Surreal Media Lab
Beyond the box together within.

Honoring 10 years of Empowerment and the Next 10 Years Beyond

Our biggest and long time collaborator and client, The Empowerment Network, recently celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary of record setting change and advocacy in the City of Omaha that has begun to reach beyond. Long time work with them has given us a unique and special access to many of their moments of growth. This […]


Nebraska Arts Council Announces It’s Fellowship Award Winners.

Eight Nebraska artists were recently selected as recipients of the Nebraska Arts Council’s 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship award in Performing Arts and Filmmaking. This prestigious program recognizes exemplary work by Nebraska artists on a three-year rotation between artistic disciplines: Literature, Performing Arts/Filmmaking and Visual Arts. This year Jason Fischer and Surreal Media Lab were selected […]


“To Become Great…” A New Project READY Short Film.

New Year, New Project Ready The Urban League of Nebraska and Whitney Young are two names we’ve become familiar with here at Surreal and with our past projects collaborating with them to create videos for employment outreach, and working with our local youth to produce multiple videos that have been shown at the main National […]


The Fischer Exhibition at the Fred Simon Gallery

A year ago we worked with renowned poet and artist Frank S. O’Neal to create a powerful video, carrying the message of Frank’s latest poem, telling a story that we all feel worryingly close to. With him we made a short film that has left everyone who’s viewed it stunned and shocked but with great […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • December 21, 2016

The 5th Leadership Conference: Ready for the next Beginning

The 5th African American Leadership Conference (AALC) is a wrap, something seen as not having support years ago, is now, still continuing to set attendance records… Still continuing to bring voices to Omaha that some had never dreamed of seeing here. It was just a few years ago when so many said it’s couldn’t be done […]


To 5 years of Leadership and to the next 5

5 years ago a new idea began, bringing together business entrepreneurs, community leaders and industry speakers. It was time to focus on real and lasting change and growth for North Omaha. In just 5 years, thousands of people have come together, networking with some of the best movers and thinkers of Omaha. New developments, new businesses, new […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • September 20, 2016

Out of Frame heads to the Kansas International Film Fest!

We learned this week that Out of Frame will be featured at this year’s Kansas International Film Festival. A full week long event showcasing a huge variety of different films, KIFF is an exciting venue that brings in a crowd dedicated to celebrating film, highlighted as a top film festival nationwide. As always a big […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • September 2, 2016

A Summer of Step Up

This summer, like every summer for the last 5 years the Step Up Program has connected local youth with employers. Whats different this year? There’s been a huge expansion of the program since it started, with even more sponsors and partners than before, including having a dedicated film crew (Hint…It was Us!) to share their vision to even more members of […]


Out of Frame receives it’s first National Award.

Award Winning   Last year, Surreal Media Lab completed our first feature-length Documentary,“Out of Frame: Unseen Poverty in the Heartland,” and received lots of accolades and attention from everyone who had a chance to watch it and be involved with the film. And as this year’s begun, we have been awarded a Telly Award for […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • June 16, 2016

Sober Living, Omaha’s Struggling Native American

The Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition (NUIHC) began with concerned Native Americans in the state looking to address the issues and elevate the health of urban Native Americans, creating services that now address primary care, counseling, intervention, and a transitional living facility. It wasn’t an easy journey for them,  there have been a lot of  […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • June 16, 2016