Well, hello MARCH! So glad it has finally arrived. We are through the awards season and now on to business.

But first, a big congratulations again to Alexander Payne and the 6 Academy Award nominations received for his most recent film, NEBRASKA. He is a contender and we will continue to look forward to has brilliance on the big screen. We eagerly await announcement of his next feature film project. Stay tuned.

News Flash: Fremont, Nebraska. Stacy Heatherly and The Digg Site Productions, Inc. has begun to gather momentum in Fremont. A RED CARPET evening to celebrate Hollywood and the Oscars was held March 2 at the Love Larson Opera House in Fremont. A gala event sponsored by The Digg was attended by the Pathfinder horsemen who starred in the recent film, “The Lone Ranger.” The additional 75 attendees watched moments of the Oscar ceremony and enjoyed learning more about the horsemen’s participation in the film production. It was a good eye-opener for those unfamiliar with logistics of filming on location.

The community of Fremont has recently decided to embrace the use of LB 840 funds for film production, a step that will be qualified through the city at large. Stacy Heatherly and Sheryl Brown have also taken the necessary professional steps to become the Fremont/Eastern Nebraska Film Commission. We are excited to have a real partner in place to help us continue to promote Nebraska to the industry. Stacy and Sheryl will be instrumental in bringing location scouts and production sources to the area to promote eastern Nebraska as your next stop for filming commercials and feature work. Read further to see the Commission’s mission statement and how to reach them with questions and additional information:

The primary goal of the Fremont/Eastern Nebraska Film Commission is to attract film and video production to the area. The office will assist in all aspects of hiring local crews and talent, renting local equipment, accommodations, rental cars, and catering services.

We will assist in the following:

• Marketing of Locations

• Marketing of Local Crew, Equipment & Expertise

• Creation of Incentives Packages

• Scouting Support Services

• Assisting Inbound Productions / Troubleshooting Production Problems

• Building a Film-Ready Workforce & Community

The office will also be working to provide economic incentives.

The Film Commission will encourage the development and distribution of local productions, develop the Fremont/ Eastern Nebraska film festival, encourage the study of film and the acquisition of film related skills, and support a climate of entrepreneurship within the area.

We are asking that questions and resumes be sent to filminnebraska@gmail.com. Your name will be added to a distribution list and you will be contacted once a data base has been established. There you will be able to upload all credentials and contact information.


Tonight kicks off the Omaha Film Festival at the the Village Point Theatres on west Dodge. Follow the news release from festival creator and organizer, Mark Longbrake and join us tonight and the rest of this week!

The Ninth Annual Omaha Film Festival is thrilled to bring the city of Omaha another stellar line-up of independent films and conference panelists at our new home at the Village Pointe Theatre – 304 North 174th Street.

OFF ’14 begins Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30pm with the Opening Night Film fresh from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, “Obvious Child” starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, and Richard Kind. http://sched.co/1bLfK0J

“Obvious Child” is an honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine’s Day of her life. Forever nudged by her parents to make better choices, Donna’s forced to do just that when a one-night stand leads to a difficult decision that does and does not define the rest of her life. Though confident in her choice, Donna must gain the confidence to believe in her talent, herself, and the best in those around her, especially one surprisingly decent guy who just might make this the worst/best Valentine’s Day ever.

This year’s festival features 92 films from 20 countries and includes 20 narrative feature films, 8 feature length documentaries, and 64 short films in 8 short film programs.

In addition to the films we’re excited to bring you this year’s conference which highlights our second annual Writer’s Theatre as well as conference panel sessions with writers Leslie Dixon (“Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Pay it Forward,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Hairspray,” and “Limitless”) and Steve Faber (“We’re the Millers,” “Wedding Crashers,” and “Married with Children”) in attendance. And you don’t have to be a screenwriter or filmmaker to enjoy the conference sessions! Everyone loves movies and hearing the behind the scenes tales of breaking in to the industry and doing what you love provide inspiration to all of us.

Be sure to check out our website at www.omahafilmfestival.org and click on the FILMS tab for an interactive look at all of the films, parties, conference panels, etc. and feel free to set up your own profile (for free!) and start creating your schedule.

All Access Pass: $90 – Includes all festival films, conference panels, the Writer’s Theatre, and after parties
All Films Pass: $60 – gets you in to all of our film screenings or conference panels
Weekend Pass: $60 – gets you in to all of our film screenings, the Writer’s Theatre, and conference panels on Saturday and Sunday
Individual Ticket prices: $8

Passes and tickets available at omahafilmfestival.org or at the theatre during festival events.


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Nebraska filmmaker, Craig Albrecht’s “WICKED BLOOD” is now available on Blu-ray. “Wicked Blood,” Starring Abigail Breslin, is the ultimate endgame, as “Breaking Bad” meets “Justified” in the new action thriller! Backed by an all-star cast, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin is Hannah.

·Abigail Breslin (August: Osage County, Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland)
·Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills)
·Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Age of Heroes)
·James Purefoy (“The Following,” John Carter, Ironclad)
·Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”, Lawless, Unstoppable)

Way to go Craig!