Small Nebraska Town Is Expected To Be Used In Feature Film

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By: Diana Johnsen

Hartington, Nebraska has been told it will be one of the towns used in Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne’s new feature film “Nebraska”.

Robert Nelson, the man who wrote the film’s screenplay based the film on childhood memories to Hartington growing up; however, in the movie, the town will get the fictitious name of Hawthorne.

Hartington was notified a couple weeks ago that the film is looking for an old motel to shoot at, and the town said there would be no problem in finding an old hotel or old buildings in Hartington.

“We have a lot of old buildings here in town as far as that goes if they’re looking to film old buildings. We have a vacant hotel up here that comes from the early 1900s or late 1800s,” said Cedar County Historical Society President Karen Bonneau.

With the film planning to shoot in Hartington, the town said hopefully in the future, folks will swing through the town to visit locations where the movie was once filmed.

“People are going to be going to all these different communities after they’ve already left and the films been released. They’re going to be coming back and going, ‘you know, we went through Hartington and that’s where part of this film was filmed,” said Peggy Year with the Cedar County News.

Shooting is expected to begin in October and casting for extras is still underway in and across the state of Nebraska with Norfolk being one of its main casting offices.

If you are interested in auditioning, send a photo, or a recent snapshot, and phone number to the John Jackson at

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