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Monday’s Salon: Patrick Wilkins and HEARTLAND sneak preview

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guests:  
Co-Producer Patrick Wilkins, Director Erica Tremblay and Producer Bernard Parham with the special screening of a very moving documentary, HEARTLAND


Monday’s Salon will knock your socks off.  Literally.  Just like the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri last year.  

Be prepared for an evening that will move you to tears and give you a strong dose of just what the power of film can really do.  We all know about tornadoes in the Midwest, and we all know the resilience of small town folks, but you ain’t seen nothing till you see this film.

At the November Salon, the NCC is proud to present the world-premiere sneak-preview of HEARTLAND, the Joplin Tornado Documentary, co-produced by our own Patrick Wilkins.

Regulars at our Salons know Patrick Wilkins as an actor. His face pops up often on commercials, for Google, Hyundai, Comcast, Bud Light, and the infamous Super Bowl M&Ms spots, among many more. (See his website here). 

Pat grew up in Lincoln, attended UNL and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC before landing in LA. He’s been making it as a successful actor here for 20 years.

But lately, Pat’s been wearing a different hat, trying his hand at Co-Producing a documentary. And it is in this capacity that he joins us at the November Salon, along with the film’s director, Erica Tremblay and producer, Bernard Parham. (Erica grew up near Joplin, but called Lincoln home for four years, and other Nebraskans worked on the film as well).  We are thrilled to host the sneak preview of their film, HEARTLAND, about the heart-warming aftermath of the tornado that nearly destroyed Joplin, Missouri in 2011.

HEARTLAND chronicles the efforts of one woman as she sets out to collect and return thousands of photos displaced by the tornado. In some cases, these photos represent all that is left from life before the storm. Using home movie footage, police dispatch, news broadcasts and footage shot within weeks after the storm, HEARTLAND tells a story of survival and nostalgia. The film’s website has a trailer, press and more.

HEARTLAND is a reminder to us all that we should never lose sight of what is truly important in life. You can build a new house, you can buy a new car, you can buy new clothes but you can’t get your memories back once they are gone. HEARTLAND will be premiering at the St. Louis Film Festival on Wednesday, but we’ll be seeing it at the Salon on Monday night!

Don’t miss the chance to see this remarkable and moving film, along with Pat and the other filmmakers. It’s going to be a Salon people will be talking about for years to come.

Hope to see you Monday, November 12th at the Culver.  

Come early, as the hour-long film will be starting right after the Show-and-Tell at 8:30 so we’ll have time for a Q&A afterward.
Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.


Monday is the October Salon with CBS Exec Producer JJ Jurgens & Promo Panel

Monday, October 8th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:
CBS-TV Exec Producer JJ Jurgens
plus an All-Star Panel of CBS Promo Producers/Editors


You want to get into television at the network level?  Want to learn how to market and write and edit trailers and promos?  Do voiceover? Your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood on October 8th will have just what you’re looking for…

JJOctober’s Hollywood Salon will bring together several old friends of the NCC. They actually all got their starts at CBS through the Salon…

Jami “J.J.” Jurgens came to Hollywood after being a basketball star at the University of Nebraska. Following a dream to pursue acting, she made her first stop the Nebraska Coast Connection. At the Salon, an opportunity at CBS came up, and a career was born.

After that first gig on promos for CBS’s BIG BROTHER, she worked her way up through post-production to write, produce and edit promos for many CBS shows, including NCIS:LA, THE AMAZING RACE, MEDIUM, THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS and PRICE IS RIGHT. J.J. is now the new Executive Producer of Daytime for CBS On-Air Promo.  She is also a voiceover actor (see her long list of credits at jjvo.com) and host of AfterBuzz TV shows.

