Filmmakers and Their Films

Filmmakers and Their Films

Dates: June 15 – July 20, 2019

Meets: Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: MCC North Express 306, Highlander Accelerator 2112 North 30th Street, 3rd Floor

Instructor: Leo Adam Biga, film author-journalist-blogger (“Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film”)

Registration Fee: $60.00

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There is no better way to see a film than to view it with its maker. This summer, MCC offers movie lovers the opportunity to see diverse films alongside their makers. Guests include producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors and actors. All the films and makers share Nebraska ties. Following each screening, the guest will discuss the film and their career and field questions from students. Don’t miss this chance to see compelling movies by Nebraskans and to intimately engage these cinema creatives in conversation.

June 15—Mike Hill
Oscar-winning editor Mike Hill worked in Hollywood for many decades as one of two primary cutters on Ron Howard’s feature films. Hill shared the Academy Award for his work on “Apollo 13.” The now retired Hill will discuss his career and specifically his work on Howard’s 2013 Formula One race car drama, “Rush.” View the trailer at

June 22—Lew Hunter and Lonnie Senstock 
“Once in a Lew Moon” 
Lew Hunter was a network television executive who wrote and produced landmark TV movies. His book about screenwriting became a bible to aspiring scenarists. A UCLA class he taught included future filmmakers. Lonnie Senstock’s documentary captures Lew’s bigger-than-life personality and appetite for life. View the trailer at

June 29—Mele Mason 
“I Dream of an Omaha Where” 
Documentary and network news photographer Mele Mason travels the nation and world for her work. She also trains her eye locally, “I Dream of an Omaha Where” follows the collaboration between performance artist Daniel Beaty and Omaha families affected by gun violence in the creation of an original work of theater. View the trailer at

July 6—Nebraska Filmmakers Showcase 
Sample the screen work of Nik Fackler, Omowale Akintunde, John Beasley, Camille Steed, Mauro Fiore, Tim Christian and other Nebraskans who make films. Some of these professionals will be on hand to discuss their work in front of the camera or behind the camera. 

July 13—Jim Fields 
“Preserve Me a Seat” 
During efforts to save the Indian Hills Theatre, Jim Fields documented the passion of historic preservationists, film industry professionals and movie fans. He then expanded the story to document similar efforts around the nation that turn into classic clashes between grassroots groups and big business interests. View the trailer at

July 20—Brigitte Timmerman 
“The Omaha Speaking” 
The few fluent speakers left in the Omaha Tribe are featured in this audience favorite documentary at film festivals, Brigitte Timmerman presents the urgency that fluent speakers and educators have in preserving and passing on this rich cultural legacy before it’s too late. View the trailer


Visit for the list of films that will be shown. Must be 18 and older.
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