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Tuesday, March 8
 

6:30pm

Eye in the Sky - Opening Night Film
(Drama | Thriller)
UK - 102 in minutes
Rated R for some violent images and language

Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: Guy Hibbert
Producer: Colin Firth, Ged Doherty, David Lancaster
Cast: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi

Complications arise when a lieutenant general (Alan Rickman) and a colonel (Helen Mirren) order a drone missile strike to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya.


Tuesday March 8, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

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 8, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Cheeseburger in Paradise 17304 Davenport Street
 
Wednesday, March 9
 

5:45pm

It Snows all the Time - Special Engagement
Special Engagement!  Limited Pass Holder Seating Only!
Individual tickets will not be sold by OFF for this event.

Presented by Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry 
in cooperation with
the Alzheimer’s Association of Omaha

(Drama)
USA - 84 minutes
Midwest Premiere

Director:  Jay Giannone
Writer: Eric Watson, Jay Giannone (screenplay), Erich Hover (story)
Producer: Erich Hover, Jay Giannone
Cast: Brett Cullen, Erich Hover, Sterling Knight, Lesley Ann Warren, Taryn Manning, John Beasley, Erin Cahill, Jay Giannone, Tatyana Ali, Slaine, Trevor Penick

When Paul is diagnosed with young onset Frontotemporal Dementia at 58, his family comes closer together than ever before. Along the way, he and his middle son Jesse learn many things about each other by working on Paul's old truck, finally taking it for one last fishing trip together.


Speakers
avatar for Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Brett has been in blockbuster movies such as “The Guilt Trip”, “42”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “The Runaways” and acclaimed TV series’ “Person of Interest”, “White Collar” and “LOST”. He is currently filming a TV series “Devious Maids” by Creator and... Read More →
avatar for Erich Hover

Erich Hover

Erich’s first movie break came acting alongside Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Moneyball.” His experience with Alzheimer’s in his family will allow him to immerse in the lead role of Jesse.



Wednesday March 9, 2016 5:45pm - 7:09pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #9 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

6:00pm

Short Film Block #1
Screening order:

Minimum Wage by Joey Ally
Mother's Day by Jeff Tan
Unbelief by Fabien Martorell
Promise Me by Kevin Machate
Partners by Joey Ally
EXO by Ashley Eakin
Purpose by Utkarsh Sharma
The Puppet Man by Jacqueline Castel
Brix and the Bitch by Nico Raineau
Killer by Matt Kazman
 

Short Films
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Brix and the Bitch

(Action, Drama)USA - 10 minutesmidwest premiereWriter/Director: Nico RaineauProducer: Kristen Murtha, Russell Hadaya, Nico RaineauCast: Dre Swain, Alex Marshall-Brown, David Carey FosterTrapped in a seedy and illegal fight club, one woman's only chance for escape is a gruesome brawl... Read More →
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Mother's Day

(Drama)USA - 7 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Jeff TanWriter: Gabriel FurmanProducer: Gabriel Furman, Jeff Tan, Melissa LeoCast: Melissa Leo, Gabriel FurmanTragedy forces Mary (Academy Award Winner: Melissa Leo) and her son Jay (Gabriel Furman) to say goodbye forever.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3476606/combinedhttps://www.facebook.com/mothersdaythefilmhttps://twitter.com/mothersdayfilmtrailer... Read More →
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EXO

(Drama, Thriller)USA - 7 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Ashley EakinProducer: Kelsey Reddicks, Logan NashCast: Sam Jacobs, Richard NeilA father and son reunite over dinner to discover things aren't always what they seem.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5030772/... Read More →
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Killer

(Comedy, Drama)USA - 20 minutesNebraska PremiereWriter/Director: Matt KazmanProducer: Ben AltarescuCast: Hale LytleWhen Dusty masturbates for the first time, something bad happens...www.killershortfilm.comhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt5262444/https://www.facebook.com/killershortfil... Read More →
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The Puppet Man

(Horror, Thriller)USA - 9 minutesmidwest premiereWriter/Director: Jacqueline CastelProducer: Greg EggebeenExecutive Producer: Caleb BraatenCast: Crystal Renn, Johnny Scuotto, Susannah Simpson, Joe Castle Baker, John Carpenter, Grant Mayland, Bradley BailyA supernatural killer stalks... Read More →
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Promise Me

(Drama)USA - 8 minutesNebraska PremiereOFF’15 Writer’s Theatre Finalist!Writer/Director: Kevin MachateProducer: Kevin MachateCast: Gayland Williams, Craig Nigh, Step Rowe, Teagan Jai Boyd, Judy McMillanA once flourishing woman, now at the end of her life, who struggles to ensure... Read More →
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Partners

(Comedy, Romance)USA - 7 minutesmidwest premiereDirector: Joey AllyWriter: Jen Tullock, Hannah Pearl UttProducer: Joey Ally, Jen Tullock, Hannah Pearl Utt, T.J. Williams, Jr.Executive Producer: Lauren SmitelliCast: Jen Tullock, Hannah Pearl UttProfessional and life partners Kate and... Read More →
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Purpose

(Action, Drama)USA - 11 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Utkarsh SharmaCast: Otniel HenigSet in the Peshawar School Massacre, a radical jihadist reflects on his purpose when he encounters the first child he killed.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4785674/
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Unbelief

(Action, Crime, Drama)USA - 13 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Fabien MartorellWriter: Michael Marshall Smith, Fabien MartorellProducer: Fabien MartorellExecutive Producer: Tobin Bell, Scott Butzer, Severine Martorell , Michael Marshall SmithCast: Andrew Howard, Tobin Bell, Laura... Read More →
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Minimum Wage

(Comedy, Drama)USA - 15 minutesWriter/Director: Joey AllyProducer: Peer Pedersen, Jonathan CasoExecutive Producer: Lynn Shelton, Megan GriffithsCast: Sarah Ramos, Ian Harding, Basil Harris, Tony Doupe, Alycia Delmore, Russel HodgkinsWalking home from a rough night at work, Kit (Sarah... Read More →


Wednesday March 9, 2016 6:00pm - 7:38pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

6:00pm

Writer's Theatre - Features and Shorts

Directed by Aaron Zavitz and Scott Kurz

This year's Writer's Theatre brings many exciting changes to our previous years' format! Check back for updates and performance order!

Live stage readings/performances by professional actors!

OFF'16 short screenplay finalists.

50 Years of Valentines by Doug Sasse
In Quest of the Bluebird
 by Robert Mann & Connie Zerden
Calling CQ 
by Adam Whitaker
Bad Heir Day 
by Jeffrey Field
The Forward Place 
by Henry P. Gravelle
Down The Drain 
by Robert Sheppard
Animal Skins 
by Bryan Ott

OFF'16 feature screenplay finalists.

Thursday, After School by Tom Radovich
Sanctuary 
by Scott Pittock
A Posthumous Performance 
by Drew Wagner
Only The Impassioned 
by H. C. Turk
Jacksonville 
by Jeffrey Field
The Angel Rainbow Car Wash 
by Tom Rossi
Catharsis by 
Billy McNabb & Hannah Feller

Cast list includes:

Jill Anderson
Cheri Bloomingdale
Eric Griffith
John Hatcher
Scott Kurz
David Landis
Moira Mangiamelli
Jennifer McGill
Eric Salonis
Kevin Williams
Aaron Zavitz

Thank you to Colleen Quinn and the Omaha Funny Bone for providing the venue for this year's Writer's Theatre!

Moderators
avatar for Scott Kurz

Scott Kurz

Actor, Talent Plus, St. Louis
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... Read More →
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Aaron Zavitz

Aaron Zavitz has a B.A. in Fine Arts/Dramatic Arts from University of Nebraska-Omaha and has acted professionally in such venues as the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Blue Barn Theatre, Aspen Theatre in the Park and Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre ("Shining City," "Doubt," "The Odd... Read More →


Wednesday March 9, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

6:15pm

God Knows Where I Am
USA -  97 minutes

Producer/Director: Todd Wider & Jedd Wider
Cinematographer: Gerardo Puglia Editor: Keiko Deguchi 
Cast: Lori Singer

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, beauty, humor, and spirituality.  For nearly four months, Linda Bishop survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.


