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FILMLAND 2021
Jessica Chastain and Jeff Nichols
with Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls Participants
FILMLAND DRIVE-IN 2020
FILMLAND 2018
Kathryn Tucker, Will Forte, Mary Steenburgen,
John Solomon
FILMLAND 2018
Jeff Nichols and Amman Abbasi
FILMLAND 2019
Jayme Lemons, Lucy Alibar, Bert
FILMLAND 2018
Richard Linklater
PREMIERE 2017
Adam Driver and Jeff Nichols

Filmland

NOVEMBER 2-6, 2022
CALS RON ROBINSON THEATER
DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK

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NOVEMBER 3-6, 2022

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FILMLAND SCREENINGS

Filmland 5 Screening

Curated Program - Sneak Preview

Empire of Light

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Show Starts: 6:00pm
Doors Open: 5:30pm

Tickets: $15

An intimate and moving story about love, friendship, and connection, set in a coastal town in Southern England against the social turmoil of the early 1980s. Hilary, a woman with a difficult past and an uneasy present, is part of a makeshift family at the old Empire Cinema on the seafront. When Stephen is hired to work in the cinema, the two find an unlikely attraction and discover the healing power of movies, music and community.

Filmland 5 Screening

Curated Program - Sneak Preview

Nanny

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Show Starts: 8:30pm
Doors Open: 8:00pm

Tickets: $15

Aisha is an undocumented nanny working for a privileged couple in New York City. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in Senegal, a violent supernatural presence Invades her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.

Filmland 5 Screening

Curated Program

The Inspection

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Show Starts: 6:30pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
In-depth conversation on the themes of the film with local experts

Featuring Frederick Gentry and Eric Reese, Human Rights Campaign Arkansas State Director

Moderated by Denise Donnell, Senior Cultural Consultant, Just Communities of Arkansas

Tickets: $25

In Elegance Bratton’s deeply moving film inspired by his own story, a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.

After Party

Sonny Williams' Steak Room

500 President Clinton Ave.

Filmland 5 Screening

Curated Program

House of Darkness

Friday, November 4, 2022

Show Starts: 6:30pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Conversation

Q+A with Writer/Director Neil LaBute & Actor Gia Crovatin, moderated by ACS Board Member and screenwriter Graham Gordy.

Tickets: $35

Driving home to her secluded estate after meeting at a local bar, a player out to score thinks his beautiful, mysterious date will be another casual hook-up. While getting acquainted, their flirtation turns playful, sexy, and sinister. Hoping to get lucky, his luck may have just run out.

After Party

Mockingbird Bar & Tacos

1220 S Main St.

Filmland 5 Screening

Curated Program

There's Something About Mary

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Show Starts: 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Conversation

Q+A with Cinematographer Mark Irwin, ASC/CSC

Tickets: $35

Ted’s dream prom date with Mary never happens due to an embarrassing injury at her home. Years later, Ted hires Pat Healy to track down Mary so he can reconnect with her. Pat lies to Ted about Mary and he finds out everything he can about her to trick her into dating him. Ted travels to meet Mary and has to weave through the web of lies that Pat and Mary’s friend Tucker have woven to try and win her over.

After Party

Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

614 President Clinton Ave.

Filmland 5 Screening

Curated Program

Turning Red

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Show Starts: 10:30am
Doors Open: 10:00am

Tickets: $5

Mei Lee is a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships, and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

After Party

Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

614 President Clinton Ave.

The Arkansas Cinema Society's Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls' short film "A Period Piece" will screen ahead of the feature film.

Filmland 5 Screening

Curated Program

God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Show Starts: 6:30pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Conversation

Q+A with Director Kristian R. Hill, Producer Jennifer Washington, & Executive Producer Christian McLarty Arquette

Tickets: $35

A vibrant and nostalgic music documentary that showcases the beginnings of techno music and how Detroit, Michigan was the creative and cultural hub for the creation and development of these beats. This lively exploration takes viewers from Detroit to Chicago to London and Berlin, tracing techno’s origins in the African American, and not the German, community. Focusing on the talent of a group of young Black artists, this is a compelling, rarely showcased history of mismanaged success, damaged friendships, ascendant beats, and raw inspiration.

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St.

FILMLAND: ARKANSAS Program

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas Shorts

November 6, 2022

Show Starts: 2:45pm
Doors Open: 2:15pm

Tickets: $15

Conversation

Q+A with the Audience Award Winner following the screenings. Aaron Saffa, Manager of the New Filmmaker Program at Panavision will be on hand to award at $15,000 camera equipment grant to the Audience Award Winner.

