Fall Arts Preview


By Micah Mertes / World-Herald staff writer

If you’re a film buff in Omaha, this is gonna be a good fall.

And that’s not even counting all the great first-run stuff we have coming our way. (Look out for “Morris From America” at Film Streams; look out for “Blair Witch” at everywhere.) All that aside, there are still a few film festivals and showcases, as well as a handful of events celebrating individual films or directors.

The book vs. movie event “Animus” is now in its second year at Aksarben Cinema, with a showing of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” And this month Alamo will celebrate the work of Tim Burton with nine of his films. And October brings area film fests.

Alamo Drafthouse Omaha

12750 Westport Parkway, La Vista
Information:; 402-505-9979

September: “Septemburton,” a month of Tim Burton movies including “Big Fish,” “Batman,” “Beetlejuice” and many more.

Animus: Film vs. Book

Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St.

Oct. 20: The annual fundraising event for the 1877 Society, a group of library enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s who support the Omaha Public Library Foundation. The event will screen the film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and follow it with a panel discussion about the Hunter S. Thompson book and how the movie compares.

Film Streams

Ruth Sokolof Theater, 14th and Mike Fahey Streets
Information:; 402-933-0259

October TBD: The seventh annual Local Filmmakers Showcase, a curated program featuring work by filmmakers living in Nebraska, Iowa or South Dakota.

Continuing: Sights on Sounds series, Cinemateca.


Village Pointe Cinema, 304 N. 174th St.

Sept. 9-11: The 48 Hour Film Challenge, hosted by the Omaha Film Festival, challenges teams to deliver a short film in 48 hours or less. It’s held at the Image Arts Building, 2626 Harney St. Entry fee: $20 (preregistration); $25 (day-of registration).

March 7-12: Omaha’s long-running film festival — now on its 12th fest — highlights shorts, narrative features, documentaries and screenplays. Submission deadlines are Sept 12 (regular deadline) and Nov. 14 (late deadline).

Prairie Lights Film Festival

Grand Theatre, 316 W. Third St., Grand Island, Nebraska

Oct. 7-9: A three-day showcase of work either shot in Nebraska or made by Nebraska filmmakers. Now in its fourth fest.

Scream in the Dark film festival

Westwood Cinema 8, 2809 S. 125th Ave.

Oct. 14-16: The third annual fest that features films in the genres of horror, sci-fi, suspense and fantasy.

White Light City Film Festival

Various locations in Fremont

Oct. 7-9: The third annual Fremont-based film fest that showcases films from Nebraskans or about Nebraska.

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