Omaha filmmaker Nik Fackler will bring his latest feature, “Sick Birds Die Easy,” to Film Streams for a one-night showing at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Fackler will take questions from the audience after the screening.
“Sick Birds Die Easy” was chosen to play at the Hot Docs and Woodstock Film Festivals. It won an art-film prize at the 2013 New Horizons Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.
To make the movie, Fackler took a group of bohemians to the jungles of Gabon, Africa, to ingest iboga, a powerful psychedelic drug rumored to cure addiction. He then filmed the adventure. A press release said the movie examines white privilege and the reliability of our perceptions and traditional narratives.
The Warsaw jury described the film like this: “In an oft-hilarious hallucinatory reverie that is equal parts post-colonial road trip and bad-acid drug trip, this film capably explodes the fiction/nonfiction divide with an alarming self-consciousness and an ever more surprising degree of sincerity.”
Fackler’s first feature, “Lovely, Still,” starred Ellen Burstyn and Martin Landau in a Christmastime story about an elderly grocery sacker who falls in love for the first time. Fackler shot it in Omaha in late fall 2007. It screened here in 2009, after having premiered in September 2008 at the Toronto Film Festival.
The soundtrack for “Sick Birds Die Easy” was composed by Sam Martin, who acted as a minstrel during filming. After the screening, an album release party for the film’s soundtrack will take place at Slowdown, located in the same complex as Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater at 14th and Mike Fahey Streets. The party will feature performances by Martin, Greg Elsasser and Fackler’s band, InDreama.
Admission to the album release party is $5 or a ticket stub from the film screening. Tickets for the movie are available at the Film Streams box office, or on the film’s web page, which also includes a movie trailer: http://j.mp/1iVLeW1.