struggling writer, HIV positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of universal care, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy or come up with $3000 a month to buy meds on his own? A comedy.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 8:15pm - 10:07pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #11 304 N 174th St

8:30pm

Short Film Block #2 - Nebraska Documentaries
Screening order:

The Retirement of Mr. Jones directed by Matt Townley
The Seventh Stage of Grief directed by Jacob Rosdail
Think Design Every Day directed by Mike Machian
Missing Piece directed by Tim Guthrie

Short Films
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Think Design Every Day

USA -  5 minutes | | Writer/Director: Mike Machian | Cast: Buf Reynolds | | Omaha fashion designer Buf Reynolds tells us how she got started, the inspiration for her most recent collection and what she would like to accomplish next.
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The Seventh Stage of Grief

World Premiere | USA -  13 minutes | | Writer/Director: Jacob Rosdail | Producer: Jacob Rosdail, Ashley Weets, Mary Harner | | In preparation for an ecological apocalypse, two men have removed themselves from society. Together they host an internet radio show where they preach the gospel of learning to let go of the world.
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The Retirement of Mr. Jones

USA -  17 minutes | Writer/Director: Matt Townley | | After 36 years as Director of Instrumental Music at the Fort Calhoun Community School District, Mark Jones will retire. This film documents Mr. Jones during the 2012-2013 school year and shows his strong dedication to his craft and the difficulty he has letting it go. | | https://www.facebook.com/MrJonesDocumentary/ | https://vimeo.com/185583520
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Missing Piece

Nebraska Premiere | France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Peru, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, USA -  25 minutes | | Writer/Director: Tim Guthrie | Producer: Tim Guthrie | | Simultaneously a portrait and a self-portrait. My journey to pay homage to my wife, who died a year ago; the missing piece in my life. | | www.facebook.com/missingpiecefilm/


Wednesday March 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:31pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

8:45pm

Chee & T
(Comedy)
USA - 80 minutes
Director: Tanuj Chopra
Writer: Tanuj Chopra, Chee Malabar
Producer: Sohini Sengupta, Sunkrish Bala, Christine Kwon
Cast: Dominic Rains, Sunkrish Bala, Asif Ali, Noureen DeWulf, Rebecca Hazlewood, Karan Soni, Bernard White, Scott Rogers, Himanshu Suri

Chee and T, a pair of underachieving debt collectors stuck in Silicon Valley, spend their days kicking in doors, collecting rent, and chain smoking. The man-children survive by remaining in the employ of Chee's Uncle Rob, a wealthy Silicon Valley landlord-tycoon. When Uncle Rob asks them to do a seemingly small job: get his nephew Mayunk a fresh haircut and new suit for his upcoming engagement party, Chee and T kick back thinking they're in for the easiest job of their 'careers.' Unfortunately for the duo, young Mayunk has an unfiltered swagger and talent for hunting down narcotics. It turns out that handling their hyperactive, drug-crazed little cousin proves to be anything but simple.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 8:45pm - 10:05pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

10:00pm

Tavern 180 Wednesday Night Party
Food provided by Tavern 180
Drink specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.

Wednesday March 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Tavern 180 203 North 180th Street
 
Thursday, March 9
 

8:00am

OFF Academy - Day One
The OFF Academy is a two-day educational outreach intended for 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.

Participant Check-in / Breakfast from 8:00am - 9:00am

In its twelfth year, the Omaha Film Festival looks to significantly increase its educational reach with the continuation of the OFF Academy.  Sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 9 & 10 at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, directly across the street from the Village Pointe Theatre.

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, cinematography, film lighting, animation, editing, directing, and producing and will include hands-on interactive workshops targeting students in the disciplines they’re most interested in.

In addition to the Academy, the students are all invited to participate in everything the Omaha Film Festival has to offer which includes the Writer’s Theatre, the Filmmakers Conference, and the over 100 films that will screen at the Village Pointe Theatre from March 7-12.

The OFF Academy is made possible in part by grants provided by:

Cox Charities
Torchwerks
Robert Mann

 Hosted by the Omaha Funny Bone Comedy Club


Thursday March 9, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

9:00am

Screenwriting
First steps in writing a screenplay? How do I get my ideas down on paper?
How do I create and develop real characters?

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Levin

Jennifer Levin

Jennifer Levin is a television producer and writer. She has written on hit network series such as “Brothers & Sisters” (ABC), “Without a Trace” (CBS) and was the Showrunner on “Felicity” (CW).  Most recently Jennifer created and was Showrunner on the CW’s popular “Beauty & the Beast”.  She is currently writing an original one hour medical drama for CBS.  Before writing... Read More →
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Maria Maggenti

Maria Maggenti is New York/Los Angeles based filmmaker, screenwriter and television producer. She wrote and directed the indie hit “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love” and “Puccini for Beginners” both of which premiered at Sundance. She wrote “The Love Letter” for Dreamworks, “One Red Paperclip” for MGM, “My Name is Memory” for Fox 2000 and co-wrote “Monte... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

10:15am

Producing
What is a producer’s role? What types of producers are there and what do they do?
How vital to the filmmaking process is a producer?

Speakers
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Dana Altman

Producer/Director/Owner of North Sea Films


Thursday March 9, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

11:15am

Directing
I want to direct! What does that mean? How do you find actors?
How do you direct actors? How do you find crew?

Speakers
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Nik Fackler

Nik Fackler is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning film writer, director, and editor. He was nominated for a Spirit Award for his first Directorial feature, Lovely, Still (starring Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, Adam Scott and Elizabeth Banks). For his follow-up film, Sick Birds Die Easy, Fackler won Best Picture at the Poland International Film Festival. Throughout the past 15 years he has produced and directed over 20 music videos for... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:15pm

Cinematography & Lighting
Where do I point the camera? How do I move the camera?
Is lighting important to help tell my story?

Speakers
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Ben Drickey

As founder of Torchwerks, in the last 10 years, he has filmed more than 150 projects, from commercials to documentaries. Ben's keen observation skills and unwavering passion for storytelling through moving imagery translates through his lens and onto every screen. He views each project as an opportunity to challenge himself and create an impression on the viewer. While process and production are important, he is a firm believer that creativity... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:15pm

Screenwriting Intensive - Break Out Session
Speakers
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Jennifer Levin

Jennifer Levin is a television producer and writer. She has written on hit network series such as “Brothers & Sisters” (ABC), “Without a Trace” (CBS) and was the Showrunner on “Felicity” (CW).  Most recently Jennifer created and was Showrunner on the CW’s popular “Beauty & the Beast”.  She is currently writing an original one hour medical drama for CBS.  Before writing... Read More →
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Maria Maggenti

Maria Maggenti is New York/Los Angeles based filmmaker, screenwriter and television producer. She wrote and directed the indie hit “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love” and “Puccini for Beginners” both of which premiered at Sundance. She wrote “The Love Letter” for Dreamworks, “One Red Paperclip” for MGM, “My Name is Memory” for Fox 2000 and co-wrote “Monte... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:15pm

Storyboarding
Learn the art and necessity of storyboarding - limited seating
Pre-registration required

Speakers
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David Weiss

David’s approach to film and production is rooted in art and design. He uses color, light, and movement to evoke emotion within the audience. He has worked on award winning commercials for the NCAA,  First National Bank,  Ace Hardware, and Boys Town to name a few.  His documentary and narrative films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals from Hollywood to Montreal bringing a fresh perspective on... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

2:30pm

Putting the Pieces Together - Q&A Session
Speakers
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Jeremy Decker

Festival Director, Omaha Film Festival
I am the Festival Director of the Omaha Film Festival (March 2017).
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Jason Levering

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director
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Liz

OFF Academy Coordinator, Omaha Film Festival
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Marc Longbrake

Program Director, Omaha Film Festival
Omaha Film Festival Program Director


Thursday March 9, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

5:45pm

Short Film Block #3 - Nebraska High School Student Shorts
Screening order:

48hr Film Challenge Films:
Obsession directed by Mitchell David Fey
Wizard Quest - The Questing directed by Emma Claire Korengel
Ben's Last Day directed by Gabby Push
The Photographer directed by OPS Career Center

Alone With My Thoughts directed by Noah Floersch & Brandon Doyle
Let's Meet by the Tree directed by Meredith Zielie
Essence directed by Sam Bench, Seth Bench, Philip Tilden
Salmon Challis directed by Caleb Myers
Fable directed by Sam Bench, Seth Bench, Philip Tilden

Short Films
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Salmon Challis

World Premiere | USA -  11 minutes | | Director: Nathan Hazel | Writer: Noah Floersch, Tom Ernatt, Caleb Myers, Nathan Hazel | Producer: Tom Ernatt, Noah Floersch, Nathan Hazel | Cast: Caleb Myers, Tom Ernatt, Noah Floersch | | Three boys embark on a coming-of-age wilderness adventure that eventually leads to the erosion of old friendships.
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Ben's Last Day

