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Film Streams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. In July 2007, we opened the Ruth Sokolof Theater, our two-screen cinema located within the Saddle Creek Records complex in North Downtown Omaha.

As a nonprofit committed to screening films based on their creative, artistic, and social merits, Film Streams depends on the support of our membership program, individual donors, grants from foundations, corporations and government organizations, and community volunteers.

Open seven days a week, our cinema hosts four principal programs:

First Run Films
American independents, documentaries, and foreign films making their theatrical premieres in Omaha and the surrounding region.

Repertory Selections
Classic films, themed series, and director retrospectives, including contributions from guest curators (Alexander Payne Presents, in August 2007 and Fall 2013; Kurt Andersen's Out There: Nebraska and the Great Plains in the Movies, November 2007), an ongoing "Great Directors" series (Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Werner Herzog, Preston Sturges & Billy Wilder), and series dedicated to the special guests for our Feature celebrations (Laura Dern, July 2008; Debra Winger, September 2009; Steven Soderbergh, February-March 2011; Jane Fonda, July 2012. The second Alexander Payne series celebrated Feature V).

Arts in Education
Diverse programming teaching area high school students how to interpret films in a cultural context, empathize with characters in ways that are beneficial to their own personal development, and analyze film as an art form. Please visit our Education page for more information.

Community Development

Through our Community Development program, Film Streams has collaborated with dozens of nonprofits and community groups throughout the Omaha metropolitan area on film-based events that speak to their missions and programming, and to our own of presenting and discussing film as an art form. The program is overseen by a dedicated committee made up of civic leaders from throughout the community.

Film Streams receives dozens of requests for collaborative screenings on a wide variety of topics each year. In an effort to streamline the request process and to maximize the benefits for our partnering organizations, Film Streams' Community Development Committee now invites groups to submit proposals for collaborative film events at the Ruth Sokolof Theater. If you are interested in partnering on a film that is not on our programming schedule, please read the request for proposals and application thoroughly (paying special attention to "Partner Responsibilities"). Applications are accepted according to the following quarterly schedule:

Winter (January, February, March): due October 1
Spring (April, May, June): due January 2
Summer (July, August, September), due April
Fall (October, November, December): due July 1

If you have any questions about the program or to submit an application, contact Brooke Masek, Program and Outreach Coordinator, at 402.933.0259 x 16 or brooke@filmstreams.org.

Special Programs
Complementing each of the aforementioned areas are our Special Programs, including: A screenings with visiting filmmakers and guests, live musical performances to silent classics, and an annual Local Filmmakers Showcase celebrating the work of area artists.

Annual Reports
Film Streams 2014 Annual Report

Film Streams 2013 Annual Report

Film Streams 2012 Annual Report

Film Streams 2011 Annual Report

Film Streams 2010 Annual Report

Film Streams 2009 Annual Report

Film Streams 2008 Year-End Report


“The beauty of a movie is that you walk in, you don't know anything about it, you enter a world that's new to you, and that's the magic of being transported.”
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