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Creighton University hosting special screening of ‘OUT OF OMAHA’ at Omaha Film Festival

Filmakers to meet with Creighton faculty and students to discuss the film on campus

OUT OF OMAHA, a documentary directed by Clay Tweel and executive produced by J. Cole, will have its Omaha debut at the 2019 Omaha Film Festival at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S 67 St. An encore screening will be shown at the same venue on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. Tickets for both screenings can be purchased online at

The film documents the lives of twin brothers, Darcell and Darell Trotter, two young black men coming of age in the racially and economically-divided city of Omaha, Nebraska. Tweel first met the Trotters when they were seventeen and filmed them over a period of eight years. The film explores issues of inequality, racial disparity, economic opportunity, and how the twins overcome social injustices. Darcell and others featured in the film, including Creighton 2009 law graduate Wayne Brown, JD, will be present for a brief discussion following the end of the screening.

The premiere of OUT OF OMAHA at the Omaha Film Festival is being presented in association with Creighton University, including the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion; the Journalism, Media & Computing Department; and the Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions.

The Kingfisher Institute, a new effort that supports the intersection of liberal arts and professional education, has helped to coordinate the event as part of its theme, “Race in America: 1919-2019”.

“For the community to confront issues of systemic racism, we have to acknowledge the insidious ways in which racism persists in social structures – and how this reality plays out in lived experiences. By showing Darcell and Darell’s stories, this film lays plain the reality, opening the door to important conversations,” said Tracy Leavelle, PhD, director of the Kingfisher Institute.

The filmmakers will take part in a discussion of the film over lunch with Creighton and Omaha community members, Thursday, March 7, at 11:30 a.m., at the Highlander Accelerator.

Producer Ryan Johnston said, “We always hoped that the film would spark thoughtful discussion in Omaha, inclusive of community members, community-based organizations, government agencies and officials, members of the media, and others. We believe that Creighton University is uniquely positioned to facilitate that discussion, and we are honored that they have stepped up to do so.”

Peggy Rupprecht, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing at Creighton University said, “Storytelling is an essential skill, whether it’s for journalism, public relations, advertising, design, digital media or coding. We’re excited for our students to learn from these documentary filmmakers. The conversation will provide an opportunity for students to discern how they might apply storytelling to their own career paths.”

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