Part of the OFF 2016 48hr Film Challenge | | USA - 5 minutes | (comedy) | Director: Gabrielle Push | Producer: Natalie Runyon | Screenwriter: Imani Lamar | Cast: Jaimee Jindra, Cameron Synder, Imani Lamar, Gabrielle Push | Additional Crew: Jaimee Jindra, Cameron Sunder, Imani Lamar | | The Super Duper Secret Services (SDSS) president, Sergeant London Harper, has decided to retire.  Agent Benjamin Bently is called in after Sergeant Harper... Read More →
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Essence

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  19 minutes | | Writer/Director: Sam Bench, Seth Bench, Philip Tilden | Producer: Sam Bench, Seth Bench, Philip Tilden | Cast: Tony Schneider, Kattie Otten, Jon Daniel Roberson, Theresa Bench | | Jay, an unmotivated and love searching man, finds himself unknowingly affecting the lives of three close individuals: Karen, his desperate loving girlfriend, Sam, his sober bartending best friend, and Aunt Bessie, his... Read More →
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Fable

Nebraska premiere | USA -  8 minutes | | Director: Sam Bench, Seth Bench, Philip Tilden | Writer: Sam Bench, Philip Tilden | Producer: Sam Bench, Seth Bench, Philip Tilden | Cast: Maria Naylon, Noah Jeffrey, Philip Tilden | | Robin, an easy-to-scare high school girl, and Jake, a non-believer in paranormal activity, find themselves playing Fable, a spooky and mysterious card game, consisting of riddles that, when read aloud, become true... Read More →
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Obsession

Part of the OFF 2016 48hr Film Challenge | | Obsession | USA - 5 minutes | (romance) | Director: Mitch Fey | Producers: Jacob Curley, Connor Paintin, Joey Winton | Screenwriters: Mitch Fey, Jacob Curley, Connor Paintin, Joey Winton | Cast: Joey Winton, Jacob Curley, Connor Paintin, Mitch Fey | Music: Connor Paintin | | A man’s struggle with feelings for an unconventional love interest, spiraling into a final confrontation.
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The Photographer

Part of the OFF 2016 48hr Film Challenge | | The Photographer | USA - 5 minutes | (Horror/Thriller) | Director: Julian Hock-Beaty | Producer: Julian Hock-Beaty, Naomi Turner | Screenwriter: Julian Hock-Beaty, Shakira Hudson | Cast: Naomi Turner, Romyn Peterson, Julian Hock-Beaty, Virgen Palma, Diamond Graham, Ryan Hunter | | Young woman is stalked by an unknown man.
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Wizard Quest - The Questing

Part of the OFF 2016 48hr Film Challenge | | Wizard Quest - The Questing | USA - 5 minutes | (Drama) | Writer/Director/Producer: Emma Korengel | Cast: Kathryn Monochie, Joy Weidenhamer, Bailey Kussman, Sophie House | Additional Crew: Ana Swoboda | | Wizards, since olden times, have taken many forms and always kept nature and harmony in balance, including The Wizard of Darkness, a soul fated to bring misery to the Earth.  But when The... Read More →
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Alone With My Thoughts

USA -  3 minutes | | Director: Brendan Doyle, Noah Floersch | Writer/Producer: Noah Floersch | Cast: Noah Floersch | | A music video to the song "Alone With My Thoughts" delves into the solitary state of space travel.
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Let's Meet by the Tree

World Premiere | USA -  9 minutes | | Writer/Director: Meredith Zielie | Producer: NightmereZ | Cast: Alexa Lisko, Jake White, Isabelle Bissell, Anna Volenec, Nick Gillogly, Alex King, Kayla O'Grady, Krissy Schulte, Taran Theel | | Two teenagers runaway to be together forever. What could go wrong? | | trailer  https://youtu.be/q4v0l9sPStY


Thursday March 9, 2017 5:45pm - 6:57pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

6:00pm

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith
Canada - 104 minutes

Director: Jesse Nesser
Producer: Patrick Lane, Mitch Albom, Sally Davis
Cast: Damon J. Keith, Mitch Albom, John Conyers Jr, Peter Hammer

The story of ten extraordinary years, four groundbreaking cases, and one unconventional federal judge.

An ordinary "colored" janitor from Detroit, whose personal struggles reflected those of a nation first coming to terms with civil rights, Damon J. Keith became a controversial judge who used the law to advance social change, ultimately changing the country. Today, at 94, he is still on the bench; he is still the only federal judge ever to be sued by a sitting U.S. President, and his rulings continue to influence a nation still arguing about "which lives matter" almost 50 years later.

It may be the greatest story you never heard.


Thursday March 9, 2017 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

6:00pm

The Lost City of Z
Nebraska premiere

(Action, Adventure, Biography)
Brazil - 141 minutes
Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity
90% on Rotten Tomatoes

Writer/Director: James Gray
Based on the book "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" by David Grann
Producer: Dede Gardner, Dale Armin Johnson, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas
Executive Producer: Brad Pitt, Mark Huffam, Marc Butan, Felipe Aljure    
Cast: Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Angus Macfadyen

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.


Thursday March 9, 2017 6:00pm - 8:21pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #11 304 N 174th St

8:15pm

Short Film Block #4 - Animated Shorts
Screening order:

Post No Bills directed by Robin Hays, Andy Poon
Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service directed by Karim Rhellam, Kim Claeys
Boomerang directed by Steven Vander Meer
Good Dog directed by Tim Cant
Nutag (Homeland) directed by Alisi Telengut
Trial & Error directed by Antje Heyn
The Trapeze Artist directed by Lawrence Solon, Daria Hlazatova
The Bald Future directed by Paul Cabon
Panic Attack! directed by Eileen O'Meara
Nocna ptica (Nighthawk) directed by Spela Cadez
Notorious Corn directed by Mallory Grolleau
Lion Dance directed by Tim Pattinson, Zheng Kang
UKA directed by Valle Comba Canales
The Song of Wandering Aengus directed by Matthew Lawes
Once Upon a Line directed by Alicja Jasina
Green Light directed by Seongmin Kim

Short Films
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Nutag (Homeland)

Nebraska Premiere | Canada -  6 minutes | Writer/Director: Alisi Telengut | | A non-narrative hand-painted visual poem about ideas of diaspora, homeland, and the tragic mass-deportations of the Kalmyk people during WWII. | | http://cargocollective.com/AlisiTelengut/Nutag-Homeland-2016 | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5997756 | https://www.instagram.com/alisitelengut | trailer  https://vimeo.com/161710788
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Nocna ptica (Nighthawk)

Slovenia/Croatia -  8 minutes | | Director: Spela Cadez | Writer: Gregor Zorc, Spela Cadez | Producer: Tina Smrekar, Spela Cadez, Vanja Andrijevic | Cast: Andrej Nahtigal, Karin Komljanec, Gregor Zorc | | A badger lies motionless on a local road. A police patrol approaches the body in the dark. They soon realise that the animal is not dead; the badger is dead drunk! When the police attempt to drag the creature off the road, he wakes up and... Read More →
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The Song of Wandering Aengus

Nebraska Premiere | United Kingdom -  4 minutes | | Writer/Director: Matthew Lawes | Producer: Marlena Hellebø | | An ambitious stop frame animation short created over 1 year, based on W. B. Yeats poem 'The Song of Wandering Aengus', narrated by Liam Cunningham, with original music score from David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia. | | http://www.otherbrotherstudios.co.uk | https://www.facebook.com/otherbrotherstudios... Read More →
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The Trapeze Artist

USA Premiere | Ukraine/United Kingdom -  2 minutes | | Director: Daria Hlazatova, Lawrence Solon | Writer: Lawrence Solon | | The trapeze artist named Thomas takes a leap into space.
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Panic Attack!

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  3 minutes | | Writer/Director: Eileen O'Meara | Producer: Eileen O'Meara | Cast: Tim Maloney, Sound Mix | | You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?" and turn in to "what if I give birth to Satan's baby?" This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality. | | http://eileenomeara.blogspot.com/p/panic-attack.html... Read More →
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Post No Bills

Canada -  4 minutes | | Director: Robin Hays, Andy Poon | Writer/Producer: Robin Hays | Cast: Noodle Boy & Miss Fortune | | On an urban city wall plastered with posters Noodle Boy must make his way through a series of obstacles and challenges in order to save his crush, Miss Fortune from the city's clean up crew. | | http://www.postnobillsfilm.com
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Boomerang

USA -  5 minutes | Writer/Director: Steven Vander Meer | | The workings of nature and the universe are mystically and whimsically illustrated in this fast paced, gorgeously hand drawn film. Great music and a quirky sense of humor define the beauty of it all, and it's no coincidence when it happens this way. | | http://www.stevenvandermeer.com/ | http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3354847/ | https://twitter.com/Meerimage... Read More →
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Notorious Corn

France -  1 minutes | | Writer/Director: Mallory Grolleau | Producer: Mathieu Faure | Cast: Thomas Coste | | It's the story of a small grain of corn that dreamed about glory. He's going to succeed... Unfortunately...
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Lion Dance

