Robert Byington's endearing twenty something crisis movie, HARMONY AND ME, opening at The Ross on Friday, October 15, blends familiar elements to original and satisfying effect.
HARMONY AND ME employs a bargain basement mumblecore aesthetic but sidesteps the self-indulgence to which that mini-genre is prone thanks to a sustained sharp wit.
Director Bob Byington, who grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be appearing at the opening night screening on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss his film with the audience.
“[HARMONY AND ME] Represents much of what is wonderful and fresh about the recent wave of ultra-low-budget American independent filmmaking,” according to Los Angeles Times film critic Mark Olsen.
The NFG offices will be closed at the end of October due to the Building owners leasing our space to someone else. It seems that they signed a 15yr lease with them and gave us 30 days to vacate. After The NFG has spent over 40,000 in rent this is how they do it. They are willing to lease us a space on 17th and Harney with 2 times the square footage for the same price but the space just doesn't lend itself to what we do and the parking is even worst. It would seem that we will be going virtual for a while as we redevelop the NFG and try to find a new home.
This for sure is a bit of a set back for us but as always, we will find a way to bounce back. If anyone is interested in helping with the NFG reboot, please contact me personally.
in great frustration,
derek AT nebraskafilmgroup.com
Bob Maass: I wanted to let people know about the 5th Annual Elkhorn Valley & BEA D7 Film and Media Conference to be held on Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd. All events will be held at the Elkhorn Valley Campus at 204th and Dodge.
We have films from students at Metropolitan Community College and UNL
(six shorts total) come support our local film makers who are just
FILM and MEDIA CONFERENCE
Friday, October 1 – Saturday, October 2, 2010
All events are located at
Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Valley Campus.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
and Conference Check
Reception, Meet and Greet
Bobby Kokrda and Trevor Nealy
Save the Date (and tell your friends)!
Film Streams' Feature III
An Evening with Steven Soderbergh
Academy Award-winning director of Traffic, Erin Brockovich,
Out of Sight, and the Ocean's Eleven trilogy.
Interviewed by Kurt Andersen, with an Introduction by Alexander Payne
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Holland Performing Arts Center
Event Chairpersons: The Weitz Family
All proceeds support Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater.
Click here for more information and here for a
printable reservation form
STEVEN SODERBERGH is the Academy Award-winning director of TRAFFIC, ERIN BROCKOVICH, SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE (winner of the 1989 Palm d'Or), KING OF THE HILL, GRAY'S ANATOMY, OUT OF SIGHT, THE LIMEY, SOLARIS, BUBBLE, THE GOOD GERMAN, CHE, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, THE INFORMANT! and the OCEAN'S ELEVEN trilogy, among other films.
OFFICIAL e-mail and web-site update!- an excellent "test' to see if anyone out there is paying attention.
"I think we should highlight the free food aspect (what's the likelihood 300 people will show up?)--chalk this up to outreach--we simply need new people to show up"
Perhaps welcoming old, new and potential members - "come check us out" kind of thing. Pizza party at Val's East Campus in Lincoln. NIFP is buying the pizza and soda drinks, beer is available at $3.00 a bottle. Bring a DVD of your latest short or trailer or music video!
VALENTINOS EAST CAMPUS, 3457 Holdrege St, Lincoln, NE 68503
WEDNESDAY OCT 13, 2010, 6-8PM ish?
"The idea of meet and greet sounds good--I think this should be very informal."
To network and have productive conversations with like minded individuals who enjoy the cinema, television and the visual arts.
BRING A FILM FRIEND FOR FREE PIZZA!
*some conditions may apply! mainly cause NIFP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
The Homegrown Film Festival Volume III: Lincoln Calling is excited to bring you locally produced music videos for local bands as a kick-off to the 2010 Lincoln Calling music festival. The screening will feature other excellent short film work, too.
Sharing the evening at the Bourbon Theatre with Pecha Kucha Night #3. Bring your friends for a night of audacious art and engaging presentations!
Brought to you by No Coast Films (Elisabeth Reinkordt), Kinetic Brew (Brian Walsh), and Jeremy Buckley (Lincoln Calling).
