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ACS BLOG
on the record

5.26.21
Arkansas Film Festivals

MADE IN ARKANSAS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 WINNERS

BY
Kody Ford
Made in Arkansas Film Festival hosted a virtual event in May
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5.26.21
Community

Low Key Arts revives Inception to Projection Filmmaking program for 2021

BY
Kody Ford
Low Key Arts summer filmmaking program will return this summer
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5.26.21
ACS News

ACS programming Delta Silver Screen Film Fest

BY
Kody Ford
Program features two days of Arkansas films for Delta Arts Festival
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5.26.21
ACS News

ACS to host screening of "Soul" for Dreamland Film Series

BY
Kody Ford
ACS is teaming up with the Arts & Science Center of Southeast Arkansas and Explore Pine Bluff to host a screening of the Academy Award winning film Soul
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5.11.21
Arkansas Film Festivals

ULI NWA presents the BETTER CITIES FILM FESTIVAL hosted by The City of Rogers

BY
Kody Ford
The Urban Land Institute of Northwest Arkansas + City of Rogers to host free festival on May 29th
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5.10.21
Arkansas Film Festivals

2021 UCA Film Festival: A Return to the Norm

BY
Jack Barr
UCA Film Festival returns for an in-person event after going virtual in 2020
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5.7.21
ACS News

A look at the award winning films acs screened during the last year

BY
Kody Ford
Through Filmland and other screenings, ACS hosted many critically acclaimed films
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5.6.21
Arkansas Film Festivals

Fort Smith International Film Festival & Cisterna Film Festival Work Together to Build Artistic and Business Relationship

BY
Kody Ford
Fort Smith strengthens cultural relations with Italian sister city, Cisterna
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5.6.21
Community

‘Rap Squad’ virtual screening and discussion to highlight self-expression through the arts

BY
Kody Ford
Filmmakers, educators and artists join Arkansas PBS on May 13 to highlight Helena-West Helena school’s innovative approach to teaching the arts
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5.5.21
Arkansas Film Festivals

Made in Arkansas Film Festival returns for virtual event on May 13 to 15 

BY
Kody Ford
The Made in Arkansas Film Festival returns for its third year May 13-15, 2021
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4.30.21
ACS News

ACS opens submissions for Filmland: Arkansas

BY
Kody Ford
ACS is now accepting submissions for Filmland: Arkansas this fall.
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4.29.21
Community

Arkansans for the Arts score legislative win to train on arts advocacy and survey creative assets statewide

BY
Kody Ford
Act 577 establishes the Arkansas Legislative Arts and Technology Boot Camp
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4.29.21
ACS News

New film tax credit incentive sails through Arkansas legislature

BY
Kody Ford
Bill maintains the current film rebate and creates a transferable tax credit with a $4 million annual fund allowance
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4.28.21
Community

Arkansas PBS to host free, virtual events celebrating National Poetry Month April 29, May 1

BY
Kody Ford
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Arkansas PBS and partners will host two free, virtual blackout poetry workshops on April 29 and May 1
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4.27.21
ACS News

Murphy Arts District and ACS team up for MADMovie Monday presentation of "Raya and the Last Dragon"

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Kody Ford
The special screening will feature a Q+A with co-writer and El Dorado native Qui Nguyen
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4.5.21
ACS News

ARKANSAS CINEMA SOCIETY TO SCREEN “PICTURE A SCIENTIST” FOR SCIENCE ON SCREEN® SERIES

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Kody Ford
ACS, in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, will host a virtual screening of "Picture a Scientist" on April 14th
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3.23.21
Community

SPOTLIGHT: Yancey Prosser of The Agency

BY
Kody Ford
We interview Yancey Prosser of The Agency in Little Rock about casting and working during COVID.
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3.23.21
Community

Actor Stephanie Bignault steps into producing with short film "360 Seconds"

BY
Kody Ford
University of Arkansas alumnae Stephanie Bignault produces her first short film
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3.15.21
ACS News

"Story of Plastic" screening set to spotlight growing waste problem

BY
Kody Ford
Arkansas Cinema Society is teaming up with Just Communities of Arkansas, Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement and Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective for a virtual screening of The Story of Plastic
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3.14.21
Arkansas Film Festivals

Bentonville Film Festival opens submissions for 2021

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Kody Ford
Bentonville Film Festival has opened their submissions for films to be screened at the 7th annual festival August 3 to 8.
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3.14.21
Community