USA -  5 minutes | | Writers/Directors: Tim Pattinson, Zheng Kang | Producer: Tim Pattinson | | LION DANCE is a romantic visual poem set during a traditional Asian parade in which a highly acrobatic dance is performed to bring good luck. It explores the theme of serendipity using a combination of CG, 2D animation techniques, and a soundtrack to express the rhythmic and pulsating emotion and actions of the characters.  LION DANCE is... Read More →
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Good Dog

Australia - 3 minutes | | Writer/Director: Tim Cant | Cast: Maddie Watts, Patrick Campbell, Maree Lowes | | A short story about a dog and its unconditional love for its owner. | | http://www.timebombillustration.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/GoodDogOfficial/ | trailer  https://vimeo.com/191245851
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Trial & Error

Nebraska Premiere | Germany - 5 minutes | | Director: Antje Heyn | Writer: Antje Heyn, Alexander Isert | | | A film about a lost shirt button, perfectionist aunts, busy cats, startled parrots—and a long-lost friend. | | http://protoplanet-studio.de | http://www.facebook.com/ProtoplanetStudio | trailer  https://vimeo.com/147450397
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The Bald Future

Nebraska premiere | France -  5 minutes | | Writer/Director: Paul Cabon | Producer: Yann Legay | | Being a bald man sucks. Knowing you'll become one is worse. | | http://paulcabon.com/Le-Futur-sera-chauve-The-bald-future | trailer  https://vimeo.com/154490688
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Green Light

Nebraska Premiere | South Korea -  15 minutes | | Writer/Director: Seongmin Kim | Producer: Haejung Suk | | With the ecosystem destroyed after a nuclear war,  Mari, a survivor, does all she can to rebuild. When she stumbles upon a robot soldier in an abandoned city, everything changes. | | dflab.ajou.ac.kr/greenlight | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5357362/ | trailer  https://youtu.be/jmA4fL2Fj0Q
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Once Upon a Line

USA -  7 minutes | | Writer/Director: Alicja Jasina | | A man leads a monotone, humdrum existence until he suddenly falls in love. What follows is a short portrait of a difficult relationship marked by a struggle for control and identity. The ending gives hope for a new beginning and a change of perspective. | | http://www.onceuponalineonline.com | trailer  https://vimeo.com/189188279
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Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service

USA Premiere | Belgium -  11 minutes | | Writer/Director: Kim Claeys, Karim Rhellam | Producer: Karim Rhellam | Cast: Megan Quill, John Tillotson, Gregory Caron, Kim Claeys | | When a not so charming Prince slays the dragon guarding a fairy tale Princess, she promptly orders a new one with the Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service. They deliver whatever, wherever, whenever... | | http://www.3littleninjas.com | trailer ... Read More →
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UKA

Spain - 3 minutes | | Writer/Director: Valle Canales | Producer: David González, Valle Comba | | Uka is a little girl who lives in a grey abandoned factory. While she's painting of of her canvas, she finds a way of changing how she sees the world. | | http://www.offecam.com/catalogo/uka | http://www.facebook.com/ukastopmotion/ | http://www.twitter.com/UkaStopmotion | Trailer https://vimeo.com/122235970


Thursday March 9, 2017 8:15pm - 9:50pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

8:30pm

Score: A Film Music Documentary
USA - 93 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes score:  100%

Writer/Director: Matt Schrader
Cast: Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Rachel Portman, Trent Reznor, Quincy Jones

This documentary brings Hollywood's premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most widely known music genre: the film score.    


Thursday March 9, 2017 8:30pm - 10:10pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #11 304 N 174th St

8:45pm

Laura Gets a Cat
(Comedy, Drama, Romance)
USA - 83 minutes

Writer/Director: Michael Ferrell
Producer: Michael Ferrell, Chris Prine, Devin Sanchez
Cast: Dana Brooke, Michael Ferrell, Josh Tyson, Jason Kravits, Eric T. Miller, Gregory Lay, Candace Thompson, Devin Sanchez, Chris Prine

Laura, an unemployed writer in New York City, has a boyfriend who provides little excitement and two best friends who seem to have achieved all their hopes and dreams, if only to spite her. Good thing she has a vivid imaginary life. Even her daydreams turn on her however, including a podcast host who exposes her for having a cliché dream sequence and poet Lord Byron, who has traveled time to see her only to become pathetically needy. After she starts an affair with Ian, a performance artist coffee shop barista, real life proves too complicated. She packs up a suitcase and moves to a small beach town in North Carolina only to find out that peace of mind is not necessarily found by chasing it.


Thursday March 9, 2017 8:45pm - 10:08pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

10:00pm

Dante Ristorante Pizzeria Thursday Night Party
Food provided by Dante
Drink specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.

Thursday March 9, 2017 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Dante Ristorante Pizzeria 16901 Wright Plaza #173
 
Friday, March 10
 

8:00am

OFF Academy - Day Two
The OFF Academy is a two-day educational outreach intended for 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.

Participant Check-in / Breakfast from 8:00am - 9:00am

In its twelfth year, the Omaha Film Festival looks to significantly increase its educational reach with the continuation of the OFF Academy.  Sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 9 & 10 at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, directly across the street from the Village Pointe Theatre.

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, cinematography, film lighting, animation, editing, directing, and producing and will include hands-on interactive workshops targeting students in the disciplines they’re most interested in.

In addition to the Academy, the students are all invited to participate in everything the Omaha Film Festival has to offer which includes the Writer’s Theatre, the Filmmakers Conference, and the over 100 films that will screen at the Village Pointe Theatre from March 7-12.

The OFF Academy is made possible in part by grants provided by:

Cox Charities
Torchwerks
Robert Mann

 Hosted by the Omaha Funny Bone Comedy Club


Friday March 10, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

9:00am

Sound
Sound is 50% of your movie! If your sound is bad, your movie is bad!
But how do I get good sound on a budget?

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Keplar

Kevin Keplar

Freelance Media Professional
I am a freelance media professional with strengths in audio production and post production. Ask me how you can get better sound for your film projects... I would love to share some tips with you.


Friday March 10, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

10:15am

Executive Producing
I think I have a good idea for a movie, but I need to find investors!
How do I get my movie made?

Speakers
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Tim Christian

Timothy L. Christian is a film financier and producer. He serves as CEO of Night Fox Entertainment and President of the Nebraska Film Association. Night Fox Entertainment is a film finance and production company based in Omaha, NE. The company financed the Sundance hit Z for Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie. The film was purchased by Lionsgate and released in theaters in August of 2015. Night Fox also financed... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

11:15am

Acting
Theatre acting versus film acting. TV crews versus movie crews.
What’s it like playing a character on a TV series?

Speakers
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Yolonda Ross

Yolonda Ross (Writer, director, producer) is a two-time Film Independent Spirit Award nominee and a Gotham Award winner for her leading roles in HBO’s STRANGER INSIDE and John Sayles’s GO FORS SISTERS. Her previous work includes 24, ANTWONE FISHER, LiILA & EVE, WHITNEY, and PHIL SPECTOR, but it was her recurring work on HBO’s TREME as a documentary filmmaker that led to her directorial debut which she also stars in, BREAKING... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:15pm

Acting Workshop
Theatre acting versus film acting. How do I work with the director to develop a character?

Speakers
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Scott Kurz

Scott Kurz is a filmmaker, actor, director and writer; well-known to the Omaha area having helped found and run the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company. Having worn multiple hats in over 100 productions--ranging from Ancient Greece and Shakespeare to contemporary and original works-- Mr. Kurz has become a multi-faceted producer and artist, an accomplished fight choreographer and combatant, as well as an award-winning set and light designer.Having... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:15pm

Cinematography & Lighting - Break Out Session - Hands-On
Limited Seating - pre-registration is required

Speakers
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Ben Drickey

As founder of Torchwerks, in the last 10 years, he has filmed more than 150 projects, from commercials to documentaries. Ben's keen observation skills and unwavering passion for storytelling through moving imagery translates through his lens and onto every screen. He views each project as an opportunity to challenge himself and create an impression on the viewer. While process and production are important, he is a firm believer that creativity... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:15pm

Screenwriting Intensive - Break Out Session
pre-registration required

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Levin

Jennifer Levin

Jennifer Levin is a television producer and writer. She has written on hit network series such as “Brothers & Sisters” (ABC), “Without a Trace” (CBS) and was the Showrunner on “Felicity” (CW).  Most recently Jennifer created and was Showrunner on the CW’s popular “Beauty & the Beast”.  She is currently writing an original one hour medical drama for CBS.  Before writing... Read More →
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Maria Maggenti

Maria Maggenti is New York/Los Angeles based filmmaker, screenwriter and television producer. She wrote and directed the indie hit “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love” and “Puccini for Beginners” both of which premiered at Sundance. She wrote “The Love Letter” for Dreamworks, “One Red Paperclip” for MGM, “My Name is Memory” for Fox 2000 and co-wrote “Monte... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

2:30pm

"The Big Picture" - Q&A Session
Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Decker

Jeremy Decker

Festival Director, Omaha Film Festival
I am the Festival Director of the Omaha Film Festival (March 2017).
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Jason Levering

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director
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Liz

OFF Academy Coordinator, Omaha Film Festival
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Marc Longbrake

