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Program Details

Filmland Screening


MP Outdoor Cinema
Friday, October 2, 2020
Show Time: 7:15 PM
Gates Open: 6 PM
$40 per car ($20 for ACS Members)

Winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, NOMADLAND is the first film to win both honors in a single year, solidifying its place as an Oscar frontrunner. Starring Frances McDormand (Fargo, Burn After Reading, Moonrise Kingdom) and directed by Chloé Zhao (The Rider), this film is inspired by Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book, and follows an aging widow who works odd jobs as she traverses the American West in her van.

Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.

NOMADLAND is directed by Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider) and is based on the book Nomadland: Surviving America In The Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder and stars Frances McDormand (Fargo, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck, Lincoln), Linda May and Swankie. The producers are Mollye Asher (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider), Dan Janvey (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Heart of a Dog) Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) and Peter Spears (Call Me By Your Name). The director of photography is Joshua James Richards (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider)

Q&A Conversation with

director Chloé Zhao, moderated by ACS Co-Founder & writer/director Jeff Nichols.

year-round Programing

The Arkansas Cinema Society’s Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls will screen their short film Super Human ahead of Nomadland, a film directed by and starring women!

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