Emotional Story of Two Young Black Brothers from Omaha Earning Rave Reviews
OUT OF OMAHA, which won the “Audience Award” at the Omaha Film Festival in March, is now ramping up for wide release on Starz and all major digital platforms on Monday, September 9, 2019. Locally the film will run starting at Aksarben Cinema on August 29th.
OUT OF OMAHA is an intimate portrait of twin brothers Darcell and Darrell Trotter, two young black men coming of age in the Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska. Director Clay Tweel (Gleason, Finders Keepers, The Innocent Man) met the Trotters when they were 17 and filmed them over a period of eight years. By intimately portraying the twins’ hopes and struggles – and the love and help they give and get along the way – the film examines how much it takes to overcome disadvantages rooted in historic injustice.
The Reader magazine called OUT OF OMAHA: “one of the best films of the year, full stop” AND “inspired, insightful filmmaking that patiently provides a platform for those denied everything, including a soapbox.”
OUT OF OMAHA is executive produced by multiple platinum hip-hop recording artist J. Cole, who is also the first artist in history to debut three singles on the Billboard Hot 100. About the film J. Cole said, “OMAHA is the story that never gets told. These are the forgotten ones that the world so often overlooks. The story of these two boys-turned-to-men resonated with me. Their stories parallel too many of the boys I grew up with, caught between a rock and hard place and bound for pain.”
Omaha native Ryan Johnston initiated the project and produced the film with Steven Klein of Firefly Theater & Films. Klein previously collaborated with Tweel on the award-winning docs MAKE BELIEVE, PRINT THE LEGEND, and FINDERS KEEPERS. The film is also produced by Tim Grant and by Imperative Entertainment’s Jillian Apfelbaum, with co-producers Jasmine Daghighian and Gino Falsetto.
The official trailer for the documentary film OUT OF OMAHA was released to millions of subscribers by J. Cole’s record label Dreamville on Instagram and YouTube on Monday, 8/27.
The trailer is available at:
In Omaha, the film runs exclusively AKSARBEN CINEMA Thursday 8/29 through Thursday 9/5 For Showtimes and Tickets: