Local Film Festival will Highlight Creative Work of Nebraska Filmmakers

FREMONT – Fremont community members will have the opportunity to view the works of Nebraska filmmakers that have gained attention and national recognition.

The White Light City Film Festival will screen films for the public to view on Saturday and Sunday. The films are in some way created by Nebraska natives, or are Nebraska related. Festival Programmer Kevin McMahon says they have a number of different genres that will be featured. While Sunday will be filled with engaging dramas, he says most of Saturday will have a humorous feel.

“Saturday we’re going to see three documentaries first. And then we’ll get into a whole bunch of comedy films. Toward the end of the afternoon we’ve got a block of films that are very short,” said McMahon. “We have a horror film in there. We have a couple of thrillers. And we have some experimental sci-fi films in there. We wrap the day up with a feature film that is in the LGBT genre.”

McMahon, a Fremont native, says his own film is part of the festival on Sunday. He says his film has an extra emotional piece after the passing of his lead actress.

“One of my lead actresses was Holly Lewis. She was born in Grand Island. She was a working actress in Hollywood for a long time,” said McMahon. “Unfortunately she passed away five years ago after we finished. So there’s an extra emotional piece to my film, knowing I captured her right before she got sick. I think of it as a memorial to her.”

The White Light City Film Festival will feature films created by filmmakers from North Bend, Omaha, Lincoln, Fremont, and more. McMahon says everyone who attends even just one of the film screenings will most likely be impressed by what they see.

“We are really going to highlight some of the absolute best film-making from Nebraskans. The quality of the films this year is so good,” said McMahon. “I think any day or any session that anyone would go to, they would be entertained and impressed. And they’ll see how the Nebraskan filmmakers are really establishing a foothold in the industry at large.”

The first screening on Saturday will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Swanson Hall on the Midland University campus. Films on Sunday will begin at noon. A full schedule of the film screenings can be found at thediggsite.org or the White Light City Film Festival Facebook page.

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