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Film PREMIERE NIGHT

Please join us for the live premiere of Heuristic. Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Hastings Museum.

 
 
 
 

Live Film Premiere & You’re Invited!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 17, 2019. This premiere event will take place on the large-format screen at the Hastings Museum in Hastings, Nebraska.

 
 
 

The Plot

Seeking to grow their relationship, Lexi and Tyler set out on a trip into the mountains. This young couple get more than they bargained for when their journey takes a perilous turn.

What started out as a simple day hike, ends up testing more than just their physical strength and stamina. As the trek extends into more than one day, the mental and emotional state of the two begins to plague their survival instincts.

In the face of danger, they have only two choices. Let their very lives flash before their eyes, or take charge and learn something through the trial.

 
 
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The Team

A collection of Midwest artists and filmmakers.

 

 
 
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Meredith McMullen

Actress

Meredith was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and recently moved to San Diego, California to pursue her dreams of working in film. Meredith tries to live by the quote, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary” (Dead Poets Society).

Acting, music, and art have always been Meredith’s passion. From the time she was five, putting on Brittney Spears concerts on her fireplace stage, to high school theater performances, and now to films, her passion for creativity is only growing stronger. She is beyond thrilled and thankful to be cast in Heuristic!


Brady Vigness

Brady Vigness

Actor

Brady just graduated in May from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He moved to New York City in June and is so pumped to begin auditioning and working in the theatre world that NYC has to offer.

Brady is currently on his first professional theatre contract in Nantucket, MA. He is in the ensemble of Footloose at Theatre a Workshop of Nantucket, which runs until the end of August; perfect timing for him to be done so he can make his way to Colorado Springs for shooting Heuristic! This is his first movie working with Optix Digital Media and he’s loved the process and the people so far and is beyond thrilled for shooting!


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Jameon Rush

Director & Executive Producer

Jameon is a commercial and film producer based in Hastings, Nebraska. He is the founder and lead video producer for Optix Digital Media, a Midwest-based video production company. Heuristic is Jameon’s narrative film debut. This project combines two of Jameon’s top passions, hiking in the outdoors and filmmaking.


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Dale Brooks

Cinematographer & Editor

Dale is a Colorado native and now Cornhusker transplant. He found his love of filmmaking at an early age when he and his best friend were handed a camera and told to get out of the house. Since then, he hasn’t slowed his passion for capturing and sharing stories with others all around the midwest.

Outside of producing videos, Dale can be found around his friends doing anything and everything in search of the next story to tell… and yes that includes his online friends too.


Alec Konz

Alec R. Konz

Writer

Big Red born and raised Alec dreamed of becoming an actor at the early age of eight years old after watching Star Wars - A New Hope. At the age of nineteen and after busting both legs and ending up in a wheelchair he received a discharge from the US Army, four weeks out from graduating training.

Deciding there was no time like the present, Alec moved to Los Angeles in the spring of 2017 where he ended up falling in love with screenwriting. Churning out script after script while working as a security guard, Alec decided in February of 2018 to make the move back to Nebraska for a more affordable way of life.

Still working security, Alec works to perfect his current material while occasionally floating a screenplay or two out West. Residing in Ralston, NE Alec pursues ballroom dance in his spare time while gearing up for a potential reenlistment.


Mason Brooks

Mason Brooks

Sound Engineer & Set Decoration

Mason was born in Omaha, NE but has lived in several different places across the US from PCB, FL to Denver, CO and now to Hastings, NE. Mason graduated from Hastings College in 2017 with degrees in Religion and Theatre, but with a passion for movies and videos.

Remember that dog from the movie Up? Well, that dog is a golden retriever named Dug and is Mason’s spirit squirrel. In the same way, Dug gets easily distracted by squirrels Mason gets distracted by any dog within eyesight. You’ll always know when there’s a four-legged friend around. If Mason is missing find the closest dog and he will probably be close by. Mason loves to workout and exercise, specifically chasing after his dreams while he takes an afternoon nap.


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Lexi Tyrell

Multimedia Makeup Artist

Lexi was born and raised in Wisconsin which is where she currently resides. Lexi knew she wanted to be a makeup artist in eighth grade when her friends would ask her to do their makeup in the middle school bathroom. Following her high school graduation, she went on to study multimedia makeup artistry at Faces ETC of MN which is where she now teaches the same curriculum she learned to aspiring makeup artists.

Although she lives in Wisconsin, her small business is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and she often travels to locations for film. She performs makeup of all mediums but she primarily works in SFX, film, HDTV, commercial, music videos, and corporate.


Brittany Toth

Brittany Toth

Camera Assistant & Grip

Brittany was born in Muscatine, IA and has lived in every state between Pennsylvania and Colorado. She has developed a passion for capturing and telling stories through film. She works for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Symphony, but the only instrument she learned to master is the recorder.

Outside of filming and work, she enjoys getting outside and learning new skills whether it be learning to whitewater kayak or finding a new trail to mountain bike on. When she isn’t in the mountains, she is walking dogs for the local humane society, as they say, a dog is a girl’s best friend. She is always on the go and ready for a new adventure.


Phillip Daniel Zach

Philip Daniel Zach

Composer

Philip Daniel Zach is a composer, pianist, and teacher from Lincoln, Nebraska. Zach did his graduate work at the UMKC Conservatory in Piano Performance and his undergraduate studies at Hastings College, where he earned a Bachelor's in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy.

During his undergraduate years, Philip discovered a passion for creating his own music. He was heavily inspired by contemporary classical composers such as Olafur Arnalds, NIls Frahm, Philip Glass, Max Richter and more by their ability to transmit powerful emotions thru simplistic, minimalistic sound while each possessing their own unique “voice” in a non-cliche manner. Zach aims to follow in these musicians footsteps by blending aspects of classical music, minimalism, cinematic qualities, and more.

His sole purpose as a composer is to create music thats primary goal is to convey unequivocal emotion and to make people truly “feel”. Zach believes that music has a unique ability to cause change in the world by this personal connection to individual listeners and aims to be a small part in positively impacting his community thru his music.

Zach currently resides in Lincoln where he is an intern at The Grid recording studio and runs his own private piano teaching studio.