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In 2010, a red tide swept Arkansas, flipping many federal and state offices to Republican control. But Democratic Governor Mike Beebe not only won re-election, he carried all 75 counties in Arkansas, an unprecedented feat. How did he do that? Watch AETN: Men & Women of Distinction: Governor Mike Beebe. In this uplifting one-hour documentary, commissioned in 2015 and directed by Kathryn Tucker, the former Governor reflects on his 32 years in elected office, with added perspectives from his wife Ginger, former Governor’s Chief of Staff - Morril Harriman, former Governor’s Director of Communications - Matt DeCample, columnist - John Brummett, ASU Fraternity Brother & Longtime Friend - Johnny Allison, and former Attorney General’s Chief of Staff - Colette Honorable.
Governor Mike Beebe and ACS Executive Director Kathryn Tucker
Sonny Williams' Steak Room 8:00 pm -11:00 pm
In partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas - Girls of Promise Initiative and JM Associates, the Arkansas Cinema Society presents the Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls.
This lab is for high school junior girls who dream of following in the footsteps of Ruth Carter, Kathryn Bigelow, Sally Menke, Reed Morano, and other female directors, cinematographers, costume designers, editors and screenwriters.
This lab will provide an opportunity for high-school junior girls between the ages of 16-18 to experience all aspects of the filmmaking process, from screenwriting to production to editing. No prior filmmaking experience is necessary and the lab is FREE.
Guided by seasoned filmmakers the participants will develop a 3-5 minute short film with an emphasis on women’s empowerment and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) over the course of the eight-week program.
The finished short films will be screened at the end of the program and during ACS’s annual FILMLAND in August.
Class Dates: March 26 - May 14
Every Child Has a Story Worth Telling.
At Young Storytellers, our mission is simple: we inspire young people to discover the power of their voice. Using one-on-one mentorship, public school students learn how to write original stories and see them brought to life. Thanks to thousands of volunteer mentors, actors, and classroom teachers, we serve more than 60 public schools in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Austin, AND NOW ARKANSAS! Reaching over 2,000 students in elementary, middle, and high school each year.
As a result, young people learn that their voice matters.
Directed by Robert Sedláček, 2018, 124 min.
Jan Palach, an uncompromising young man, made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of rousing the nation from its growing lethargy and of protesting the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. This biopic describes the last months of Palach’s life, describing his path from an affectionate son, devoted friend and sensitive philosophy student to the “Torch number 1.”
Directed by Olmo Omerzu, 2018, 85 min.
A rebellious teenager and his dorky, BB-gun-toting sidekick run away through the Czech countryside in a stolen Audi. Along the way, they pick up a dog and a pretty female hitchhiker as they try to elude the police. An interrogation of tall tales of exploits is contrasted against awkwardness, innocence, and adulthood. This coming-of-age road movie tells a story of adolescent friendship and the irrepressible desire to experience something even if one doesn’t know exactly what that something is – a sense of unbridled freedom. The film received the Best Director award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Directed by Radim Špaček, 2018, 106 min.
Young Czechoslovak men learn to play basketball from American Mormons at a YMCA camp in 1938. When World War II erupts a year later, their coach is arrested and executed. A young lawyer named Franta steps in to manage the team. After the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945, he visits the prison yard where their coach died, picking up a handful of soil and placing in a box with national colors. The team carries this talisman to the European Championship in Geneva where the Czechs miraculously win in 1946. However, everything changes again with the communist coup in February 1948. Friendships are broken, several basketball players are persecuted, and Franta is arrested. The team will go to Paris to defend their title, but can they succeed?
Directed by Jiří Vejdělek, 2018, 90 min.
Fashion designer Eva unexpectedly becomes a widow. Surprises continue to come when she discovers an unknown child's drawing in her late husband's possessions. Even though Eva would like to ignore the discovery, her daughter Tereza, whose life is falling apart, latches onto the idea of an estranged stepbrother. The mother and daughter set out in her late husband’s vintage car to follow the trails of his former lovers, look for old friends, and find out more about the hidden family secret.
Eleven-year-old Jakub can’t stand his stepsister or his domineering grandma. To make matters worse, he discovers that his hard working mother misled him about where his father was. He is certainly not navigating any maritime vessel, as she would have him believe. Family ties are put to the test in Jakub Šmíd’s second feature.
Director Jakub Šmíd will follow the film screening
The Pantry Crest
Dr. Jesse Burks is a native of Benton, Arkansas, and is a reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgeon. In his spare time, he makes short films. In 2014, he wrote and directed ONE PLEASE here in Arkansas. It was nominated for the Best Narrative Short at both Slamdance and the Tribeca Film Festival and now has over 10 million views on Youtube. In 2016, Dr. Burks wrote and directed CURED with fellow Arkansas filmmaker Eric England - "A young woman, possessed by a demonic entity, encounters a doctor with a very unusual method for performing exorcisms.” Most recently, Dr. Burks wrote and directed ODD HAPPENINGS IN A TINY TENT, only recently completed in 2019.