Wednesday March 9, 2016 6:15pm - 7:52pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:15pm

Short Film Block #2 - Nebraska Documentaries
Screening order:

Kearney Goes to War: Remembering the Homefront by Jacob Rosdail
Cael by Hannah Campin, T.K Seng & Yves Genius
Collaboration by Jordan Fountain
A Film About Loss by Brendan McGinn
Comedy Open Mic by John Morgan
Handle With Care: Celebrating the Work of Harold Chenoweth by Colleen Kenney 

Short Films
C

Cael

(Documentary)USA - 7 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Hannah Campin, T.K Seng, Yves GeniusCast: Cael Campin, Mr. & Mrs. Campin, Hannah CampinA young boy who lives with Down Syndrome.
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Handle With Care: Celebrating the Work of Harold Chenoweth

(Documentary)USA - 10 minutesWorld PremiereWriter/Director: Colleen KenneyProducer: University of Nebraska FoundationCast: Bob ChenowethHarold Chenoweth was Nebraska's first film producer. He began shooting in the silent-film era and left behind unbelievable footage: old Civil War... Read More →
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Collaboration

(Documentary)USA - 4 minutesworld premiereDirector: Jordan Fountain, Austin Blankenau, Derek Davidson, Duncan Reed, Nolan AndersonWriter: Chris Zech, Connor Huggett, Cory Soukup, Derek Davidson, Nolan AndersonProducer: Jordan Fountain, Alexis Borchardt, Megan Fleming, Nathan HansenCast... Read More →
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Kearney Goes to War: Remembering the Homefront

(Documentary)USA - 24 minutesWorld PremiereWriter/Director: Jacob RosdailThe Kearney Army Air Field was a large part of Nebraska's contribution to the second World War. Today the base is mostly forgotten, but a group of college students are using modern digital history methods to... Read More →
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A Film About Loss

(Documentary)USA - 10 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Brendan McGinnWhat began as a simple daily video journal turned into a short film about my father's passing from cancer. Shot and edited on an iPhone, A Film About Loss is an honest and raw look into the death of a father... Read More →
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Comedy Open Mic

(Documentary)USA - 25 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: John MorganCast: Patrick Keane + 40 Nebraska ComicsComedy Open Mic is a documentary short film about aspiring and seasoned comedians sharing the open mic stage to perform stand-up comedy. Learn and laugh with expertise insights... Read More →


Wednesday March 9, 2016 8:15pm - 9:49pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #9 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:30pm

Stereotypically You
(comedy)
USA - 82 minutes

Writer/Director: Benjamin Cox
Producer: Benjamin Cox, Tracey Becker
Executive Producer: Russell Carpenter, ASC, Kim Winther
Cast: Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen, Kal Penn, Chris Elliott, Lewis Black, Shane McRae, Kelen Coleman, Annaleigh Ashford

NYC dating comedy that follows one man's hallucination-fueled post-breakup quest to find new love... and himself. When Charlie Carroll quits his job and his girlfriend on the same day, it seems as though he's finally found freedom. But after a quick dip in the dark waters of the NYC dating pool, Charlie begins to wonder if he's made a mistake. He's not equipped for single life. In fact, Charlie might not be equipped for life in general. With no job and no love, Charlie is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery so intense that he begins to suffer from surreal hallucinations, flashbacks, and sex fantasies. Will he find "the one?" Or did that ship already sail, taking with it his only hopes for relationship sanity? 


Wednesday March 9, 2016 8:30pm - 9:52pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:45pm

Hunky Dory
(comedy/drama)
USA - 88 minutes

Writer/Director: Michael Curtis Johnson
Producer: Michael Curtis Johnson, Tomas Pais
Cast: Chad Hartigan, Edouard Holdener, Peter Van Norden, Jeff Newburg, Joy Darash, Nora Rothman, Tomas Pais, Julia Barna, Josh Fingerhut

After his ex-girlfriend disappears, Sidney, a glam rock dilettante, is forced to look after his 11-year-old son full-time. His 'cool dad' facade quickly falls apart and his life goes into full tailspin as he struggles to let go of his rock-and-roll lifestyle.


Wednesday March 9, 2016 8:45pm - 10:13pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

10:00pm

Funny Bone - Wednesday Night Party
Free food provided by Hartland BBQ and drink specials/cash bar provided by Funny Bone!  

Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!

$10 entry without a pass

Wednesday March 9, 2016 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201
 
Thursday, March 10
 

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.

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

In its eleventh year, the Omaha Film Festival looks to significantly increase its educational reach with the announcement of the First Annual OFF Academy.  With over 100 students registered from a dozen high schools, sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 10 & 11 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 8-13.

The OFF Academy is made possible in part by grants provided by:
Omaha Steaks
Ike & Roz Friedman Foundation
Linder Family Foundation
Holland Foundation

Hosted by the Omaha Funny Bone Comedy Club

Participating schools as of this writing:
Bellevue West High School
Benson High School
Burke High School
Creighton Prep High School
Elkhorn High School
Elkhorn South High School
Jefferson County North High School - Kansas
Leavenworth High School - Kansas
Marian High School
Millard West High School
Omaha South High School
Westside High School


Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Decker

Jeremy Decker

Festival Director, Omaha Film Festival
I think "Bring It On" is the best movie of all time!
avatar for Jason Levering

Jason Levering

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director
avatar for Liz

Liz

OFF Academy Coordinator, Omaha Film Festival


Thursday March 10, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

9:00am

Acting
Take a look behind the scenes at acting for the big screen and listen in on a conversation between a veteran actor and a young filmmaker.

Moderators
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Cheril Lee

Cheril Lee is the news anchor for KIOS-Omaha Public Radio’s All Things Considered as well as your Saturday morning host from 6-12 on 91.5. When she’s not working at the station, Cheril can usually be found writing articles for The Reader and other local publications or in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Brett has been in blockbuster movies such as “The Guilt Trip”, “42”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “The Runaways” and acclaimed TV series’ “Person of Interest”, “White Collar” and “LOST”. He is currently filming a TV series “Devious Maids” by Creator and... Read More →
avatar for Erich Hover

Erich Hover

Erich’s first movie break came acting alongside Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Moneyball.” His experience with Alzheimer’s in his family will allow him to immerse in the lead role of Jesse.


Thursday March 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

10:30am

Screenwriting
Attending OFF'16 Screenplay Finalists will have an open discussion on the process of screenwriting including plot structure, character development, writing styles, and formatting.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Levering

Jason Levering

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director


Thursday March 10, 2016 10:30am - 11:45am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

12:30pm

Cinematography & Film Lighting
An introduction to lighting and cinematography.  Discussions on visual story telling, formats, aspect ratios, cameras, lenses, composition, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Drickey

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... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

2:45pm

Putting the Pieces Together - open discussion and Q&A
Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Decker

Jeremy Decker

Festival Director, Omaha Film Festival
I think "Bring It On" is the best movie of all time!
avatar for Jason Levering

Jason Levering

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director
avatar for Liz

Liz

OFF Academy Coordinator, Omaha Film Festival


Thursday March 10, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

5:45pm

Good ol' Boy

(Family/Comedy/Drama)
USA - 104 minutes

Director: Frank Lotito
Writer: Gregory Scott Houghton, Anjul Nigam and Paul Quinn
Producer: Anjul Nigam, Franco Lotito, Steve Straka
Cast: Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Brighton Sharbino, Hilarie Burton, Roni Akurati, Poorna Jagannathan, Samrat Chakrabarti, Shoba Narayanan, Jake Busey, Tim Guinee, Alison Wright.

