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Lineup is bigger than ever, shines spotlight on Nebraska

Lineup is bigger than ever, shines spotlight on Nebraska

OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL

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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."

The fest will screen 10 narrative features, six documentaries and 84 short films in its competition categories. Rounding out the roster will be three special screenings and six narrative feature films and docs that were made in Nebraska or by Nebraskans, part of the new "Nebraska Spotlight" category.

The fest's opening night film will be "Eye in the Sky," a military thriller revolving around drone warfare and starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul and the late Alan Rickman. The fest's closing night film will be the critically acclaimed "The Lobster," an absurdist comedy starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

The Nebraska Spotlight films this year will include:

"It Snows All the Time," produced by Omahan Erich Hover and part of a special engagement hosted by Borsheims Fine Jewelry in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Association of Omaha.

"Black Luck," which was co-directed by David Weiss and Omaha Film Festival executive director Jason Levering.

"No Resolution," the directorial debut of musician Tim Kasher.

"Once in a Lew Moon," a documentary about the life of screenwriting guru and Nebraska native Lew Hunter, directed by Lonnie Senstock.

"Take Me to the River," which was shot in and around Loup City, Nebraska.

"I Dream of an Omaha Where ...," a documentary directed by Mele Mason.

The 84 in-competition short films will be split among 10 screening blocks over five days. This will include three blocks of Nebraska-made films, a block of comedies, a block of international shorts and a block of animated shorts.

The nonprofit Omaha Film Festival awarded $28,000 in prizes last year. Over the past 10 years, the festival has shown more than 800 independent films. Movie Maker Magazine named it one of the 50 film festivals worth the filmmaker entry fee.

Single tickets to films at the fest are $8 each. A $90 all-access pass includes admission to all the films, conferences and parties. A $60 film pass includes admission to all films. A $60 weekend pass includes admission to films and conferences on March 12 and 13.

Tickets and passes can be purchased at omahafilmfestival.org or at Village Pointe Cinema starting March 8.

Contact the writer: micah.mertes@owh.com 402-444-3182, twitter.com/MicahMertes

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