“Flyover Country,” the fourth movie made by Omaha documentarian Jim Fields, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
Shot in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area between June 2012 and July 2013, the movie is Fields' first venture into narrative fiction. He directed and edited the movie, co-writing it with Shaun Vetick.
“Flyover Country” is an adult dramedy about Todd (Myles Dabbs) and Russ (Mike Mecek), twentysomething college students whose friendship is tested when Russ learns Todd is openly gay.
Both come from conservative, religious families. Russ' association with Todd causes problems with relatives and friends. Eventually he must examine his own beliefs and sexuality.
The microbudget movie includes familiar locations, including King Fong restaurant, Jackson Street Booksellers, Goldberg's restaurant and The Waiting Room Lounge.
“Flyover Country” is Fields' fourth movie since 2004 and he said he wrote it to capture the duality of living in Omaha, one of the more liberal areas of a conservative state.
“I have friends who are conservative and liberal, straight and gay,” Fields said. “Even though we have different points of view and values, we have to find a way to get along.”
With so many locations and cast members, Fields said, “Flyover Country” felt like going to film school in a year.
“It was a rollercoaster I can't wait to get back on,” he said.
He said Omaha's music scene will be the subject of his next movie, which will also be a narrative feature.
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What: Premiere of locally shot movie
Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Tickets: $10 at the door
Rating: The film is unrated, but language and sexual situations would likely earn it an R rating.