We're building a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other, and nurture the new and existing film talent within our state through increased exposure to filmmakers and their art.
To be a filmmaker, we have to connect to create. A painter needs a brush, paint and a canvas. A director needs a writer, a cinematographer, a sound mixer, production designer, editor, actors, distributors, and an audience. We cannot do it alone. This art form forces one to collaborate and thus, creates jobs. Filmmaking is unique in the arts in this way. It takes an army.
At the ACS, we believe that if we provide filmmakers an arena to exhibit their talents, and film enthusiasts a healthy diet of quality programming, we can inspire more Arkansans to make and watch more films. By supporting filmmakers, festivals, theaters and young people interested in filmmaking throughout the state, we hope to create statewide network, pool Arkansas’s resources and be an umbrella organization that feeds all things film. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
“We created the Arkansas Cinema Society as a way to bring films and filmmakers to the state of Arkansas. We began in August 2017 with a three-day inaugural event—Premiere. In addition to the annual film event we will host every year, Filmland, we are building a state-wide network of theaters to screen films in places they may not usually take place. By bringing in filmmakers, we aim to educate and inspire up-and-coming filmmakers across the state.”
"The pillars of our foundation have always been WATCH, LEARN, MAKE. These pillars are rooted in the belief that, for Arkansas to have a thriving film community, we need to build a sustainable, connected, and employed ecosystem that feeds all things film.”