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National Film Challenge

We’re getting the word out about this year’s National Film Challenge -- an official companion to the 48 Hour Film Project.

The Film Challenge is a hyper-creative, timed competition that jam-packs an entire short film production into three days, open to participants the world over. Top films screen in Hollywood in 2013, with cash awards and more up for grabs. The event takes place October 19-22, and registration is open now: http://filmchallenge.org/2012-film-challenge-registration.html

Steven Ley, Executive Producer
National Film Challenge & KDHX Community Media

Casting Call/Audition for THE DARK AROUND YOUR HEART, Saturday, December 1st!

Saturday, December 1st, from 11am-5pm, Dead Lantern Pictures will be holding an open casting call/audition for THE DARK AROUND YOUR HEART, a horror film noir that will begin shooting in the Lincoln/Omaha area in June 2013. The film is about a hard boiled private eye who gets caught up in a case involving an ancient mummy who is removing the hearts from women in order to revive his long lost love. We will be auditioning roles for the femme fatale, private eye, assassin, congressman, secretary, campaign manager, and villain.

Auditions will be held at the Comfort Suites (4231 Industrial Avenue, Lincoln, Nebraska) in their breakfast room.

Please visit the Facebook Event page to RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/456547444367896/

Sides will be provided by e-mail prior to the auditions and we ask that you please e-mail us at Splattercast@DeadLantern.com in order to make sure you get on the schedule.

NEBRASKA FILM ASSOCIATION- Lincoln meeting October 3rd at MARZ

Our next NFA Monthly Networking Event will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the MARZ Bar in LINCOLN! Yes, this month we are headed to the fine city of Lincoln, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

The MARZ Bar is located at 11th and O street in Lincoln.

Also, you may have noticed a couple of new media sites for the Nebraska Film Association:

WEBSITE: www.nebraskafilmassociation.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/FilmNebraska
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/groups/50324208155/

If you would like to make an announcement, share an upcoming event, or are seeking crew/talent for an upcoming project, please send an email to nebraskafilmassociation@gmail.com to have your notice shared.

ALSO - If you would like to volunteer your time, talents, and efforts to volunteer with the Nebraska Film Association...let us know by replying to this email.

Michelle Schrage (rhymes with "froggy")
Nebraska Film Association


Celebrating its 14th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival is open for submissions! Submit your film now to save and receive a discount when you submit through Withoutabox!

Named one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Movie Maker Magazine, the Newport Beach Film Festival will run from April 25th to May 2nd, 2013.

For more information, visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

NIOBRARA: A FILM PERSPECTIVE- Free Screening at ROSS- Wednesday, August 1 - 8:00 p.m.

Longtime NIFP member and current president Tom Bouse has a free film screening at the Ross. Join us Wednesday August 1st at 8PM.

Trailer: http://www.malmoea.com/Niobrara.htm

Wednesday, August 1 - 8:00 p.m.
This screening is free and open to the public.

This event will feature three short films, shot over the last four years, which highlight the natural beauty and scenic landscapes along the 535 mile long river. Running from Wyoming's Niobrara county and joining with the Missouri River in the northeastern part of the state, the Niobrara River crosses iconic Nebraska terrains ranging from the fossil beds & buttes of the panhandle, to the forests and recreational areas popular with visitors.

The film series includes:

Niobrara Sweet!
Be surprised and delighted by the beauty of the Niobrara River and the plants, animals and unique vistas found along its banks.

Niobrara, Jewel of the North


Buy your tickets now to the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival!!

LB863 APPROVED! Nebraska FINALLY has an incentive for filmmakers!


Congratulations to the entire Nebraska film community and a special thanks to all who participated in our decade-long quest to bring film production incentives to our state.

Today, our hero Senator Colby Coash saw his LB863 approved on Final Reading by a unanimous 44-0. Assuming that the Governor will sign the bill it will become law this summer.

Let's not have illusions. This is a modest incentive that will yield modest results.

