5:30 p.m.
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
313 North 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508 402-472-5353

1984 Free Screening

Join us for a free screening of the film 1984 followed by a discussion about the importance of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Event Times

4.4 Tue 5:30 p.m.

On April 4, 2017, almost 140 art house movie theatres across the country—including The Ross—will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the 80's movie 1984 in support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This date was chosen because it's the day George Orwell's protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. Participants in this event strongly believe in supporting the NEA and the NEH and see any attempt to scuttle these programs as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.

1984 is showing admission free at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about the importance of the NEA and NEH. Panelists include Suzanne Wise, Executive Director of the Nebraska Arts Council; Chris Sommerich, Executive Director of Humanities Nebraska; and Doug Zyblut, Executive Director of Nebraskans for the Arts. 

1984 (113 minutes)
Directed by British filmmaker Michael Radford, Nineteen Eighty-Four is the second film adaptation of the George Orwell novel. The film is set during April of 1984 in post-atomic war London, the capital city of the repressive totalitarian state of Oceania. Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence. While his co-worker Parsons (Gregor Fisher) seems content to follow the state's laws, Winston starts to write in a secret diary despite the fact the Big Brother is watching everyone at all times by way of monitors. He silently suffers and tries to comprehend his oppression, which forbids individual human behaviors such as free thinking and sex. He meets Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), who works for the Ministry of Truth, and they engage in a stoic love affair. They are soon found out, and Winston is interrogated and tortured by his former friend O'Brien (Richard Burton in his final film appearance).~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Discussion panelists:

As Executive Director, Suzanne Wise is the agency’s CEO, and represents the Nebraska Arts Council at the state, regional and national levels in a variety of ways. She works with the Nebraska Arts Council board to implement agency goals and objectives and responds to the needs of the state’s arts community through financial support, services and advocacy. Suzanne also works with the Nebraska Cultural Endowment in developing financial resources for the arts and humanities. Suzanne’s career at the NAC began in 1988. She has served as the public art program administrator, and managed special initiatives and all grant programs except arts education for the agency. She has served on numerous boards both in Nebraska and nationally including Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City; and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Washington, D.C. She holds an M.A. in art history from the University of Kansas with a specialization in 19th and 20th century American painting and photography, and a B.A. in art history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In her previous life, she held curatorial positions at Sheldon Art Museum, Joslyn Art Museum and Northwestern University’s Block Gallery and has taught at Creighton University and in the University of Nebraska system. She was awarded an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from UNL’s Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Association Board of Directors in 1998.

Chris Sommerich was named Humanities Nebraska executive director effective Jan. 1, 2011. He joined the council as development officer in 2004, and became development director in 2007. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where as a graduate assistant he served as undergraduate adviser and teaching assistant in the political science department. Chris achieved a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification in 2007, which emphasizes the highest standard of ethical and professional conduct in fundraising. He served on the board of directors for the Nebraska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in 2005-2011 and as its president in 2010. In 2014 Chris was elected to the board of directors of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and he was a member of Class VII of Leadership Nebraska in 2014-15. He came to HN after four years of managing annual giving programs as development associate for Audubon Nebraska. Chris lives in Lincoln with his wife, Vicki, and two sons, Eli and Benjamin.

Doug Zbylut is a native of Nebraska, living in Omaha. Since 2014, Doug has been Executive Director for the Nebraskans for the Arts (NFTA), an arts advocacy organization. During his tenure, Doug has focused on promoting the arts and arts education to policymakers at the local, state and federal levels. An initiative since he joined NFTA has been facilitating the development of creative industries’ initiatives in the Omaha area – Partners in Creativity (PIC) Omaha. Before joining NFTA, Doug served as Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Omaha Children’s Museum before working in the private sector with a high tech firm. Doug started his career in higher education, working in grants offices at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University. Doug received his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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