The newest movie by celebrated filmmaker Alexander Payne, Nebraska, is an arresting film about a man developing dementia who journeys with his son to claim a lottery win hundreds of miles away. Set in the state of its namesake, Nebraska displays the grit, humor, and taciturn spirit of the people of that state through powerful black-and-white imagery and the father–son relationship that develops throughout the film. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Nebraska is a favorite for the 2014 Academy Awards, especially in the Best Actor category.
In this panel held at the 2013 New York Film Festival, Alexander Payne, the filmmaker, and three of the film's primary actors—Bruce Dern, Will Foote, and June Squibb—talk about the experience of shooting the film. The creative, nourishing atmosphere that Payne created on set receives high praise from the actors, and Payne discusses several of the stylistic choices he made for the film.