- There is little question that when The Beatles sang that “the best things in life are free,” they were referring to Aksarben Cinema’s Free Family Flicks, which are happily not saved for “the birds and bees.” In fact, they are extended to anyone who hits up Enterprise Bank, Learning HQ, Ponzu Sushi and Grill, Jones Bros Cupcakes and Together Omaha, who have partnered with “the Ak” to offer free tickets for movies showing at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings in January and February. For a list of movies and more information, use your fancy phone to surf to aksarbencinema.com/freefamilyflicks.html. You can even look it up while you’re in the can. I won’t tell.
- The best consolation for documentaries that narrowly missed an Oscar nomination after being shortlisted for the prize is to screen at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater! On Tuesday January 22 at 7 pm, the number one ranked arthouse movie theater (in my heart) will screen The House I Live In, which will be followed by a panel discussion regarding the war on drugs with various community members. Then, on Tuesday January 29 at 7 pm, The Center for Health Partnerships at Nebraska Methodist College is partnering to bring The Waiting Room, which focuses on the American health care system (spoiler alert: that system sucks). Once again, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion with various community members. To see who I mean by “various community members,” hit up filmstreams.org for more info!
- Do you write stuff? Do you have lady parts? If you answered yes to both, I’ve got good news! Kansas City Women in Film and Television and the Kansas FilmFest are partnering up for a short screenwriting competition for female filmmakers/screenwriters of all ages! Go to kcwift.com to submit online (and find the rules) and you can possibly win $1,000 and have a staged reading of your script! Dudes, if you want in, you’ll have to make a lady friend, as co-authored scripts by males and females are A-OK. If any females out there need a buddy, I have a great script idea that may or may not involve a talking jellyfish and tackles our lack of cursive writing.
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