In 1979, an Indian family moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s ideals than ever before. A tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America.


Thursday March 10, 2016 5:45pm - 7:29pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

6:00pm

Short Film Block #3
Screening order:

Move Me by Gabe Crate
Pant Suits by Saralyn Armer
Blue Borsalino by Mark Lobatto
The Last Words by Keegan Mullin
Finding China by Alex Duong
Beyond the Blue by Elena de Sala
Hut Hut by Michael Allmon & Courtney Sandifer
The Voice in the Head by Cyrus Trafford 

Short Films
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Beyond the Blue

(Drama)United Kingdom - 15 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Elena de SalaProducer: Laura Torenbeek, Syed AyubCast: George Kent, Lisa-Emma Druett, James Underwood, Kenneth Jay, Tony GoodhallBeyond the Blue reflects on the importance of childhood and the problem that these characters... Read More →
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Blue Borsalino

(Drama, Thriller)United Kingdom - 17 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Mark LobattoProducer: Annabel WigoderExecutive Producer: Christopher SmithCast: Bart Edwards, David Warner, Margot Leicester, Laura Dale, Amanda Drew, Julia Watson, Roger Alborough, Nicola Sian, Caroline Partridge... Read More →
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Finding China

(Comedy, Romance)USA - 4 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Alex DuongProducer: Alex Duong, Christina Marie LeonardExecutive Producer:Cast: Alex Duong, Christina Marie LeonardAn Asian cowboy confronts his identity issues with the help of his girlfriend.http://www.imdb.com/t... Read More →
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The Voice in the Head

(Drama)United Kingdom - 12 minutesNebraska PremiereWriter/Director: Cyrus TraffordProducer: Peter Sinclair, Heidi Carmichael, Josh Mallelieu, Cyrus TraffordCast: Charlotte Luxford, Stella Willow, James Allen, Lisa KayPsychologist David Rosenhan PhD, “If sanity and insanity exist... Read More →
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Hut Hut

(Drama, Family, Coming of Age)USA - 9 minutesmidwest premiereDirector: Michael Allmon, Courtney SandiferWriter: Michael AllmonCast: Deke Garner, Jeffrey BakerMike, a pre-teen scruffy loner, meets his neighbor, Bubba, who interrupts his solitude with unexpected companionship and life... Read More →
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Move Me

(Drama)USA - 20 minutesWorld PremiereWriter/Director: Gabe CrateProducers: John Salcido, Kerri ParkerCast: Catherine Parker, Danny Jacobs, Aidan Bristow, Caroline Macey, David Tenenbaum    While hiking in a forest, a couple find an inexplicably immobile stranger with an antique... Read More →
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Pant Suits

(Comedy)USA - 10 minutesmidwest premiereWriter/Director: Saralyn ArmerProducer: Mitch Yapko, Aaron CritchlowCast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Josh Malina, Kelly Coffield Park, Marianna Palka, Susan-Kate Heaney, Ron Ostrow, Amberlee Colson, David Largman Murray, Emily HopkinsSet in 1972... Read More →
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The Last Words

(Drama, Family)USA - 19 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Keegan MullinProducer: Tucker CowanCast: Eddie Buck, Tyler Cardoso, Marie Wilson, Colleen Foy, Kenda BenwardPlaced into hearing schools and forced to speak, young David suffers the isolation of being the only deaf member... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2016 6:00pm - 7:41pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #11 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

6:15pm

The Million Dollar Duck
USA -  72 minutes

Director: Brian Golden Davis
Executive Producer: Mark Jonathan Harris
Editor: Derek Boonstra
Cinematographer: Christian Bruno

The Million Dollar Duck focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. This film explores the history and challenges facing this successful conservation program, while delving into the eccentric nature of six wildlife artists who battle to win the 'Olympics of wildlife art.'


Thursday March 10, 2016 6:15pm - 7:27pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:25pm

Llama Nation

USA -  87 minutes
world premiere

Director: Tanner Shinnick
Producer: Tanner Shinnick, John Meier, Aaron Allsop

Llama Nation explores the quirky and competitive llama breeding, training and showing subculture in the US. The film follows multiple passionate llama owners each with their own unique story, including two 16 year-old girls as they compete in hopes to become the national llama showing champion.

 



Thursday March 10, 2016 8:25pm - 9:52pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:30pm

Black Luck

(Drama)
USA -  100 minutes
World Premiere

Director: Jason Levering, David Weiss
Writer: Jason Levering, Garrett Sheeks
Producer: David M. Weiss, Jason Levering, Garrett Sheeks, Aaron Smith
Associate Producers, Tim Welch, Dr. Thomas Huerter, Sean Nohrenberg, Matt Patterson, Tom Sain
Cast: Garrett Sheeks, Karrie Bauman, Jeff Gamble, Jeff Luby, Jason Levering, Aaron Sailors, Jeremy Caniglia, Jazmyne Van Houten, Konrad Case, Craig Hoffman, Collin Dunn, Royce Kensinger, Myriddin McHugh, Christopher Levering, Jeffery Blum, Ethan Rand, Cheri Bloomingdale, Kiera Levering, Justin Milani, Crystal Milani, Cara Rockwell, Rick Barker, Tim Welch, Lacee Newbanks, Sean Nohrenberg, Aaron Smith, Randy Kirby, John Huerter

A hitman in hiding struggles to keep his monsters at bay when his dark past comes calling. Some days your LUCK just goes BLACK.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Levering

Jason Levering

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director



Thursday March 10, 2016 8:30pm - 10:10pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:45pm

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
(comedy)
Canada - 101 minutes

Writer/Director: Jeremy LaLonde
Producer: Jordan Walker, Chris Bennett
Executive Producer: Jeremy LaLonde, Jewel Staite, Ennis Esmer, Ryan Goldhar, Avi Federgreen
Cast: Jewel Staite, Ennis Esmer, Lauren Lee Smith, Katharine Isabelle, Mark O'Brien, Jonas Chernick, Tommie-Amber Pirie, Kristian Bruun, Lauren Holly

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town is about a group of friends who live in the picturesque town of Beaver's Ridge--the epitome of wholesomeness and strong family values. Their orderly life is interrupted by the homecoming of Cassie Cranston, whom they slut-shamed into leaving town when she was a teenager.  Now a big-city sex writer, Cassie returns home to face an unwelcome reception by her former friends, and finds an opportunity to seek revenge by writing a book about them when they ask her if she'll help them plan an orgy.


Thursday March 10, 2016 8:45pm - 10:26pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #11 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

10:00pm

Bravo! Party!
Thursday March 10, 2016 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Bravo! Cucina Italiana 17151 Davenport Street
 
Friday, March 11
 

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.

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

In its eleventh year, the Omaha Film Festival looks to significantly increase its educational reach with the announcement of the First Annual OFF Academy.  With over 100 students registered from a dozen high schools, sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 10 & 11 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 8-13.

The OFF Academy is made possible in part by grants provided by:
Omaha Steaks
Ike & Roz Friedman Foundation
Linder Family Foundation
Holland Foundation

Hosted by the Omaha Funny Bone Comedy Club

Participating schools as of this writing:
Bellevue West High School
Benson High School
Burke High School
Creighton Prep High School
Elkhorn High School
Elkhorn South High School
Jefferson County North High School - Kansas
Leavenworth High School - Kansas
Marian High School
Millard West High School
Omaha South High School
Westside High School


Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Decker

Jeremy Decker

Festival Director, Omaha Film Festival
I think "Bring It On" is the best movie of all time!
avatar for Jason Levering

Jason Levering

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director
avatar for Liz

Liz

OFF Academy Coordinator, Omaha Film Festival


Friday March 11, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

9:00am

Animation
An inside look at animation

Moderators
avatar for Julien Fielding

Julien Fielding

Julien R. Fielding is a writer and educator. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, specializing in religion and film, and East Asian popular culture and religion. She is the founder and editor of www.fieldingonfilm.com, and has covered the entertainment industry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben Lane

Ben Lane

Ben Lane is a Story Artist, Character Designer and Animator who currently has his hands in several projects, including Disney’s Frozen Fever short, due out March 13, 2015. He has worked on several Disney projects, including their upcoming feature animation Zootopia (2016), Planes... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

10:15am

Directing
Moderators
avatar for Scott Kurz

Scott Kurz

Actor, Talent Plus, St. Louis
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... Read More →

Speakers
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Dan Petrie, Jr.

Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

11:30am

Producing
Speakers
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Dana Altman

Producer/Director/Owner of North Sea Films


Friday March 11, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:30pm

Break Out Session - Acting
Speakers
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Scott Kurz

Actor, Talent Plus, St. Louis
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... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:30pm

Break Out Session - Camera/Lighting
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... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

1:30pm

Break Out Session - Screenwriting
Speakers
avatar for Dan Petrie, Jr.

Dan Petrie, Jr.

Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

3:00pm

The Big Picture - closing discussion and Q&A
Speakers
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Jeremy Decker

Festival Director, Omaha Film Festival
I think "Bring It On" is the best movie of all time!
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Jason Levering

Omaha Film Festival Executive Director
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Liz

OFF Academy Coordinator, Omaha Film Festival


Friday March 11, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Funny Bone Comedy Club 17305 Davenport Street #201

5:30pm

Short Film Block #4
Screening order:

In Memory by Robert Kirbyson
Miss Famous by Shadae Lamar Smith
Southern Justice by Amber Walden Rapp
The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy by Alexander Jeffery
A Walk In Winter by Ryan Moody
This Modern Man is Beat by Alex Merkin
Woman Outside by Shelly Lauman

Short Films
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This Modern Man is Beat

(Drama, Thriller)USA - 16 minutesmidwest premiereDirector: Alex MerkinWriter: David J SchroederProducer: David J Schroeder, Tommee May, Tom Brunstetter, Caity EnglerExecutive Producer: Michelle Romano, Shar YonanCast: Jordi Vilasuso, Sheena Colette, Brad Greenquist, Kent Klineman... Read More →
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The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy

(Drama)USA - 17 minutesmidwest premiereDirector: Alexander JeffreyWriter: Paul T. O. Peterson Executive Producer: Barry Jeffrey, Rosalind JeffreyCast: Stan Brown, Emily Anne Cole, Bill Meyer, Laura Barrow, Rex Austin BarrowAt the integration of the job market in 1964 Louisiana, a... Read More →
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Miss Famous

(Comedy, Drama)USA - 15 minutesmidwest premiereDirector: Shadae Lamar SmithWriter: Roxanne BeckProducer: L.A RossCast: Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Kimmel, Tony CoxMonica, a self-confident maid with big dreams, wants it all: fame, romance and a happily-ever-after ending for herself and her... Read More →
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Southern Justice

(Drama)USA - 10 minutesworld premiereOFF'15 Writer's Theatre Finalist!Writer/Director: Amber RappProducer: Amber Rapp, Patrick ReaCast: Meagan Flynn, Jennifer Mays, Amber Rapp, Janet SunderlandThree sisters, two bodies, one mistake. Ami, Dallas and Austin struggle with the morality... Read More →
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In Memory

(Drama)USA - 15 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Robert KirbysonWriter:  E.R. Womelsduff, Robert KirbysonProducer: Ron Allchin, Barbara Nicolosi, Dick LylesExecutive Producer: Barbara NicolosiCast: Lee Meriwether, Max Gail, Christopher Emerson, Marcie Lynn Ross, Alandrea Martin In... Read More →
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Woman Outside

(Drama)USA - 21 minutesworld premiere Writer/Director: Shelly LaumanProducer: Daniela RuizCast: Yolonda Ross, Paula Roman, Joshua Bitton Every day an abused homeless woman’s cries for help go unnoticed. When she encounters a lonely business woman, and recognizes this stranger’s... Read More →
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A Walk In Winter

(Crime, Drama)USA - 14 minutesMidwest premiereDirector: Ryan MoodyWriter: Jessica NikkelProducer: Nina Anand AujlaExecutive Producer: James Franco, Vince JolivetteCast: James Franco, Abigail Spencer, Jack Kehler, Max Leifman, Jack SochetConrad has returned to his hometown in the middle... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #9 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

5:45pm

Rwanda & Juliet
Rwanda/USA  - 87 minutes

Producer/Director: Ben Proudfoot
Producer/Executive Producer: Andrea Batista
Cinematographer/Associate Producer: Doug Burgdorff
Cinematographer: David BolenEditor: Michael Fallavallita

RWANDA AND JULIET is a feature-length documentary that follows eccentric ivy league professor emeritus Andrew Garrod to Kigali, Rwanda, where he mounts Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Rwandan college students from both Hutu and Tutsi backgrounds. Twenty years have passed since the 1994 Genocide that left 1,000,000 Tutsis dead. Predominantly orphans, the cast of young Rwandans, led by a stunning, strong headed Juliet, tackle their countries past and their own future as hopes, expectations, pasts, personalities and cultures collide as opening night approaches.


Friday March 11, 2016 5:45pm - 7:12pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

6:00pm

No Resolution
(Drama)
USA - 90 minutes
World Premiere

Writer/Director:  Tim Kasher
Producer: Chevy Kozisek
Executive Producer:  Brian Young
Cast:  Maura Kidwell, Layne Manzer, Erin O’Shea

The debut feature film by songwriter Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life), No Resolution explores the relationship of never-was musician Cary and his newly pregnant fiancé Jean as they struggle with concepts of family and settling down. New Year's Eve becomes a fitting backdrop for the disparity of their combined future; Jean longs for a nice night staying in, but the temptations of a decadent evening are too much for Cary to avoid. The engaged couple reaches a boiling point of anger and resentment as their upstairs neighbors stoke the flames with a raging New Year's party.


Friday March 11, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:00pm

The Invitation - Special Screening
(horror | thriller)
USA - 100 minutes

SPECIAL GUEST:  Writer Phil Hay will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film!

"#1 film not to miss this year!" - Village Voice
"One of the scariest times you'll have in a theater this decade." - Fangoria
"A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread" - Variety

Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch, Mike Doyle, Michelle Krusiec, Marieh Delfino, Jay Larson 

Two years after a tragic loss ended his relationship, Will accepts an invitation from his ex-wife to attend a mysterious dinner party held at his former house. As the evening progresses, the dread bubbling under the surface is slowly revealed in this superbly directed thriller.

Speakers
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Phil Hay

With three #1 hits and a pair of critically acclaimed dramas to their names, PHIL HAY & MATT MANFREDI have established themselves as one of screenwriting’s most versatile duos, moving fluidly among comedy, intimate drama and large-scale action, sci-fi and fantasy projects that feature... Read More →



Friday March 11, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:15pm

Short Film Block #5 - Nebraska Shorts 1
Screening order:

Reparations by Alex Lamb
Target Practice by Dorian Carli-Jones
I'm F*#cking Happy by Joe Vonnahme
Midnight Kiss by Aaron Gum
Tachycardia by Mike Machian
T for Tyranny by Hunter Parry & Brendan Doyle
Our First Date by Elijah Watson
Tattoo by Kreg Gilson
The Office Routine by Natalia Hernandez
The Boulevard by Trevor Nealy
Permanent by Mattie McIntosh
Leaving Kansas by David M. Weiss & Chuck Mittan
 

Short Films
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The Boulevard

(Comedy)USA - 18 minutesCreated by: Trevor Nealy and Karl YanikeWriter: Karl YanikeCast: Karl Yanike, Trevor Nealy, Jimmy HillIn hopes of avoiding eviction, two slackers take on a third roommate in their one bedroom apartment.
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Our First Date

