It’s rare that I get to plug myself. That sounded wrong, let me start over. I’m involved with a cool project! On Thursday, October 29 at 5 pm, head over to Aksarben Cinema for what promises to be a really crazy night! The 1877 Society, in association with the Omaha Public Library Foundation, is launching a new annual fundraiser titled Animus: Film vs Book. Spoiler alert: I’m on team Film. Things kick off with a cordial cocktail and appetizer reception before a screening of The Shining, and then the main event: I go mano-a-mano with the delightful Julie Humphry from the Omaha Public Library in a no-holds barred battle to the death. Or a discussion moderated by local comedian and slam poet, Cameron Logsdon. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $20 for 1877 Society members. I promise you’ll get your money’s worth in my Jack Nicholson impression alone.

Briefly, I got very excited. When I saw that Film Streams is partnering up with Common Soil Seed Library and Edible Omaha for a free screening of Seeds of Time at the Ruth Sokolof Theater on Oct 14 at 7 pm, I thought I was going to learn how to grow more time. Dude, I would plant days and weeks and harvest years! But it turns out that it’s just about the impact of climate change on farming. Or, as certain politicians in our state would say, nonsense because God would never make the earth warmer than he wanted, silly! There will be a panel discussion following the film. I hope to hear things like “ways we can convince people science is real” and “no seriously, farmers should care about this more than anybody.”

One more cool bit of news: 12 films have been selected for Film Streams’ annual Local Filmmakers Showcase. Lots of cool returning folks like Nik Fackler are included, but I always love it when newbies get love. So to first-time selectees Andrew Blankenau, Megan Fleming, Dylan Adams, Tommy Haines, Andrew Sherburne, Krissy Hamm, Chris Machian, Jordan Pascale, Elizabeth Stehling and Steve Snell: Huzzah! May this be but the start of your long careers!

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast, catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter.

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