Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced Wednesday morning the creation of a Norfolk Area Film Commission.
And with good reason: Academy award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne and Executive Producer George Parra are filming their new movie in the Norfolk area.
Payne, who is from Omaha originally, said, “George Parra and I are bringing a Hollywood film production crew of seventy-five people to the Norfolk area for the next four months to film the movie 'Nebraska.' "
The mission of the Norfolk Area Film Commission will be to serve as the primary organization focusing on the attraction, advancement and promotion of motion picture and television media production on location in the region.
Dennis Houston, chamber president, said “the commission will serve as the production coordination liaison for our community and the region to film and television production crews while working on-site in our area. On-location productions will contribute greatly to the local economy as well increase a local appreciation for arts and culture in the region.”
Houston added, “The Norfolk Area Film Commission will be a broad-based, diverse and community-wide organization consisting of representatives from the business community, public and private sector as well as the arts and entertainment community.”
Payne said the production crew will be based in Norfolk during the filming.
"Our entire production crew including the actors will live full-time in Norfolk until this December,” he said.
Payne and Parra’s other joint film credits include “The Descendants”, “Sideways”, “About Schmidt” and “Election.”