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Local Filmmakers Showcase to be held at Ruth Sokolof Theater

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Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 15:10


Film Streams is proud to present its third annual Local Filmmakers Showcase starting this Friday Oct. 19 with a special premiere screening at 7:30 p.m. The series will run through Sat. Oct. 25 at the Ruth Sokolof Theater. 

The local filmmakers showcase was created to provide an opportunity for area artists to have a theatrical run and present their work for a full week at an arthouse cinema devoted to celebrating quality filmmaking. Curated by members of the Omaha-based indie rock band, The Faint. The showcase will feature 10 films by nine different directors within a single 115-minute program. Tickets for all showcases are $9 general admission, $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those arriving to the theater by bicycle and $4.50 for Film Streams members. 

“We were all excited to dig into this project and take an early look at what kind of films were being made lately in the area,” Todd Fink of The Faint said on curating the showcase.

 “The entries were surprisingly diverse! Each had a strong element to it,” Fink said. “Some dealt with topics we should all be exposed to while others took a completely different approach, honing their artistry and craft, ultimately ending up with something that was visually stunning. It’s been a pleasure and an inspiration to be part of this Film Streams Local Filmmakers screening.  Omaha should be so proud to be the home of this amazing film house!” 

The program features short films such as “Blaze,” directed by Tim Guthrie, an experimental short dealing with perception and time and “The Gay Lifestyle,” directed by Lindsay Trapnell, which showcases the everyday life of 27 LGBTQ people doing the things they would do on a normal day, thereby bringing to fruition the “normalcy” of everyday gay and lesbians. 

“There are preconceived ideas and beliefs about the ‘gay lifestyle’ held by certain sections of the world’s population that are inaccurate at best, hateful at worst,” Trapnell said. 

Harrison Martin directs another film that will be shown called “Herpe Betty - Choked on Chicken.” The film’s main premise is Labiana chokes on chicken, goes into a coma and when she wakes up, Betty leads her on an adventure featuring corn dogs, LSD and betrayal. 

“'Herpe Betty' is different than some of the other entries because it is part of an episodic web series,” Martin said.  “The series was created by Michelle Murphy and I in 2011. The main concept of the episode was really just to see what happens when Betty’s main enemy Labiana forgets that she hates Betty. We thought it’d be funny to see how long it would take for Labiana to start hating Betty again."

Passion and drive are the two most important things for a filmmaker to possess. Their creative prowess and dignity are on the line when they showcase their work in an arena such as the Local Filmmakers Showcase. 

“Film is something I naturally gravitated toward, and I love all aspects of the process from writing, to directing, to shooting and eventually editing,” Martin said. “I love seeing concepts realized as a final product and the satisfaction that comes with it. Although I’m constantly straining to whittle down the things on my to do list I don’t know what I’d do if I actually finished them all so I just try and stay productive and find new things to work on.”

“In the case of 'Herpe Betty,' comedy is somewhat a departure for me and was new territory when we began the series and that was attractive to me,” Martin said. “Michelle and Joey were always so funny to me in real life and I was enthused to collaborate with them on something we could share with our friends and community.“

Awareness and appreciation lie in the heart of what every director seeks when starting a new project, from conception to fruition because you are filming for a specific audience.  By participating in such events as the Filmmakers Showcase, a director can breach a whole new set of audience appreciation. 

“Hopefully for the 'Herpe Betty' program itself, a new audience that wants to see more episodes or watch the other two that already exist,” Martin said. “I’m honored to have something I directed play at a theater that I respect and have enjoyed attending and I am happy to be amongst fellow Omaha filmmakers whom I’m friends with and admire. I think it's great that we have the Local Filmmakers Showcase and I think it is helping nourish the budding Omaha film community that I want to grow and reach or surpass the reputation of our great music scene.” 

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