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ACS launches new podcast Reel Talk Arkansas

Kody Ford

Arkansas Cinema Society is proud to launch our new podcast—Reel Talk Arkansas. We will feature in-depth discussions with filmmakers and creatives from around the state to discuss their craft and the state of the arts in Arkansas and the South. The monthly episodes will feature studios, arts organizations and creatives talking about trade craft, resources, events, and how to produce a film in Arkansas and the region.

In our premiere episode, host Kody Ford talks to Mario Troncoso, Director of Film and Media Ecosystems at CACHE in Northwest Arkansas, about OZCast, the experimental variety show that's making waves by showcasing and supporting artists in the regionally and nationally. Upcoming Reel Talk Arkansas guests include composer Amos Cochran, producer/screenwriter Amber Lindley and producer Zak Heald along with Blake Elder, Caleb Fanning and Dan Robinson, of Rockhill Studios discussing their latest short film “Blood on the Risers.”

Reel Talk Arkansas is presented by the Arkansas Cinema Society and produced by Christian Leus and Kody Ford, with theme music by Amos Cochran.


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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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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.