Director-screenwriter Alexander Payne's sixth feature film, “Nebraska,” will premiere Nov. 22 at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha's nonprofit arthouse movie theater at 14th and Mike Fahey Streets.
That same weekend, Nov. 24, the Omaha native will be interviewed at Film Streams' annual fundraising event, Feature V, along with the stars of his new movie, Bruce Dern and Will Forte.
Dern and Forte play father and son in the black-and-white road picture, which won Dern a best-actor trophy at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
It's the story of a cantankerous old boozer (Dern) who's convinced he's won a sweepstakes prize. His estranged son (Forte) reluctantly accompanies him from Montana to Lincoln, mostly to try to keep him out of trouble. Along the way they stop in fictional Hawthorne, Neb., the old family stomping ground.
The movie was filmed mostly in and around Norfolk, Neb., last fall, with several small Nebraska towns standing in for Hawthorne. “Nebraska” is currently slated to play only in Omaha, Los Angeles and New York the weekend of Nov. 22.
For Feature V, Payne, Dern and Forte will be interviewed by Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's “Studio 360.” Andersen is also an Omaha native, and he and Payne serve on Film Streams' board. Andersen last appeared at a Feature event in 2011, interviewing director Steven Soderbergh.
Last year, for Feature IV, Payne interviewed actress Jane Fonda. The event raised more than $226,000 for Film Streams.
Tickets for Feature V go on sale Friday to Film Streams members and Aug. 23 to the public. Tickets start at $35, with additional gift levels that include pre- and post-party events. The interview, at the Holland Center, begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for screenings of “Nebraska,” which will play on both screens at Film Streams through the weekend of Nov. 22 and then on one screen for several weeks after that, are not yet available.
Payne won screenwriting Oscars for co-writing “Sideways” (2004) and “The Descendants” (2011), which also earned nominations for best picture and for Payne as best director. He shot three other movies primarily in his home state, “Citizen Ruth” (1996), “Election” (1999) and “About Schmidt” (2002).