FROM SILICON PRAIRIE NEWS:
Over the past six weeks, we escaped our usual industry of focus, the tech industry, and put the spotlight on six individuals in our state's burgeoning film industry. The goal of this series, titled "Nebraska Film," was to highlight individuals, companies and organizations who are working hard to grow and establish the state as a place for independent filmmakers.
More than once, we heard comparisons of Omaha's maturing film industry to that of the city's independent music industry, which has been established in part because of the work of Saddle Creek Records. Take this quote, for example, from our interview with up-and-coming writer and director Nik Fackler:
Special screening: Saturday Sept 25 in the new space at 1:00 p.m. and again at 10:00 p.m.
seating is very limited so please reserve your seats!!!
tickets are only $6.00!
Nebraska Film Group will be screening Avenue Pictures' Directors cut of Ulterior Motives.
Since Ulterior Motives’ Official release,the film has been completely re-edited from the ground up by award winning filmmaker Jim Fields(Preserve Me A Seat) (416)(Bugeaters) With new scenes,musical score and never before seen footage, Ulterior Motives has been cut down to about 80 minutes. Set in Omaha, Ulterior Motives follows homicide Detectives in their investigation into the deaths of five Omaha Police Officers.
With no clues and a matching case out of state, the FBI joins in the search for the killer.
The NFG will also be screening Sun For Sorrow
Pigboat Productions presents "Sun For Sorrow."
TIME WARNER CABLE AND IFC LAUNCH SHORT FILM CONTEST
Entries Accepted September 15 – October 31 on our New YouTube Channel
This week TWC announced the launch of a Short Film Contest in association with IFC. Video submissions will be accepted from September 15 until October 31 through our new YouTube® channel. Four Grand Prize winners will receive a four-night trip for two to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 20-30.
The Short Film Contest calls on aspiring filmmakers across the country to showcase their talents in creating their own short 2-to-5-minute film. To enter, contestants must upload their short film entries to our recently-launched YouTube channel.
I just wanted to pass on some information about an On-Camera Auditioning Workshop. It is sure to be beneficial to any actor wanting to improve their skills and land that role! Contact me if you would like to register. Cheri@TalentWorksOmaha.com
The Audition Intensive: A Focused Examination of the On-camera Audition
Description: Identify and hone the skills necessary to book professional work and use call backs to build relationships and create a lasting impression. All skill levels welcome. Everyone will work.
Time and Date : 1:30 – 4:30 Sunday, September 12th
Location: Talent Works (206 South 44th Street Omaha NE 68131)
Class Size : Approx. 10 people
Fee - $35
Seeking cast for low budget horror film shooting in October. Some pay for SAG actors, others likely deferred pay. Please send pic and resume to email@example.com.
FRANK DEAN: 45, FARMER grizzled by work.
MARY DEAN: 42, his wife.
CODY HALL: 23,
KELLY OSGOOD: 25,
a young journalist trying to make a name for herself despite being stuck in the
middle of the country.
NATHAN NORTH: 35,
a power broker of the highest order who fancies himself a kingdom builder.
MAYOR SID WYATT:
53, long-time mayor of the little country town of Hillside.
SHERIFF BOB FERGUSON:
44, former classmate of Frank’s who wanted Mary for himself and has
always harbored ill-will against him.
LOCAL KIDS: Group of high school kids looking for a good time.
Greetings once again:
Last week we sent you a video interview with State Senator Heath Mello ( Omaha ) as he explained the positives that more film projects can bring to Nebraska ’s economy. Today, the Omaha World Herald published a story in which another member of the Legislature, State Senator Colby Coash (Lincoln), climbs aboard to advocate for state film incentives for film makers.
Coash, who is also a local actor, just wrapped filming on a production entitled “The Summer Before”. Senator Coash plans to carry his experience into the Nebraska Legislature next year when he joins the fight to bring film incentives to the state (link to story below):
The Nebraska Film Association
Nebraska Film Association
“Promoting Jobs for Nebraskans:
Incentives for the Film Industry”
Courtesy of the Silicon Prairie News, the Omaha World Herald’s website has published a great article on Nebraska ’s need for film production incentives, as well as Senator Heath Mello’s fight to bring more film projects to the state. Mello, who represents Omaha ’s District 5 and was introducer of last session’s LB 1073 and LB 1074, is still enthusiastically blazing the trail for Nebraska ’s film future. The piece appears as part of a series titled Nebraska Film: An Exploration of the Growing Community (To learn more, you can go to: http://www.siliconprairienews.com/2010/08/nebraska-film-series-starts-mo...).
