South African Paper Herald Live | SA hit selected for 12 overseas film festivals

Always fun to see the Omaha Film Festival mentioned in oversees papers. We loved “Meerkat Moonship” and are proud to see its growing success domestically and abroad!

The film has been officially selected by 12 prestigious international film festivals, among them the Austin Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival in Arizona, The Kids First Film Festival (world’s biggest) in the US, the Omaha Film Festival in Nebraska, Calcutta International Cult Film Festival and GUKIFF International Kids Film Festival in Seoul, Korea.

Meerkat Maantuig opens at Baywest today.

The Reader | Prodigal filmmaker comes home again to screen new picture at Omaha Film Fest

Great write-up about OFF’18 and filmmaker Dan Mirvish’s “Bernard and Huey” in The Reader. Thanks Leo!

The 13th Omaha Film Festival projects March 6-11 at Village Pointe Cinema with its eclectic mix of indie fare from around the world. But a film by Omaha native Dan Mirvish brings things home for area cineastes.

The fest’s opening and closing night films are prestige feature-length studio releases with big name stars: Borg McEnroe at 6 p.m. on March 6 and Beirut at 5:30 p.m. on March 11. The March 10 OFF Conference includes guest panels on Documentary Filmmaking, Writing for Pixar and Filmmaking in Nebraska. The March 11 Writers Theatre showcases live readings of scripts.

Omaha World Herald | Warren Buffett drops by Omaha Film Festival for screening of ‘One Vote’ documentary

Great story in the Omaha World Herald about Warren Buffett attending OFF’18!

Saturday night at the Omaha Film Festival, one of the films’ stars, a Mr. Warren Buffett, took the mic and talked about voting, democracy and the hope he has for the country.

“The luckiest person the world has ever seen born,” Buffett said, “was born in America today.”

Buffett attended the screening of the documentary “One Vote,” one of the many films playing at this year’s Omaha Film Festival at Village Pointe Cinema.

Omaha Magazine | That’s a Wrap

Nice wrap-up article from Omaha Magazine about OFF’18!

After five days packed with 89 short films, 18 features, and seven documentaries, the 2018 Omaha Film Festival concluded on Sunday, March 11.

Audiences at the festival had a chance to watch local films along with work from international directors and Hollywood celebrities. Among the attractions was a special screening of Beirut (starring Rosamund Pike and Jon Hamm), which offered Omahans the opportunity to see the film before its April 11 nationwide release.

Omaha World Herald GO Section | Movie notes: Omaha Film Festival kicks off next week

Awesome ramp-up to OFF’18 from Micah at the Omaha World Herald. Thanks Micah!

The Omaha Film Festival kicks off next week for its 13th year.

From Tuesday to March 11, OFF will be screening films and hosting events at Marcus Village Pointe.

That’s narrative features, documentaries, shorts and animated films, produced locally and/or elsewhere.

Highlights this year include the Jon Hamm thriller “Beirut,” the Shia LaBeouf-starring sports drama “Borg McEnroe” and the sci-fi film “The Endless.”

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.

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 omahafilmfestival.org.

DigOmaha.com | “Handle With Care: Celebrating the Work of Harold Chenoweth,”

Great write up on DigOmaha.com 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.