Arkansas PBS to host free virtual screening of ‘Hemingway’ to be held March 18

BY
Kody Ford
Arkansas PBS + partners hosting documentary on writer's Arkansas ties
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3.14.21
Community

Arkansas high school hip hop artists fight for more equitable future in new film

BY
Kody Ford
Arkansas PBS set to premiere “Rap Squad,” an intimate verité documentary about Arkansas high school hip hop artists who seek healing for themselves and equity in their community through their music
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3.11.21
ACS News

ARKANSAS CINEMA SOCIETY TO SCREEN “KISS THE GROUND” FOR SCIENCE ON SCREEN® SERIES

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Kody Ford
ACS will screen "Kiss the Ground" followed by a panel discussion on March 24 for the Science on Screen® series
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3.10.21
Community

Intercut Productions Develops New Original Content Series "Feargenics"

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Kody Ford
Intercut Productions launches "Feargenics" podcast on horror films
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3.4.21
Community

Thea Foundation announces winners of film scholarships

BY
Kody Ford
Thea Foundation recently awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships to Arkansas high school students.
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2.26.21
ACS News

ACS joins NWA Film and Entertainment Commission board of directors

BY
Kody Ford
ACS is excited to join the board of directors for The Northwest Arkansas Film & Entertainment Commission
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2.18.21
Community

OZCast gives outlet to creatives and filmmakers during quarantine

BY
Kody Ford
Experimental variety show OZCast provides outlet for artists during the era of COVID-19
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2.17.21
ACS News

ACS launches new podcast Reel Talk Arkansas

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Kody Ford
ACS launched new podcast to highlight filmmaking and creatives throughout Arkansas and the South.
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2.18.21
Community

Arkansas Documentarian releases short film on "invincible" US Marshal Bass Reeves

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Kody Ford
Award-winning documentarian Larry Foley releases a short film on US Marshal Bass Reeves
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2.15.21
ACS News

"Minari" Arkansas premiere a great success

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Kody Ford
The Arkansas premiere of "Minari" at 112 Drive-in was a success.
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2.13.21
Community

Fayetteville Film Fest celebrates love this Valentine's season with three short films not short on heart

BY
Kody Ford
Fayetteville Film Fest will feature three romantic short films in honor of Valentine's Day on Feb. 15 at a virtual screening.
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2.4.21
Community

Arkansas PBS, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center to host virtual screening of ‘The Black Church’ Feb. 9

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Kody Ford
Arkansas PBS and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) will present a free virtual sneak peak of “The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
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2.4.21
Community

Arkansas PBS wins five national Public Media Awards

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Kody Ford
Arkansas PBS wins five national Public Media Awards from the 52nd Annual NETA Awards
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2.3.21
ACS News

ACS presents Arkansas premiere of "Minari" with A24, Bentonville Film Festival and Fayetteville Film Fest

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Kody Ford
Arkansas Cinema Society, A24, Bentonville Film Festival & Fayetteville Film Fest present the Arkansas premiere of "Minari."
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1.24.21
Community

Rockhill Studios announces new short film "Blood on the Risers"

BY
Kody Ford
Rockhill Studios has announce a new short film "Blood On The Risers," a psychological thriller set in the aftermath of WWII.
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1.14.21
Arkansas Film Festivals

Inaugural Fort Smith International Film Festival set for August 2021

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Kody Ford
The River Valley Film Society has announced the Fort Smith International Film Festival (FSIFF), set for August 13-14, 2021.
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1.11.21
ACS News

ACS taps award-winning producer Evan Hayes for Board member position

BY
Kody Ford
Award-winning producer Evan Hayes is joining the ACS board.
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12.29.20
Community

A Look at Our Favorite Films & TV Shows in 2020

BY
Kody Ford
We spoke with ACS staff and friends in the creative community about their favorite films and TV shows in 2020.
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12.17.20
ACS News

ACS hires new program director for Northwest Arkansas expansion

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Kathryn Tucker
We are expanding to NWA and have hired Kody Ford as the Statewide Outreach & Educational Program Director//NWA Program Director
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12.14.20
Arkansas Film Festivals

Low Key Arts presents the 14th Annual Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film

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Kody Ford
The 14th annual Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film festival, will take place on Saturday, January 2, 2021, as an outdoor drive-in event in the parking lot facing the former Sears location at the mall.
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12.3.20
Arkansas Film Festivals

Pack Rat Outdoor Center to host Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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Kody Ford
Pack Rat Outdoor Center will host the virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Friday, December 4, at 7 p.m.
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4.27.20
ACS News

