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May 24

May 24, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

MCC noncredit series features guest filmmakers and their films

OMAHA, Neb. — The Metropolitan Community College noncredit series, Filmmakers and Their Films, 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 their makers share Nebraska ties. Following each screening, the guest will discuss the film and their career before fielding questions from students.

Each class will be taught by local author, journalist and blogger Leo Biga. Classes will be on Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. at MCC North Express, 2112 N. 30th St. See a full listing of available classes and their dates below.

June 15—“Rush” with Mike Hill

Oscar-winning editor Mike Hill worked in Hollywood for many decades as one of two primary cutters on Ron Howard 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 the 2013 Formula One race car drama, “Rush.”

June 22—“Once in a Lew Moon” with Lew Hunter and Lonnie Senstock

Lew Hunter was a network television executive who wrote and produced landmark TV movies. His book about screenwriting became a go-to for aspiring scenarists. Lonnie Senstock’s documentary captures Hunter’s larger-than-life personality and zest for life.

June 29—“I Dream of an Omaha Where” with Mele Mason

Documentary and network news photographer Mele Mason travels the world for her work. She also trains her eye locally in “I Dream of an Omaha Where,” where she follows the collaboration between performance artists Daniel Beaty and Omaha families impacted by gun violence in the creation of an original work of theater.

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 present to discuss their work in front of the camera or behind it.

July 13—“Preserve Me a Seat” with Jim Fields

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.

July 20—“The Omaha Speaking” with Brigitte Timmerman

The few fluent speakers left in the Omaha Tribe are featured in this film festival favorite. 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.

The registration fee is $10 per class or $60 for the entire series. Visit to register. For more information regarding the class series, contact Leo Biga at 402-445-4666 or


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.