(Drama)USA - 4 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Elijah WatsonCast: Austyn Perez, Shelby Stehl"Our First Date" listens in on a conversation between two teens, on what is unknowingly their first date. The film then follows the conversation to the end while their future plays out... Read More →
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I'm F*#cking Happy

(Drama)USA - 3 minutesWorld PremiereWriter/Director: Joe VonnahmeProducer: Justin Mark O'BrienCast: Joe Vonnahme, Emily DorsettA man tries to come to terms with the fact that, while content with life and his relationship to his girlfriend, he does not feel as fulfilled as he had always... Read More →
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Leaving Kansas

(Drama)USA - 16 minutesworld premiereOFF’14 Writer’s Theatre Finalist! Director: David M. Weiss, Chuck MittanWriter: Chuck MittanProducer: Chuck Mittan, David M. Weiss, Associate Producer Tim WelchCast: Cheri Bloomingdale, Noah Metzger, Kathy Mittan, Richard Wood, Mikeal Burgin... Read More →
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Midnight Kiss

(Horror)USA - 7 minutesDirector: Aaron GumWriter: Mathew KisterProducer: Aaron GumCast: Cheri Bloomingdale, Faustus McGreeves, Darrick Silkman, Chuck MartensWhen married couple, Mikaela and Johnathon are celebrating New Years, Johnathon gives his wife a beautiful necklace, while Mikaela... Read More →
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Permanent

(Drama)USA - 6 minutesWriter/Director: Mattie McIntoshProducer: Mattie McIntosh, Candace Nelson, Natalia HernandezCast: Kirstie SmithSticks and stones may break my bones and the words they say will hurt me.
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Target Practice

(Drama)USA - 13 minutesworld premiereDirector: Dorian Carli-JonesWriter: Tyler ByrnesExecutive Producer: A.P. AndrewsCast: A.P. Andrews, K.M. Langston, Laurie Corman, Gabriel Carli-JonesWhen a collision on a lonely road forces a dutiful young man to confront his life down the barrel... Read More →
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Reparations

(Drama)USA - 15 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Alex LambWriter: Alex Lamb, Story by Alex Lamb, Travis Diesing, and Hayden FowlerProducer: Travis Diesingm, Heidi JohnsonExecutive Producer: Travis DiesingCast: Eric Palmquist, Colin Remick, Johnny Faris, Lucas Becker, Zachary CoteAn... Read More →
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The Office Routine

(Comedy)USA - 5 minutesworld premiereDirector: Natalia HernandezWriter: Candace NelsonProducer: Candace Nelson, Kenna Smith, Natalia HernandezCast: Wil Boyens, Austin Blankenau, Alicia Vianey Amescua OjedaOn a day where things should have been business as usual, two coworkers discover... Read More →
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Tachycardia

(Drama)USA - 3 minutesWorld PremiereWriter/Director: Mike MachianCast: Jessica ParksThump Thump Thump
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Tattoo

(Drama)USA - 8 minutesworld premiereOFF’15 Writer’s Theatre Finalist! Director: Kreg GilsonWriter: R. Wayne GrayProducer: Jonathan LanzCast: John Beasley, Camille Metoyer MotenWhen Seymour (John Beasley), declares his intentions of getting a tattoo to his wife Olivia (Camille... Read More →
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T for Tyranny

(Action, Comedy, Drama)USA - 7 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Hunter Parry, Brendan DoyleCast: Hunter Parry, Brendan Doyle, Irving Delgado, Sam Tighe, JoNoah Floresch, Riley Blankman, Sam ZummachIn a dystopian United States where the greedy and corrupt dictator President T... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2016 8:15pm - 9:57pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #9 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:30pm

Baby, Baby, Baby
(comedy | drama | romance)
USA - 86 minutes

Writer/Director: Brian Klugman
Producer: Robert Bauer, Cassidy Lunnen
Executive Producer: Cecil Kyte, Alon BarzilayCast: Adrianne Palicki, Kelsey Grammer, Brian Klugman, James Roday, William Shatner, Michaela Conlin, Cloris Leachman, Kelly McCreary, Dennis Haysbert

BABY, BABY, BABY follows two mismatched people, living in Los Angeles, who meet and fall in love. It's perfect...until it's not.


Friday March 11, 2016 8:30pm - 9:56pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

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 11, 2016 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Julio's West 2820 South 132nd Court
 
Saturday, March 12
 

9:30am

Filmmaker Panel
A discussion with the attending (non-Nebraska) OFF'16 filmmakers moderated by Cheril Lee

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

11:00am

Tell Your Story

A conversation with Phil Hay moderated by Cheril Lee


Speakers
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Phil Hay

With three #1 hits and a pair of critically acclaimed dramas to their names, PHIL HAY & MATT MANFREDI have established themselves as one of screenwriting’s most versatile duos, moving fluidly among comedy, intimate drama and large-scale action, sci-fi and fantasy projects that feature... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

11:30am

Sabali
(comedy | drama | fantasy)
Canada - 79 minutes

Writer/Director:Ryan McKenna
Producer:Becca Blackwood, Menaic Raoul, Gabrielle Tougas-Frechette
Cast:  Marie Brassard, Francis LaHaye, Hugo Giroux, Youssef Camara, Michel Forget, Paul Ahmarani, Mireille Metelus, Hamidou Savadogo, Amadou et Mariam, Phyllis Gooden, Anik Vermette

Sabali is a dramatic film with touches of absurdist comedy, and features surrealist dream sequences and a colourful art design. The story is centered on Jeannette, who has a severe heart condition that keeps her trapped in a suburb of Montreal. After receiving her new heart, Jeannette begins to have strange visions of her donor's former life. Soon after, she is befriended by her donor's son, a Malian teenager, who believes she is his mother reincarnated. The story itself is based on the scientific concept of cellular memory, the idea that cells contain memories, and that organ recipients sometimes take on the personality traits of their donors.


Saturday March 12, 2016 11:30am - 12:49pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

12:00pm

Short Film Block #6 - International
Screening order:

Out of the Village by Jonathan Stein
The Chicken by Una Gunjak
Nowhereland by Guillermo Madurga
Disceptatio by Tobias Wolters & Tim Gerrit Augurzke
Taste of Life by Medoo Ali
Stay by Ben Hyland
Runaway by Tom Ruddock
Iris by Richard Karpala

Short Films
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The Chicken

(Action, Drama)Germany, Croatia - 15 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Una GunjakProducer: Jelena Goldbach, Sinisa JuricicCast: Iman Alibalic, Esma Alic, Mirela Lambic, Mario KnezovicAs a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realises the animal... Read More →
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Disceptatio

(Drama)Germany - 18 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Tobias Wolters, Tim AugurzkeProducer: Tobias WoltersCast: Chris Nachtigall, Beatrice Glagow, Stuart AustenA young captive is taken into an apparently hostile territory by four agents. Soon the events are overturning and... Read More →
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Iris

(Drama)UK - 11 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Richard KarpalaProducer: Richard Karpala, Nikolai GalitzineCast: Luke Sorge, Michelle StricklandA man uses his smart phone to assist in burying a dead body.http://advantagepictures.com/project/iris/http://www.imdb.com/title... Read More →
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Taste of Life

(Drama)Iraq - 7 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Medoo AliProducer: Mohamed Al-DaradjiExecutive Producer:Cast: Ahmed Majed, Eman Abdel HusseinIn the aftermath of a tragedy, a grieving mother visit’s the site where her son was killed. There she encounters the young boy’s... Read More →
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Nowhereland

(Drama)Spain - 6 minutesUSA PremiereWriter/Director: Guillermo MadurgaProducer: Matias DumontCast: Janna Noa, Pavel KoizyA love story of a young couple who dream to escape from their hometown. It is a trip on their imagination where we travel to nature and we live the privacy that... Read More →
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Runaway

