June 11th Salon with Director Charles Hood

Please note the Culver Hotel will host us in the first floor dining room this month, not our normal room upstairs. Follow the signs at the hotel on Monday.

Our Salon this month hosts an up-and-coming director who discovered the NCC years ago when he first arrived in Hollywood from Omaha. He returns to the Salon with a career in film and television well underway.

Charles Hood is one of the latest and greatest Omaha directors to make his mark in Hollywood. After graduating from USC’s film school in 2005, Charles wrote and directed his first feature film, FREEZER BURN.  The sci-fi comedy/drama screened at twelve festivals, winning awards including “Best Feature” at the Flint Film Festival, and was picked up for distribution by Vanguard Cinema.

Shortly thereafter, Charles shifted his focus to directing and co-writing two comedic shorts, Allison and First Kiss, the latter of which was awarded “Best Short Film” at the Omaha Film Festival and the Audience Award at the TriMedia Film Festival.

In 2015, Charles directed and co-wrote his second feature, NIGHT OWLS, which had its world premiere at SXSW. The film played over 15 festivals, winning “Best Feature” at Skyway Film Festival, Indy Film Fest, Destiny City Film Festival, and Napa Valley Film Festival, in addition to “Best of Fest” at Hill Country Film Festival. MGM (through their Orion Pictures label) and FilmBuff released the film theatrically in ten cities and on VOD in December of 2015.

For the last couple of years, Charles has been directing shows for Verizon’s streaming service Go90. He directed the pilot and an additional ten episodes of a half hour comedy/drama called Play By Play. Most recently, he directed the first five episodes of a mystery/thriller titled In The Vault and is about to direct more episodes for season two.

Come meet Charles at the June Salon on Monday and learn his secrets of breaking into the competitive world of directing. 


I would be honored to see you at my theatrical opening of my new film BERNARD AND HUEY starting this Friday June 8th at the Laemmle Monica! This film would not have been possible without NCC — I literally met one of my biggest investors at an NCC Salon!  But also, many of you came on board as Kickstarter backers and helped in other ways. The film also stars Nebraska natives Chris Dukes and Samantha Buchanan along with Jim Rash (whom you may remember from when he shared an Oscar win with Alexander Payne for the screenplay to THE DESCENDANTS). Chris and Jim will be there on Friday!  And of course, I produced the film with my long-time Omaha-based producing partner Dana Altman, and a great many of our investors and backers are still back in Nebraska.

Bottom line: You can take the filmmaker out of Nebraska, but you can’t take the Nebraska out of the film!  After playing at over 25 festivals in five continents (including the Omaha Film Festival), I’m very happy that the film will be distributed in theaters coast-to-coast (and also on iTunes and other Video on Demand) starting this week!  Hope to see you all at the Laemmle Monica on Friday!

BERNARD AND HUEY is a timely story of two men behaving badly, and the smart women who rein them in. Roguish Huey and nebbish Bernard are unlikely college friends in late 1980’s New York. Decades later, a bedraggled Huey gets his mojo back with the women in Bernard’s life, while Bernard awkwardly falls in love with Huey’s 25-year-old cartoonist daughter, and it becomes clear how much growing up the two men still need to do.


After 10 years the film that we all put so much work into is finally finished and will be screening for a full week in the state of the art Arena Cinelounge Theater. MILITARY HUSBAND stars many NCCers, including Tim Schukar, Holly Lewis, Suanne Hastings and many others. Help us celebrate the completion of this beautiful film and celebrate the fact that we will be qualified to submit the film to the Academy for Oscar consideration. The film will premiere on June 22 and run every day until June 28 at Hollywood’s Arena Cinelounge Theater at 6464 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood.

The film features the work of many Nebraskans both behind and in front of the camera and could not have been possible without the NCC. I’ll be at the Salon Monday to show everyone the trailer for the film, and we hope you can make it to see the entire film on the big screen in a couple weeks!

MILITARY HUSBAND is the story of a man who fails to cope when his former ROTC wife is reactivated and sent to the war in Iraq.  Seeing his plight, his neighbor and “military wife” invites him to the support group where the other wives stage an intervention designed to help him learn to cope for his wife’s sake.  After learning the tools he needs to get through the day tragedy strikes in Iraq and he is unsure if he will ever see the woman he loves again.

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