Whether you want to pursue voiceover, editing, or management in broadcasting, you won’t want to miss this Salon!  Joining JJ at the Salon on our panel of CBS Promo people (yes, Nebraskans are taking over CBS!):

Jamie Ball (Grand Island) has been making short films and music videos since 1997 and began using professional editing software in 2001. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in Cinema before moving to LA in 2008. She now works at CBS International Promo as a producer/editor assistant.
Cullen Wright (Kearney) has been writing and directing shorts, commercials, and music videos for the past 5 years.  He is a partner in Cypress House Productions.  For the past two summers on BIG BROTHER, he drove and managed  the 24 hour record system and pulled the clips for the writer/producers to edit their promos.
Todd Nelson (Holdrege) is our own NCC Founder.  His company, Braska Films, makes all the promos for CBS-TV International.  He’s been a Exec and Producer/Director working in Hollywood at networks and studios since 1984.

Hope to see you Monday, October 8th at the Culver!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

September’s NCC Hollywood Salon – Actor-turned-Director Randy Crowder on Monday!

Monday, September 10th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:
Actor-turned-Director Randy Crowder


You going to the football game this weekend? Come hang out with your NCC friends and former NE football players at the awesome Tailgate party this weekend! Furthermore, learn how you can take a free acting class, as well as what spectacular guest we have for our Hollywood Salon this Monday! We’ve got a lot in store for you this September…

Randy CrowderRandy Crowder is a face you’ll recognize from his many roles in film and tv. Now he’s reinventing himself as a Director, and he’s bringing his latest success to the Salon in September.

INFINITY is a short film that Randy wrote and directed. He’s been in festival-mode this year, with appearances and awards at festivals in Manhattan, Memphis, Catalina, the Black Hills, Dallas and more.

Here’s some of the stellar reviews: “INFINITY…an ambitious, dark, evocative film. 

A definite must see.”A compelling film, beautifully done, which asks questions of the audience to which there are no simple answers.”

“Filmmaking at a very high level.”

Come meet Randy, as well as his cast and co-producers, Renee O’Connorand Jed Sura. We’ll show the film and in the Q&A you can ask them all about the secrets of making a successful short. Randy’s partner is Jeanette O’Connor — a top casting director and beloved Salon guest — she’ll be there, too!

Hope to see you on Monday, September 10th at the Culver!

HUSKER VS. UCLA Tailgate Party! – September 8th

HuskerMax™ will be hosting a tailgate the day of the UCLA game located 10 minutes from the south end of the stadium.

The tailgate start time is Noon Pacific Time and will end at 4 PM. Kickoff is 4:30 Pacific Time. Tickets are $55 and include the following:

  • California themed music played by former Beach Boy, Chris Farmer
  • Slow roasted pulled bbq pork served with bbq sauce and other great fixin’s
  • Two drink tickets for beer, wine, or soft drinks
  • And more!

Auditioning by Heart – The Crystal Carson Method



If you are still trying to decide whether or not to attend the full workshop, Crystal is giving an amazing offer of a FREE AUDIT on Sept 7th!! You will be able to improve your ability to make to auditioning fun, compelling and profoundly connected to your truth, which is what Auditioning by Heart is all about.

Get more info on Crystal’s website.

Email Crystal at actingcoachcrystal@me.com.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

Tomorrow’s Salon: Actor Nick D’Agosto

Monday, August 13th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:


Are you ready for a hot summer Salon?  We’ve got a great one for you tomorrow night…

Last month we brought you the long-awaited return of Production Designer Sandy Veneziano. She brought along surprise guests Director Dan Petrie, Actress/Author Harley Jane Kozak and Propmaster Blanche Sindelar. You just never know who you’ll meet at the Salon…

And we also got the report on Todd Nelson‘s trip back to Kearney to celebrate Jon Bokenkamp‘s new World Theatre opening with Alexander Payne.

Now…about tomorrow’s August Salon…

Nick D’Agosto is one of the happening young male stars of movies and tv. But he’s also just a kid from Omaha. And he’ll be our guest at the August 13th Hollywood Salon.

Nick got his start on Alexander Payne’s “Election” back in 1999, and soon made the move to Hollywood and shows like “Boston Public,” “ER,” “House” and “The Office.” Film roles include “Rocket Science,” “Dirty Girl,” “Final Destination 5,” and the recent “From Prada to Nada.” He has also signed on to “Masters of Sex,” a new Showtime series coming next year.

