The Nebraska Project believes in the virtues of classic and authentic storytelling, while embracing the newest technology and techniques to captivate our audiences. We are dedicated to creating effective, visually-stunning and compelling films.

We work with a wide range of commercial, advertising, educational, and editorial partners and clients from across the globe.

Learn more about us and our partners for this project below.


Bill Frakes

A native Nebraskan Bill Frakes is a visual storyteller and educator based in Florida.

His advertising clients have included Apple, Nike, CocaCola, Nikon, Mars, Manfrotto, and Reebok. He directs music videos and television ads.

Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of Websites as well as on most major television networks. He is currently on the masthead of Sports Illustrated, and is a frequent contributor to ESPN.

He won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work.

In 2010 and 2013, he served on the jury of World Press Photo.


Laura Heald

Laura is a pioneer in the integration of high definition video, still photographs and audio into multimedia productions. Laura is a talented filmmaker, visual storyteller, photographer and reporter who is a rising star in the industry. Her work is regularly viewed by millions on web sites like SI.com, Apple.com and Nikon.com.

She began working as a visual journalist full time in 2007 while still a student at the University of Florida. Since then, she has traveled the world making images and telling stories.



Sara Tanner

Sara is our producer and logistics coordinator. She manages marketing and the Websites, while helping with creative concepts.


Amy Sandeen

Amy Sandeen lives in Hastings, Nebraska and is the Executive Director of Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning. She grew up in Hastings and then lived in St. Paul/Minneapolis for eighteen years before returning to her roots in 2008. Besides photography, Amy’s creative endeavors include music, theater, utterly amateur graphic design, elementary home improvements, and lots of time outdoors for inspiration. Amy is fascinated by the nature of humans and by our relationships to the natural world and to each other. Even ants cast shadows.


Katie and Kevin Morrow

Based in O’Neill, NE, Katie and Kevin Morrow are life long Nebraskans. They are parents,  educators, coaches, farmers, life long learners and great neighbors.

Katie is a middle school teacher and technology integration specialist. She is a member of Apple’s ACOT2 Curriculum Development Team and has been honored by NETA as a “Technology Educator of the Year.” She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, and SMART Exemplary Educator.

Kevin is an Elementary PE teacher/ 8th grade science teacher. He is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. He served on the NAHPERD board and was awarded a NETA/Century Link grant.

For this project they helped immensely with logistical and intellectual support of every kind.  We literally could not have done it without their help.


Jonathan Huer

Jonathan Huer is a technical advisor to the Nebraska Project.

He is an award winning app developer, filmmaker, and educator. As a digital media producer who’s work crosses many traditional boundaries, Jonathan is passionate about sharing his knowledge to craft the next generation of digital creatives.

Currently Director of Emerging Technology and Media Development at Ball State University, Jonathan is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, and was the Mira Techpoint winner for “Tech Educator of the Year.”

You can find out more about him at www.jonathanhuer.com.