Director Alexander Payne’s sixth feature film, “Nebraska,” will be the focus of Feature V, a Film Streams fundraising event at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Holland Center.
Payne, an Omaha native and double Oscar winner as a screenwriter, will appear along with cast members Bruce Dern and Will Forte before a live audience. Kurt Andersen, author and NPR host of “Studio 360,” will interview the three about their careers and the making of “Nebraska.”
Tickets, $35 each, remain available for the interview part of the evening. Pre- and post-party events in which Payne and his actors will mingle with the guests are sold out.
In “Nebraska,” Dern plays Woody Grant, a hard-drinking, irascible old man who insists he has won $1 million in a publishing sweepstakes. He’s determined to get from Bozeman, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., to claim his prize.
Forte plays his middle-aged son, David, who has never really understood or connected with his father, who shows signs of aging’s toll. David takes the road trip hoping to keep Woody out of trouble, which gets harder to do when they land in fictional Hawthorne, Neb., the family’s former stomping ground.
The black-and-white movie is as much about life in the rural Great Plains as it is a father-son road picture. Payne shot it, mostly in towns near Norfolk, Neb., a year ago. Dern won best actor at the Cannes Film Festival in May for his role in the movie.
“Nebraska” is playing exclusively at Film Streams, Omaha’s nonprofit arthouse movie theater at 14th and Mike Fahey Streets. Payne has served on Film Streams’ board of directors since its founding. Andersen is on its advisory board.
A Film Streams spokesman said the event is expected to raise more than $285,000, a record amount for the annual event.