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

Kody Ford

The 13th annual "Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film" presented by Low Key Arts and Superior Bathhouse Brewery will occur on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the historic Malco Theatre, located at 817 Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs. Directed once again by Hot Springs filmmaker, Jen Gerber, "Arkansas Shorts" showcases emerging talent from far and wide. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. Photos will be taken in the upstairs lobby if you come dressed for the red carpet. SQZBX Pizza and Brewery will have pizza by the slice for sale in the Malco lobby throughout the evening. 

The festival features three blocks of short films over the course of the evening: an International block containing a grab bag of subjects from around the world, hand-selected by veteran programmer, Chris Wilks; a North American block featuring high-profile, award-winning work from around the US and Canada; and, last but not least, the juried selection of Arkansas-made short films, including those produced in the 2019 Inception to Projection filmmaking program, right here in Hot Springs. 

The schedule of screening blocks is as follows:

3:30-4:30 International Block

5:00-6:00 North American Block

7:30-10:00 Arkansas Shorts Block (and awards)

The blocks are priced at $10 each, or a festival pass including all three of the blocks, plus admittance to an after party is available for $20. Superior Bathhouse Brewery will host the after party beginning at 10 p.m. A festival pass wristband is required to attend the after party. Tickets are available in advance online and will also be available at the door beginning at 3 p.m. 

Image: A still from "Lessons Learned," directed by Stephen A. Spanel, screening during AS2020.

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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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