Surreal Media Lab
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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

Bringing New Life to The Highlander with 75 North

75 North, an organization founded in 2011 and Led by Othello Meadows, is an organization of committed community members who want to make a difference in Omaha. Working together with them, we joined int with their breaking of new ground and showcasing their commitment to building healthy communities.   It’s an exciting time to see […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • June 7, 2016

Inspiring The Next Generation of Ideas Worth Spreading*

This Thursday, in partnership with TEDxOmaha, Surreal Media Lab will be taping and live-streaming the TEDxYouth@Omaha Event for 2016. An event working with many city high schools and coordinated along with many of our school districts to bring together a truly diverse crowd of youth, representing all of Omaha’s future potential. A diverse set of […]


The Year for the Books

Every year seems like it’s a big year and people like to say so. Sometimes people say it to save face, while for others it really was a big year. So, we look back and say yeah we’ve had some big years before, so it feels odd to say this year was even bigger than […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • December 30, 2015

Out of Frame Documentary Premieres Nov. 12

  After a year of following multiple families across the city of Omaha, we’ve finally completed our newest feature length documentary “Out of Frame,” following people’s real stories of battling poverty and staying one step ahead of homelessness. It’s been an amazing journey to bring this film to completion.   Many of us have a […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • November 10, 2015

Double Feature at the Omaha Film Festival!

Two of the biggest projects we worked on in the last year continue to spread their wings and premiere in new venues. This time in a venue near and dear to us. (Literally near, since their main office is right next door to ours!) The short length documentaries of ‘Project Ready’ and ‘Work Their Best’ […]


Looking Back, Looking Ahead.

2014 was a year of small milestones and moving towards the bigger picture, of steady improvements and reaching new plateaus. Working with Santa Martha Coffee makers showed us that making a difference can happen across borders and bring together global communities. Then local business, community, and entrepreneurial leaders selected for their excellence by the Omaha […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • January 13, 2015

Christmas in the Village- 4 years strong and growing!

This weekend we celebrated alongside the Empowerment Network and local families for the 4th successful day of Christmas in The Village! It was a beautiful cool day, (a total opposite from last year’s Polar Vortex!,) as our Camera Crew zipped around catching all the wonderful moments and fun adventures going on. Music, Dancing, Surprise gift […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • December 12, 2014

This month is the 3rd African American Leadership Conference

Working alongside the Empowerment Network since it began, we have been proud to witness the history in documenting the growth of this important event. Now, as they say, the third times the charm, and with an audience thats been expanding every year, along with a list of speakers covering an ever growing range of issues […]

  • Michael Ramirez,
  • September 10, 2014