(Drama)UK - 8 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Tom RuddockProducer: Pete Bailey, Max Ross, Tom RuddockCast: Jack Brett Anderson, Lucien LaviscountGeorge is suddenly thrust into a nightmare he can't escape. Now confronted with a difficult choice and relentlessly involving his... Read More →
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Stay

(Drama)UK - 21 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Ben HylandCast: Alan Breck, Jack Condon, Andrew Bryan, David Hepple, Patricia Denys, Kate Gwynn, Rebecca Tromans, Tineka FoxJulian is struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. He has shut down and cut himself off from... Read More →
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Out of the Village

(Drama)USA, Ghana - 17 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Jonathan SteinWriters: Luke A. Renner, Jonathan SteinProducer: Jonathan SteinCast: Abraham Attah, Hannah Attah, Kobina Amissah-SamAn orphaned boy and his sister seek closure after Ebola ravages their West African village.ht... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:42pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #9 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

12:30pm

Producers Panel

With Phil Hay and Dan Petrie, Jr. moderated by Cheril Lee


Speakers
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Phil Hay

With three #1 hits and a pair of critically acclaimed dramas to their names, PHIL HAY & MATT MANFREDI have established themselves as one of screenwriting’s most versatile duos, moving fluidly among comedy, intimate drama and large-scale action, sci-fi and fantasy projects that feature... Read More →
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Dan Petrie, Jr.

Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

1:15pm

Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler
USA/Canada/Japan/Italy - 91 minutes

Producer/Director/Editor: Andrew Seklir & Tim Kinzy
Cast: Tim McVey, Dwayne Richard, Enrico Zanetti, Walter Day, Billy Mitchell, Tina McVey

MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey (NOT the Oklahoma City bomber) who in 1984 was the first person in history to score over one billion points on a video game, 'Nibbler.' 25 years later, inspired by rumors of a higher score, McVey embarks on an epic quest to regain his title by setting a new world record. Along the way, Tim faces fierce competition from around the globe and must fight to overcome his own demons, or lose his legacy forever. With unexpected twists and turns, the film is a funny and compelling tale that documents one of the more interesting episodes from the classic gaming era and proves a powerful tale of the triumph of the human spirit.

Speakers
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Tim McVey

First billion point score in video game history. 1-27-84 1-28-84 Tim McVey Day - first gamer in history with civic day. Subject of Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler. Original member of U.S. National Video Game Team in 1983.



Saturday March 12, 2016 1:15pm - 2:46pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

1:45pm

Write On! with Lew Hunter

A discussion with Lew Hunter moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr.


Moderators
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Dan Petrie, Jr.

Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The... Read More →

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.


Saturday March 12, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

2:30pm

Short Film Block #7 - Animated
Screening order:

Borrowed Time by Lou Hamou-Lhadj & Andrew Coats
Violet by Maurice Joyce
Bendito Machine V - Pull the Trigger by Jossie Malis
The Story of Percival Pilts by Janette Goodey
Pombo Loves You by Steve Warne
The Orchestra by Mikey Hill
Junk (Chatarra) by Walter Tournier
Sleepy Steve by Meghann Artes
The Loneliest Stoplight by Bill Plympton
Fulfilament by Rhiannon Evans
We Can't Live Without Cosmos by Konstantin Bronzit

Short Films
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Chatarra (Junk)

(Family, Drama)Uruguay - 5 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Walter TournierProducer: Lala SeveriMemories of life in an apocalyptic world.www.tournieranimation.comtrailer www.vimeo.com/138015225... Read More →
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We Can't Live Without Cosmos

(Family)Russia - 15 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Konstantin BronzitProducer: Alrxander BoyarskyTwo cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.trailer: ... Read More →
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Fulfilament

(Family)UK - 7 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Rhiannon EvansWriter: Rhiannon Evans, Joe MurtaghProducer: Alexandra BreedeTravel through the brain with a little, lost thought and discover what it takes to make a great idea.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4811754/https://www.faceboo... Read More →
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The Orchestra

(Comedy, Drama)Australia - 15 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Mikey HillWriter: Mikey Hill, Jennifer SmithProducer: Melanie BruntCast: John Power, Kate CawleyScore: Jamie MessengerImagine a world where a band of tiny musicians follow you and play a soundtrack for your life – communicating... Read More →
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The Story of Percival Pilts

(Drama)Australia - 8 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Janette Goodey, John LewisProducer: John Lewis, Terri DentryCast: Mark HadlowWhile playing on stilts, young Percival Pilts vows "Never again shall my feet touch the ground!" Compelled ever higher, he builds his stilts so... Read More →
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Sleepy Steve

(Animated Short)USA - 4 minutesNebraska PremiereWriter/Director: Meghann ArtesProducer: Nick Schmidt, Meghann ArtesCast: Thomas Kelly, Michael WoodsA fuzzy bachelor has engineered his wacky morning routine with robotic precision.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4562916/trailer: https:... Read More →
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The Loneliest Stoplight

(Romance)USA - 6 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Bill PlymptonProducer: Wendy Cong ZhaoCast: Jeremy Baumann, Jim Lujan, Patton OswaltThe life and times of a neglected stoplight.http://www.plymptoons.comhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt4959998/trailer https://vimeo.com/1441658... Read More →
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Borrowed Time

(Drama)USA - 7 minutesmidwest premiereDirector: Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-LhadjWriter: Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Mark C. Harris Producer: Amanda Deering JonesA weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward... Read More →
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Bendito Machine V - Pull The Trigger

(Action, Drama)Spain - 12 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Jossie MalisAn exotic traveler comes from far away to discover the beauty of a supposedly unexplored territory. Instead, he finds himself in the middle of a turbulent conflict. Trapped against his will, he must wait... Read More →
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Violet

(Family)Ireland - 8 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Maurice JoyceWriter: Mark HodkinsonProducer: Nuria González Blanco, Mark HodkinsonCast: Aidan Gillen‘Violet’ is the dark, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection.www.imdb.com/title/tt4858184www.faceboo... Read More →
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Pombo Loves You

(Drama)United Kingdom - 12 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Steve WarneWriters: Steve Warne, Josh BlaabergProducer: Ina RemmeCast: Ian Puleston-Davie, Elsie MooreA distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as a 1980's TV mascot, Pombo.www.pombolovesyou... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 2:30pm - 4:10pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #9 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

3:45pm

Once in a Lew Moon

(Documentary)
USA -  75 minutes
Midwest Premiere

Q&A with Lew Hunter and director Lonnie Senstock after the film

Director: Lonnie Senstock
Writer: Lonnie Senstock, Chance Williams
Producer: Lynn Bartak, Jennifer Pederson
Executive Producer: Drew Vamosi, Chance Williams
Cast: Lew Hunter, Pamela Hunter, Francis Ford Coppola, Patty Duke, Oliver Stone, Bruce Joel Rubin, Hal Ackerman

Lew Hunter came from a poor household and big dreams to make it in Hollywood. We will give writers around the world the applause they deserve. From rags to riches came this farm boy from Nebraska, fighting his way to the top of Hollywood. 'Directors and actors don't make it up as they go along.'


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.
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Lonnie Senstock

Lonnie grew up singing Elvis and Michael Jackson!  His love for music and movies motivated him to working with the big boys.  He quickly caught the acting bug & appeared in such films as "About Schmidt" (Jack Nicholson), "Haunting villisca" (Ax murders of Iowa), and worked on such... Read More →



Saturday March 12, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

5:00pm

Short Film Block #8 - Comedy
Screening order:

Join the Club by Eva Vives
Fabrizio's Iniciation by Mariano Biasin
What If My Wife Died In Yoga Class? by Jeffrey Williams
Auto-Cowrecked by Hannah Leder
Natural Insemination by Crosby Selander
Killer Friends by Zach Noe Towers & Tina Carbone
Madam Black by Ivan Barge
Twisted by Stuart Bowen
How to Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps by Benjamin Berman

Short Films
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Auto-Cowrecked

(Comedy)USA - 8 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Hannah LederWriter: George BeckermanProducer: George Beckerman, Hannah Leder, Mike MusanteCast: Zach Cregger, Hannah Leder, Tim Starks, John Ducey, Ellen GersteinA man's cellphone auto-correct goes rogue and turns his life into a... Read More →
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Madam Black

(Comedy, Drama)New Zealand - 11 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Ivan BargeWriter: Matthew HarrisProducer: Ivan Barge, Matthew Harris, Jozsef Fityus, Tim JudsonCast: Jethro Skinner, Pearl Everard, Yvette Parsons, Rebekah Davies, Richard KnowlesWhen a glamour photographer runs over... Read More →
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What If My Wife Died In Yoga Class?

