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May 31, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dan Mirvish's "Omaha (The Movie)" is a jaunty, good-humored little movie about a young Omahan (Hughston Walkinshaw) who holds a degree in engineering but takes off for Nepal on a spiritual odyssey. A year later he returns, finding nothing about his glued-to-the-TV family or his hometown changed. But Walkinshaw's Simon has returned with a handful of Buddhist prayer stones he hopes will help him on his continuing quest for "perfect peace."
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May 26, 1996 | Kathleen Craughwell
It's been a big year for the heartland, cinematically speaking. The summer's first blockbuster, "Twister," takes place in tornado-alley Oklahoma. The Minnesota-born Coen brothers returned to their roots to make the critically acclaimed "Fargo," released in March. Robert Altman's "Kansas City," about the '30s jazz scene, will hit theaters later this summer. And arriving Friday is "Omaha (The Movie)," the self-distributed debut film of 29-year-old writer-director Dan Mirvish.
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May 4, 1986 | KEITH LOVE, Keith Love is a Times staff writer
One day in 1976, Jack Vacek wrote a letter to his folks back in Omaha: "I'm making a movie in L.A. Sell the house and come on out. Love, Jack." Vacek, a former baseball star in Nebraska, had come to Los Angeles several years earlier to go to college in the sunshine. While at USC he audited a couple of film courses. These were not courses tracing the rise of the auteur or explaining how to operate hand-held cameras.
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