Producers can only use the incentives in municipalities that have established local economic development funds; Omaha and Lincoln have not.

There is no guarantee that a city has to give an incentive. A producer will need to compete with other film and non-film projects for the limited funds.

But it is a first step...and "zero to something" is the biggest acceleration that any movement can achieve.

BLOOD RITES- Chad, Dorothy, and Andy's feature, at the ROSS April 5th

From the ROSS Website- http://www.theross.org/event.php?eid=571
Thursday, April 5 - 7:00 p.m.

Lincoln filmmaker group, Unfiltered Entertainment, presents a premiere screening of their new horror movie “Blood Rites”. This event is open to the public. Tickets are free but cannot be reserved.

“Blood Rites” was produced in Lincoln with local actors and crew from Lincoln, Omaha and UNL. It is heavily influenced, in both story and visual style, by Italian giallo films like “Deep Red”, “House by the Cemetery” and “Don’t Torture a Duckling”. Shot in HD and presented in 5.1 Surround Sound, “Blood Rites” represents the growing abilities of Nebraska filmmakers to create professional quality features outside of the traditional film industry.

LB863 Was Prioritized and Will Be Debated on the Floor of the Legislature!

We have great news to share with all of the supporters of the Nebraska Film Association who support bringing more film productions to state of Nebraska! The Urban Affairs Committee voted 7-0 to make LB863 their Committee Priority Bill: List of Priority Bills This is what that means practically speaking:

The bill will definitely come up for debate on the floor of the Legislature.

It needs 25 votes to pass.

Strategy-wise, we will need you as supporters to do the following:
Thank all the members, particularly Sen. McGill (Chair) for prioritizing the bill. All of them voted to do so, so all of them should be thanked. The more goodwill they have behind them from the industry, the more likely they will be to speak up and defend the bill vocally on the floor. Here is a list of the members: Urban Affairs Committee
Start contacting non-Committee member Senators, especially your own district's Senator. These points should be included in the message:

DeadLantern needs crew for a feature film this summer in Lincoln!

Hey all! We'll be looking for crew members (lighting, sound, location managers, etc.) to help out on our feature film this summer. Lincoln area availability preferred. Please e-mail any resumes to Mat@DeadLantern.com Thanks!

Flyover Country Auditions- Sunday Feb 19th

Sunday, February 19, 2012
Time 1:00pm until 5:00pm

Auditions for new upcoming indie film, "Flyover Country." Written and Directed by Jim Fields and Produced by Shaun Vetick and Jim Fields, from Objectif 49 films. Please visit our fan page here on Facebook for more information.

Omaha Community Playhouse
6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68132


Attached JPG with available roles

LB863 advances out of Urban Affairs committee- Feb 2, 2012

A message from the Nebraska Film Association, sent on behalf of President, Mark Hoeger:


As you may have heard Senator (our hero) Colby Coash's LB863 was advanced out of the Urban Affairs committee by a UNANIMOUS vote.

As a supporter and promoter of increased film production in Nebraska, Feb 2nd was a big day.

Your steadfast commitment to this cause is finally paying off. This is the way it works in the Legislature; even good ideas take a few years to get fully vetted.

We think now we have the right Bill, with the right champion, at the right time, but we are still have several laps to complete before the finish line.


The bill has advanced out of the committee but before it can even come to a vote, Speaker Mike Flood will need to find a place on the packed agenda for a floor debate.

Realistically, especially in a short session, that will only happen if someone prioritizes the bill.

Nebraska Film Association - February Networking Event

Feb 1st 5PM-7PM
Fox and Hound, 506 N 120th St (120th and Dodge), Omaha, NE
Come enjoy our monthly networking events where filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and talent both in front and behind the camera come together to network, share ideas and help develop the foundation of filmmaking in Nebraska!
We are excited that Nebraska native, Alexander Payne won a Golden Globe this year for his movie, The Descendants, and we hope to be able to share some exciting news about his upcoming project entitled, NEBRASKA!