Great video interview with Senator Heath Mello, went up on the OWH website... (link below):
The Nebraska Film Association
Nebraska Film Association
“Promoting Jobs for Nebraskans:
Incentives for the Film Industry”
NEED TWO ACTORS:
1. TUTOR ROLE: MALE (JACK BLACK TYPE) IN "SCHOOL OF ROCK"
2. PIANO INSTRUCTOR: (OLDER WOMAN, thin lipped, serious never jokes)
STAR IN UCLA TOP FILM: FROM LA- GOING TO FESTIVALS, from award winning MFA writer Meg Gifford, (who's last LARGE film being made by Trademark Pictures). FILMING AT FAMOUS LEW HUNTER HOUSE THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. CONTACT Lonnie Senstock-director- ASAP firstname.lastname@example.org
Omaha dates for "Lovely, Still"
Friday, September 24th, 2010 Midtown Cinema – Omaha 3201 Farnam Street Omaha, NE (402) 346-6900
Friday, September 24th, 2010 Village Pointe Cinema 304 North 174th Street Omaha, NE (402) 898-7469
OMAHA AUGUST 18, 2010 by ANDREA CIUREJ
Editor's Note: This article is part of a series titled Nebraska Film: An Exploration of the Growing Community. Learn more about the goals of this series and find links to its articles in our announcement: Nebraska Film series starts Monday, August 9.
The onset of digital photography has allowed the film industry to gain independence over the past several years, giving amateur and even professional filmmakers an easier outlet to make films.
Film festivals from around the country, such as Utah’s Sundance Film Festival and Texas' Austin Film Festival, were formed to harness this independence.
After three friends – Marc Longbrake, Jeremy Decker and Jason Levering – journeyed to a festival in Kearney, Nebraska, Omaha joined the lineup of film festivals focused on showcasing independent talent from near and far.
Celebrating its 12th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival announces its call for entries!
The 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival will spotlight over 300 films from around the world, including feature length narrative, documentary, short, animated and student films that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.
In addition to film screenings, the Festival hosts premiere galas, an industry seminar series, and question and answer sessions with filmmakers.
The Newport Beach Film Festival was named one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Movie Maker Magazine.
The Festival runs from April 28th to May 5th, 2011.
NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS.
ENTER YOUR FILM NOW AND SAVE!
*Receive a discount when you submit through Withoutabox!
The 4th Annual Lincoln Zombie Walk is Saturday, August 28th, 2010~ We're teaming up with Pershing Auditorium to bring you ZombieFest! This year's events will go from 12 noon to 12 midnight.
We will be dressing like zombies and walking through several areas of downtown Lincoln, just to have some fun. It is guaranteed to be one of the most fun nights you have this year.
Check out today's blog http://lincolnzombiewalk.com/blog/2010/08/15/ for more information on volunteers needed in order to make this event happen. We're currently looking for at least 20 more makeup artists and 20 general volunteers. Check out the blog and if it is something that interests you follow the link and sign up today.
we need to have a meeting, just to have a meeting, but also to discuss Middle of Nowhere.
August 11th at the Ross, with door prizes!
NEBRASKA SHORTS @ FILMSTREAMS premiere screening and party with the filmmakers! http://bit.ly/dsDIkcPosted August 5th, 2010 by DJRhettMC
LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE
Friday, August 6 - Thursday, August 12, 2010
Join us opening night (Friday, August 6, 7:30pm) for a premiere screening and party with the filmmakers!
We take pride in showing films from around the world and throughout the history of film, but there’s always something to be said for the here and now. Led by an independent jury of local artists and film enthusiasts, our first Local Filmmakers Showcase celebrates the fantastic work being done throughout our region. It’s worth noting: This is not a festival. Rather, all 14 films will be presented together in a single, 120-minute program showing daily August 6 – 12.
Film Streams’ First Local Filmmakers Showcase is curated by jurors Sara Adkisson Joyner, Jody and Roger duRand, Mark Hoeger, Peggy Jones, Maggie and Bob Mundy, and Derek Pressnall.
CLICK HERE FOR SHOWTIMES AND ADVANCE TICKETS