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Filmland
2019

The Arkansas Cinema Society's Filmland is a curated annual celebration of cinema with a mission to nurture and inspire filmmakers in Arkansas by exposing Arkansans to filmmakers and their art.

FILMLAND: AUGUST 22 - 25, 2019

Special Premiere Screening August 21, 2019

AETN and PBS

Special Premiere Screening

Men & Women of Distinction

Governor Mike Beebe

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Show Time: 6:30 pm
Doors Open: 5:00 pm

TICKETS: $35

In 2010, a red tide swept Arkansas, flipping many federal and state offices to Republican control. But Democratic Governor Mike Beebe not only won re-election, he carried all 75 counties in Arkansas, an unprecedented feat. How did he do that? Watch AETN: Men & Women of Distinction: Governor Mike Beebe. In this uplifting one-hour documentary, commissioned in 2015 and directed by Kathryn Tucker, the former Governor reflects on his 32 years in elected office, with added perspectives from his wife Ginger, former Governor’s Chief of Staff - Morril Harriman, former Governor’s Director of Communications - Matt DeCample, columnist - John Brummett,  ASU Fraternity Brother & Longtime Friend - Johnny Allison, and former Attorney General’s Chief of Staff - Colette Honorable.

August 22, 2019

See the Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls Short Films
Premiere Screening before Troop Zero.

August 23, 2019

August 24, 2019

The Directors Panel

Panel discussion
Sat., August 24

CALS Ron Robinson Theater

SHOW TIME: 11:30 am

Doors OPEN: 11:00 am

Tickets: $20

Ticket price includes after-party cover

Join us for our Directors Panel featuring Jeff Nichols, Andrew Stanton, & Joel Edgerton as they discuss the art and science of filmmaking from the perspective of the director.

After-Party

The Rev Room 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Musical Guest: Michael Johnson

$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

Arkansas Shorts Block 1

Filmland: ARKANSAS
Sat., August 24

CALS Ron Robinson Theater

SHOW TIME: 1:30 pm

Doors OPEN: 1:00 pm

Tickets: $10

Ticket price includes after-party cover
Q&A with

FILMLAND: Arkansas filmmakers after Arkansas Shorts Block 2

PURPLE MONSTER: Three friends prepare for a carefree night of relaxing and getting high only to end up discovering the deeper problems weighing on their minds.

DRAGONSLAYER: In rural Arkansas in the 1990s, a gay teenager agrees to chauffeur his only friend to a meeting with a stranger from an online chatroom, all the while battling his own romantic feelings.

After-Party

The Rev Room 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Musical Guest: Michael Johnson

$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

Arkansas Shorts Block 2

Filmland: Arkansas
Sat., August 24

CALS Ron Robinson Theater

SHOW TIME: 3:00 pm

Doors OPEN: 2:30 pm

Tickets: $10

Ticket price includes after-party cover
Q&A with

FILMLAND: Arkansas filmmakers

These selected shorts will be screened in this order:
ODD HAPPENINGS IN A TINY TENT by Jesse Burks SHELTER by Daniel Hanna
THE BENCH by Bronson Crabtree
UNOS HUEVOS by David C Cruz
INTO THE GREEN by Mary McDade Casteel
MIKE THE BIRDMAN by Paige Murphy

After-Party

The Rev Room 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Musical Guest: Michael Johnson

$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

August 25, 2019

See a five-minute play from each semester from the Young Storytellers program before Toy Story 4.

Toy Story 4

Filmland: Curated Program
Sun., August 25

CALS Ron Robinson Theater

SHOW TIME: 2:30 pm

Doors OPEN: 2:00 pm

Tickets: $35

Ticket price includes after-party cover
Q&A with

Jeff Nichols and Writer Andrew Stanton

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they're worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

After-Party

Lost Forty 9:00 pm - midnight
Musical Guest: Brae Leni and the Blackouts

$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

Stranger things:
Season 2, Chapters 5 & 6

Filmland: Curated Program
Sun., August 25

CALS Ron Robinson Theater

SHOW TIME: 6:00 pm

Doors OPEN: 5:30 pm

Tickets: $35

Ticket price includes after-party cover
Q&A with

Jeff Nichols and Director Andrew Stanton

Will Byers finds himself the target of the Upside Down a year after his disappearance as a large tentacled figure named the Mind Flayer soon terrorizes the citizens of Hawkins, drawing back Joyce and Hopper along with Mike's sister Nancy, Will's brother Jonathan, and Nancy's boyfriend Steve, as well as Will's close friends; Mike, Dustin and Lucas. The whole group along with Californian newcomer Maxine as well as a missing Eleven must join forces once again to prevent the threat from increasing.

