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Clay Tweel’s ‘Out of Omaha’ Employs Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

Clay Tweel’s new documentary, ​Out of Omaha,​ follows the lives of Darcell and Darrell Trotter, two black men coming of age in Omaha. As a documentary filmmaker, Tweel’s vision is to blur the lines between fictional filmmaking and documentary filmmaking and to do this, Tweel uses the same tools and techniques as Hollywood directors, which includes the employment of the Hero’s Journey. “And I think that more and more, documentary filmmakers are employing cinematic and fictional storytelling techniques. As much as possible, I try to structure almost every story I’m telling around a character and around a Joseph Campbell-like hero’s journey.”