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the mission

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.

connect to create.

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 August, 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.”
"Our board is made up of community leaders and industry pioneers, filmmakers from Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay area. We founded the organization because we know ART is the heart of any thriving community, city and state. A prosperous art culture enhances the quality of life for current residents and attracts new ones. Film is not just the art form of the 21st century, it is an art that also has the potential to make a major economic impact. The Arkansas Cinema Society believes we can grow the film culture in Arkansas, but we need your support - it takes an army.”


Board of Directors

Spencer Andrews
Director of Marketing, BSR REIT
Hon. Mike Beebe
Former Governor of Arkansas
Eliza Borné
Editor, Oxford American
Del Boyette
President & CEO, Boyette Strategic Advisors
Sandy Bradley
Chief of Staff at McLarty Companies
Amber Brewer
Creative Director, Yellow Rocket Concepts
Nate Coulter
Executive Director, Central Arkansas Library System
Jon Crawford
Content Creator & Producer with Adecco at Google
Rupa Dash
Filmmaker, Entrepreneur and Founder World Woman Foundation
Tom Gordon
CEO, Slim Chickens
Graham Gordy
Co-Writer/Actor/Producer Antiquities, Co-Creator Quarry on Cinemax, Writer True Detective Season 3
Gretchen Hall
President & CEO, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nate Kohn
Festival Director of Ebertfest, Director of the University of Georgia MFA screenwriting program
Jayme Lemons
Producer, Partner with Laura Dern in Jaywalker Pictures, Consultant for Reese Witherspoon in Hello Sunshine
Jack Lofton
Attorney at Johnson Firm, Filmmaker
Francis B. "Bud" McLarty
President of BMC Media, Inc.
Greg Nabholz
CEO, Nabholz Properties
Rex Nelson
Senior Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jeff Nichols
Chairman of the Board, Screenwriter and Director
Skip Rutherford
Exec. Committee Member
Dean, University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service
Mimi San Pedro
Chief Strategy Officer, The Venture Center
Frank D. Scott, Jr.
Exec. Committee Member
Mayor, City of Little Rock
Mary Steenburgen
Academy Award Winning Actress
Larry Stone
CEO & Executive Creative Director, Stone Ward
Rett Tucker
Real Estate Developer, Moses Tucker Real Estate
Kathy Webb
Executive Director, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and City Director, Little Rock, Ward 3
Pattie Weed
Partner, Thomas & Thomas LLP, Certified Public Accountants
Ruth Whitney
CEO, inVeritas
Alison Williams
Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson
Meghan Wurtz
International Film Sales Consultant