Program Director, Omaha Film Festival
Omaha Film Festival Program Director


Friday March 10, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

5:45pm

Short Film Block #5
Screening order:

Skinny Fat Girl directed by Brandon Baer
J directed by Nick Psinakis
Lightningface directed by Brian Petsos
Bella Donna directed by Christopher Basile
Dawn of the Deaf directed by Rob Savage
Shutter directed by Robert Mueller
First Like directed by Alexander Ronnberg
Vendetta! directed by Joe Vignola
A Beautiful Day directed by Phedon Papamichael

Short Films
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A Beautiful Day

Nebraska premiere | USA -  21 minutes | | Director: Phedon Papamichael | Writer: Casey Cannon, Angeliki Giannakopoulos | Producer: Casey Cannon, Angeliki Giannakopoulos | Cast: James Brolin, Frances Fisher, Rick Rossovich | | Following in the tradition of the new Greek Cinema phenomenon, Athens-born director Phedon Papamichael brings a searing expose of the fragility of the human psyche in his new short film “A Beautiful... Read More →
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Dawn of the Deaf

Nebraska Premiere | United Kingdom - 12 minutes | | Writer/Director: Rob Savage | Producer: Douglas Cox | Cast: Caroline Ward, Chris Curran, Stephen Collins | | When a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, a small group of Deaf people must band together to survive. | | http://www.dawnofthedeafmovie.com | https://www.facebook.com/dawnofthedeafshort | http://www.twitter.com/DOTDMovie | trailer https://vimeo.com/167551584
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Bella Donna

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  5 minutes | | Director: Christopher Basile | Writer: Jeffrey K. Golden | Producer: Jeffrey K. Golden, Derek Maher | Cast: Katie Hilliard, Brandon Tyler Sklenar | | A beautiful, faithful wife plans the perfect dinner for her husband, whose idea of perfection is far from hers. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3802634 | http://www.facebook.com/shortpajamas | http://www.instagram.com/shortpajamas
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Skinny Fat Girl

Nebraska premiere | USA -  11 minutes | | Director: Brandon Baer | Writer: Madison Cross | Producer: Madison Cross, Annie Saperstein | Cast: Madison Cross, Jack Quaid, Claire Adams, Garrett Baer | | Based on a true story, we meet Annie (Madison Cross) on her return to the dating scene after losing 100 pounds. After consistent failure, Annie and her best friend Hannah (Claire Adams) decide to give up to have a girls night. Enter Parker... Read More →
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J

World Premiere | USA -  13 minutes | | Writer/Director: Nick Psinakis | Producer: Nick Psinakis, Kevin Ignatius, Quinn Smith, Michael Finuoli | Cast: Kevin Ignatius, Marlo Berberian, David Ross Paterson, Tyler Haines, Nick Psinakis | | In the near future, a hacktivist quickly growing in popularity, purchases a synthetic artificial clone of himself in the hopes of masking his true whereabouts. | | https://www.foureighteenfilms.com... Read More →
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Lightningface

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  19 minutes | | Writer/Director: Brian Petsos | Producer: Brian Petsos, Cary Flaum, Milos S. Silber, Todd Wiseman Jr. | Cast: Oscar Isaac, Tim Rock, Kristen Wiig (voice), Erika Rankin (voice), Julie Petsos (voice) | | An origin story, of sorts--LIGHTNINGFACE stars Oscar Isaac as Basil Stitt, who in the aftermath of an inexplicable incident, decides to sequester himself inside his apartment, setting the stage for a... Read More →
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First Like

Sweden -  3 minutes | | Director: Alexander Ronnberg | Writer: Sara B. Elfgren | Producer: Daniel di Grado | Cast: Hedda Stierstedt | | Winner of Best Foreign Short at Fantafestival, Italy  First to Like - First to Die   A short horror written by Sara B. Elfgren, author of the best-seller urban fantasy novel 'the Circle' and directed by Alexander Rönnberg.   First Like brings a new and fresh approach to the... Read More →
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Shutter

Nebraska Premiere | Germany -  7 minutes | | Writer/Director: Robert Mueller | Producer: Robert Mueller | Cast: Matthias Brueggenolte, Genevieve Boehmer, Carolin Staehler, Leni Speidel | | Mark, an aspiring photographer, who witnesses a murder, tries to sell the pictures he took of the scene to an editorial department. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5240446/
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Vendetta!

World Premiere | Italy -  4 minutes | | Writer/Director: Joe Vignola | Producer: Maria Teresa Bergamaschi, Mariangela Palazzo, Joe Vignola | Cast: Barbara Clara, Mirko Cardinale, Carlotta Sandre | | An italian actor seduces at the same time an ice cream vendor and a young aspiring actress. The two women uncover the truth and take a "sweet" revenge on him.


Friday March 10, 2017 5:45pm - 7:22pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #9 304 N 174th St

6:00pm

Girl Flu.
(Comedy, Family)
USA - 94 minutes

Writer/Director: Dorie Barton
Producer: David K. Wilson, Jay Lowi
Executive Producer: Richard Hull, Paul Schiff
Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Jade Pettyjohn, Jeremy Sisto, Heather Matarazzo, Diego Josef, Judy Reyes

Bird, 12, wise beyond her years, finds herself having to take care of her fun-but-flighty stoner of a mom, Jenny. When Bird is humiliated by getting her first period at the school picnic, the delicate balance at home blows up as Bird and Jenny struggle to navigate the onslaught of change and raging hormones. After making some regrettable decisions along the way, with the help of Jenny’s golden-hearted boyfriend and her rock steady best friend, both mother and daughter discover what it means to really become a woman.


Friday March 10, 2017 6:00pm - 7:32pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

6:15pm

Supergirl
USA -  80 minutes

Writer/Director: Jessie Auritt
Producer: Jessie Auritt, Carmen Delaney, Justin Levy

When a 9-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns into an international phenomenon and “Supergirl” is born. Naomi seems like a typical Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, until her extraordinary talent transforms the lives of her family and thrusts her into news headlines. SUPERGIRL follows Naomi’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence—from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying, and health issues which could jeopardize her future in powerlifting. Can she still be “Supergirl” if she can no longer break world records? With a passionate family supporting her, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside.


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Friday March 10, 2017 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

8:15pm

Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse
(Comedy)
USA - 90 minutes

Writer/Director: Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani
Producer: Gabriel Diani, Etta Devine, Chad Meserve
Cast: Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani, Barry Bostwick, Kirsten Vangsness, Janet Varney, Jonathan Silverman, Armin Shimerman, Kitty Swink, Harry Groener, Dawn Didawick, Ramon De Ocampo, Jocelyn Towne, Arye Gross, Amir Talai, Cole Stratton, America Young

A feature-length comedy about two comedians who are woefully unprepared for the End of Civilization. Like "The Road"...but funnier!


Friday March 10, 2017 8:15pm - 9:45pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

8:25pm

Brave New Jersey
(Comedy)
USA - 86 minutes
Director: Jody Lambert
Writer: Michael Dowling, Jody Lambert
Producer: Taylor Williams, Jen Roskind
Cast: Tony Hale, Heather Burns, Anna Camp, Dan Bakkedahl, Sam Jaeger, Raymond J. Barry, Mel Rodriguez, Grace Kaufman, Matt Oberg, Erika Alexander, Leonard Earl Howze, Evan Jonigkeit, Harp Sandman, Noah Lomax

A comedy about a small town on the night of Orson Welles’s legendary, 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast -- the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America. As the citizens of one New Jersey town are faced with what they think is their last night on Earth, their lives will change forever. An alien invasion movie where the aliens never show up.


Friday March 10, 2017 8:25pm - 9:52pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

8:45pm

Short Film Block #6 - Nebraska Shorts
Screening order:

Darkroom directed by Magie McCombs
eleMental directed by Nolan Anderson
11 Confession Road directed by Rhett McClure
I Am the Messenger directed by Elijah Watson
No Clean Finish directed by Eric Dwight
The Controller directed by Ben Hartzell
The Boulevard (T)errorism Created by Trevor Nealy & Karl Yanike
The Last Bottle directed by Magie McCombs
Blitzed directed by Jonathan Kimbrell
In Situ: Epilogue directed by Andrew Johnson
Coffee and Cigarettes IV directed by Ian Snyder
Reverie directed by Karalyn Smith

Short Films
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The Boulevard (T)errorism

World Premiere | USA -  22 minutes | | Created by Trevor Nealy & Karl Yanike | Writer: Trevor Nealy | Producer: Trevor Nealy, Karl Yanike | Cast: Karl Yanike, Trevor Nealy, Walter Shatley, Jimmy Hill | | Kevin and Rufus try to fund a movie that just might blow up, just not in the way they hope.
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Blitzed

World Premiere | USA -  2 minutes | | Director: Jonathan Kimbrell | Writer: K. Anthony | Producer: Nathan Romesser | Cast: Ben Gothier, Kalicia Taulborg, Rick TerKeurst | | In the near future, a team of mercenaries meet up after the job they were hired for turned out to be a set-up. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6320536/
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The Last Bottle

