Hometown Boy Follows Up Sundance Film Festival Premiere With Feature Film In Nebraska City
NEBRASKA CITY — City commissioners have approved a $50,000 growth fund grant for Hypercolor’s filming of the movie “Snack Shack” under the direction of Adam Rehmeier in Nebraska City.
Dan Mauk of Nebraska City Area EDC said the film would be shot primarily in the city of Nebraska, and much of its $4 million budget would impact the local economy. The State of Nebraska provided a grant of $200,000.
Mauk: “It will bring a lot of notoriety and some awareness. It will be like a huge advertising campaign for the city we all know and love.
Rehmeier, who is known for the films Dinner in America, The Bunny Game and Jonas, said Snack Shack is semi-autobiographical and is set in the summer of 1991 when he and a friend ran the concession stand at the Nebraska pool. City.
Rehmeier: “I’m just very happy to shoot something in my hometown, where I come from, and make it as authentic and realistic as possible. »
They expect a team of over 50 people and plan to include locals in the cast, as well as extras in the backgrounds.
Rehmeier: “The incentive to go and do that in Georgia or Ohio – a tax incentive state where you’re going to get a third of your budget back – we could do that. We could do it in a minute in New York, but the thing is, none of that stuff resonates emotionally with me the way this city resonates with me.
“I had to weigh that with my producers. For them, it’s a numbers game. For me, it’s an emotional game. That’s where it has to be to make it special.
They plan to build a small snack hut at the Steinhart Aquatic Center. Swimmers using the pool during the eight days of filming at this location will be asked to sign a waiver. Young swimmers must have a parental sign.
Residents will be invited to participate in the casting and others will be extras in the film.
Rehmeier: “In Nebraska City, we’re going to have to recreate 91 and what it looked like then, some changes to signage and some changes obviously to clothing, no cell phones, all of the above.”
City administrator Lou Leone vouched for the script.
Leone: “Adam and Jordan gave me the opportunity to review the script, to make sure the city was in a good light and I can confirm when they say it’s really a love letter to the city .”
Rehmeier said the idea of the production is to be as invisible as possible.
Rehmeier: “If you feel like Nebraska City is almost a character in this movie. For people who live here, there are so many nuances of the city of Nebraska that are built into this that they’re going to be like, oh my god, i totally forgot about that.
Rehmeier’s Dinner in America premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States this spring. He called the current project a milestone for his career.