Official Selections from Filmland: Arkansas 2022

“Buffalo + Wolfy” by Rebecca Ozer

“Bunny” by Corey Clifford + Ryan Lagod

“New Boo” by Nancy Pop

“Shipwreck” by Lisa Cole

"The Blue Dress" by Clayton Henderson

“The Devil Will Run” by Noah Glenn

“The Show” by Jesse Gi

“Thirst” by Andrea Schmitz

“Voices of God” by Cole Borgstadt

“Yes, Mother!” by Misha Calvert

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St.

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas Student Shorts

November 6, 2022

Show Starts: 10:00am
Doors Open: 9:30am

Tickets: $15

Conversation

Q+A with the Audience Award winner following the screenings.

Official Selections from Filmland: Arkansas 2022

“Dandelion” by Paula Blanco Perez

“DOUBLE TROUBLE!” by Levi Matthew Smith + Blake Dean Allen

“Just Benjamin” by Paige Murphy

“Kind Eyes” by Casey L. Floyd

“Spirit Day” by Annie Knight + Greg Shea

“Susan + Leslie” by Claire Barnett

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St.

Filmland: Arkansas - Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight

The 'Vous

November 4, 2022

Show Starts: 3:00pm
Doors Open: 2:30pm

Tickets: $20

Conversation

Q+A with Directors Jack Porter LoftonJeff Dailey

Celebrating its 70th year, the world famous Memphis BBQ restaurant The Rendezvous faces unprecedented change when the legendary waiters retire and the family institution moves into a third generation.

Celebrating its 70th year, the world famous Memphis BBQ restaurant The Rendezvous faces unprecedented change when the legendary waiters retire and the family institution moves into a third generation. 

After Party

Mockingbird Bar & Tacos

1220 S Main St.

Filmland 5 Arkansas Program

Filmland: Arkansas - Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight

The 'Vous

Friday, November 4, 2022

Show Starts: 3:00pm
Doors Open: 2:30pm
Conversation

Q+A with Directors Jack Porter LoftonJeff Dailey

Tickets: $20

Celebrating its 70th year, the world famous Memphis BBQ restaurant The Rendezvous faces unprecedented change when the legendary waiters retire and the family institution moves into a third generation.
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Celebrating its 70th year, the world famous Memphis BBQ restaurant The Rendezvous faces unprecedented change when the legendary waiters retire and the family institution moves into a third generation. 

Filmland 5 Arkansas Program

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas Shorts

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Show Starts: 2:45pm
Doors Open: 2:15pm
Conversation

Q+A with the Audience Award Winner following the screenings. Aaron Saffa, Manager of the New Filmmaker Program at Panavision will be on hand to award at $15,000 camera equipment grant to the Audience Award Winner.

Tickets: $15

Official Selections from Filmland: Arkansas 2022
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“Buffalo + Wolfy” by Rebecca Ozer

“Bunny” by Corey Clifford + Ryan Lagod

“New Boo” by Nancy Pop

“Shipwreck” by Lisa Cole

"The Blue Dress" by Clayton Henderson

“The Devil Will Run” by Noah Glenn

“The Show” by Jesse Gi

“Thirst” by Andrea Schmitz

“Voices of God” by Cole Borgstadt

“Yes, Mother!” by Misha Calvert

Filmland 5 Arkansas Program

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas Student Shorts

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Show Starts: 10:00am
Doors Open: 9:30am
Conversation

Q+A with the Audience Award winner following the screenings.

Tickets: $15

Official Selections from Filmland: Arkansas 2022
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“Dandelion” by Paula Blanco Perez

