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

Kody Ford

Work by six filmmakers from around the state will be part of the first Arkansas Filmmakers Showcase at Walton Arts Center (WAC) on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 plus applicable fees and are on sale now. Purchase tickets in-person at Walton Arts Center box office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting their website.

The event is a collaboration between the WAC and Fayetteville Film Fest (FFF) and will feature films that received the highest marks from jurors and the audience during the 2019 festival. This mini-film festival experience features short films by filmmakers from Conway, Little Rock, Calico Rock, Siloam Springs, Fayetteville and Springdale that cover a variety of topics. According to FFF Director Morgan Hicks, this partnership will be on-going. 

“We are thrilled to be able to share this selection of films from filmmakers across the state,” Hicks said. “We feel like it is a wonderful partnership since it will help to share the art of film with their audiences, and hopefully raise the awareness of our organization. We know that there are so many film lovers in our area, and yet many are not even aware that we have an annual film festival that features world class films. We hope that people will learn about our event and join us next fall for our festival weekend.”

Currently, in addition to this showcase for Arkansas Filmmakers, we are accepting submissions of films that were made in India or by Indian-born filmmakers. A block of the selected films will be screening as part of the first ever Mosaix Festival at the Walton Arts Center on April 20 at 7 p.m. 

Screening Schedule:

“Unos Huevos” (15:14)

  • Directed by David Cruz from Conway
  • A boy skips his trumpet recital, instead he has a day exploring the town and running into trouble.

“Father” (14:52)

  • Directed by Sophie Barnes from Little Rock
  • A man under the influence experiences a series of strange encounters as he is haunted by three women from the past and present.

“As Sisters As One” (13:46)

  • Directed by Whitney Butler from Calico Rock
  • Elise struggles to maintain her grip on reality as the position of president of her sorority come within her grasp.

15-minute intermission

“Milk Aisle” (21:47)

  • Directed by Jordan Hunt from Siloam Springs
  • This film, set during the civil rights movement, shares the story of a young black man who is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, and the letters he shared with a young woman named Ruby Sanders

“Chronic” (11:04)

  • Directed by Blake Elder from Fayetteville
  • Sparky Ledbetter is a lonely man. He’s a former cop facing his own mortality. This slice-of-life short gives us a quick peek into Sparky’s morning routine and the complicated relationships he has to juggle.

“Before My Eyes” (13:25)

  • Directed by Mason Bowen from Springdale
  • A reminiscence of a faulted relationship through the eyes of a grieving woman and a regretful man.


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At  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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