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ULI NWA presents the BETTER CITIES FILM FESTIVAL hosted by The City of Rogers

Kody Ford

On Saturday, May 29th, the Urban Land Institute of Northwest Arkansas will present the Better Cities Film Festival hosted by the City of Rogers from 4 to 9 p.m. at Butterfield Stage at Railyard Park, located at 101 E. Cherry Street in Rogers. BetterCities Film Festival is the world’s premiere film festival about cities, towns, and neighborhoods.  The event is free. Local food and drink vendors will be on-site serving up delicious offerings throughout the film fest. Register for the event here.

BetterCities Film Festival collects, curates and presents the very best films on the theme of making better cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Discussions and decisions about urban planning and design are too often limited to the university classroom or city council chambers. The festival was launched with a vision to move that conversation onto the silver screen and into the streets, engaging the broader community in the vital work of place making and neighborhood revitalization.  It is a festival of stories about places - about how places shape our lives, and about how we can make our cities, towns and neighborhoods better places for everyone to live, work and play. 

“ULI NWA recognizes film as a powerful artistic medium. When great content is about creating great places, we walk away inspired for what we all can do to connect with and improve our own cities and neighborhoods," said Wes Craiglow, ULI NWA Coordinator. 

The Urban LandInstitute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

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(Artwork by Chad Maupin of Big Bot Design)

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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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