Webinar: The Art of Management: Finding Representation & Seeking a Career in Talent Management‍

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If you missed our live Weekly Webinar "The Art of Management: Finding Representation & Seeking a Career in Talent Management" this month you can watch it for free!
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1.15.20
Arkansas Film Festivals

Film Selections Announced for First Arkansas Filmmakers Showcase at Walton Arts Center

BY
Kody Ford
Arkansas Filmmakers Showcase at Walton Arts Center to feature six filmmakers.
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1.9.20
ACS News

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to show Yayoi Kusama documentary

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Kody Ford
The documentary Kusama: Infinity, The Life and Art of Yayoi Kusama will be seen during a special screening on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in Crystal Bridge’s Great Hall
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1.5.20
Community

El Dorado filmmaker Alexander Jeffery discusses his upcoming film "Molto Bella"

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Kody Ford
El Dorado filmmaker Alexander Jeffery discusses his upcoming film "Molto Bella"
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12.29.19
Arkansas Film Festivals

“Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film” returns to Hot Springs 

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Kody Ford
The 13th annual "Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film" will occur on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the historic Malco Theatre in Hot Springs.
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12.19.19
Community

Tis the Season: Members of the Arkansas film community talk about their favorite holiday films

BY
Kody Ford
Members of the Arkansas film community discuss their favorite holiday films
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12.2.19
Community

Nolan Richardson biopic aims to begin production in 2020

BY
Kody Ford
Nolan Richardson biopic set to begin shooting in 2020
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11.27.19
Arkansas Film Festivals

Crystal Bridges accepting entries for Mobile Film Fest

BY
Kody Ford
Crystal Bridges is accepting entries for its Mobile Phone Film Festival through Nov. 30.
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11.11.19
ACS News

Rockhill Studios brings “Freedom’s Path” to Northwest Arkansas

BY
Kody Ford
Fayetteville-based film production company Rockhill Studios are on a roll with Freedom’s Path.
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10.21.19
Arkansas Film Festivals

El Dorado Film Festival Announces 2019 Winners

BY
Kody Ford
El Dorado Film Festival announces 2019 winners
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10.18.19
Arkansas Film Festivals

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Kicks Off with Flannery O’Connor Documentary

BY
Kody Ford
The 28th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival takes place from Oct. 18 through Oct. 26.
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10.9.19
Arkansas Film Festivals

Fayetteville Film Fest Returns for Eleventh Year

BY
Kody Ford
The Fayetteville Film Fest returned for its eleventh year on October 3-5, 2019, featuring a record-setting 79 films. Find out the winners.
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4.30.19
ACS News

Czech That Film Festival returns to Little Rock

BY
Kathryn Tucker
Event showcases the best of Czech cinema in 20 cities across the U.S.
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3.26.19
Education

The ACS Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls has begun!

BY
Kathryn Tucker
12 incredible dreamers from 11 schools - we’re building an army of female filmmakers here in Central Arkansas - watch out!
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4.2.19
ACS News

ACS Goes On The Record

BY
Lillie Peterson
The Arkansas Cinema Society goes ON THE RECORD with our new blog.
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2.8.19
Education

Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls

BY
Kathryn Tucker
This FREE lab is presented in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas - Girls of Promise Initiative and JM Associates.
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11.23.18
Education

Young Storytellers comes to Arkansas

BY
Graham Gordy
The first Arkansas Young Storytellers was in conjunction with Jefferson Elementary in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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2.9.19
FILMLAND

FILMLAND Dates Announced

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Kathryn Tucker
Dates are set for 2019 FILMLAND. Join us August 22nd - 25th for the second annual FILMLAND!
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Recent Press

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Press Archive

December 19, 2018
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
REX NELSON: The film lovers
August 15, 2018
Rock the Culture
Rock the Culture Podcast
August 4, 2018
ABC Affiliate KATV Daybreak
KATV Daybreak talks Filmland
August 3, 2018
Arkansas Times
No Small Talk Podcast
August 1, 2018
Inviting Arkansas
Arkansas Cinema Society: Filmland
August 27, 2017
Arkansas Times - Rock Candy
ACS Night 3: David Lowery's heartfelt monsters
August 26, 2017
Arkansas Times - Rock Candy
ACS Night 2: "Paterson," "The Force Awakens," and Adam Driver
August 17, 2017
Arkansas Times
David Lowery Q&A

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.

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