Sights on Sounds returns Sunday, April 14 with Sound Inventors. Part of CINEsound, an operatic series presented in collaboration with Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival. ONE Festival artist-in-residence Ross Karre will provide commentary as he leads the audience through a program of documentary shorts that, among other subjects, touch on some of the artists involved in the festival. Tickets for this one-time showing are $10 general, $7.50 for seniors, students, teachers, military, and those arriving by bicycle, and $5 for Film Streams Members and Opera Omaha Season and Festival Subscribers.
On Tuesday, April 30 Film Streams will team with Toy Drive for Pine Ridge and “Pacific Street Blues & Americana” for a screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, with blues guitar hero Mato Nanji in person. The documentary thrillingly reveals the influence of Native artists and musical traditions on pop music. After the film, Nanji — frontman of the blues outfit Indigenous and a member of the Nakota Sioux tribe — will play songs and discuss his career with Rick Galusha, host of “Pacific Street Blues & Americana” on 89.7 The River. Special thanks to The River and Midwest Sound & Lighting for event and media support.
Take a journey to find the origins of a quintessential American art form on Sunday, May 12 in A Tuba to Cuba. Join the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz band as they traverse post-embargo Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. Expect spontaneous and soulful collaborations as the group encounters some of Cuba’s most iconic musicians.
The quarter will conclude on Sunday, June 9 with Carmine Street Guitars. Featuring a cast of prominent artists, the film captures five days in the life of custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej. As they build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood from old hotels, bars, churches, and other fading fixtures of Greenwich Village, guitar nobility like Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan touring band), and Kirk Douglas (The Roots) pay visits.