World Premiere | USA -  8 minutes | | Director: Magie McCombs | Writer: Roy Kimbrell | Producer: Nathan Romesser, Jon Kimbrell | Cast: Colton Walters, Briten Caballero | | Months after their parent's murder-suicide, two siblings revisit their troubling and traumatizing past, shedding light on the day their parents died. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6320524/
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The Controller

USA - 6 minutes | | Director: Benjamin Hartzell | Writer: Corinne Shipull | Producer: Elijah Watson | Cast: Katie Triplett, Tatianna Hizar, Dustin Mosko | | Two girls get more than they bargained for when they buy a haunted video game at a garage sale.
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Darkroom

World Premiere | USA -  10 minutes | | Writer/Director: Magie McCombs | Cast: Abby Cameron, Josh Milligan, Caleb Millon, Ashley Hall | | Two college students develop a friendship while working in the darkroom, but one has an unsettling secret that could put an end to their chemistry. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6261608/ | trailer  www.magiemccombs.com/Darkroom
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eleMental

USA -  7 minutes | | Writer/Director: Nolan Anderson | Producer: Nolan Anderson/Eric Larson | Cast: Nolan Anderson | | Thrill and adventure seems just out of reach for a man stuck in the mundane. | | nolan-anderson.squarespace.com
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In Situ: Epilogue

World Premiere | USA -  4 minutes | | Writer/Director: Andrew Johnson | Producer: Chad Haufschild, Dorothy Booraem | Cast: Cody Hanson, John Wise | | The struggle for survival after a catastrophic plague is not limited to biological humans. | | Jason, who until recently was a college student in search of his own sense of purpose, is chosen against his will. He must accept that he is special and do what is required of him. | | He is... Read More →
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No Clean Finish

World Premiere | USA -  15 minutes | | Writer/Director: Eric Dwight | Producer: Eric Dwight | Cast: Jeff Hoover, Mike Halac, Melissa Holder, JaChaun Laravie, Zach Barrientos | | Tommy is an independent wrestler who has just been called up to the big time. On his last night with the company, he is set to drop the title. Around him are those who have their own take on Tommy's recent push. During the lead up to the main event, Tommy is... Read More →
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Coffee and Cigarettes IV

World Premiere | USA - 3 minutes | | Writer/Director: Ian Snyder | Producer: Jordan Fountain | Cast: Ryan Wulf, Haley Raven | | [Intentionally left blank] | | http://www.rad-radish.com | https://www.facebook.com/RadRadishFilm/ | http://www.twitter.com/radradishfilm | http://www.instagram.com/radradishfilm
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I Am the Messenger

Nebraska premiere | USA -  6 minutes | | Writer/Director: Elijah Watson | Producer: Elijah Watson | Cast: Sam Maxwell, Luke Morken | | A young man decides to take action when discovers someone committing a horrible crime.
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Reverie

USA Premiere | USA -  4 minutes | | Director: Karalyn Smith | Writer: Benjamin Hartzell | Producer: Corinne Schipull | Cast: Paul Schack, Danielle Trausch | | A man uses daydreams to build his confidence to ask out the girl of his dreams.
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11 Confession Road

USA -  6:43 minutes | | Writer/Director: Rhett McClure | Producer: Jake Hull, Seth Requenez, Rhett McClure | Cast: Jim Brodhagen, Kerrie Waybright, Luke Rustermier, Torre Ortiz-Garcia | | The Year 2020. Set in post-alien-life-reveal apocalypse America, two paranoid bounty hunters on the run from the NSA are about to ditch their prisoners. | | http://www.abprofilms.com | https://facebook.com/ABProFilms/ | https://twitter.com/abprofilms... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2017 8:45pm - 10:14pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #9 304 N 174th St

10:00pm

Ring the Bell Party at Julio's West
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, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!

Friday March 10, 2017 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Julio's West 2820 South 123rd Ct
 
Saturday, March 11
 

9:30am

Filmmaker Panel
A discussion with the attending (non-Nebraska) OFF'17 filmmakers

Saturday March 11, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

10:45am

Documentary Filmmaking
A conversation with visiting documentary filmmakers about their process

Saturday March 11, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

11:30am

Long Live the King
USA -  67 minutes

Writer/Director: Frank Dietz, Trish Geiger
Producer: Brian Kelly Jones, Scott Weitz
Cast: Joe Dante, Greg Nicotero, Bob Burns, Dana Gould, Doug Jones, Brian Howe

The 8th Wonder of the World! The name King Kong immediately brings to mind images of the mighty Beast whose legendary love for a Beauty was his undoing. Since 1933, this majestic, tragic character has enthralled moviegoers and inspired creativity. LONG LIVE THE KING is a new documentary that explores our fascination with the great ape, and his impact on pop culture throughout the world. Featuring interviews with dozens of celebrated writers, actors, artists and filmmakers, this is a highly entertaining celebration of the greatest monster movie icon of all time. Directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, creators of the award-winning BEAST WISHES. This film is dedicated to the memory of special FX master Ray Harryhausen


Saturday March 11, 2017 11:30am - 12:37pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

11:45am

Writing for the Big and Small Screen
Panel discussion with Maria Maggenti and Jennifer Levin moderated by Joel Stevens

Speakers
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Jennifer Levin

Jennifer Levin is a television producer and writer. She has written on hit network series such as “Brothers & Sisters” (ABC), “Without a Trace” (CBS) and was the Showrunner on “Felicity” (CW).  Most recently Jennifer created and was Showrunner on the CW’s popular “Beauty & the Beast”.  She is currently writing an original one hour medical drama for CBS.  Before writing... Read More →
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Maria Maggenti

Maria Maggenti is New York/Los Angeles based filmmaker, screenwriter and television producer. She wrote and directed the indie hit “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love” and “Puccini for Beginners” both of which premiered at Sundance. She wrote “The Love Letter” for Dreamworks, “One Red Paperclip” for MGM, “My Name is Memory” for Fox 2000 and co-wrote “Monte... Read More →


Saturday March 11, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

12:00pm

Short Film Block #7
Screening order:

Glimpse directed by Enrique Mendoza
Real Artists directed by Cameo Wood
Paradox directed by John Rauschelbach
The Firefly Girls directed by Katie Micay
The Bus Stop directed by Justin Malone
The Wrights directed by Michael Steger
Past The Second Stage directed by Samuel Hunter Galloway, Peter Camilleri
Venefica directed by Maria Wilson
Icarus directed by Tom Teller

Short Films
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Real Artists

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  11 minutes | | Writer/Director: Cameo Wood | Producer: Ryon Lane, Alexa Fraser-Herron | Cast: Tamlyn Tomita, Tiffany Hines | | Sophia just scored every animator’s dream interview at world famous Semaphore Animation Studios. But when the Creative Director, Anne Paladin, reveals that she knows about Sophia’s fan-edit of Semaphore’s hit film Mythos, Sophia sees her dreams begin to slip away... Read More →
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The Firefly Girls

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  11 minutes | | Director: Katie Micay | Writer: Katie Micay, Kyle Bown | Producer: Katie Micay, Kyle Bown, Kim Puleo, Jamie Zaffino | Cast: Savannah Paige Rae, Mario Schugel | | Will is struggling to move on after his beloved daughter dies. Stuck in a dark cloud of grief, he spends his time hiding in his house and drinking himself into a stupor. Will just wants to be left alone. Meanwhile, a young girl from the... Read More →
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Glimpse

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  6 minutes | | Director: Enrique Mendoza | Writer: Dan Moore | Producer: Eric Medina | Cast: Dion Earl, Reagan James, Cara Leahy, Kate Jacobs, Elester Latham | | Would you like to see how a relationship ends before committing to it forever? In the not-so-distant future, a new tech startup offers a peek into a defining moment from a couple’s life together. John and Emma must decide whether or not to still... Read More →
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Icarus

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  20 minutes | | Director: Tom Teller | Writer: Andrew Guastaferro, Tom Teller | Cast: Jason Tobias, Julia Farino, Thurston Hill | | When a Mars colony's comm satellite is damaged, Emilia Riley embarks on a seemingly harmless repair excursion. A shuttle malfunction cuts connectivity to the ground and Chris, her son, makes the knee jerk decision to go after her. | | http://www.frame48.com... Read More →
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Paradox

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  8 minutes | | Writer/Director: Brad Helmink, John Rauschelbach | Cast: Dusty Sorg | | A man falls asleep alone at night, but is woken up by the sounds of someone breaking in. The intruder's identity is scarier than the act itself. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5020390/
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Past The Second Stage

Nebraska Premiere | Australia - 5 minutes | | Director: Samuel Hunter Galloway, Peter Camilleri | Writer: Samuel Hunter Galloway | Producer: Jessica Pearce | Cast: Samuel Hunter Galloway | | While cleaning his deceased brothers derelict apartment, a man comes across an old laptop containing the last documentation of his life. But in order to access the files he must pass three security questions regarding family that threaten to bring up his... Read More →
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The Bus Stop

