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3.1.2023

ARKANSAS CINEMA SOCIETY + FAYETTEVILLE FILM FEST TO SCREEN FEATURE SHOT IN NWA

by
Kody Ford

Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS) + the Fayetteville Film Festival (FFF) are collaborating for a special screening of Neil LaBute’s House of Darkness at the Malco Razorback on Wednesday, March 15th. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 6:30.  A Q+A with the executive producers will follow. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here or at the door.

House of Darkness was shot on location at The Dromborg, just outside of Fayetteville, in 2021. Executive produced by Blake Elder and Kerri Elder of Fayetteville’s Rockhill Studios, the film  was written and directed by famed playwright Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) and stars Justin Long (Barbarian) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) along with Gia Crovatin and Lucy Walters in supporting roles. It appears courtesy of Saban Films. ACS hosted LaBute and Crovatin for a screening during Filmland in Little Rock last fall.

“We are very excited to screen House of Darkness for Northwest Arkansas audiences,” said ACS Executive Director Kathryn Tucker. “We had such a great time with Neil and Gia at Filmland, doing an encore presentation was a priority. Given the connections to NWA, we wanted to reach out to our friends at the Fayetteville Film Festival to collaborate so people can see this beautifully crafted film made right here in Arkansas.”

House of Darkness Synopsis:  Justin Long and Kate Bosworth star in this seductive thriller from director Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man). 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.

“We are delighted to be co-hosting this screening for our Northwest Arkansas filmmakers and lovers in conjunction with ACS as we share the same objectives to expand filmmaking in the state as part of the creative economy, said FFF Director Cassie Haley. “With longstanding support from Rockhill Studios for our festival, it is a pleasure to celebrate a film that was executive produced by them and filmed in our own backyard.”

About the Arkansas Cinema Society

ACS is a non-profit committed to building a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other, and nurture the new and existing film talent within our state through increased exposure to filmmakers and their art. Those interested in supporting ACS can visit their website at www.arkansascinemasociety.org


About the Fayetteville Film Fest

The Fayetteville Film Fest, now in its fifteenth year, is an advocate for films and filmmakers as they enter the marketplace. They are a cultural leader in the region bringing world class film to the state, developing meaningful relationships with local filmmakers, and nurturing the art of filmmaking by uniting a community of creators and supporters. The Fayetteville Film Fest is committed to expanding and supporting their relationships with filmmakers and sister festivals throughout the state. They gave over $15,000 in award money last year through the Fayetteville FIlm Prize and Micheaux Awards and Film Labs as well as provide educational and networking opportunities throughout the year. Visit www.fayettevillefilmfest.org for more information.

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