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2004.12.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Alexander Payne Film Festival and Symposium Dec. 13-18; Writer/Director to Receive Honorary Doctorate at Dec. 17 Commencement

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will recognize the work of writer ⁄ director Alexander Payne with a film festival, honorary degree and symposium this month.

Payne, who was born and raised in Omaha, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters Friday, Dec. 17, at UNO's winter commencement ceremony. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha.

"It's often been said that a prophet is never honored in his own country," said Robert Welk, interim dean of the UNO College of Fine Arts. "Alexander Payne's celebration of the flawed yet remarkable human spirit, along with his love of his hometown, are due such recognition."

The film festival, which runs Dec. 13-15, is free and open to the public. The schedule is listed below. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom.

Monday, Dec. 13
"Citizen Ruth"
1996 – Payne's feature film debut, a provocative satire about the abortion rights war. Filmed in Omaha.

Tuesday, Dec. 14
"Election"
1999 – Payne's follow-up to "Citizen Ruth," earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Filmed in Omaha.

Wednesday, Dec. 15
"About Schmidt"
2002 – Voted Best Film of 2002 by the Los Angeles and London Film Critics Circle. Filmed in Omaha.

On Saturday, Dec. 18, Payne will present a symposium on the craft of filmmaking at 10 a.m. in Eppley Auditorium on the UNO campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Payne holds a B.A. degree in history and Spanish literature from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in filmmaking from UCLA.

For more information about the film festival or honorary degree, call Tim Kaldahl at (402) 554-3502.

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