Monday, August 9th 2021
Hollywood Salon…on Zoom!
DEIRDRE HAJ – Film Streams, DAN LADELY, The Ross, & TAYLOR MOORE – The World
Co-Sponsored by LAURIE RICHARDS – Nebraska Film Office
Do you remember your favorite moviegoing experience? The popcorn, treats, and lives lived large on the screen transported us through time and space. For the first time ever, the Salon will provide a forum for the people running the major art houses in Nebraska to discuss how they provide quality film programming to Nebraskans.Join us on Zoom next Monday for a one-of-a-kind Salon, meet folks from Nebraska’s major cinema art houses, and learn about how you could host your next premiere in the heartland!
DANNY LEE LADELY has served as the Director of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center (MRRMAC) for over 48 years. Amidst a variety of responsibilities, importantly, curating MRRMAC’s programming. He oversaw the design and construction of MRRMAC’s new building, opened in January 2003, including two state-of-the-art theaters, a film/video storage facility, & research library, thanks to a major donation he solicited from Mary Riepma Ross. After her death, The Nebraska Foundation announced she made a $9.5M gift to The Ross, creating their endowment.
DEIRDRE HAJ is the newly appointed Executive Director of Film Streams in Omaha. Previously, she served as ED of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for over a decade, which became an Oscar-qualifying festival under her tenure. There she established year-round programming & community engagement as well as prioritized equity, diversity, and inclusion across the organization and its programming. She has served on various festival panels, including for the Milwaukee, DC Shorts, and Minneapolis St. Paul Int’l Film Festivals, and was a founder and the first VP of the Film Festival Alliance. She holds a BA from the State University of New York at Purchase College.
TAYLOR MOORE grew up in Kearney is the House Manager for The World Theatre. He attended UNK, studying natural sciences, philosophy, and art. Working as a handyman since college, he decided to volunteer at The World Theatre’s Pop-up Drive-in in 2020, supporting a great initiative to safely provide entertainment and a sense of community during the Covid pandemic. As a result of his dedication Taylor was recently offered the House Manager position and has been managing events and movies since April of 2021. He’s excited about what’s in store for both himself and the theatre going forward, as he’s grown to love The World and its volunteers.
LAURIE RICHARDS serves as the Nebraska Film Officer. The Nebraska Film Office, part of the Department of Economic Development, provides resources to the filmmaking & media industry. The Film Office works with producers, directors, & location managers to identify potential locations for feature films, documentaries, shorts, & commercials. Notably, the Oscar-winning NOMADLAND & THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS were recently filmed in the state, assisted by Laurie. In the last legislative session, the capitalization of the Film Office Cash Fund passed, making $1mm available as a grant for filmmaking in Nebraska. Grant applications will be made available later in the fall of 2021.
Are you a Filmmaker and want to hold your premiere in Nebraska?
Have you ever thought of restoring and preserving cinema?
Come meet the professionals who can provide insight, and hear how they went about making their dream come true!
Celebrate with your worldwide NCC Family. Let’s Zoom Party together!