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1.17.2022

Rogers Short Film Festival returns for a second year

by
Kody Ford

The Arkansas Public Theatre and Studio Chunky will host and present the Rogers Short Film Festival, March 4-6 at the Victory Theater, located at 116 South 2nd Street in historic downtown Rogers.  

Tickets will be available for purchase in mid-January, purchased online or at the door throughout the festival. Day passes will include access to screenings and awards. VIP Passes will include access to screenings, networking events, lounge, filmmaker workshops, entertainment, awards, and after parties over the course of the weekend.
Media is invited and encouraged to attend, as well as filmmakers, crew, family, and friends to celebrate the art of film. Current sponsors, donors, volunteers, and judges of Rogers Short Film Festival and Arkansas Public Theatre will also be in attendance.

According to their press release, "The Rogers Short Film Festival lets you compete against your peers in categories based on your experience and budget. Watch your film screened at the dazzling Victory Theater and explore the entertainment district in historic downtown Rogers. It's a groovy, non-stop weekend filled with screenings, networking, workshops, food, music, and entertainment! Presented by Arkansas Public Theatre and Studio Chunky."

The 2022 Line-up for the Rogers Short Film Festival is as follows:

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY:

"6 Acres: Sowing A Green Future"
Documentary
Directed by R.C. Myers
Rogers, Arkansas
Description: It’s 2019 and with the legalization of hemp cultivation, the Rollins family risks it all to become pioneers in the hemp movement. This film aims to showcase the determination and faith required to participate in such a green revolution. Made by first time filmmakers Melanie and R.C. Myers.

"Good Gorgeous Hell"
Narrative
Directed by Reed Cash Carson
Arkansas
Description: A manic single father with a mysterious black eye desperately tries to win back the love of his 10 year old son on a delirious day in Arkansas. Based on the writer/director's real childhood.

"FOCUS"
Narrative
Directed by Michael Day
Rogers, Arkansas

Description: After years of working as a reporter for Channel 8 News, Denise Douglass is determined to become the newest face of the station. As she attempts to impress her boss and get a jump on the competition, Denise is confronted with the reality of how racism and sexism often shortchange working black women. The aspiring anchor must find a way to secure the job of her dreams without compensating her pay or beliefs.

"The World In A Cup"
Documentary
Directed by Brooke Bierhaus
Rogers, Arkansas
Description: We all speak a common language of sharing a coffee with one another. In this short film, explore how coffee connects us. Interviews from Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Italy, and Colorado. This short is a sister film to the feature length documentary, "The Connected Cup"

"Ilsa"
Narrative
Directed by Willi Patton
Austin, TX
Description: Ilsa blackmails her driver's ed instructor into being her getaway driver when she steals her dog back from her father's new family.

"Uncharted"
Documentary
Directed by Drew Donnelly
Eureka Springs, AR
Description: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was able to officially document for the first time in history the treatment and rehabilitation of tiger cubs with Flexural Tendon Contracture.

AMATEUR CATEGORY:

"Lost In The Sauce: The Kalvin Henderson Story"
Documentary
Directed by Bernard L. Oliver
Springdale, Arkansas
Description: A true, unfiltered, look into the struggles and triumphs of championship prize fighter, Kalvin Henderson. Nothing is off limits; his coach, his team and all the things you never knew, you didn't know, about a boxer's journey.

"Shadow Work"
Narrative
Directed by Kary Collier Jr
Bentonville, Arkansas
Description: Kendrick Johnson, a psychology student studying for his PhD, is subjected to an artificial-intelligence-driven test program as a part of his thesis.

"One Of These Days"
Narrative
Directed by Clayton Henderson
Arkansas
Description: A lone man searches for his true love and a place to call home in the midst of a mysterious attack.

"The Dress"
Experimental
Directed by Danielle Keller
Arkansas
Description: A girl catches a moment and for that brief moment, her imagination runs wild.

"The Task"
Narrative
Directed by Sarah Horn
Aptos, CA
Description: There are no exceptions.

The newest "task-worker" has arrived at the workplace. The task seems useless. He can't remember his past. Will he lay low and obey the rules, or explore to dig up the truth about this place?

"El Trato"
Narrative
Directed by William Carlos Reyes
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Description: A determined woman has to face a dangerous criminal to get what she wants.

"Flight"
Narrative
Directed by Tyler Horne
West Fork, Arkansas
Description: A boy struggling to come to terms with his parent's marital problems must face his worst nightmare and make a choice he never wanted to make.

For more information, they are available by email.

 

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