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At the Pictures: Films with Creighton connections will screen at Omaha Film Festival

The cinematic talents and social justice studies of Creighton University faculty, seven recent alumni, and a current student will be showcased next month at the 14th annual Omaha Film Festival.

The filmmakers are faculty in or products of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Journalism, Media, and Computing, and their work will show at the festival between March 5 and 10 at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St., Omaha.

All but one entry from the Creighton filmmakers take aim at unfolding events in the world, including the plight of refugees and immigrants, homelessness and the proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The documentary of Sophie Snider, BA'18, The Light of Homelessness, will have its premiere on March 6 as part of the Nebraska Shorts category, a group of films showing between 8:35 and 9:42 p.m. The film, written and produced by Snider, with a co-directing credit to Creighton English professor, Joshua Prenosil, PhD, takes as its subject six individuals living homeless in Omaha, and what they’ve learned from their time on the streets.

On March 7, John Henry Theisen, BA’17, will show his film, It’s Going to Be Beautiful, co-directed with Luis Gutiérrez Arias, between 6 and 7:30 p.m. The documentary short looks at U.S. Border Patrol and military work in testing the eight prototypes for a projected border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Senior Elizabeth Rudigier and alumnus Edward Cody, BA’18, screen their documentary short, Home, on March 7 between 8:30 and 9:36 p.m., in the Nebraska Shorts category, and again on Sunday, March 10, between 12:30 and 2 p.m., during the encore program. Home chronicles the life of a Nepali-Bhutanese refugee who has arrived in Omaha and seeks stability and a place to call home.

The lives and talents of some of Creighton’s female athletes is the subject of the documentary short, We Are Bluejays, a collaboration between a former Bluejay volleyball player, Kelsey O’Connell, BA’18, and former basketball player Ariella Chavez, BA’18. Brandy Menaugh, associate athletic director for compliance, and Rachel Rider, associate director of athletic donor relations, are also co-directors and co-writers.

The film screens March 8 between 8:30 and 9:36 p.m., and again in the encore program on March 10, between 12:30 and 2 p.m.

O’Connell will premiere a second documentary short, The Greatest Gift, on March 9 between 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. The film looks at the nonprofit organization Educate Uganda, and the work of Karen VanDyke to bring more children an opportunity for an education. The film will also feature in the encore program on March 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Also in the 7:45 to 9 p.m. timeslot on March 9 and in the 2:30 encore program on March 10, Ryan Lloyd, BA’18, will premiere Thrive, a documentary short about the Omaha-based THRIVE Leadership Club that seeks to empower immigrant and refugee students. The film shows four Omaha high-schoolers in their work with the club. The film was written by Creighton alumna Catherine Morehouse, BA’18.

Finally, the JMC Backpack Journalism Program’s documentary, The Displaced, will also screen in the Nebraska Shorts category between 7:45 and 9 p.m., and in the encore program at 2:30 on March 10. Written by journalism professor Carol Zuegner, PhD, and directed by John O’Keefe, PhD, in the Department of Theology and Tim Guthrie, MFA, in JMC, the piece follows South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda.

For more about the Omaha Film Festival, click here.


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