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  14 minutes | | Writer/Director: Justin Malone | Producer: Libby Hunt, Gina Roidopoulos, Zach Bush | Cast: Bryce Gheisar, Max Cumberland, Mollie Milligan, Wilbur Penn | | Two young boys come to blows due to religious stereotypes they learned from their parents. | | http://www.malonepictures.com | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5265086 | http://www.facebook.com/malonepictures | http://www.instagram.com/malonepictures... Read More →
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Venefica

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  7 minutes | | Writer/Director: Maria Wilson | Producer: Maria Wilson, Hannah Whitney, Tess Harrison | Cast: Maria Wilson, Will Harrison | | A young modern-day witch embarks on a difficult rite of passage to learn whether her abilities are destined for good or for evil. | | http://www.veneficafilm.com | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5453094/ | http://www.facebook.com/veneficafilm... Read More →
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The Wrights

Nebraska Premiere | USA - 14 minutes | | Director: Michael Steger | Writer: Brandee Steger, Michael Steger, Kate Danson | Producer: Michael Steger, Brandee Steger, Kate Danson, Nina Fehren | Cast: Ted Danson, Michael Steger, Brandee Steger, Nina Fehren, Kate Danson, Eric Artell | | Three estranged siblings come together after the death of their father. Dark secrets emerge and loyalties are questioned at the reading of the last will and... Read More →


Saturday March 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #9 304 N 174th St

1:00pm

Acting on the Big and Small Screen
A discussion with Yolonda Ross about acting in a popular TV series moderated by Scott Kurz

Moderators
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Scott Kurz

Scott Kurz is a filmmaker, actor, director and writer; well-known to the Omaha area having helped found and run the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company. Having worn multiple hats in over 100 productions--ranging from Ancient Greece and Shakespeare to contemporary and original works-- Mr. Kurz has become a multi-faceted producer and artist, an accomplished fight choreographer and combatant, as well as an award-winning set and light designer.Having... Read More →

Speakers
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Yolonda Ross

Yolonda Ross (Writer, director, producer) is a two-time Film Independent Spirit Award nominee and a Gotham Award winner for her leading roles in HBO’s STRANGER INSIDE and John Sayles’s GO FORS SISTERS. Her previous work includes 24, ANTWONE FISHER, LiILA & EVE, WHITNEY, and PHIL SPECTOR, but it was her recurring work on HBO’s TREME as a documentary filmmaker that led to her directorial debut which she also stars in, BREAKING... Read More →


Saturday March 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

1:15pm

Wild Prairie Rose
(Drama, Family)
USA - 91 minutes
Director: Deborah LaVine
Writer: Sharon B. Greene
Producer: Carol Monroe
Executive Producer: Cliff Schulz
Cast: Tara Samuel, Troy Kotsur, Suanne Spoke, Courtney Jones, Maya Brattkus, Samuel Schulz

After leaving her hometown for big city life, Rose must return home to care for her ailing mother. It is the 1950s, and Rose is a trailblazer at a time when the role of women was beginning to change.

Back home, she befriends James, a deaf man. Although the role of women was evolving, deaf people were still typically seen as outcasts.

Rose is intrigued by James. She learns that just because he cannot hear or speak, there are many ways to communicate, and finds that he is intelligent, thoughtful and creative.

Although her family and friends discourage the unlikely friendship, the two grow to appreciate each other and fall in love.

Sometimes you find what you are looking for where you least expect it — and coming home, Rose discovers hers.


Saturday March 11, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

2:15pm

Short Film Block #8
Screening order:

Worst-Case Scenario, Inc. directed by Jenny Lee, Gareth Smith
Start Over directed by Liz Rizzo
The Perfect Note directed by Michelle Davidson
Memoir directed by Alexander Jeffery
Walk for Me directed by Elegance Giovanni
Fall Repeat directed by Elise Sievert
Three Women directed by Alex Beh
Last Light directed by Jency Griffin

Short Films
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Worst-Case Scenario, Inc.

USA -  17 minutes | | Writer/Director: Jenny Lee, Gareth Smith | Producer: Lisa Rudin, Jenny Lee, Gareth Smith | Cast: Avi Rothman, Molly Kidder, Autumn Withers | | WORST-CASE SCENARIO, INC. is a dramedy about a man who wants to fall in love, but whose job predicting worst-case scenarios makes it almost impossible to hope for the best.  As a field agent for Worst-Case Scenario, Inc., Ryan inspects the home of a new mother who... Read More →
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Last Light

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  17 minutes | | Director: Jency Griffin Hogan | Writer: Alexander Jeffery, Based on Story by Sam Fisicaro | Producer: Sam Fisicaro, Jency Griffin Hogan | Cast: Sam Fisicaro, Jeanne Calderera, Sadie Fontenot | | On the verge of her mother’s death, Addie returns home to shed light on her dark past amidst the wreckage collected over twenty years. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6367914... Read More →
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Walk for Me

Nebraska Premiere | USA - 12 minutes | | Writer/Director: Elegance Bratton | Producer: Chester Algernal, Brittany M Fennel, Yolonda Ross, Harry Cepeka | Cast: Yolonda Ross, Brenda Milan, Aaliyah Booker | | Walk For Me is a contemporary coming out story set in present day New York City. Hassan Kendricks is a conflicted teenager torn between his devotion to Andrea his mother and his desire to be himself. | | http://walkformemovie.com... Read More →
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Memoir

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  15 minutes | | Director: Alexander Jeffery | Writer: Paul Petersen | Producer: Alexander Jeffery, Paul Petersen, Jacki and Douglas Alexander, Susan Gallacher | Cast: Paul Petersen, Cailey Fleming, Ryan Broussard, Jordan Scott, Mary Thoma | | Memories can either fuel our existence or eat away at us like a disease. In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Theodore Maine is on the cusp of losing his job at Janus Labs... Read More →
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The Perfect Note

Nebraska Premiere | USA - 11 minutes | | Director: Michelle Davidson | Writer: Michelle Davidson, Joel Nichols | Producer: Patrick Rea, Michelle Davidson, Colleen Horwitz, Chris Blunk | Cast: Joel Nichols, Jeanne Averill | | What happens when a mundane life becomes a movie musical. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5282600/
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Start Over

USA -  9 minutes | | Director: Liz Rizzo | Writer: Joni Thissen | Producer: Joni Thissen, E.J. (Ted) Hall | Cast: Lyndon Laveaux, Quinn Knox, Kerry Seldin, Michael Pinto, Suzy Hardy | | Three men and a woman hire a video service to find someone special. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5693782/
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Fall Repeat

World Premiere | USA -  5 minutes | | Writer/Director: Elise Sievert | Producer: Kevin Bhushan, Tony Spiridakis, Shannon Goldman, Ariel Eliaz | Cast: Ariel Eliaz, Elise Sievert | | A dancer navigates what she will compromise for the sake ambition while her mentor pushes boundaries. | | http://www.elisesievert.com/fall-repeat-short-film/ | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6004168/ | https://www.facebook.com/FallRepeat/
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Three Women

USA -  14 minutes | | Director: Alex Beh | Writer: Alex Beh, Tomas Pais | Producer: Doug Miller, Ross Kohn, Nancy Leopardi, Alex Beh, Jory Cordy | Cast: Alex Beh, Anna Camp, PJ Byrne, Abigail Spencer, Sara Paxton, Dana DeLorenzo, Adam Shapiro, Tomas Pais | | Over drinks, Darren Peters and friends discuss their waiter's sudden proffer, that at any given moment in any man's life there are three women involved: The Available, The Unavailable... Read More →


Saturday March 11, 2017 2:15pm - 3:51pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #9 304 N 174th St

2:30pm

A Brief History of Filmmaking in Nebraska
A presentation with Nebraska Film Commissioner Laurie Richards

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Laurie Richards

Laurie Richards has represented the State of Nebraska for 22 years as the State Film Officer within the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.  She has worked with numerous feature film projects including Alexander Payne’s features from Nebraska, as well as Cameron Crow (Elizabeth Town), Will Scheffer and Mark Olsen (Easter and Big Love), Payton Reed (Yes Man), Chris Eyre (Skins), Mark Hoeger and Andy Anderson (Full Ride), Sean... Read More →


Saturday March 11, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

3:45pm

A Quiet Passion
(Biography, Drama)
UK, Belgium - 125 minutes
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material
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Writer/Director: Terence Davies
Producer: Sol Papadopoulos, Roy Boulter
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Emma Bell, Duncan Duff, Rose Williams

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.


