(PRWEB) February 2, 2005
The Central Nebraska Film Festival concluded January 29th with the controversial documentary Â416Â winning both the Feature Film Award and Audience Award! Â416Â is a documentary by Omaha filmmaker Jim Fields that explores the issue of same sex marriage and civil rights for gay couples in Nebraska. The movieÂs title comes from the Nebraska 2000 ballot initiative 416 which states that: Âonly marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska. The uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in NebraskaÂ. Passed into law by Nebraska voters in the 2000 elections, initiative 416 was the most extreme and comprehensive Defense of Marriage Amendment created in the United States.
Patrick ReaÂs suspenseful film ÂHell to PayÂ about a lonely housewife who gets revenge against her rude husband by making a voodoo doll took home the Best Short Film Award. A film graduate of the University of Kansas, Patrick Rea has been making short films and videos for the last six years.
The Central Nebraska Film Festival took place in Kearney, Nebraska January 28th and 29th. Five feature films and fifteen short films were screened for filmmakers and filmgoers from all over the country. Many of the filmmakers took part in a panel discussion where they described the process that went into creating their film as well as provided insight into the journey they had to take to get their film from script to screen. Below is a list of all the festival winners.
1st Place: Â416Â by Jim Fields
2nd Place: ÂUniversity HeightsÂ by Scott Beck
3rd Place: ÂHalfway PointÂ by Chad Bring, Eric Dwight, & Kevin OÂNeill
Best Short Film:
1st Place: ÂHell to PayÂ by Patrick Rea
2nd Place: ÂElevatorÂ by Peter John Ross
3rd Place: ÂWhite RoomÂ by Hal Kravig
Audience Award: Â416Â by Jim Fields
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