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Independent Film 'Flyover Country' to Premiere at Ramsey Theatre on Feb. 20

Published: 2-6-2014 9:30 am

"Objectif 49" Films Director Jim Fields will appear at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 in Ramsey Theatre, Peterson Fine Arts Building at Wayne State College, for the premiere of an independent film, "Flyover Country." The screening is free and open to the public.

The Wayne State College screening is part of the "Flyover Nebraska" tour for the film throughout the month of February, which features screenings in other Nebraska cities, including Lincoln, Kearney and Grand Island. 

Flyover Country is a comedy-drama about life in the Midwest and made in Omaha. 

The author's characters, Todd and Russ, two college students, meet in a literature class and become friends. Their relationship is tested once Russ finds out that Todd is gay. Soon, all of Russ's family and friends begin to believe that Russ is also gay, though he swears he is straight. Todd's religious conservative sister and family find out the truth about his sexual orientation. 

Produced by Neva Cozine, Jim Fields, and Shaun Vetick, Flyover Country is directed by award-winning filmmaker, Jim Fields, and written by Jim Fields and Shaun Vetick. Featured in the cast are Mike Mecek, Myles Dabbs, Garrett Palensky, Joanna Kingsbury, the late Keith Homan, and stage actress Moira Mangiameli. 

Since the film's world premiere in November, film critic David Hall says that Flyover Country is "a treasure trove of touching moments" that "brilliantly succeeds in depicting one man's struggle to come to terms with the sexual calling of his heart." In addition, Boston film critic Amos Lassen's review of the film says that Flyover Country "sets a new standard about gay life away from metropolitan areas." Film Threat says Flyover Country "does a solid job of tracking two lives and giving us a glimpse of the complexities inherent in living an openly gay lifestyle in the Midwest."

Flyover Country is the first Nebraska independent movie to have a commercially self-released CD. Featuring eight instrumental tracks by the film's composer, veteran Omaha musician Dereck Higgins, The Flyover Country soundtrack also includes 16 tracks by 16 Nebraska bands and singer songwriters.

The Student Activities office at Wayne State College is sponsoring the event.  

For additional information about Flyover Country, the "Flyover Nebraska" tour, and the CD soundtrack, please visit the movie's official website at: and the Facebook fan page at:

For interviews or inquiries, please contact director Jim Fields at or call (402) 637-6696.


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