Welcome to NebraskARTS.com your portal to the arts in Western Nebraska!
We invite you to experience programming that is compelling, provacative and diverse! Uniquely individual, each arts organization will provide you with information about their history, location and upcoming events. For more information about events on our calendar, click on the highlighted dates. Visit our site often to stay up to date on what’s happening in our area. If you haven’t yet visited The West Nebraska Arts Center, The Historic Midwest Theater or Theater West, we encourage you to discover us!
|REEL Earth - "Tiny: A Story about living Small"|
Tuesday, April 22nd 7:30 pm
After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.
From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.
When Christopher decides to build his own Tiny House, he dives into the tension between settling down and staying adrift, between preserving a parcel of land that he loves and developing it. Merete begins to ask her own questions about settling down, and both walk away with unexpected lessons about the meaning of home, the importance of place, and the personal impact of sticking with a project that became bigger than they’d ever imagined.
TINY is a coming-of-age story for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, and for a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small. www.tiny-themovie.com/
Tallgrass Film Festival 2013
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2014
Boulder International Film Festival 2014
DC Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol 2014
|REEL Earth - "A Place at the Table"|
|REEL Earth - "Crane Trust & River Tamed"|
Be inspired by this beautifully uplifting story about one of the world's most remarkable natural resources in Nebraska's very own backyard—and a new breed of pioneer working to save it—as told by Dr. Jane Goodall, Tom Mangelsen and a growing legacy of equally determined conservation leaders.
Hosted by Sam Waterston of television's "Law & Order" fame, this inspiring documentary, featuring Nebraska's great sandhill crane migration and an extraordinary connection to the people of Nebraska and the world, is part of the award-winning Visionaries film series for PBS stations nationwide.
The Crane Trust documentary was produced by Visionaries in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission, the Parker Family Foundation and the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce.
“A River Tamed” 51 min Not Rated
Following "Crane Trust" at approx 8:00pm
A River Tamed was filmed on location on the Republican River which supplies irrigation water to three states. It chronicles the history of the legendary river with firsthand accounts, photographs and vintage film clips of the devastating flood of 1935. The program is an educational and entertaining journey into remote areas of Nebraska and documents the efforts to restore flow along the waterway. A River Tamed tells the story of the politics behind the 10-year court battle between Kansas and Nebraska over the waters of the Republican River. The documentary premiered at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in Denver and was screened as an official selection for the Prairie Lights Film Festival in Grand Island, Nebraska.
A River Tamed from award-winning director Becky McMillen is the second film in a series of educational programs about threatened rivers and streams. Her first film, The Hope of Nine Mile Creek has been seen at conferences and film festivals across the nation. It won best short film awards at international film festivals in Colorado and Iowa. Becky's short documentary, River of Time, Wyoming's Evolving North Platte River, made its television premiere on Wyoming PBS in 2013 and is a Silver Telly Award winner for short documentary programming.
Becky McMillen is an 8-time winner of industry awards and has served as a judge for Aurora and Telly Award competitions. She is intensely interested in conservation issues and history. One of her recent projects involved traveling to Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California to film in National Parks and Forest Service lands for an invasive species project that is now being utilized across the United States and parts of Canada. Becky's production company, Insight Creative Independent, is based in her farmstead studio in rural western Nebraska where she works closely with other talented artists on productions for government agencies, educational entities and local businesses. For more information visit www.BytesCameraAction.com.
2012 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
2013 Prairie Lights Film Festival
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