(Comedy)USA - 17 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Jeffrey WilliamsProducer: Caity EnglerCast: Adam MayfieldEverybody has those weird questions that flicker through our minds from time to time, this outrageously dark comedy sets out to find an answer. During a mundane laundry... Read More →
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Join the Club

(Comedy)USA - 5 minutesNebraska PremiereWriter/Director: Eva VivesProducer: Natalie Qasabian, Eva VivesCast: Ari Graynor, Pam MurphyA writer’s dilemma of whether or not to join a professional networking club takes many interesting turns as it unfolds entirely during one therapy... Read More →
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Killer Friends

(Comedy)USA - 11 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Zach Noe Towers, Tina CarboneWriter: Zach Noe TowersProducer: Tina Carbone, Jenna-Lee Carreiro, Zach Noe TowersCast: Zach Noe Towers, Jenna-Lee Carreiro, Dave Racki, Peggy SinnottFour friends go on a camping trip that one won't be... Read More →
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Fabrizio's Iniciation

(Comedy)Argetina - 17 minutesUSA PremiereWriter/Director: Mariano BiasinProducer: Juan Pablo Miller, Juan Martín Treffinger, Verónica Biasin, Austin Hartley-LeonardCast: Lucas Aranda, Renata Villanueva, Marcio Mansilla, Jonathan Gómez, María Ucedo, Esteban Fiocca, Gonzalo SuárezA... Read More →
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Natural Insemination

(Comedy)USA - 17 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Crosby SelanderProducer: Max MontelCast: Jessica Richards, Mark Bade, Eric Price, Jennifer Flack, Jamie CarmichaelA romantic farce about a happily married couple and their increasingly desperate measures they take to get p... Read More →
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How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps

(comedy)USA - 7 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Ben BermanWriter: Aaron BleyaertProducer: Jon Roig, Joanie Arbogast, Pat StoneCast: Beck Bennett, Britt Lower, Jessy Hodges, Conan O'BrienLosing weight and getting fit has never been easier! Shed those unwanted pounds with these simple... Read More →
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Twisted

(Comedy)Australia - 6 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Stuart BowenWriter: Nicholas RussellProducer: Jodi Matterson, Ilana LazarCast: Steen Raskopoulos, Andrew Steel, Kathryn BeckSchool reunions are strange for anyone, but especially our socially awkward hero. When the girl of his... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:40pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #9 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

5:45pm

Coming Through the Rye
(drama)
USA - 97 minutes

Writer/Director:James Sadwith
Producer:James Sadwith, Teddy Grennan, Stan Erdreich
Executive Producer: Jeff Steen, Alexandra Woodward
Cast: Adrian Pasdar, Chris Cooper, Alex Wolff, Amy Parrish, Stefania LaVie Owen, Michael Siberry, Caleb Emery, Eric Nelson

Inspired by the filmmaker's own true story, the film - set in 1969 - follows a 16 yr old boy who is desperate to be a worldly adolescent. After stumbling through disastrous relationships at boarding school, and, accompanied by a local town girl, he travels the mountains of New Hampshire in search of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.


Saturday March 12, 2016 5:45pm - 7:22pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

6:15pm

Take Me to the River
(drama)
USA - 85 minutes

Writer/Director: Matt Sobel
Producer: Billy Mulligan
Executive Producer:Nick Case, Hisami Kuroiwa
Cast: Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Ursula Parker, Richard Schiff, Josh Hamilton, Azura Skye, Ashley Gerasimovich, Elizabeth Franz

A Californian teenager's plan to come out at his Nebraskan family reunion gets derailed when a bloodstain on his young cousin's dress makes him the unwitting suspect of abuse. 


Saturday March 12, 2016 6:15pm - 7:40pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

7:45pm

Short Film Block #9 - Nebraska Shorts 2
Screening order:

Vanman and Truckboy by Sam Senser
In the Dark by James Ficenec
The Inselberg Effect by Tony Bonacci
Faces and Stones by Brent Scott Maze
The Offer by Daniel Grzeskowiak
Second Words by Jake Hull
Run by Jonathan Kimbrell
Lucky Stiff by Scott Kurz 

Short Films
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In the Dark

(Drama)USA - 10 minutesWorld PremiereDirector: James FicenecWriters: James Ficenec, Tony CavalieriProducer: James Ficenec, Amber GreserCast: Konrad Case, K.M. LangstonA widower confronts his fear of uncertainty while awaiting an unknown assassin.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt512770... Read More →
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The Inselberg Effect

(genre)USA - 25 minutesNebraska PremiereDirector: Tony BonacciWriter: Scott PittockProducer: Krissy Hamm, Tony Bonacci, Gloria SoreyCast: Martin Kenna, Scott DombeckDarren, hardworking, dedicated husband, finds his life in turmoil after his wife leaves him. After attacking his boss... Read More →
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The Offer

(Comedy)USA - 2 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Daniel GrzeskowiakCast: Jamie Fields, Konrad CaseAn assassin makes an offer to her target that he can't refuse.Second Words
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Run

(Action, Drama)USA - 8 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Jonathan KimbrellProducer: Nathan RomesserCast: Terry Taylor Jr, Lamar Berry, Timothy Mantil, Dailen Cowden, Zach Cook, Thomas ShiraziDonnie tells Jack about government agents chasing down a plain envelope.https://facebook.com/grimtenacitytrailer... Read More →
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Lucky Stiff

(drama)USA - 14 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Scott KurzProducer: Kevin Welsh, BIll BlizekCast: Scott Kurz, Burke McLain, John Hatcher, Eric GriffithWhen Jimmy thinks his best friend is keeping a secret, he'll go to any length to prove he knows what it is-- unwittingly setting... Read More →
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Faces and Stones

(Drama)USA - 13 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Brent Scott MazeProducer: Brent Scott Maze, Alexander Jeffery, Jace SchraderCast: Tyler Sells, Eric Moyer, Julia Farrell, Lynn Twarowski, Spenser Stokes, Ted Fischer, Chase Thompson, Trevor Marrs, Vincent Dean, Jesse WeinertA young... Read More →
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The Adventures of Vanman and Truckboy

(Comedy, Action)USA - 20 minutesworld premiereWriter/Director: Sam SenserCast: Wrenn Senser, Jake Bruce, John SenserThe dynamic duo faces their greatest challenge as they try to bring justice to the small town of Louisville, Nebraska.www.senserfilms.com/othertrailer https://www.y... Read More →
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Second Words

(Drama)USA - 10 minutesworld premiereDirector: Jake HullWriter: Samuel LaskeyProducer: Dan Falk, Justin Mark O'BrienCast: John Beasley, Tammy Ra' JacksonAs an elderly farmer tries to cook his late wife's meatloaf recipe, a strange woman threatens to upend his memories of the recently... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 7:45pm - 9:29pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #9 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:30pm

Trivia Night
(comedy)
USA - 87 minutes

Director: Robert Gregson
Writer: Addison Anderson, Collin Drummond, Michael Molina
Cast: Clem McIntosh, Clark Middleton, Addison Anderson, David Neal Levin, Howard Pinhasik

Obsessive trivia buff Scott Nadler is living hand-to-mouth off pub quiz payouts when the unbeaten game show "Trivia Night" announces its sendoff episode will resurrect a single past contestant. As he navigates the shrewd qualifying rounds for the show that once embarrassingly eliminated him, Scott combats a rival from the past who may be the only person who can outmaneuver him.