“DOUBLE TROUBLE!” by Levi Matthew Smith + Blake Dean Allen

“Just Benjamin” by Paige Murphy

“Kind Eyes” by Casey L. Floyd

“Spirit Day” by Annie Knight + Greg Shea

“Susan + Leslie” by Claire Barnett

FILMLAND: ARKANSAS Digital Experience

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas Digital Shorts

October 28, 2022

to

November 17, 2022

Tickets: $15

Official Selections from Filmland: Arkansas 2022

“Back to Bora Bora" by Dwight Jackson

Bienvenidos a Los Angeles” by Lisa Cole

“Flight” by Tyler Horne

“Good Gorgeous Hell” by Reed Cash Carson

“LALO” by Timothy Barnett

“SUNSCREEN” by Edna Luise Biesold

“The Molok” by Sam Wilson

“Uncle” by Trenton Mynatt + Mary McDade

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas Digital Student Shorts

October 28, 2022

to

November 17, 2022

Tickets: $15

Official Selections from Filmland: Arkansas 2022

“Leo” by Christopher Millham

“Mae” by Kristopher Pistole

“Moth” by Claire Barnett

“My Dear God” by Tara Sheffer

“Salad Days” by Corbin Pitts

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas Digital Outdoor Shorts

October 28, 2022

to

November 17, 2022

Tickets: $15

Official Selections from Filmland: Arkansas 2022

“Heal the River” by Paulina Sobczak

“Limits: The Story of ArkanSTOL” by Zak Heald + Nicholas Wiench

“Well Worn Life with Dani Reyes-Acosta” by Daniel Mitchell

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas - Poets Are the Destroyers

October 28, 2022

to

November 5, 2022

Tickets: $15

Official Selection from Filmland: Arkansas 2022

Directed by Nancy Pop, a young poet faces crippling writer's block amidst an unexpected pregnancy.

Filmland: Arkansas

Filmland: Arkansas - The Send-Off

October 28, 2022

to

November 5, 2022

Tickets: $15

Official Selection from Filmland: Arkansas 2022

Directed by John-Michael Powell When Emmy Award winning actor, Dan Richards, throws an impromptu soirée at his Hollywood home with only his closest friends in attendance, a fun evening devolves into something much darker after Dan makes an unexpected announcement to the group.

FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshops

Give-And-Take: Directors and Actors in Collaboration on Stage and Screen

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Workshop Starts: 12:30pm
Doors Open: 12:00pm
Participants

Writer/Director Neil LaBute and Actors David Arquette & Gia Crovatin

Tickets: $25

During this interactive workshop, participants will explore one of the biggest responsibilities of a director—blocking and rehearsing with actors. This workshop will focus on how to effectively communicate with actors and will discuss both the actor's and director's approach to staging a scene.

After Party

Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

614 President Clinton Ave.

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshops

Cinematography: The Five Ingredients of Powerful Imagery

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Workshop Starts: 2:15pm
Doors Open: 1:45pm
Participant

Aaron Saffa, Manager of the New Filmmaker Program at Panavision

Tickets: $25

This Panavision presentation discusses the key considerations in creating powerful, professional imagery. With the many choices brought by new imaging technology, it’s crucial that not only cinematographers, but producers, directors and other industry professionals understand both the reasons for, and the impact of these choices throughout the production pipeline. This presentation is designed to illuminate these topics in a way that is engaging for camera professionals, but also accessible for a general industry audience.

After Party

Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

614 President Clinton Ave.

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshop

Cinematography: REEL Secrets From Behind the Camera

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Workshop Starts: 4:00pm
Doors Open: 3:30pm
Participant

Cinematographer Mark Irwin, ASC/CSC

Tickets: $35

For the past 50 years, expert cinematographer Mark Irwin, ASC/CSC has worked on 150 films, including major hits like Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary and The Fly. Join us for a fascinating discussion on what goes on behind the camera and gain insight into Irwin's long and successful career and his films.

After Party

Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

614 President Clinton Ave.

Special thank you to our industry partner, Final Draft, for their support of filmmakers in Arkansas.

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshop

Screenwriting: The Craft of Character

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Workshop Starts: 10:00am
Doors Open 9:30am
Participant

Screenwriter Spade Robinson

Tickets: $25

This workshop takes screenwriters through a replicable process for developing multi-dimensional characters. It will include industry standard character development exercises and putting these approaches to work for your current and future screenplays. By the end of the workshop, writers will have the tools to develop compelling characters for the rest of their careers. Thanks to our Industry Partner Final Draft, participants will receive 6 months free of Final Draft 12.

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshop

Development: From Shorts to Features

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Workshop Starts: 1:00pm
Doors Open: 12:30pm
Participants

Tickets: $30

Documentarians Jennifer Washington and Kristian Hill share their experiences and reflect on the key steps they took toward their goal of making a feature film. Following a screening of their short film "Electric Roots: The Detroit Sound Project the filmmakers will discuss their journey from showing this short at the Cannes Film Festival to making their feature film God Save Give 'Em Drum Machines.

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshop

Film Gear 101: The Grip Truck

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Workshop Starts: 12:00pm
Doors Open: 11:30am
Participant

Gaffer Brian Johnson, Film Gear Rentals

Tickets: $15

Ever wondered what all that stuff is on a film set? Walk through a grip van during this hands-on, interactive workshop to find out! You’ll learn from experienced grips with Arkansas’ leading equipment rental service, Film Gear Rentals, what the common pieces of equipment are, what they do, and how to use them.

