“One Small Hitch,” a romantic comedy about a couple who pretend to be engaged at a family wedding, was named best feature film of the Omaha Film Festival last weekend. John Burgess directed.
“As High as the Sky,” about a jilted obsessive-compulsive who struggles to hold it together when her sister and niece suddenly move in, earned honorable mention. Nikki Braendlin directed.
Best documentary went to “La Source,” directed by Patrick Shen. It centers on a Haitian immigrant who decides to focus on a clean water source for his hometown of La Source. “Heartland: A Portrait of Survival,” directed by Erica Tremblay, got an honorable mention. It profiles a small Missouri town hit by a tornado.
Best short went to Emily Ting’s “The Distance Between,” and best Nebraska short was Josh Land’s “Lucid.” Connor Finnegan’s “Fear of Flying” won best animated short. Honorable mentions went to Winston Titus Tao’s “Picture. Perfect.,” David Weiss’ “Haiti: Real Change” and Timothy Reckart’s “Head Over Heels.”
Christopher Folino and Todd Burrows’ “Sparks” was named best OFF the Edge film, while the prize for best cinematography in a Nebraska short went to Robert Jensen for “Ghost Light.”
Tom Radovich won best screenplay for “The Badminton Warrior,” while Colleen Schukei and Heather Petersen won Nebraska screenplay for “The Important Man.” Eric Hunsley won short screenplay for “The Boy.”
A jury chose the awards.
Audience Choice awards went to narrative feature “The Story of Luke,” directed by Alonso Mayo; documentary “Honor Flight,” directed by Dan Hayes; and short film “Boo!,” directed by Rupert Reid.
Hebron teen takes 2nd Poetry Out Loud title
Russell Heitman, a high school senior from Hebron, Neb., won the Nebraska Poetry Out Loud state championship in Lincoln last weekend, for the second year in a row.
Heitman was one of nine finalists in the national championship last year.
This year he recited “The Universe as Primal Scream” by Traci Smith, “Poem With One Fact” by Donald Hall and “England in 1819” by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
He will again compete in the national championship April 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C.
Placing second and third were Carleigh Schuman, a senior at Parkview Christian in Lincoln, and Cate Elliott, a junior at Omaha Skutt.
Tribute to aid girls mentoring program
“Ladies Sing the Blues,” a tribute to fallen music artists Etta James, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Tina Marie and more, will be performed Friday at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St.
The 5 p.m. event is a fundraiser for Ladies in Training Everyday, a mentoring partnership for girls in juvenile justice or foster care. It will include food, raffles and a cash bar. Singers on the program are Mama O, Carol Rogers, Lady Kai, Kainette Jones, Shazz, Ms. Shasta and Daphne Woodall.
Tickets, $10 in advance and $12 at the door, are available at 402-968-2486 or online at eventbright.com
UNL jazz groups win outstanding honors
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s jazz orchestra and graduate jazztet won outstanding ensemble honors recently at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival in Elmhurst, Ill.
The jazz orchestra was one of five groups out of 24 to win outstanding ensemble honors. The jazztet was one of four groups out of 16 to win the honor. Music for both groups was written entirely by UNL composers.
Individual musician awards went to combo and vocalists Kara Baxter, Bryan McEntire and Masayoshi Ishikawa; and to band and vocalists Chris Varga, Dave Stamps, McEntire and Ishikawa.
Hunter screenwriting colony coming in June
Lew Hunter’s screenwriting colony is accepting reservations for its two-week summer session in Superior, Neb., June 15-28.
Hunter, an emeritus professor from the University of California at Los Angeles film school, teaches screenwriting at a number of seminars each year.
The colony in Superior is for all levels of screenwriters, from beginner to advanced. Participants will progress from a story idea to treatment, step-outline to finished first act of the screenplay.
For information, visit online at lewhunter.com
Bellevue native Seim gets horror film role
Actress Lindsay Seim, a Bellevue native, has been cast along with Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in the horror movie “Insidious 2.” The sequel continues the 2010 story of the Lambert family and a haunted house. James Wan is directing.
Seim plays a younger Elise Rainier, a character portrayed by Lin Shaye in both films.
Seim also appeared in “Out of Omaha,” with Dave Foley and Lea Thompson. She can next be seen in Janusz Kaminski’s Russian mafia thriller “American Dream.”
Chanticleer releases 2013-14 season
“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” is slated to open the Chanticleer Theater’s 2013-14 season Sept. 20-29, while Steven Sondheim’s “Follies” will close it May 16-25, 2014. A third musical, “Peter Pan” will run March 21-30, 2014.
The comedies “Noises Off,” Nov. 15-24, and “Vanities,” Feb. 7-16, 2014, complete the season.
The Chanticleer’s cabaret offerings will continue with “A Musical Cabaret,” Sept 6-8; “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” Oct. 11-13; “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Dec. 13-15; “A Musical Cabaret,” Jan. 10-12, 2014; and “Momalogues,” April 11-13, 2014.
For season ticket information, call the Chanticleer in Council Bluffs: 712-323-9955.
Actor Covin to be soap opera Romeo
Actor Daniel Covin has been cast in the recurring role of Hunter on “All My Children,” a daytime drama that was canceled by ABC in 2011 but is being reborn online with new episodes starting April 29.
Hunter is described as the Romeo of Pine Valley High School. The story line will pick up five years later than when it left off when it airs on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes.
Covin, then a model, was on the cover of The World-Herald’s Metro Guide in 2011, the same year he graduated from Papillion-La Vista High School.
Teams face off in ‘Bomb’ poetry festival
“Louder Than a Bomb,” a poetry festival for teens launched in Omaha last March, will return starting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the OM Center, 1216 Howard St.
The festival pits teams from 20 schools and organizations against one another in preliminary competition before moving on to semifinal and final rounds. The nonprofit Nebraska Writers Collective started the event here.
Bouts of four schools or groups each start Monday and continue through March 27. Semifinal bouts are April 6 and 7, and the team finals are April 12. For a complete schedule of bouts and teams, go online to ltabomaha.org.
• “Les Misérables,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 11 a.m. Saturday and March 30 at the Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage-door entrance. All roles open. Show runs Sept. 20-Oct. 27. Information: 402-553-4890, ext. 110.
• “Next to Normal,” SNAP Productions, 2 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Monday at SNAP/Shelterbelt Theatre, 3225 California St. Show runs May 30-June 23. Information: e-mail email@example.com
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach