Programming Calendar: July – September 2014 (v8.1)


Film Streams Newsletter Summer 2014

We’re hiring a Program and Outreach Coordinator!

Omaha’s nonprofit cinema is looking for an exceptional person to fill the role of Program and Outreach Coordinator. This individual will be responsible for generating and maintaining relationships with people in the community, our current Community Development partners, educators, Film Streams donors, and those engaged in nonprofit and educational roles and whose interests align with Film Streams’ programming content. This person will work closely with Film Streams Executive Director to maximize Film Streams’ potential with special attention to our recently identified focus areas: exposing new individuals and constituencies to Film Streams and the medium through expanded outreach efforts; creating unique experiences around film and transformational experiences for audiences; and engaging more students with the art of film to create life-long film lovers. Responsibilities will heavily involve community outreach and program management, but will also include supporting our development efforts and helping our small, mighty staff oversee quality control over all levels of the organization.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please see the following job description: Program and Outreach Coordinator

We’re looking for a part-time accountant!

Omaha’s nonprofit cinema is seeking a highly motivated and extraordinarily detail-oriented person for a part-time accountant position. The individual should have strong mathematical and analytical skills, exhibit exceptional judgment and personal accountability, and be dedicated, efficient, communicative, very well-organized, and an excellent multitasker. Responsibilities will include internal controls/oversight, human resources and payroll, financial records, and tasks having to do with operations at our theater.

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent; at least three years related work experience (nonprofit preferred); proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs and QuickBooks; knowledge of direct deposit payroll, federal, and state tax deposits and reports; knowledge of and experience with non-profit accounting; and ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports.

If that sounds like you or someone you know, please see the following job description: Film Streams – Accountant.


Now accepting submissions for the 2014 Local Filmmakers Showcase!

We’re now accepting submissions for our fifth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase—a curated program featuring work by area artists.

Filmmakers are invited to submit their work for consideration electronically or by mail. Send a DVD along with completed submission form to: Film Streams, Attn: Patrick Kinney, P.O. Box 8485, Omaha, NE 68108. Or, send a link to your film and the completed submission form to  There is no fee for entry.

To be eligible, the director of the film must be a resident of Nebraska, Iowa or South Dakota. Students who are either residents of or are attending schools full-time in one of those three states are welcome to submit. The idea is to provide a theatrical premiere for local filmmakers, so work that has screened publicly for a paying audience (outside of film festivals) will not be considered for this program.

Films must be completed at the time of submission and received by Film Streams no later than July 25, 2014. A maximum of three submissions are allowed per filmmaker.

More details about the 2014 Local Filmmakers Showcase, which will take place in October, will be announced later this summer. Filmmakers whose films are selected for the showcase (as well as their families and friends) will be invited to an opening night celebration and screening. All filmmakers chosen will also receive a percentage of the box office for the week-long run at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, plus a small honorarium.

Submissions will be reviewed by an independent jury. Films of all types and running times will be considered for the program, which will be approximately 90 to 150 minutes in length in its entirety. Aside from time constraints, the program’s format will be determined by the quality and diversity of films under consideration.


From the archives: Alexander Payne on Charlie Chaplin


In honor of the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin on film, we’ve dedicated our Spring Forever Young Family & Children’s Series to Chaplin’s early short films. The first program contains “The Adventurer,” an 1917 comedy that features Chaplin as an escapee frustrating the cops through increasingly hilarious and elaborate evasions. The film is a wonderful showcase of the cinema icon’s slapstick chops. Coincidentally, the restoration included in the program was sponsored by none other than director and Film Streams Board Member Alexander Payne. When Alexander curated our inaugural repertory series in 2007, he picked Chaplin’s 1936 classic MODERN TIMES and penned the following program notes:


The miracle of cinema is the miracle of Chaplin. For the first time in history, people all over the world, regardless of language, culture, class or race, laughed at the same things at the same times, at a shared humanity—and all without words. His importance cannot be underestimated. He turned from shorts to features in 1921 with THE KID, the first in a string of brilliant comedies—THE GOLD RUSH, THE CIRCUS, CITY LIGHTS, MODERN TIMES, and THE GREAT DICTATOR. MODERN TIMES was his last silent film, and since it was made years after the rest of cinema had turned to talkies, it also put an end to an entire tradition.

When I first saw MODERN TIMES in the late 1960s at the Joslyn, in one of the many film series curated by Mel Linsman, the feeding-machine scene was the hardest I had ever laughed in life; I simply had not known it was possible to laugh that hard, and it spurred a lifelong interest in silent comedy. In choosing a Chaplin film for this series, I went back and forth between this one and CITY LIGHT, the film I (and many others) feel has the best ending ever in a movie, a sublime achievement in all of the arts. Yet I opted for MODERN TIMES because seeing it for the first time remains such a cherished memory—not only for the laughter it gave me but also because I think it taught me that the best comedies are about something.

By the way, the song Chaplin sings toward the end is the first time his voice was ever heard in film.


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