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Collaborative Screening: Taking Lena Home

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Presented with Omaha Public Library, and Greater Omaha Genealogical Society, a post-show discussion featuring the film’s director, Alexandra Grant, will follow this screening.

In 2000, Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Grant came across a curious object in a Wyoming junk shop: the tombstone of Lena Davis, a baby girl who died in 1880. Inexplicably drawn to the stone, she took it home, where it sat in her studio. Years later, she began a quest to discover the origins of the headstone, a mission that led her all the way to Polk, Nebraska, and an adventure in first-time filmmaking. TAKING LENA HOME documents the marker’s return to its rightful place, as well as Grant’s journey from owner of the stone to its caretaker.

A new edit of the film, never before screened in Nebraska, will be the centerpiece of this collaborative event.

After the movie, Film Streams Deputy Director Casey Logan will moderate a panel discussion with Grant; Cindy Drake, Nebraska History Library Curator and Statewide Cemetery Registry Coordinator, Nebraska State Historical Society; and Julie Middendorf, a genealogy enthusiast who solved the mystery of Lena’s provenance.

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Directed By
Alexandra Grant

Running Time
60 minutes

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Not Rated

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