Most of us brush off notices either on SMS or via email that we have won some kind of prize. These can range from winning a car to large cash winnings. The truth is, these are 99.99 % of the time bogus. Nebraska is a comedy/drama about winning such an astounding prize, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. The film portrays a father and son who travel from Montana to Nebraska to claim prize money. As they go on their way, the two meet up with friends, relatives and acquaintances with one thing in common. The father owes all of them money.
During their journey, David, Forte’s character, uncovers his father’s past while on a stopover in Woody’s (Derns’s character) hometown of Hawthorne. Father and son are joined by the wife played by June Squibb and anchorman son/ David’s brother played by Bob Odenkirk. As word rapidly spreads of Woody’s fortune, David, his brother and mother have to ward off old friends and relatives to help preserve Woody’s hero status.
Nebraska is directed by Alexander Payne and was released on November 15, 2013. It already has attracted critical acclaim, with a nomination for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and where Bruce Dern won for Best Actor. At the box office, it has so far opened to impressive numbers in Los Angeles and New York. Filmed in black and white during the cold autumn of Nebraska, the movie is poised for even more award buzz.
Prior to the movie’s release, the guys at Paramount Pictures collaborated with Instagram and produced a unique Flipboard site that showcases Nebraska. The studio also included exclusive photos from the movie, along with several landscapes. If you find some of the photos in the Flipboard magazine familiar, it is because they are from active Instagram users such as @colincabalka, @nyc, @grether and @dew.
Payne’s Nebraska is replete with unforgettable images, like the endless plains and the old barns and homes. The Midwest is captured in black and white Cinemascope brilliantly by Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael. It comes as no surprise that such a movie filled with breathtaking imagery would mount a photo project, inviting people to share their own inspired black and white photos of Nebraska. Flipboard along with Paramount Pictures has launched a contest for individuals to send in their own art as a way to help support the film.
Check out the Nebraska Photo Project here.