Omaha filmmakers have long kicked ass, but now they also kick “gates.” That is to say, Kicking the Gates, a new docu-series about girls’ and women’s soccer, has cleared its funding goal, appropriately via Kickstarter. The pilot episode, which is in pre-production, will follow three different players at three key stages: youth, college and pro. It helps to have a gold medalist on the team, and Kicking the Gates has Heather Mitts, who (no big whoop) who owns a trio of Olympic gold medals and is executive producing. Alongside her is Nik Fackler, an Omaha-based director best known for his 2008 flick Lovely, Still. Honestly, even if there wasn’t an Omaha connection, I’d be hella into this. As a new convert to futbol, I’ve taken much stronger to the women’s game than the men’s, what with less of the whining and the flopping. Hit up for more info on the series.

  • One of the coolest things they do over at Film Streams, long the purveyors of cool things, is to have a live band perform over silent films. Once again, Alloy Orchestra will head down to the Ruth Sokolof Theater to provide live music to Variete, which has murder and acrobats, inarguably the world’s greatest combination. The show is set for Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students, teachers, seniors and military and a mere $10 for members! Again, to recap: Live music, acrobats and murder. What more do you want?
  • –           I absolutely adored the Adam West version of Batman because I have two eyes, a brain and a heart filled with wonder. Thus, I’m elated that the upcoming animated DC movie, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be shown in theaters on Monday, Oct. 10. Featuring the voices of West and Burt Ward, as Robin, this colorful and goofy romp will show at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at participating theaters. Given the bleak, joyless misery that comprises the current DC movie landscape, the potential of seeing something fun set in this world is almost indescribable. Okay, I can think of a few descriptors: BAM! SOCKO! KERPLOW!

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