'Lovely' day in Omaha for quartet


Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks and Adam Scott are starring in "Lovely Still," the feature directorial debut of newcomer Nik Fackler.

The script, written by Fackler, is a holiday fable that tells the story of an elderly grocery store bagger (Landau) who discovers love for the first time. Burstyn is the woman he falls for, while Banks plays her daughter. Scott is the store owner.

The film is being produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of New York-based Parts and Labor and Dana Altman of Omaha, Neb.-based Northsea Films.

Fackler began making short films and music videos for Omaha's burgeoning music scene after graduating high school. He wrote the "Lovely" script with Landau in mind. After securing a meeting with Landau, Fackler spent hours convincing the Oscar winner that he had the goods to helm a feature. Landau committed and showed the script to Burstyn, who also wanted to meet Fackler. The pieces fell into place quickly after that.

"It's a testament to his talent, that at such a young age he has wooed actors like Martin and Ellen; he's one of those naturals who never went to film school," said producer Knudsen, comparing Fackler to another Omaha filmmaker, Alexander Payne. "Maybe Nik is the next one to come out of Omaha."

The film is executive produced by Jack Turner of White Buffalo Entertainment, James Lawler and Virgil Price of Sterling Productions and Ian McGloin of Liminality Pictures. Shooting is under way in Omaha.

"Lovely" will feature an original score by Nathaniel Walcott and Michael Riley Mogis of Bright Eyes.

Landau, repped by TalentWorks, recently shot Gil Kenan's "City of Ember." Burstyn, repped by CAA and Benderspink, just wrapped "Our Lady of Victory."

Banks is onscreen in "Fred Claus" with Vince Vaughn and recently signed on to star alongside Seth Rogen in "Zach and Miri Make a Porno." She is repped by UTA and Untitled.

Scott just wrapped filming "Step Brothers" opposite Will Ferrell and will next be seen in "August," which will premiere at Sundance. He is repped by Gersh, Untitled and attorney P.J. Shapiro.

Fackler is repped by WMA and Untitled.