Monday, February 05, 2007

Second Annual Omaha Film Festival

The Omaha Film Festival is pleased to announce its new lineup of independent feature films, documentaries, short films, animated shorts and Nebraska shorts for our 2007 festival. After screening and judging hundreds of films from around the world, we are proud to highlight twelve full length feature films, six documentaries, and 41 short films, which include nine animated shorts and seven shorts from right here in Nebraska.

The screenings will be held between February 27th and March 4th at the Westwood Cinema 8 Theatre at 2809 South 125th Avenue in the Westwood Shopping Center. The theatres are located between 120th & 125th Streets on Center Street, behind the Office Depot. Individual movie tickets and festival passes are available online now and will be available for sale at the Omaha Film Festival booth at the theatre during the festival. Individual ticket prices are $6.00 each, an All Screening Pass which gets you in to all of the screenings is available for $45.00 each, and an All Access Pass which gets you into all of the screenings as well as access to the opening night film, the opening and closing night parties, the awards ceremony, and a t-shirt is available for $70.00 each.

We are also thrilled to have four additional special screenings of films that aren’t a part of the competition portion of the festival:

“My Brother,” starring Vanessa Williams and Tatum O’Neal, is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. James is developmentally disabled. Their mother, L'Tisha, played by Williams, finds herself in a tragic situation. Dying of tuberculosis, she desperately tries to get her two boys, eight and eleven at the time, adopted together. Finding that only Isaiah can be adopted, L'Tisha makes the only choice she feels she can make; creating an unbreakable bond of love between the boys, and hoping that bond will get them through life. Her prayers are answered as the boys overcome impossible odds on their way to adulthood, staying as close as ever as young men dealing with life's obstacles. “My Brother” will be theatrically released on a limited basis on March 16th.

“The TV Set,” starring David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Justine Bateman, and Judy Greer, is a hair-raising comedy of art and compromise that follows an idealistic writer (Duchovny) as he tries to navigate his TV pilot down the mine-laden path from script through production to the madness of prime-time scheduling – all while trying to stay true to his vision. Along the way he has to juggle the agendas of a headstrong network president (Weaver), volatile young stars, a pregnant wife and an ever-optimistic personal manager. “The TV Set” will be nationally released in theaters on April 6th.

Set in Northern Uganda, a country ravaged by more than two decades of civil war, “WAR/DANCE” is a documentary that tells the story of Dominic, Rose, and Nancy, three children whose families have been torn apart, their homes destroyed, and who currently reside in a displaced persons camp in Patongo. When they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival, their historic journey to their nation’s capital is also an opportunity to regain a part of their childhood and to taste victory for the first time in their lives.

Our final special screening is “Out of Omaha” starring Dave Foley, Lea Thompson, Vicki Lewis, Ethan Phillps, Patricia Richardson, and local actors Lindsay Seim and Nik Fackler. “Out of Omaha” was filmed in and around Omaha during the summer of 2005 and this will be the first time this film will be shown publicly.

Be sure to check out the website at for more information about each of the films, movie trailers, and screening times. You and create your own user name to interact with others on the site, rate the films and create your own screening calendar.

We hope to see you there!


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