Saturday March 12, 2016 8:30pm - 9:57pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

8:45pm

West of Redemption
(drama | mystery)
USA - 89 minutes

Director: Cornelia Moore
Writer: Meagan Daine
Producer: Larry Estes, Tony Becerra
Executive Producer: Rich Cowan, Terry Edward Moore
Cast: Billy Zane, Kevin Alejandro, Mariana Klaveno

A married couple living in a remote farmhouse are interrupted by a stranger, who is taken prisoner by the husband and interrogated for reasons the stranger doesn't readily understand. Their lives are irrevocably changed once the truth of their history is revealed to each.


Saturday March 12, 2016 8:45pm - 10:14pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

10:00pm

Harrington's Saturday Night Party
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.

Free Harrington's Apps!  Drink specials at the bar!  Happy Hour drink prices! 

Saturday March 12, 2016 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Harrington's 301 North. 175TH Plaza
 
Sunday, March 13
 

10:00am

OFF’16 Nebraska Spotlight Filmmaker Q&A

A discussion with the OFF’16 Nebraska Spotlight filmmakers moderated by Ben Drickey


Moderators
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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... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

11:15am

Tell Your Story

A conversation with Dan Petrie, Jr. moderated by Scott Kurz


Moderators
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Scott Kurz

Actor, Talent Plus, St. Louis
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... Read More →

Speakers
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Dan Petrie, Jr.

Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

11:45am

When Voices Meet: One Divided Country; One United Choir; One Courageous Journey
(Documentary)
USA, South Africa -  86 minutes

Director: Nancy Sutton Smith
Executive Producer: Marilyn Cohen

When Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, South African musician and music therapist Sharon Katz joined with singer/educator Nonhlanhla Wanda to bring together 500 courageous Black and White youth and form a multiracial choir that would break through Apartheid's barriers. Threatened with bombs and thwarted at every turn, they prevailed and railroaded across the country aboard The Peace Train. Singing their way into the hearts, minds and soul of a divided nation in the midst of a civil war, they promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and went on to become Mandela's face of the new nation. When Voices Meet documents the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those musician activists and young choir members. They performed together for seven years; never lost touch with one another; and then reunited 20 years later to tell their stories and reflect upon The Peace Train's impact on South Africa today. It's an inspiring global story of hope and determination despite tremendous obstacles.


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:45am - 1:11pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #11 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

12:00pm

Short Film Block #10 - Documentaries
Screening order:

Where We Stand by Kristine Stolakis - 20 minutes
Together We're Stronger by Chris Blunk - 32 minutes
The House is Innocent by Nicholas Coles - 12 minutes
The Send-Off by Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan - 13 minutes
The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove by John Richard - 18 minutes

Short Films
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The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove

(Documentary)USA - 18 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: John RichardCast: Walter HansenThe Simple Gift of Walnut Grove is a short film about the life of an early 20th century Danish immigrant named Hans Hansen, as told by his son, 96 year old Walter Hansen. Hans emigrated from... Read More →
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The House is Innocent

(Documentary, Comedy)USA - 12 minutesNebraska premiereWriter/Director: Nicholas ColesProducer: Max Velez, Alexis Manya SpraicMeet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house-- the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon... Read More →
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The Send-Off

(Documentary)USA - 13 minutesNebraska premiereDirector: Ivete Lucas, Patrick BresnanProducer: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly WilliamsEmboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of... Read More →
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Where We Stand

(Documentary)country of origin - 20 minutesmidwest premiereWriter/Director: Kristine StolakisWhere We Stand is the story of an unlikely group of Mormon feminists fighting for ordination in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   The film follows Abby Hansen, a stay-at-home... Read More →
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Together We're Stronger

(Documentary)USA - 32 minutes (screening with documentary shorts)Nebraska premiereDirector: Chris BlunkWriter: Larry Schnieders, David CarlsonProducer: Chris Blunk, Ashley MayerExecutive Producer: Larry Schnieders"Together We're Stronger" is an inspirational story about fate, adversity... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 12:00pm - 2:45pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

12:30pm

Editing

A discussion with Tom Elkins and Mike Hill


Speakers
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Tom Elkins

editor - “Inferno,” “Annabelle” director - “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia”


Sunday March 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #10 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

2:15pm

Keep in Touch
(Comedy/Drama)
USA - 105 minutes

Director: Sam Kretchmar
Writer: Sam Kretchmar & Michael Covino
Producer: Michael Covino, Rachel Dengiz, Amelia Covino
Executive Producer: Gilda Moratti    
Cast: Ryan Patrick Bachand, Gabbi McPhee, Michael Covino, Reggie Watts, Jill Eikenberry, Peter Friedman, Sarah Nealis, Adam David Thompson, James Colby, Frank Harts

After a major crisis, a man attempts to track down his “first love,” only to discover she was killed many years ago in a car accident. Stumbling upon her younger sister online, a musician who bares a striking resemblance, he obsesses and begins a relationship without disclosing his true identity.

Keep in touch is the directorial debut of Sam Kretchmar who co-wrote, directed and shot the film. It features original music and performances by singer-songwriter Gabbi McPhee. It’s a film about love, family and finding self-worth.

 



Sunday March 13, 2016 2:15pm - 4:00pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

2:30pm

I Dream of an Omaha Where...
(Documentary)
USA - 53 minutes

Director: Mele Mason
Writer: Daniel Beaty
Producers: Vic Gutman & Associates, Mele Mason, Daniel Beaty
Cast: Daniel Beaty, Tyrone Beasley,Shamall Tysean Fleming, Savahanna Grover, TyJuan Henderson, Tabatha Manning, Alfredo Mendoza, Lucas Mickles, Tricia Moore, Imari Penn, Javell Penn, Barbara Martin Robinson, DaVonte Sloan, April T. Spener, Cynthia Stubblefield, Antwon Warren Jr., Levelle Wells, John A. Wiley

Omaha has a long-standing problem with gangs and youth-on-youth violence and is one of the most dangerous cities to live in for African American youth. 'I Dream of an Omaha Where . . .' is a collaborative project involving former gang members and people who have been affected by gangs.  The project, moderated by nationally known performer and writer Daniel Beaty, takes the participants through intense and moving workshops to a performance of a play which utilizes the transcripts of the workshops. The 'I Dream' project was a transformative experience for those sharing their stories, and is also changing the dialogue in Omaha and similarly affected cities about the nature and impact of gang violence.

Speakers
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Mele Mason

Owner, Mason Video



Sunday March 13, 2016 2:30pm - 3:23pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #11 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

4:30pm

Award Ceremony
Last year over $28,000 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 OFF the Edge Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film

Death Grip Electric Award for Killer Cinematography presented to a Nebraska Short

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

Sunday March 13, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

5:30pm

The Lobster - Closing Night Film
(Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi | Thriller)
Ireland | UK | Greece | France | Netherlands | USA - 118 minutes
Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, and some violence

Winner of three 2015 Cannes Film Festival awards including Best Director!
Rated 92% on Rotten Tomatoes!

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jacqueline Abrahams, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jessica Barden, John C. Reilly

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.


Sunday March 13, 2016 5:30pm - 7:28pm
Village Pointe Theatre - #16 304 North 174th Street, Omaha, NE

7:30pm

Closing Night OFFice Party
Saturday Night OFFice Party
Omaha Film Festival OFFice
2626 Harney Street
Free food provided by Dante’s Pizza – come check out their mobile pizza oven!
Drink Specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.

Sunday March 13, 2016 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Omaha Film Festival OFFice 2626 Harney Street