After-Party

Lost Forty 9:00 pm - midnight
Musical Guest: Brae Leni and the Blackouts

$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

Filmland

Curated Program

The ACS FILMLAND: Curated Program consists of selections made by our Programming Committee and the attending filmmakers. Selections for the curated program are not chosen through submissions and it is a non-competitive program.

Arkansas Program

The ACS FILMLAND: Arkansas Program consists of selections made by a group of Arkansas Filmmakers and Film lovers selected by our Arkansas Program Committee to judge open submissions of films made by Arkansans or made in Arkansas. The Arkansas Program is not competitive in nature with the exception of an audience award which will be awarded annually at Filmland.

FILMLAND PASS

Many FILMLAND screenings sell out, so we have created the FILMLAND Pass. For $300 you get one ticket to every screening during FILMLAND. We still require that you RSVP for each screening that you would like to attend.

The FILMLAND Pass includes:

  • One ticket to each FILMLAND screening–seat reservation required
  • Priority in the Rush Line (if a screening isn't sold out, Passholders get priority for available seating)
  • Free wine, beer and snacks at The Landing throughout FILMLAND
  • Event day discounts at partnering restaurants & retailers
  • Swag! Movie posters, totes, hats, t-shirts - event depending

FILMLAND Pass: $300

Please read these FILMLAND PASS DISCLAIMERS carefully:

  • Purchase of the FILMLAND Pass does not guarantee your seat for a screening. It provides you first access to reserve a seat.
  • Passholders RSVP for screenings by logging into the ticketing site and selecting the screenings you want to attend.
  • One seat for each screening is included in the price, if you do not reserve a seat you risk forfeiting your spot if the screening sells out.
  • Seats not filled by Passholders at the screening time will be released to the Rush Line.

Individual Screening Tickets

ACS Members, Sponsors and FILMLAND Passholders: Individual screenings tickets go on sale: Thursday, August 1, at noon.

General Public: Individual screenings tickets go on sale: Monday, August 5th, at noon.

Tickets to all ACS screenings are sold separately online and at the door if not sold out in online pre-sale.

By becoming a sponsor you receive a certain number of free tickets to screenings depending on your level. If you are Interested in becoming an ACS Individual Sponsor, click here.

Filmland 2019 After Parties

Our after-parties allow attendees and filmmakers to connect to create.

Thursday, August 22

Sponsor Cocktail Hour at The Sponsor Lounge 5:00 pm
After-party: Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe, 614 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm with Musical Guest: Dazz & Brie
$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

Friday, August 23

Some Social Capital Happy Hour at The Landing 5:00 pm
After-party: The Rail Yard, 1212 E 6th St Suite 1, Little Rock, AR 72202
9:00 pm - midnight  with Musical Guest: A Rowdy Faith
$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

Saturday, August 24

Rock the Culture Filmmaker Happy Hour at The Landing 4:30 pm
After-party: The Rev Room, 300 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201
9:00 pm - 1:00 am with Musical Guest: Michael Johnson
$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

Sunday, August 25

Unite the Arts Happy Hour at The Landing 4:30 pm
After-party: Lost Forty, 501 Byrd St, Little Rock, AR 72202
9:00 pm - midnight with Musical Guest: Brae Leni and the Blackouts
$10 door cover without screening ticket purchase

Sponsors

Filmland 2019 Sponsors

Sponsors of the ACS receive the following perks during FilmLand:

  • Free tickets to screenings of your choice (Quantity depending on sponsor level)
  • Free Entry to the LOUNGE with food and open bar for sponsors
  • Free Entry to After-parties with food and open bar for sponsors
  • Free Swag!

Depending on your level of contribution, sponsors can also receive:

  • Recognition in program
  • Recognition on website
  • Promos on social media
  • On-screen recognition prior to screenings
  • On-stage mentions prior to screenings
  • Recognition in email blasts and newsletters

 Questions on how to claim your tickets? Email: sponsor@arkansascinemasociety.org

Want to become a sponsor? Click the button below!

Become a Sponsor

Hotels

Residence Inn Little Rock Downtown

FAQs

What is Filmland?

The Arkansas Cinema Society's FILMLAND is a curated annual celebration of cinema with a mission to nurture and inspire filmmakers in Arkansas by exposing Arkansans to filmmakers and their art. This will be ACS’s 4th annual FILMLAND.

