Join us for the Arkansas Premiere of the Sundance 2020 Audience Award Winning film Minari. In partnership with A24, the Bentonville Film Festival & Fayetteville Film Fest, ACS is proud to present this compelling film, which is our first event in Northwest Arkansas. The special premiere presentation will also include a pre-recorded Q&A with Chung and hosted by Jeff Nichols. The premiere will be shown simultaneously, both at the 112 Drive-In in Fayetteville and virtually.
Lee Isaac Chung’s award-winning drama (including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival) MINARI follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. The film stars Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung, and Will Patton. Minari is an A24 release.
The Arkansas premiere of the film will mark the first joint presentation of the Arkansas Cinema Society, the Bentonville Film Festival, and the Fayetteville Film Festival. Set in Arkansas, and helmed by Chung, who grew up in the town of Lincoln, Minari both celebrates the state and offers a chance to promote inclusion in storytelling and film, a key facet of ACS's mission.
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.
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.