This month, there will be free appetizers (while it lasts), complements of your's truly. :-) We will be open to having food and drink sponsors for future events, so please let me know if you are interested.

Also, Bellevue Mayor, Rita Sanders will be in attendance to learn more about our efforts and to show her support for promoting film production in Nebraska! So mark your calendars! All are welcome, and we'll see you on February 1st at the Fox and Hound!

Omaha Film Festival Summit - Release Party 2012- Feb 11th

Greetings filmmakers, screenwriters and film enthusiasts,

Saturday evening, February 11th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, come check out the beautiful North Sea Films building and visit the Omaha Film Festival folks to discuss the upcoming Seventh Annual Omaha Film Festival. There will be plenty of time to socialize and meet filmmakers, screenwriters and actors to discuss upcoming projects, and we’d like to take some time to talk about some festival specific topics.

For those in attendance, we will be unveiling our list of films for the first time to the general public, so this is your chance to be the first to know! As you know, we show some of the best independent feature films, documentaries, short films, animated shorts, and OFF the EDGE films every year, and we’re very excited about the films that we’ve chosen to showcase this year.

AN UPDATE ON THE LEGISLATIVE FRONT (sent on behalf of Mark Hoeger)

Dear Friends of Nebraska Films,

Our hero, Senator Colby Coash, has come up with an new plan to encourage film production in Nebraska.

The legislation is LB863 and the hearing is in front of the Urban Affairs committee; the hearing will take place this Tuesday, January 31 at around 1pm at the Capital in Lincoln.

We at the Nebraska Film Association are optimistic (guardedly) about this particular Legislative Bill's chances of passage because it addresses the objectives of the opposition.

In the past, opponents of film incentives have successfully (but we think inaccurately) argued that the State should not spend scarce resources to promote an industry with dubious returns for Nebraska's economy.

However, LB863 gets around this objection by simply stipulating that film production is an industry that qualifies for local incentives already offered to other industries and paid directly by individual cities and villages.

Looking for Actors


I have been involved in this group since its beginning, and have found a lot of great resources here!

I work at UNL in the Pesticide Education Office and each year we do video projects to help train pesticide applicators on different topics. Many of these we do in dramatization form and are seeking actors! A few years ago I had a project that I posted here and got a lot of great response!

There will be projects coming down the pike this year and I am looking to establish a list of potential actors. I have started a group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/295888337130814/ as a one stop shop for updates about upcoming projects. I also maintain an email list for those who may not have Facebook.


January 4th
5pm - 7pm
Fox and Hound (120th and Dodge)

On behalf of the Nebraska Film Association, I would like to announce that starting in 2012, we will be hosting Monthly Networking Socials.

In an effort to connect, collaborate, and continue to build a strong film community in Nebraska, it is important that there is a place for people who enjoy the filmmaking process to come together…from
corporate commercials to full feature movie productions! We hope that by having regularly scheduled networking socials, we always have a
place to meet like-minded people and create some productive synergy.

These networking events are open to anyone – from the veteran who has been working in the business for decades, to the up-and-coming talent
who is just starting to make some connections.


Benefit for GROWING CITIES film at Whole Foods Omaha- Dec 6th

Benefit for GROWING CITIES film at Whole Foods Omaha- Dec 6th

Shop for a good cause ALL DAY on December 6th at Whole Foods Omaha. 5% of the days sales goes to Growing Cities, a sustainable farming film by two young Omahans. All you have to do is shop and you can support two young filmmakers, good food activists, and sustainable agriculture! http://www.facebook.com/events/217250535013270/

Feature length horror film shooting in April


We're looking for actors and actresses for a slasher that will be shot beginning in April right here in Lincoln, Nebraska. There are plenty of roles and we'll be holding auditions soon. If you are an actor or actress and might be interested, please send a head shot and resume to steve@deadlantern.com

We will get you all the necessary info along with a script.



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