Inspired originally by Ebertfest in Champaign, Illinois, FILMLAND hosts acclaimed filmmakers (producers, writers, actors, directors, production designers, cinematographers, etc.) at every screening. With no cross programming (single venue, one screening at a time) and only 5-10 screenings in the program each year, ACS is proud of FILMLAND's unique, intimate, quality-over-quantity program. This year will feature a drive-in and a digital experience. As with every year, each screening will be followed by an in-depth Q&A conversation with the filmmakers led by ACS Co-Founder and filmmaker Jeff Nichols.

At FILMLAND, ACS curates a collection of filmmaker-accompanied films and television shows. While the filmmakers will not be able to join us in person this year due to COVID-19, FILMLAND will still include a conversation with the filmmakers after each film! Health and safety are our top priorities this year, and we want as many people as possible to enjoy what FILMLAND has to offer.

Can I volunteer at Filmland?

Yes! You can get involved by helping us prepare for the festival or by working at the actual event.

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What kind of films screen at Filmland?

At our first annual event PREMIERE, we hosted actor Adam Driver with screenings of The Force Awakens and Paterson, director David Lowery with screenings of Pete's Dragon and A Ghost Story, and producer Noah Stahl with Patti Cake$.

ACS will screen a collection of filmmaker accompanied curated films and television shows as well as a selection of Arkansas films - either made by an Arkansan or made in Arkansas.

Submissions for Filmland:

We opened submissions during the month of June, to feature-length and short films as well as documentaries and television episodes with Arkansans in the writing, directing or producing roles.

How does the FILMLAND Digital Experience work?

As we felt the need to reimagine our annual event, we knew we would want to offer a comprehensive Digital Experience. We have engaged in a new platform that allows a seamless viewing experience online. You can even watch it on your tv with a code! Just download the Eventive app on your smart tv or Roku, or stream directly from your computer using AirPlay or Chromecast! So you could be in a parking lot, in your living room, in your backyard, on a mountain, in a river, in your garage, in your bedroom, in your office. Anywhere you have an internet connection! You’ll still be able to watch and vote for the Filmland: Arkansas films as well as watch the filmmaker conversations.

Where is FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In?

The Filmland Drive-In will be at MP Outdoor Cinema at 6700 Allied Way, Little Rock, AR 72209. We have a well-secured parking lot and a 36-foot cinema-grade screen. The Drive-In experience will be timed with sunsets and concessions and facilities will be offered. There will be strict adherence to Filmland 2020 Health and Safety Protocols.

What are the Filmland 2020 Drive-In Health and Safety Protocols?

Our priority is the safety of our guests and our employees and volunteers. Masks must be worn at all times when you are outside of your vehicle or when your windows are rolled down. Guests are not allowed to sit on top of vehicles. Parking is at the sole discretion of the Arkansas Cinema Society. Anyone causing a disturbance will be asked to leave.

Do you have any rules guests need to abide by at the FILMLAND 2020 Drive-In?

We have worked together with the official authorities and health department to offer you an evening out celebrating films!  

Please follow all rules and guidelines set in place by the ACS staff. You will be asked to leave without a refund if you are seen breaking any of the following:

  • Masks must be worn anytime you are outside of your vehicle or your windows are rolled down. 
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from other guests not in your party when outside of your vehicle. 
  • No RVs or campers will be allowed.
  • Parking is at our discretion. Large and/or tall vehicles will be placed to insure all guests have an optimal viewing experience.
  • Guests are not allowed to sit on top of vehicles.
  • Anyone causing a disturbance will be asked to leave. No fighting, taunting, threatening remarks/gestures will be tolerated.
  • Children must be supervised at all times by an adult
  • No pets allowed 
  • Vehicles must leave once showtime is over. No vehicles are allowed to park overnight and will be towed at the owner's expense.
  • Audio/Visual recording is not allowed. If you or anyone in your party are caught recording any of the screenings or Q&As you will be asked to leave immediately, banned from all future ACS events, and could face fines. 
  • No unauthorized solicitations, flyers, samples, or give-aways
  • All ages are welcomed. Ratings and descriptions of the films show will be provided before the event and it will be the responsibility of guardians and individual-of-age patrons to make the decision on what is acceptable for viewing.

What if the weather is bad at the Filmland 2020 Drive-In?

While a little rain won't scare us away, high winds will. Unfortunately if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, we have a strict no refunds policy. As a nonprofit organization, we must stick to the refund policy due to the non-refundable amounts already paid out to vendors.