7:00 p.m.
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
313 North 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508 402-472-5353

THE CONCESSIONAIRES MUST DIE! Special Screening with Filmmaker Q+A

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Join us for a special screening of THE CONCESSIONAIRES MUST DIE! followed by a Q+A with director America Young and screenwriter Sam McCoy.

Event Times

7.19 Thu 7:00 p.m.

The screening will be followed by a Q+A with director America Young and screenwriter Sam McCoy. Tickets are at regular Ross prices. More information coming soon!


Hard times for the gang at the Monarch: a one-screen movie theater bringing the best in vintage and cult cinema to the masses, or more often, four nerds and a couple of kids who ought be in school. With a multiplex about to open just down the street, Gabby (Zakareth Ruben) decides it’s time to smell the coffee, sell up and cut out. But her brave team of dedicated concessionaires, led by uber-geek Scott (David Blue), refuses to give up. Surely there must be some way to keep the dream alive?


America Young is currently working in many aspects of filmmaking.  A show she co-created has been licensed by POW! (Stan Lee’s production Company).  She has directed 5 web series, 7 shorts and 2 music videos.   America is so excited that all her years of production experience and geek obsessions culminated into directing her first feature, a pop-culture comedy called THE CONCESSIONAIRES MUST DIE!! America is also in post on two other projects she directed.  The first is a scripted comedy pilot, starring and about professional wrestlers called Wrestling with Parenthood.  The second is a western she also co-wrote, 100 Levels of Just In Time which is Jumanji with Time Travel.  She proud to be a director on Locked in (a thriller short that is part of Girls!Girls!Girls!) and even prouder to be an executive producer on the whole Girls!Girls!Girls project (which won Best Producer at La Femme Fest).


SAM MCCOY (Screenwriter)

It was a dark night, the darkest of nights. The McCoy family was on their way home from the local theatre when a man whom would change their lives forever stepped out of the shadows… Oh, that’s not quite right, let me try it again. Blasted from the planet Krypton young Sam-El’s rocket ship crashed in rural Nebraska where he was raised by the kindly McCoys…no that’s not quite right either, we’ll get back to that later.

A product of the VHS era, Sam spent his youth watching the tapes of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Tim Burton, Richard Donner, George Lucas (and Irvin Kirschner and Richard Marquand respectively) and Paul Verhoeven over and over and over again until even tracking didn’t work anymore and he had to get a new tape. But ultimately his real love of movies originates at the historic Rivoli Theatre in Seward, Nebraska where during high school Sam would work. In college Sam worked at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and made a return to the theater in the fall of 2017 where he also works in the projection booth.

Sam graduated from the Film and New Media department at UNL in 2008 and worked in television and film in Los Angeles after graduating for a number of years.  

Sam's full time day job is at Live Yes Studios in Lincoln  where he shares his love movies and comics while serving the artists with developmental disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses at the studio. Sam continues to work on a variety of film projects and has self published a number of comics he has written and drawn.

 Now back to that origin, Sam was just a small time comedian and had to take a side job as the Red Hood…

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