November NFA monthly networking event

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When: Wednesday, Nov. 4
Doors open at 5 p.m., Speakers at 6 p.m.

Where: DJ’s Dugout at 114th and Dodge (The old Clancy’s location)

Who: Timothy Christian, founder of Night Fox Entertainment

Night Fox is a film finance fund made up of mostly Nebraska based investors. Night Fox provided significant funding for the Toby McGuire production of Z IS FOR ZACHARIAH staring Chris Pine and the coming soon spy thriller HEADLOCK staring Israeli actress and Hardee’s burger eater Bar Paly. Tim has been successfully involved in Music, Film and Technology financing.

Bits of Scripts

Showcasing Nebraska Writer’s Workshop screenwriters - Plan to attend Bits of Scripts, organized by two NFA members.

WHAT: Table readings by professional actors of the first ten pages of five feature scripts and an entire short script.

WHEN: Aug. 2, Sunday, from 2-4 p.m.

WHERE: Ralston High School Theater

It is FREE and open to the public.

Comedy, drama, horror, mystery, historical drama. We’ve got something for everyone. Spend a couple of hours listening to table readings of the first ten pages of five feature scripts and a short script. Hollywood tidbits will be tossed into the mix in case you want to learn something, too. Want to know where the writer got their idea? There will be a Q&A after the readings.

Thank you to everyone who submitted, who put their script on the altar. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s efforts.

With professional actors and Jim Buchanan directing, we’re looking forward to an exciting program. Johnnye Gerhardt will be your emcee.

Aannnnnd (drum roll) the finalists are:

Murder Back by Rhonda M. Hall
On A Cabin’s Eve by Sally J. Walker
Zombie Killers by Jack Young
Conquest by Luis Jimenez
In the Mourning by Johnnye Gerhardt
Magic Eight Ball by Doug Sasse

We hope to see you all Aug. 2, at the Ralston High School Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

NFA July Monthly Networking Meeting

Imagine a space for artists to share for educational and performance projects. That’s the vision of the Benson Theatre Project – which includes opportunities for the local film community.

You’ll find out what those opportunities are at this month’s monthly networking meeting with Benson Theatre Project Artistic Director Jason Levering and Board of Directors member Joseph Frost.

You’ll also get to meet Lyons resident and filmmaker Bill Hedges, who will tell us what it’s been like renovating the Lyons Movie Theatre and his upcoming projects with Cosmic Films Studio.

Where: D.J.’s Dugout in Miracle Hills Square
636 N 114th Street

When: Wednesday, July 1
Doors open at 5 p.m., speakers start at 6 p.m.

Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members

Hope to see you there!

June Monthly Networking Event

The Nebraska Film Association invited you to attend June’s monthly networking meeting on Wednesday, June 3.

This month’s featured speak is author Tom Frye.  Read his bio below:

Tom Frye has worked for the past 40 years as an advocate for troubled youth. As as a juvenile care specialist at a detention facility, he gained the experience needed to serve as a mediator for his own truancy program, providing wake-up calls and escorts to schools for a wide mix of alternative students. In working with these delinquent youth, Tom discovered a way to communicate and connect with them: Writing books.

As a Nebraska Storyteller, he once produced and directed a substance abuse program which had an impact on 15,000 at-risk kids. He believes, though, that his greatest accomplishment can be summed up in the words of one troubled boy who wrote to him while confined in an institution: “Discovered your book today. It was like reading a letter you wrote directly to me. Thanks for giving me hope.”

Currently, Tom is on a quest to “re-translate” several of his “edutainment” books and present them on the movie screen. He has jokingly told his readers for years, “If you have an autographed copy of one of my books, when the movie is shown at the Joyo Theater in Havelock, you get in for free!”

Tom would be the first to admit, honoring those words would be a nice problem to have.

Other speaks to be determined.

Where: D.J.’s Dugout in Miracle Hills Square
636 N 114th Street

When: Doors open at 5 p.m., speakers start at 6 p.m. or 6:15

Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members

Hope to see you there!

May monthly networking meeting

Hello NFA members,

Get ready for a speaker-filled May monthly networking meeting on May 6!

We are pleased to present:

Stacy Heatherly - Stacy has a film career spanning twenty five years.  Working in Hair and Makeup and progressing to Director/ Producer and President of the nonprofit production company THE DIGG SITE PRODUCTIONS.  She has established ties in the film industry both personally and professionally and at the request of Community Leaders in Fremont NE, relocated the company and began working to build a film community and public awareness about film.  She also established the Eastern Nebraska Film Office and was endorsed by Senator Schnoor and Mayor Getzschman as a member or AFCI and become a certified film commissioner and create a packet based on LB863 utilizing local LB840 funds to incent film production to the area.

Nathan Edwards - He is presenting his short film project Melancholoy.

Synopsis: The film focuses on day night in the life of Sara, a typical twenty-something going through a severe depressive episode while trying reach out for any kind of catalyst to pull herself free, searching for help through friends, faith, and medication. Through Sara’s eyes we see the despair, hopelessness, and fear that can cripple the life of an individual fighting a major depressive disorder. Sara’s boyfriend, Graham, provides the perspective of the outsider. He struggles to find some way to help the woman he loves but can’t find a way to break Sara out of her cycle of lethargy and depression. The relationship between Sara and Graham demonstrates a common example of the misunderstanding and disconnect between any couple in which one person is suffering from depression. Melancholy explores this disconnect and provides an emotional insight into the struggles of both Sara and Graham. Click here to support it on Kickstarter.

Kevin McMahon – He is talking about Nebraska Cinema Project. It’s an initiative to build the film industry in our state by creating projects in Nebraska with “A” list Hollywood actors. Starting with the film “The Last Goodbye,” they’ll keep local talent working with plans for four more project. Listen to them talk about it during their appearance on KMTV’s Morning Blend.

Where: D.J.’s Dugout in Miracle Hills Square
636 N 114th Street

When: Doors open at 5 p.m., speakers start at 6 p.m. or 6:15

Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members

Hope to see you there!

April monthly networking meeting

Bring your April Fool’s Day jokes to this month’s networking meeting on Wednesday, April 1.

The Nebraska Film Association is proud to present Andrew Nelson, head of video production for Home Instead, as this month’s featured speaker.

You’ll also get an update on LB45 and other progress made in the legislature.

Please note the new location below:

Where: DJ’s Dugout
636 N 114th St.
When: 5:30 p.m. –  Announcements, followed by speaker, and open networking.
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members

See you there!

March montly networking event

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Nebraska Film Association is happy to invite Omaha Film Festival Program Directory Marc Longbrake back to give us a great preview of what to expect at the upcoming (March 10-15) festival!

There will be prizes, making this a networking meeting you will not want to miss! The Omaha Film Festival, now in its 10th year, features 97 films this year.

Check out the schedule on the website:
Share on Twitter using hashtag #omafilmfest

Join us Wednesday, March 4 at Clancy’s (114th and Dodge) at 5:30 p.m. (Cost is FREE for members, $5 for non-members)

See you there!

UPDATE: Legislative watch

LB45 -Eliminate film vehicle provisions under the Motor Vehicle Registration Act

UPDATE: The bill, with an amendment, was passed with a vote of 26-1 on Feb. 10 to the next round of debate.

On Jan. 26, Sen. Colby Coash (D-27), NFA President Mark Hoeger and Robert Christofferson spoke before the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee regarding the bill.

Read the full transcript on pages 8-17 of the transcript.


Click  – here – to find out who represents your legislative district and get their contact information.