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 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.”