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.




February Networking event

WEATHER NOTE: If Omaha Public Schools cancels classes, the February networking meeting will be postponed to a later date.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Nebraska Film Association is proud to present February’s monthly networking meeting featured speaker Omaha Film Festival Program Director Marc Longbrake!

Longbrake joins us about one month before the actual Film Festival March 10-15. (Check out related upcoming events on

He’ll give us a sneak peek at some of the upcoming programming, a history of the last nine years of film festivals, and an introduction into “how to film festival.”

This is one you don’t want to miss! Join us on Wednesday, February 4 at Clancy’s Pub (114th and Dodge) at 5:30 p.m. (Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members)

Make sure to sign in to be eligible for some FREE raffles provided by the Omaha Film Festival!

See you there!

In case you missed it: NFA November meeting recap

Wednesday’s meeting had some real excitement and good conversation going on!  If you weren’t there, you really missed out!


The 10th Omaha Film Festival is fast approaching. Marc Longbrake, who just returned from the Austin Film Festival, reminds members the Fall Mixer is Nov. 21. The Late deadline to enter films and screenplays for the OFF is Nov. 17 and volunteers are always needed, just email

The NFA sent surveys to candidates in the recent election. While there wasn’t a lot of response, the two gubernatorial candidates did answer positively, and others that responded expressed interest in learning more! The Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office has election results:

The NFA has in the works a quarterly program for Omaha’s cable access network KPOA. A sign-up sheet was passed around, but volunteers are still being accepted for all positions: Cam op, floor director, audio tech, writer/producer and others. Look for more about this coming up soon! This will be a showcase of Nebraska projects and talent and we’ll need you to make it happen – think PROMOTION!


Some production gear on the film location for a locally shot film.

NFA members talked about their recent experience supporting a film shot locally and written by Omaha Native Erich Hover – It Snows All the Time. Some members were extras and another was a location manager!

Independent filmmaker and new Nebraskan Alex Ward shared details about his upcoming project and need to fill crew and talent positions. It was his first visit at a NFA networking meeting and we look forward to many more! There were other first-timers there, too! Hope to see them again at future NFA meetings!


Speaking of future meetings, Margie would like NFA members (and other filmmakers) to send her testimonials to be used to help us inform lawmakers about the film industry here in Nebraska. Just write out a few paragraphs describing projects that you’ve worked on and your experience here in the state when it comes to filmmaking! Email The legislature starts back up on Jan. 7!

Candidates respond to NFA survey

On Thursday, NFA sent a short survey to candidates for Nebraska Legislature (Read it here).  You can click on the name of the candidate or scroll all the way down to read responses in the order they were received.


Pete Ricketts
Chuck Hassebrook
Mark G. Elworth Jr.

District 2

Ron Nolte
Bill Kintner

District 3

Tommy L. Garrett

District 4

Robert Bob Hilkemann
Stacy Ryan

District 6

John Stalnaker
Joni Craighead

District 8

Burke Harr
Gwenn Aspen

District 10

Bob Krist

District 12

Merv Riepe
Greg Hosch

District 14

Jim Smith

District 16

Lydia Brasch
Scott Japp

District 18

J. Michael Tesar
Brett Lindstrom

District 20

John S. McCollister
Matt Lathrop

District 22

Paul Schumacher
Douglas J. Liewer

District 24

Mark A. Kolterman
Kirk Tesar

District 26

Matt Hansen
Brint SMoyer

District 28

Dallas Jones
Patty Pansing Brooks

District 30

Roy Baker
Bob Tiemann

District 32

Laura Ebke
Phil Hardenburger

District 34

Curt Friesen

District 36

Matt Williams
Luis Sotelo

District 38

John L. Kuehn

District 40

Tyson Rope Larson
Keith Kube

District 42

Roric R. Paulman
Michael Groene

District 44

Dan Hughs
Steve Stroup

District 46

Adam Morefeld
James Michael Bowers

District 48

Mike Meister
John P. Stinner Sr.

Responses in the order they were received:

Mark Elworth Jr. (Candidate for Governor)

1. No I do not. I support the private sector being in charge of this. We are trying to cut government spending and cut taxes. the government doesn’t know what’s best for your industry, you do.
2. No, I’m for minimum government, I see this as a issue for the private sector. Politicians are good actors and all, but I can’t support spending tax dollars on this.


Robert Hilkemann (Candidate for District 4)

In regard to setting up a committee to recommend incentives for film makers, I believe we need to expand any industry, including the film industry, that will bring economic benefit to our state and we need to make ourselves competitive with other states.

As to a film liaison, I would need to know more about projected costs of such a liaison and if that function could be performed by an existing agency as effectively.
Thank you for seeking my opinion.


Roy Baker (Candidate for District 30)

We could not go wrong with creating a committee to study the matter of promoting the film industry in Nebraska.  Over the years, there have been some movies made using Nebraska locales, and I was always proud when that happened.  I am sure many other Nebraskans feel the same way.  I am unfamiliar with how promotion is handled in other states, but I am more than willing to learn.


Roric Paulman (Candidate for District 42)

I know little of this subject. If elected would be glad to sit down and learn more.

John Stinner (Candidate for District 48)

1.  Yes, I would support the formation of a committee, as I am always for the promotion and growth of economic development.
2.  It appears to be reasonable, but I would need more research.

Chuck Hassebrook (Candidate for Governor)

I strongly support bringing the film liaison position up to industry standards and forming a Committee to conduct a study on how Nebraska could best structure incentives to support film making in Nebraska in the most cost effective and effective manner.  Nebraska has already demonstrated its potential for the film industry.  But just as in every other industry, we must work to make ourselves competitive.  The money spent in film making provides an economic shot in the arm to our communities.  And supporting a vibrant creative community in our state helps us draw and keep the creative young people that all of our businesses need to thrive in the 21st century.

Pete Ricketts (Candidate for Governor)

1.  I am interested in learning more about the formation of such a committee. It seems reasonable to pool resources in a structured effort to examine how best we can promote Nebraska as an inviting and welcoming place for film production.

2. Again, I would appreciate the benefit of your perspective about the ways we best position Nebraska for more filmmaking opportunities, including any changes recommended in this position.