Saturday March 11, 2017 3:45pm - 5:46pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

4:45pm

Short Film Block #9 - Comedy Shorts
Screening order:

Now's A Bad Time directed by Michael Oberst
3-Way (Not Calling) directed by Molly McGlynn
Dear George directed by Emily Skyle
Help! I'm Trapped In A Movie directed by Riley Madincea
Duffy's Jacket directed by Brian Hoesing
Jesse Eisenberg Uses the Urinal directed by Alec Brown
Nuts directed by Theo Sena
Time Travel Romance directed by Ben Giroux
The Robbery directed by Jim Cummings

Short Films
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3-Way (Not Calling)

Canada -  11 minutes | | Writer/Director: Molly McGlynn | Producer: Matt Code | Cast: Emma Hunter, Kristian Bruun, Emily Coutts | | A woman riddled with existential dread on the eve of a big birthday convinces her partner to have a threesome that changes everything...and nothing. | | www.facebook.com/3waynotcalling
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Dear George

Nebraska Premiere | USA - 20 minutes | | Writer/Director: Emily Skyle | Producer: Tyler Bourns, Ryan Golden, Alphonse Polito, Mark Carey | Cast: Neil Fannin, Sophie Moeller, Joe Atak, Mary Bennett | | After his high school sweetheart sends him an epic breakup letter and moves out of state, a heartbroken gamer takes off on a cross country trip filled with a TSA shakedown, Acapella group, bad decisions and a "borrowed" chicken costume - all for... Read More →
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Duffy's Jacket

Nebraska Premiere | Comedy | USA -  9 minutes | | Director: Brian Hoesing | Writer: Terra McQuillen,Brian Hoesing | Producer: Terra McQuillen | Cast: Doug Jones, Isaac Seaton, Jayde Gauer, Jacob Womack | | A forgetful boy and his 2 cousins must survive the night once discovered by an ancient woodland monster. (Based on the short story by Bruce Coville and starring Doug Jones) | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5892408... Read More →
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Help! I'm Trapped In A Movie

Nebraska Premiere | Comedy | United Kingdom -  9 minutes | | Writer/Director: Riley Madincea | Producer: Matt Day, Riley Madincea | Cast: Emily Tucker, Vanessa Bailey, Chris Huntly-Turner | | A man wakes up to find himself the star of a Hollywood blockbuster, but his dream soon becomes a nightmare when he discovers he can't control the plot. | | https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matt-day/help-im-trapped-in-a-movie... Read More →
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Nuts

Nebraska Premiere | Comedy | USA -  4 minutes | | Writer/Director: Theo Sena | Producer: Massoumeh Emami | Cast: Sam Osterhout, Steve Siddell | | A man wakes up and fixes a world that isn't broken. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5225572/
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The Robbery

Comedy | USA -  10 minutes | | Director: Jim Cummings | Writer: Jim Cummings, Dustin Hahn | Producer: Natalie Metzger | Cast: Rae Gray, Pj McCabe | | Crystal robs a liquor store. It goes pretty ok. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6391374/ | http://unisonla.com | https://twitter.com/jimmycthatsme
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Time Travel Romance

World Premiere | Comedy | USA -  12 minutes | | Writer/Director: Ben Giroux | Producer: Ben Giroux, Scott Thomas Reynolds | Cast: Ben Giroux, Mindy Sterling, Sarah Scott, David Carzell, Dre Swain | | After continually striking out with women, an awkward man (Ben Giroux, HENRY DANGER) invents a time machine against his mother's wishes (Mindy Sterling, AUSTIN POWERS). Breaking the space/time continuum, our hero hopes to improve his budding... Read More →
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Now's A Bad Time

Comedy | USA -  8 minutes | | Writer/Director: Michael Oberst | Cast: Colin Burris, Scott Gallagher, Jake Montero, Rory Davis | | A dark comedy about two guys doing nothing wrong. Unless you consider trying to pry a grieving mother for her deceased sons personal info to sell for a small (but reasonable) profit "wrong" but who's to say?
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Jesse Eisenberg Uses the Urinal

Comedy | USA -  7 minutes | | Director: Alec Brown | Producer: Charles-Austin | Cast: Alec Brown, Dylan Hamilton-Smith, Tom Johnson | | Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg might play a captivating know-it-all on the big screen, but there is one thing the talented actor doesn't know- how to use the urinal. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5810038/ | https://www.facebook.com/jesseeisenbergusestheurinal/ | trailer ... Read More →


Saturday March 11, 2017 4:45pm - 6:23pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #9 304 N 174th St

6:00pm

Different Flowers
(Comedy)
USA - 99 minutes

Writer/Director: Morgan Dameron
Producer: Shelley Long, David Karp, Morgan Dameron
Cast: Shelley Long, Emma Bell, Hope Lauren, Romy Rosemont, Rob Mayes, Sterling Knight, Sean Gunn, Steve Agee

On the day of her big Midwestern wedding, Millie, a persnickety bride, jilts her fiance at the altar with the help of her spunky younger sister, Emma, and embarks on a life-changing adventure. Starring and produced by Shelley Long, and first feature from writer and director Morgan Dameron, DIFFERENT FLOWERS is a love letter to the heartland. Filmed entirely on location in Dameron's hometown of Kansas City, DIFFERENT FLOWERS is about learning to follow your heart.


Saturday March 11, 2017 6:00pm - 7:39pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

6:30pm

Written Off
USA -  88 minutes

Writer/Director: Molly Hermann
Producer: Molly Hermann, Rob Lyall

Grippingly honest personal journals reveal the secrets one man worked so hard to conceal as an innocent prescription for painkillers leads to a 10-year struggle to escape opiates and the stigma that surrounds his addiction.


Saturday March 11, 2017 6:30pm - 7:46pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

7:30pm

Short Film Block #10 - Nebraska Shorts
Screening order:

GPS directed by Derek Davidson
Child's Play directed by Candace Nelson
Hawksbill Crag directed by Alexander Jeffery
Not About Me directed by Aaron Nix
Funeral Favors directed by Ben Semisch
Up River directed by Allison Holt
The Music Box directed by Aliza Brugger
Spelling Bee directed by Dominic Cilfalo
Over the Fairy Hill directed by William Fischer
Neighbor / Neighbor directed by Bruce Nelson
The Quest for Excalispoon directed by Sam Senser, Thomas Johnson

Short Films
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Spelling Bee

World Premiere | USA - 2 minutes | | Writer/Director: Dominic Ciofalo | Producer: Jordan Fountain | Cast: Nolan Sullivan, Cale Yates, Candace Nelson, Jacob Skoda | | A young boy must use all his wits if he is to be crowned the champion of a contest of spelling things good. | | http://rad-radish.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/RadRadishFilm/
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The Music Box

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  15 minutes | | Writer/Director: Aliza Brugger | | When Gloria finds a mysterious box in her cellar, her life is shaded with bursts of terror. She and Maya must overcome the shadows together.
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Hawksbill Crag

World Premiere | USA -  5 minutes | | Writer/Director: Alexander Jeffery, Brent Scott Maze | Producer: Alexander Jeffery, Brent Scott Maze | Cast: Alexander Jeffery | | A nature photographer is sent to Northern Arkansas to take pictures of Hawksbill Crag, but the trails and environment slowly drive him into anxiety and paranoia. Something is watching.
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The Quest for Excalispoon

World Premiere | USA - 7 minutes | | Director: Sam Senser, Thomas Johnson | Writer: Thomas Johnson, Angie Senser | Producer: John Senser | Cast: Wrenn Senser, Jake Bruce | | Two knights enter into the gates of Utensia, in search of the legendary Excalispoon. | | trailer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88X263CuhiY&feature=youtu.be
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Funeral Favors

World Premiere | USA -  3 minutes | | Director: Ben Semisch | Writer: Ben Semisch, Todd Dylan, Adam Brownell | Cast: Adam Brownell, Todd Dylan | | After a Funeral Adam offers a helping hand to his friend Todd. Todd takes the offer too far asking for increasingly ridiculous favors.
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GPS

World Premiere | USA -  1 minutes | | Writer/Director: Derek Davidson | Producer: Jordan Fountain | Cast: Abbie Herbert,Derek Davidson | | It's time we had a serious talk. With our phones. | | http://rad-radish.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/RadRadishFilm/ | http://www.twitter.com/radradishfilm | http://www.instagram.com/radradishfilm
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Over the Fairy Hill

World Premiere | Ireland -  15 minutes | | Director: William Fischer | Writer: Sally Hurst, William Fischer | Producer: Ruth McNally, John McLean | Cast: Peter James Melrose, Niamh Ryan, Cian Kealy, Colt Stapleton, John McLean | | The young couple of Crissie and Darragh are very much in love and looking forward to a future with their coming child. But in Darragh's small pub built above a sidhe, the past intrudes in the form of a... Read More →
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Not About Me

Nebraska Premiere | USA - 6 minutes | | Writer/Director: Aaron Nix | Cast: Aaron Nix, Luke Riley, Emily Nix, Jeff Fugate, Eva Lube | | A husband attempts to avoid the building tension at home. Instead, he finds perspective on the urgency of life and love with the hopes of reconciling with his wife. | | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6185848/ | http://www.twitter.com/aaron_nix
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Neighbor / Neighbor

World Premiere | USA -  19 minutes | | Director: Bruce Nelson, Staci Monk Nelson | Writer: Bruce Nelson | Cast: Nick Rowley, Beth Weindel Paprocki, Andy Niess, Eli Ami, Patrick Johnson, August Nelson, Lovisa Nelson, Bruce Nelson, Alyssa Thompson, Ruby Pospisil, Staci Monk Nelson | | When less than desirable new neighbors move in next door from a perfect nuclear family, sparks fly. What starts out as a simple disagreement between men over a... Read More →
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Child's Play

USA -  6 minutes | | Writer/Director: Candace Nelson | Producer: Candace Nelson, Zack Russell Bartlett, Garrett Brunssen | Cast: Janae Dunn, Julia Utter, Logan Young, Luke Glassman | | Two young girls learn how to survive from a childhood game gone wrong.
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Up River

World Premiere | USA -  8 minutes | | Writer/Director: Allison Holt | Producer: Elijah Watson | Cast: Desiree Bartels | | A young woman journeys into the wilderness to find her father in the midst of a food drought.


