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Filmland in the Park events moving indoors on October 2nd due to weather

Kody Ford

Filmland will be moving out of the park, temporarily. Due to weather forecasts, all events on Saturday, October 2nd will take place indoors. Filmland workshops and panels will be held in the MacArthur Military Museum, located at 503 E. 9th St. in Little Rock.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye and subsequent Q+A with star Jessica Chastain and ACS co-founder Jeff Nichols will take place at the CALS Ron Robinson Theatre, located at 100 River Market Square in Little Rock. Pre-sale tickets for this film are sold out, but limited tickets will be available at the door.

Times remain the same for all events. As of now, events are still scheduled for MacArthur Park on Sunday. Stay tuned in case weather causes a venue change.

COVID-19 Protocols:

Our priority is the safety of our guests, employees, and volunteers. PLEASE NOTE: In order to gain entry to all events, you must be fully vaccinated and need to show proof in the form of an official vaccination card, digital card, or photo of your vaccination card OR you must present a NEGATIVE PCR, LAMP, or Antigen COVID-19 test within the last 48-hours. Masks must be worn at all times when you are visiting the Cantina or are unable to socially distance. Anyone causing a disturbance will be asked to leave.

Saturday workshops:


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

Ages 18+

Led by screenwriter Graham Gordy


Members receive 50% off!

True Detective Season 3 co-writer Graham Gordy will teach you how to take a story idea and begin building a script. This workshop will focus on the power of detail, the importance of show don't tell, and will guide participants through the basics of writing a scene for film. Participants will walk away having written a 3-5 page scene and how this technique of scene creation leads to a full script for film.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by casting director Yancey Prosser, The Agency, Inc.


Members receive 50% off!

During this unique workshop you will get inside secrets from a casting director on how to improve your audition. For $40 participants can sign up to perform a scene of their choice (3-minutes or less) and receive feedback from Casting Director Yancey Prosser of The Agency, Inc. For $20 you can sit in the audience and get a behind-the-scenes look at a casting director at work. Afterwards, Yancey will lead a lecture on improving a taped audition, mastering the "throw away line" as a day player, and answer questions from the audience.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Participants: Christina McLarty Arquette, David Arquette, Jayme Lemons, & Mario Troncoso.

Moderated by Kathryn Francis Tucker


Members receive 50% off!

Producers often wear many hats when getting a script to the big screen. During this panel discussion led by ACS co-founder and Executive Director Kathryn Francis Tucker, producer Christina McLarty Arquette, producer Jayme Lemons, and Emmy Award Winner Mario Troncoso will delve into their specific wheelhouse as they discuss how a producer's role is different depending on genre and budget. Listen in as they discuss the different process for getting a TV show, indie film, documentary, or big-budge studio film greenlit.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Panel discussion with Little Rock Mayor Scott Jr., Executive Director of F.E.L.O.N. and Dream Corps Justice Organizer Ruby Welch, State Senator Clarke Tucker, and producer Christina McLarty Arquette and one of the Executive Producers of The First Step, moderated by Dr. Johanna Rahman.


RSVP Required

A panel discussion on Criminal Justice Reform in our time between Little Rock Mayor Scott Jr., Executive Director of F.E.L.O.N. and Dream Corps Justice Organizer Ruby Welch, State Senator Clarke Tucker, and producer Christina McLarty Arquette and one of the Executive Producers of The First Step, led by Dr. Johanna Rahman. This panel is in conjunction with our screening of the film The First Step on Sunday October 10, 2021 at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The First Step documentary, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and captures the personal journey of Black progressive activist and political commentator Van Jones during his effort to reform a broken criminal justice system.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021 - Doors at 6:15 PM, Film at 7 PM

Directed by Michael Showalter and written by Abe Sylvia, The Eyes of Tammy Faye is produced by Jessica Chastain, p.g.a., Kelly Carmichael, p.g.a., Rachel Shane, p.g.a., and Gigi Pritzker.  The film stars Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Chastain, whose previous musical experience was limited to college, does her own singing in the film, which is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life.

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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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