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshops

Give-And-Take: Directors and Actors in Collaboration on Stage and Screen

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Workshop Starts: 12:30pm
Doors Open: 12:00pm
Participants

Writer/Director Neil LaBute and Actors David Arquette & Gia Crovatin

Tickets: $25

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During this interactive workshop, participants will explore one of the biggest responsibilities of a director—blocking and rehearsing with actors. This workshop will focus on how to effectively communicate with actors and will discuss both the actor's and director's approach to staging a scene.

After Party

Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

614 President Clinton Ave.

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshops

Cinematography: The Five Ingredients of Powerful Imagery

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Workshop Starts: 2:15pm
Doors Open: 1:45pm
Participant

Aaron Saffa, Manager of the New Filmmaker Program at Panavision

Tickets: $25

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This Panavision presentation discusses the key considerations in creating powerful, professional imagery. With the many choices brought by new imaging technology, it’s crucial that not only cinematographers, but producers, directors and other industry professionals understand both the reasons for, and the impact of these choices throughout the production pipeline. This presentation is designed to illuminate these topics in a way that is engaging for camera professionals, but also accessible for a general industry audience.

After Party

Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

614 President Clinton Ave.

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshop

Cinematography: REEL Secrets From Behind the Camera

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Workshop Starts: 4:00pm
Doors Open: 3:30pm
Participant

Cinematographer Mark Irwin, ASC/CSC

Tickets: $35

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For the past 50 years, expert cinematographer Mark Irwin, ASC/CSC has worked on 150 films, including major hits like Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary and The Fly. Join us for a fascinating discussion on what goes on behind the camera and gain insight into Irwin's long and successful career and his films.

After Party

Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

614 President Clinton Ave.

Special thank you to our industry partner, Final Draft, for their support of filmmakers in Arkansas.

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshop

Screenwriting: The Craft of Character

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Workshop Starts: 10:00am
Doors Open 9:30am
Participant

Screenwriter Spade Robinson

Tickets: $25

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This workshop takes screenwriters through a replicable process for developing multi-dimensional characters. It will include industry standard character development exercises and putting these approaches to work for your current and future screenplays. By the end of the workshop, writers will have the tools to develop compelling characters for the rest of their careers. Thanks to our Industry Partner Final Draft, participants will receive 6 months free of Final Draft 12.

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshop

Development: From Shorts to Features

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Workshop Starts: 1:00pm
Doors Open: 12:30pm
Participants

Tickets: $30

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Documentarians Jennifer Washington and Kristian Hill share their experiences and reflect on the key steps they took toward their goal of making a feature film. Following a screening of their short film "Electric Roots: The Detroit Sound Project the filmmakers will discuss their journey from showing this short at the Cannes Film Festival to making their feature film God Save Give 'Em Drum Machines.

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St

Filmland 5 Workshop

Filmland Workshop

Film Gear 101: The Grip Truck

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Workshop Starts: 12:00pm
Doors Open: 11:30am
Participant

Gaffer Brian Johnson, Film Gear Rentals

Tickets: $15

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Ever wondered what all that stuff is on a film set? Walk through a grip van during this hands-on, interactive workshop to find out! You’ll learn from experienced grips with Arkansas’ leading equipment rental service, Film Gear Rentals, what the common pieces of equipment are, what they do, and how to use them.

After Party

The Rail Yard

1212 E 6th St

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.

Inspired 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.

As with every year, each screening will be followed by an in-depth Q+A conversation with the filmmakers.

Filmland also includes Filmmaking Workshops! Join us all weekend for opportunities to learn about every aspect of filmmaking from industry professionals.

Where is Filmland?

Filmland is held annually in Little Rock, AR

What kind of films screen at Filmland?

ACS screens a collection of filmmaker-accompanied, cutting-edge, relevant, 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:

Check back in the Spring for submissions to Filmland: Arkansas 2023! 

Can I volunteer at Filmland?

Of course! Click here to join our volunteer list. We'll be in touch as opportunities become available.

How do I get tickets to Filmland?

Tickets will be available on our website once the program is announced. To gain early access to tickets, consider becoming a sponsor or a member and also enjoy year-round benefits!

What is your refund policy?

As a small arts non-profit, we are not able to offer refunds. However, you are welcome to get in touch with us to put your unused ticket purchase toward a future event.