Jacobson Talks War and Vampires


March 31st, 2015

Omaha, NE – Two unique films are currently showing at Film Streams.

A shot from the film '71'.

A shot from the film ’71’.

This week at Film Streams, two different works have audiences buzzing. First is the British film ‘71 which follows one day in the life of a British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive one night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien, and deadly landscape.
Film Streams Founder and Director Rachel Jacobson says the film is both riveting and uniquely paced for a war piece.
“This soldier gets separated from his group,” Jacobson said. “It really is an incredible story. It’s realistically told and feels more like like a thriller than a war movie. It feels like a Michael Mann movie because of the way it’s shot, the way the story is told, and how dense and intense it is. It’s not a very long film, but it’s really interesting.”
‘71 will run at Film Streams through April 9th.
Following that is a mockumentary from the creators of Flight of the Conchords entitled What We Do in the Shadows. The film follows three vampire housemates as they struggle to adjust to modern society, from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs. They’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8,000 year-old roommate Petyr, turns a 20-something human hipster into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life.
Jacobson said that the film has a good chance to be an audience favorite this year.

'What We Do in the Shadows'

‘What We Do in the Shadows’

“They have this really wonderful comedic style,” she said. “The way that it’s executed is just fantastic. It’s absolutely hilarious. You can imagine what some of the jokes might be about; these modern vampires are trying to live within contemporary society. The acting is really great. It’s a really fun one. Just come for a laugh.”
What We Do in the Shadows will also run through April 9th.
For more information on each film, or to look ahead at other programing at the art house theater, visit www.FilmStreams.org.

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