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Tony Bonacci on Local Filmmaking and the Long Road to 'The Headliner'

Promotional image for the Omaha Film Festival premiere of The Headliner
Tony Bonacci
Director Tony Bonacci's film "The Headliner" premieres on March 2 at the Omaha Film Festival.

Filmmaker Tony Bonacci previously appeared on the show when his short film "The Headliner" made festival rounds in 2018. Bonacci was adamant he would turn that story into a feature alongside the short’s writer, Christine Burright, and its star, Darrick Silkman.

Several years and one pandemic later, he has. Bonacci’s feature film debut, also titled "The Headliner," premieres at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 2at Aksarben Cinema, part of the Omaha Film Festival's Nebraska Spotlight program.

Courtney is back in her hometown after graduating from the University of Kansas in 2019 with degrees in journalism and film. While at KU, she was the arts and culture editor of the University Daily Kansan and had a summer internship at KCUR, Kansas City's NPR member station. She has three pet rats and has seen almost every Audrey Hepburn movie.
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