Saturday March 11, 2017 7:30pm - 9:08pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #9 304 N 174th St

8:30pm

Dave Made a Maze
(Comedy)
USA - 81 minutes

Director: Bill Watterson
Writer: Steven Sears, Bill Watterson
Producer: John Charles Meyer, John Chuldenko
Cast: Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Adam Busch

Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave's girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.

DAVE MADE A MAZE re-imagines classic 80s adventure films with a modern comedic edge and a higher body count. The handmade fantasy world comes to life with puppetry, stop-motion animation, & in-camera optical illusions.


Saturday March 11, 2017 8:30pm - 9:50pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

8:30pm

All the Birds Have Flown South
(Thriller)
USA - 98 minutes

Writer/Director: Joshua H. Miller, Miles B. Miller
Producer: Kathryn Francis Tucker, Joshua H. Miller, Miles B. Miller
Cast: Paul Sparks, Joey Lauren Adams, Dallas Roberts

After the death of his overbearing mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon, all three lives began to unravel as obsession and disease began to consume them all.


Saturday March 11, 2017 8:30pm - 10:09pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

10:00pm

Stroud's Saturday Night Party
Food provided by Stroud's
Drink Specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.

Saturday March 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Stroud's 301 North 175th Street
 
Sunday, March 12
 

11:45am

Short Film Block #11 - Documentaries
Screening order:

Gardeners of the Forest directed by Ceylan Carhoglu , Nicole Jordan-Webber
The Art of Hope directed by Benjamin Bogard
The John Show directed by Julie Sokolow
Soul City directed by Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, Gini Richards
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Year of The Snake directed by Max Horn
The Gathering directed by Micki Dickoff

Short Films
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Soul City

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  23 minutes | | Director/Producer: Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, & Gini Richards |   | “Soul City” is a documentary short that tells the story of a group of civil rights activists and city slickers who attempt to build a multiracial utopia in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina in the 1970s. Their pioneering efforts to jumpstart this black-owned, black-built town run up against tenacious... Read More →
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Gardeners of the Forest

USA/Lao People's Democratic Republic - 14 minutes | | Director: Ceylan Carhoglu, Nicole Jordan-Webber | Producer: Nicole Jordan-Webber, Ceylan Carhoglu | | For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Today, there are around 400 elephants left in Laos. If the Laotian elephants become extinct, not only does it mean a loss of one of the largest mammals on earth but also the loss for Laotian history and culture. This... Read More →
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The Gathering

Nebraska Premiere | | USA -  24 minutes | Writer/Director: Micki Dickoff | Producer: Micki Dickoff, Magdaleno Rose-Avila | Cast: 16 exonerated death row survivors | | “The Gathering” tells the story of Witness to Innocence, the only organization of death row exonerees in the United States led by death row survivors and their families.  These innocent men and women, some having spent decades on death row for murders they... Read More →
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The Art of Hope

USA -  17 minutes | | Writer/Director: Benjamin J Bogard | Producer: Benjamin J Bogard, Katie Johnston | | Offering sanctuary in the last frontier, Hope Community Resources Inc. provides resources to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. At the main campus in Anchorage, Hope Studios, a fully functioning art studio, serves as a safe space for free ideas and expression. Surrounded by bright colors and quirky artwork... Read More →
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The John Show

Nebraska Premiere | USA -  12 minutes | | Writer/Director: Julie Sokolow | Producer: Olivia Vaughn, Ryan Loew | Cast: John Riegert, Brett Yasko, Donna Penoyer | | Graphic designer Brett Yasko wanted to save his friend John’s life, so he asked every artist in their town to make a portrait of John. The result is the 2016 art show “John Riegert” – a funhouse containing 250 portraits on the titular subject, with John... Read More →
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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Year of The Snake

United States Premiere | United Kingdom -  9 minutes | | Writer/Director: Max Horn | | Year Of The Snake is a short documentary following the rise and rise of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. | | http://www.baronxbones.com | https://www.facebook.com/baronxbones/


Sunday March 12, 2017 11:45am - 1:24pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #11 304 N 174th St

12:00pm

Writer's Theatre
Directed by Jason Levering, Aaron Sailors, and David Weiss
Stage Manager: Charlie Ames

Live stage readings/performances by professional actors of selected passages from this year's screenplay finalists.

Feature Length Scripts:

Dietrich Danzig by John Pisano-Thomsen
End Transmission by Richard Ferrando
Red Velvet by Tom Radovich
The Keeper Beauchamp by Michael Comstock
The Snowman by Nick Cammilleri
War/Love by Hannah Feller

Short Scripts (under 30 pages):

A Letter Before Dying by Nathaniel Edwards
Lotustown by Doug Sasse
No Choice by Stephen M. Hunt
Summer Fruit by Annalise Lamberty
The Old States by Lain Kienzle

Cast list includes:
Frankie Ali
Tim Barr
Brett Comstock
Liam Diesing
Stephanie Elrod
Daria Hlazatova
Amber Keller
Ken Gray
Jeff Koterba
Ryan Langenegger
Christopher Levering
Jason Levering
Kiera Levering
Jeff Luby
Jennifer McGill
Caleb Myers
Christina Rohling
Karl Rohling
Aaron Sailors
Shannon Thunder Hawk-Taylor
Zac Triemert


Sunday March 12, 2017 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

12:15pm

The Islands and the Whales
UK, Denmark -  81 minutes

Produced/Director: Mike Day

In their remote home in the North Atlantic the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on the table. The land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas.

Hunting whales and seabirds kept them alive for generations, and gave them the way of life they love; a life they would pass on to their children. But today they face a grave threat to this tradition.

It is not the controversy surrounding whaling that threatens the Faroese way of life; the danger is coming from the whales themselves.

The Faroese are among the first to feel the effects of our ever more polluted oceans. They have discovered that their beloved whales are toxic, contaminated by the outside world. What once secured their survival now endangers their children and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition.


Sunday March 12, 2017 12:15pm - 1:36pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

2:00pm

The Bear and the Owl
USA - 46 minutes

Director: Mark Davis

In 1986, a young girl from Beloit, WI was about to celebrate her 7th birthday in the Boston Children's Hospital. After her teacher puts an article in the local newspaper requesting cards from the community, a complete stranger responds by sending her a handmade card every day for two and half years. The heartwarming bond that forms between them showcases the healing power of love, empathy and compassion. 30 years later, as she's about to undergo her 42nd (and hopefully last) surgery, Joni's optimistic strength is an inspiring example of the difference that a simple act of kindness can make.


Sunday March 12, 2017 2:00pm - 2:46pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #11 304 N 174th St

2:15pm

Writing the Great American Screenplay
A conversation about screenwriting with Lew Hunter

Speakers
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Lew Hunter

Lewis R. Hunter is an American screenwriter, author and educator and is chairman Emeritus and Professor of Screenwriting at the UCLA Department of Film and Television. He is recognized as one of the best screenwriting teachers in the United States.


Sunday March 12, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #10 304 N 174th St

2:15pm

Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming
(Animation)
Canada - 88 minutes
Director: Ann Marie Fleming
Writer: Ann Marie Fleming & Maryam Najafi
Producer: Ann Marie Fleming, Sandra Oh
Cast: Ellen Page, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Sandra Oh

A young Canadian poet with Chinese and Persian parents travels to Iran to perform at a poetry festival.


Sunday March 12, 2017 2:15pm - 4:00pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

3:15pm

Herd
Canada -  52 minutes

Writer/Director: Stefan Morel
Cast: Liz Mitten Ryan


Herd explores how horses can guide us to heal the chaos within our lives.

During a weeklong off-grid nature retreat, deep in the heart of British Columbia’s horse country, eight people participate in a collective spirit quest of meditation and equine therapy.

The film documents a nascent, interspecies community where horses and humans share fears, doubts and truths as they form a new hybrid herd. The horse/human communication transcends language to foster a dialogue of shared mindfulness.


Sunday March 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:07pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #11 304 N 174th St

4:30pm

Awards Ceremony
Last year over $32,000 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 12, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

5:30pm

Personal Shopper - Closing Night Film
(Drama, Mystery, Thriller)
USA - 105 minutes
Rated R for some language, sexuality, nudity and a bloody violent image

Writer/Director: Olivier Assayas
Producer: Charles Gillibert
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz

Olivier Assayas, the internationally-acclaimed director of Clouds of Sils Maria and Summer Hours, returns with this ethereal and mysterious ghost story starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.


Sunday March 12, 2017 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Village Pointe Cinema - #16 304 N 174th St

7:30pm

Closing Night Party at Brickway
Drink Specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.

Sunday March 12, 2017 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Brickway Brewery & Distillery 1116 Jackson Street