Poor Boy is a film about two misfit brothers hustle cash and chase dreams in the desert. When a mysterious woman threatens to repo their beloved houseboat the brothers cook up an epic con to finally leave their dusty town and sail off on a beam of sunshine to California.
Sponsored by the Arkansas Cinema Society, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Arkansas District.
The Opera House chronicles the moving saga of the Metropolitan Opera’s quest for a new home, set against the backdrop of the artists, architects and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Starring legendary soprano Leontyne Price, the film features rarely seen archival footage and images, recent interviews and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances. Funds raised provide prize money to young singers who win the Arkansas Auditions and will advance to regional and national competitions. National winners earn placement in the Met’s young artist development program and a shot at the Met stage.
4:30-6:00 pm in the River Market
A documentary screening co-sponsored with Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival followed by a conversation with the director Lauren Greenfield. Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth” is an extraordinary visual history of our growing obsession with wealth. Weaving two and a half decades of work into an epic narrative, Greenfield has created a revelatory cultural documentation of wealth for viewers to explore through a retrospective film, book and exhibition.The after-party was hosted by Zin Wine Bar.
This was our second Movies in a Parking Lot screening. Hosted by The Root Cafe in their parking lot at 15th and Main, co-sponsored with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. Food and beverages were sold in the street by Le Pops, Shambala Mobile Vegan Kitchen, Adobo To Go, Lost Forty Brewing, and Kettle Corn.
The Arkansas Cinema Society sponsored Filmmaker Happy Hour at the Bentonville Film Festival. The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) is an American film festival held annually in Bentonville, Arkansas that focuses on diversity.
Arkansas Cinema Society co-sponsored the screening of Milada with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. A discussion directly followed the screening with Director David Mrnka. The historical dramatization centers on the true life and death of Milada Horáková, who survived a Nazi concentration camp only to be executed in what has been characterized as a political show trial.The after party was hosted by The Pantry Crest.
A screening co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Arkansas of a collection of shorts in celebration of Arkansas’ own Broncho Billy Anderson’s 138th birthday. There was a presentation by David and Rena Kiehn of the Niles Film Museum. As was customary of silent films, there was piano music with John Willis Music providing the score. This screening was free and open to the public.
We hosted our first Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight with local film veteran Mark Thiedeman. Mark screened his newest short film ALEX IN THE MORNING followed by the full-length feature PARANOID PARK from one of his favorite filmmakers – Gus Van Sant.
We hosted our first screening of a silent film, the 1929 black & white classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with live musical accompaniment by critically acclaimed organist Scott Foppiano at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The church was packed, and the audience raved about the unique film experience!
This was the perfect film to launch our Homegrown Film Series. This highly personal narrative is based on the filmmaker’s own Arkansas family history. We offered this hometown screening to showcase local talent and give Arkansas filmmakers what they deserve: a venue and a voice in their communities!
Hosted with Central Arkansas Library System in the Ron Robinson Theater. This was the first seminar led by Jeff Nichols on the craft of filmmaking that pursues the ACS mission of inspiring filmmakers and fostering creative growth. The after-party was hosted and co-sponsored by Zin Wine Bar. This Sunday afternoon program had 250 in attendance.
A documentary screening co-sponsored with The Clinton School of Public Service followed by a conversation with director and North Little Rock native Adam Sobel. The after-party was hosted and co-sponsored by Crush Wine Bar. This program was free and open to the public.
A screening hosted with CALS in the Ron Robinson Theater. The screening was followed by a conversation with producer Beau Marks (Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October) and writer Jim Thomas (Wild Wild West, Behind Enemy Lines) and moderated by filmmaker and ACS board member Jonathan Crawford. The after-party was hosted and co-sponsored by Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro.
The first of our “Movies in a Parking Lot” screening series. Hosted by The Root Cafe in their parking lot at 15th and Main, co-sponsored with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. Food and beverages were sold in the street by Loblolly Creamery, Slader’s Alaskan Dumplings, Lost Forty Brewing and Kettle Corn. This free and open to the public program had over 300 in attendance.
A documentary screening in tandem with the 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock Central High integration. The screening was followed by a panel discussion about the state of school desegregation today with Senator Joyce A. Elliott and Jonathan Crossley, moderated by Dr. John A. Kirk. We co-hosted the program with UALR’s Joel E. Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity. This program was free and open to the public.
Our three-day inaugural event Premiere. Hosted with Central Arkansas Library System in their state-of-the-art 315-seat Ron Robinson Theater.
THURSDAY we opened with a screening of Sundance 2017 darling Patti Cake$. Jeff Nichols hosted producer Noah Stahl
in conversation after the screening. The after-party was hosted and sponsored by Cache Restaurant with musical guest
FRIDAY we screened The Force Awakens and Paterson. Jeff Nichols hosted actor Adam Driver in conversation after both screenings. The after-party was hosted and sponsored by Lost Forty with local band Amassa Hines.
SATURDAY we screened Pete’s Dragon and A Ghost Story. Jeff Nichols hosted writer/director David Lowery in conversation after both screenings. Closing Night Party was hosted and sponsored by the ACS at DamGoode Pies with local band Dazz & Brie.
All three nights we offered a VIP lounge for our sponsors, filmmakers, and board members. Meals were provided by The Root Café, Local Lime, and Tazikis. A full, open bar with signature drinks for the weekend were provided by Beam Suntory and Lost Forty Brewing. Coffee and pastries were provided by The Meteor, and signature ACS branded cookies were provided by Lavender Bakes. The very talented Rett Peek, Jason Shivers and Bespoke Media Group hung out in the lounge to take portraits