MovieMaker | Omaha Film Festival 2017: 13 Reasons Why This Midwest Festival is Never Middle of The Pack

Awesome article by Molly Hermann, director of OFF’17 documentary “Written OFF,” in the MovieMaker magazine!

As a veteran of one sweep around the festival circuit, I’ve been to some wonderful festivals… and a few that were no fun.

Let me draw an analogy: I frequently work in the developing world, and have a rating system for bathrooms—starting with one (hole in the ground) and building up to a 13 (Heathrow Airport restrooms with the rotating plastic wrap). Each additional amenity (walls, a toilet, a seat, a door, a lock on the door, a light, a sink, soap, no flies, paper products, a trashcan, a flush, a mirror…) adds to the number.

The list of things that good film festivals do right is just as concrete. Omaha Film Festival—which I attended this spring with co-producer/DP Rob Lyall, with our feature documentary about the opioid crisis, Written Off—gets my highest rating. Here’s why:

The Reader | “Omaha Film Festival adds spotlight on Nebraska films”

Great write-up by Leo Biga about our upcoming Nebraska Spotlight films in the Reader!

It used to be conversations about local filmmakers doing relevant work here began and ended with Alexander Payne and Nik Fackler. That’s changing now and the March 8-13 Omaha Film Festival (OFF) is evidence of it.

The 11-year-old fest, back for the third year at Marcus Village Pointe Cinema, is programming more selections with local ties courtesy its new Nebraska Spotlight lineup of feature-length narrative and documentary films. This acknowledgement that a Nebraska New Wave in cinema is upon us follows breakout work by homegrown filmmakers Dan Susman, James Duff, Patty Dillon, Charles Hood, Jim Fields, Dan Mirvish, Dana Altman, Yolonda Ross, Patrick Coyle, Charles Fairbanks, Jason Fischer and others. Spotlight now provides a dedicated platform for feature filmmakers and their films who have some link to this place.

KETV | Omaha Film Festival spools up for another year

Jason and Marc sit down with Alexandra in studio at KETV talking about OFF’16

See the video here.

Omaha World Herald | “Consider these shows during this year’s Omaha Film Festival”

Nice article in the GO section of the Omaha World Herald today!

The 11th annual Omaha Film Festival, which starts Tuesday, will play more than 100 films this week, a mix of documentary and narrative, shorts and features. That’s the biggest lineup the fest has had yet, said director Jeremy Decker. Festival judges culled from more than 800 entries.

We wanted to highlight a few of these films and programs ahead of the fest. This is of course not a comprehensive list. To see the full schedule of films, conferences and afterparties, go to | “Handle With Care: Celebrating the Work of Harold Chenoweth,”

Great write up on about one of our great short documentaries!

One documentary on the docket this year is “Handle With Care: Celebrating the Work of Harold Chenoweth,” a film by Writer/Director Colleen Kenney. The film is the story of Harold Chenoweth, who was Nebraska’s first film producer. He began shooting in the silent-film era and left behind unbelievable footage: old Civil War veterans marching in a parade; Babe Ruth holding a chicken and chuckling about it with Lou Gehrig; Buster Keaton with Harold in Hollywood; footage of his Omaha family.

Greater Omaha Chamber | Omaha Film Festival

Thanks to the Greater Omaha Chamber for sharing our press release!

The Eleventh Annual Omaha Film Festival returns to the Marcus Village Pointe Theatre from March 8-13th and is thrilled to announce its stellar line-up of domestic and international narrative feature films, documentaries, and short films as well as a fantastic group of over a dozen screenplay finalists. The list of 109 films highlights 10 narrative features, 6 documentaries, and 84 short films in its “in competition” categories. In addition to those films are three special screenings and a brand new “Nebraska Spotlight“ category that includes six narrative feature films and documentaries made in Nebraska or by Nebraskans.

Hear Nebraska | “Brendan McGinn added to The Omaha Film Festival”

Great mention on Hear Nebraska about Brendan McGinn’s “A Film About Loss”

Lincoln’s Brendan McGinn (Dirty Talker, Her Flyaway Manner, Sweats) joins the roster of Nebraska musicians with entries to the 2016 Omaha Film Festival. His short A Film About Loss will run Wednesday, March 9 in the Nebraska Documentaries short film block. From the synopsis:

“What 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 from the eyes of a youngest son.”

Hear Nebraska | “Kasher-directed film to premiere at Omaha Film Festival”

Great write-up on Hear Nebraska about Tim Kasher’s directorial Debut “No Resolution”

One of Omaha’s most well-known songwriting names is getting his film debut.

Cursive/The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher will unveil his feature-length directorial debut No Resolution at the 11th annual Omaha Film Festival in March. Kasher both wrote and directed the film, which was produced by Chevy Kozisek and stars Maura Kidwell, Layne Manzer and Erin O’Shea. The film is one of six featured in this year’s Nebraska Spotlight.

Omaha World Herald | “Omaha Film Festival lineup is bigger than ever, shines spotlight on Nebraska” 03.14.16

Here’s a write-up from Micah Mertes about OFF’16:

The 11th annual Omaha Film Festival has announced its lineup of feature films, documentaries and shorts.

The fest, which will take place March 8 through 13 at Village Pointe Cinema, will screen 109 films from 16 countries.

“This will be the most films we have ever shown,” said Jeremy Decker, festival director, “and it includes an increase of local films as well. We are very excited to be screening all of these films.”

Omaha World Herald | “Omaha Film Festival will play 97 films” 03.05.15

Read the full article here.