Don’t miss this chance to come meet Nick and ask him about his secrets of taking Hollywood by storm. You can say you knew him “back when”…

Hope to see you tomorrow — that’s Monday, August 13th — at the Culver!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

Tomorrow’s Salon: South Park Animator Ryan Quincy with his new IFC show

TOMORROW:  Monday, June 11th, 2012
Hollywood Salon
Our Special Guest:
now with his own new IFC show

He was the longtime Emmy-winning Director of Animation for SOUTH PARK.  Now he’s just got his own show on IFC. Come help celebrate the birth of a new Nebraska showrunner!

Ryan Quincy headed the animation team at SOUTH PARK from nearly the beginning of it’s run on Comedy Central.

Last time he visited the Salon in 2008, he had just won one of his Emmys for Best Animated Series, and he showed off some new characters he created based on growing up in Holdrege, NE. Now those very characters are going to star in their own show OUT THERE on the IFC Channel!

Come meet Ryan and hear his tales of how to get your personal show on a major cable network. He’s writing the scripts now, casting the voices, designing the merchandise — and you have the chance to ask him about the whole process.  

It is going to be a fun night, with a creative and funny small-town Nebraska guy who just happens to be doing what he loves in Hollywood with his creative funny talents.

ALSO on Monday…

Ryan Tweedy of Lincoln is making a documentary film, THROUGH THESE GATES, about husker fans and their community. Check it out at: www.huskersfilm.com. Being a Cornhusker is bigger than football, its an identity and this film will explore what it means to be a Nebraskan and to be a Cornhusker. Ryan will be shooting the Salon on Monday and you’ll have the chance to be interviewed for his film!

It all happens TOMORROW NIGHT Monday, June 11th at the Culver!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.


at tonight’s NCC Salon: filmmakers with a summer sneak

Monday, August 8th, 2011
Hollywood Salon
It’s a Summer Salon Sneak Spectacular!A brand new indie film is just coming together, and the entire creative team will be at the Salon to give you a sneak peek.

On August 8th, come meet the cast & crew of the new horror film, CANYON ROAD…

A brainchild of the NCC’s Ivan Lovegren, CANYON ROAD is emerging as one of the hot new movies to watch out for next year. In this original film starring Roxanne Jaeckel and Ivan Lovegren, a young couple trapped in a failing marriage is unexpectedly buried under a mudslide on Malibu Canyon Road. Air running out. Roof collapsing. Water rising. Rescue uncertain. Can they survive?

The film was written/directed by Calix Lewis Reneau & Jennifer Still and produced by Sheri Reeves.

And all of the cast, directors and producers will be on hand at the next Hollywood Salon to tell us about the making of the film, their efforts to market it and find a distributor, as well as their recent promotion at ComicCon last month.

Hope to see you on Monday, August 8th!

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City… …Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

DEXTER Writer/Producer at Salon Tonight!

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Hollywood Salon
Come to the NCC Salon tonight and meet one of the creatives behind the Showtime hit show DEXTER…What’s a good kid from Kearney, Nebraska doing writing about serial killers on a hit tv show?  For five years, our Salon guest in July has been writing one of the darkest and most complex characters on television.

Tim Schlattman has been a DEXTER Executive Producer and Writer for five years, earning him multiple Emmy and Writer’s Guild award nominations.

A former disc jockey and college professor, Tim’s other writing credits include ABC’s Roseanne, the WB’s Smallville, as well as the feature XCU: Extreme Close-Up. Tim also authored “Dexter Early Cuts: Dark Echo”, an on-going web series for Showtime.

Come to the Salon tonight — Monday, July 11th — and come hang with a Nebraskan who knows his way around writing for the bigtime.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

Hope to see you TONIGHT: Monday, July 11th!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon at The Culver Hotel in Culver City… …Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

NCC Salon is Tonight! Comedian Bob Wiltfong and Filmmaker Mike Montgomery

Monday, June 13th, 2011
Hollywood Salon
“The World’s Best Spokesperson in the World” is a Nebraskan.  And he’s coming to the June Salon TONIGHT!Just a reminder, we’ve got a big evening planned for you at the Hollywood Salon tonight in Culver City.  Double your pleasure:  A famous funny guy AND a filmmaker with a sneak peek of his new movie.

You’ll likely recognize our first June Salon guest from his Nationwide Insurance commercials, where he’s known as the “World’s Best Spokesperson in the World.”

Bob Wiltfong started his comedy career in his hometown of Omaha, at Creighton Prep, doing skits for pep rallies. From the U of Kansas, he embarked on a string of legit broadcast journalism jobs around the country. But he’s back to his real love – comedy – and it’s paid off bigtime.

Before his gig with Nationwide, Bob was a regular on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Chappelle’s Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He’s also been featured in national commercials for AOL, Microsoft, Staples, Domino’s Pizza and many others.

We’re thrilled to have Bob join us as our special guest at the Salon tonight, Monday June 13th. Come learn his secrets of making comedy look easy.

Also tonight, filmmaker Mike Montgomery (who guested after winning his big Coca Cola Filmmaker’s Award last year) will be showing us a sneak peek from his beautiful new film, The Garden.  You’ve never seen anything like his take on the Eden story — it’ll be a great treat to share in it’s debut.  And find out how YOU can help be a part of it.

Don’t miss this great SUPER-SIZED evening, TONIGHT, June 13th!

Zanuck’s NCC Salon TONIGHT!

Monday, May 9th, 2011
Hollywood Salon
It’s going to be a big night: Film Producer Dean Zanuck at the Nebraska Coast Connection Salon TONIGHT!
One of the hottest new producers in film just happens to be the grandson of a Nebraskan who had an enormous impact on Hollywood history.  He’s guesting at the Salon tonight.  (Your career may never forgive you for missing this one).

It was ninety years ago that his grandad came out of Wahoo, Nebraska to make his mark in Hollywood. Darryl F. Zanuck, one of the original Nebraska Coast pioneers, went on to great success as executive and producer at Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox. The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, Cleopatra, Planet of the Apes, and The Sound of Music are just a few of the memorable films he brought to the screen.

Darryl’s son Richard Zanuck has also produced acclaimed films like Jaws, Driving Miss Daisy, and Alice in Wonderland.

Now a third generation of Zanucks is adding to the Hollywood tradition. Dean Zanuck recently produced Get Low, a critical hit starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. He also produced Road to Perdition and from P.A. to Exec has worked on many other films such as Yes Man, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Apollo 13.

Almost a century after his famous grandfather left Nebraska for the movie biz, Dean will be coming back to his Nebraska roots. The NCC Salon on May 9th is proud to have Dean as our special guest.

Hope you’ll be joining us — and Dean Zanuck — at the Culver TONIGHT May 9th!

Hollywood Salon TONIGHT: Comic Thor Ramsey

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Hollywood Salon
Need a little humor in your life these days? This Salon is guaranteed to make you laugh.

Comic and author Thor Ramsey will be joining us at the April Salon. Thor is a standup comedian who has played all the major comedy clubs and festivals across the country. He is best known for his best-selling “Thou Shalt Laugh” DVDs and for hosting the comedy series “Bananas” from Sony.

Thor hails from Nebraska, got his start in Des Moines and Chicago, and has since moved to LA. His smart, sometimes loud and often opinionated brand of comedy has made him an audience favorite nationwide.

He has made his mark with his brand: “comedy that doesn’t make you feel like you stepped in something.”

Check out his website at thorramsey.com — his “30 Second Comedy Break” will give you a sneak peek of Thor’s comedy.

Come to the Salon on April 11th and meet Thor and hear his story of climbing the comedy ladder of success. Your funny bone will thank you for it.

See you at the Culver on Monday, April 11th.