As part of the Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight Series, the ACS will screen his shorts One Please and Cured as well as a “friends & family preview screening" of Odd Happenings in a Tiny Tent. The mission of the Arkansas Filmmaker Spotlight Series is to not only highlight the work of the local talent in Arkansas but also allow them the opportunity to screen the films that inspired their work and share their inspirations with their community. Inspired by the magical work of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Dr. Burks elected to screen Micmacs along with his short films.
Dr. Jesse Burks and actor Michael Berryman (Weird Science, The Hills Have Eyes, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) is the lead performer in all of Dr. Burks' shorts and will be in attendance at the screenings and part of the conversation following the films.
Arkansan Graham Gordy, ACS Board Member and head mentor for Little Rock's Young Storyteller program, is a seasoned screenwriter, Co-Writer/Actor/Producer of the feature film Antiquities, the Co-Creator of the series Quarry on Cinemax, and writer of True DetectiveSeason 3. Graham played an instrumental role in recruiting HBO to film the series here in Arkansas, as it was written and set and will be on-hand after the screening to answer questions and talk about the show and his experience.
Q&A WITH Graham Gordy, fellow Arkansan and writer of True Detective Season 3
After the screening and Q&A we had a great after party at Cache.
Arkansas Cinema Society presents a free sneak preview of On The Basis of Sex.
Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer play gender-rights crusader Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her husband Marty in this inspirational early-career courtroom drama.
Q&A WITH Dean Theresa Beiner, Professor Beth Levi (JD), Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck, Judge Ellen Brantley, Tjuana Byrd, and Gov. Chief of Staff Alison Williams as moderator.
Thank you, Cache for hosting our After Party.
Thanks to Focus Features our partner for this event.
A woman filming a documentary on childhood rape victims starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach.
Q&A WITH Executive Producer, Jayme Lemons and Kerri Wood Einertson, Sr. Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, (SAG-AFTRA)
Thank you, Samantha's Tap Room for hosting our After Party.
Thanks to World Woman Summit 18 our co-sponsor for this event.
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.
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.
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. All three nights we offered a VIP lounge for our sponsors, filmmakers, and board members. Our filmmaker guests included: Jeff Nichols who hosted all of the Q&A conversations, Producer, Noah Stahl, Director/Writer, David Lowery, and actor Adam Driver. 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 and capture interviews.
The Arkansas Cinema Society's Filmland is a curated annual celebration of cinema with a mission to nurture and inspire filmmakers in Arkansas by exposing Arkansans to filmmakers and their art.
Arkansas Shorts is a showcase of short films created by natives and current residents of Arkansas. Shorts films are 10 minutes or less and span all genres including narrative, documentary, music video and experimental films. Sometimes called the "Jewel of January," it is one of the most fun and anticipated events of the year. Filmmakers and film lovers often wear their Hollywood best!
Bentonville Film Festival is a one of a kind event that champions inclusion in all forms of media. Co-founded by Academy Award® winner Geena Davis & Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, BFF is a year-long platform culminating with an annual festival in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola.
The Conway Film Festival is a venue of local, national, and international independent filmmaking. In conjunction with ArtsFest, we are located in downtown Conway, AR.
CZECH THAT FILM is an annual film festival held throughout the United States from March till July. The festival is dedicated to draw attention to and raise the profile of Czech films and to celebrate Czech cinema at an international level. Conceived in 2012, it provides an opportunity for enthusiasts of international cinema in the United States to sample and evaluate successful new Czech films recently awarded at both domestic and international stages.
The El Dorado Film Festival offers a curated selection of independent cinema to audiences in El Dorado, Arkansas: a small town with a unique history in the arts.
The Fayetteville Film Fest is a cultural leader in our region, bringing world class film to our state, developing meaningful relationships with filmmakers, and nurturing the art of filmmaking by uniting a community of creators and supporters.
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America. HSDFF offers multiple awards categories, and is a designated Academy-Award� -qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Documentary Short Subject.
Our mission is to inspire, educate, & promote talented artists & filmmakers around the world. The institute provides opportunities for networking, exhibition, education, screenings and more. The historic Central Theater offers a unique venue for the public to experience films on the �Big Screen� often with the filmmakers artists or celebrities available to answer questions and share their insights.
The Hot Springs International Women�s Film Festival (HSWFF) is presented by the Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute. The festival celebrates women filmmakers and artists by providing a historic the�ter venue and networking forum in Hot Springs National Park, AR. USA.
Filmmakers from all over the Little Rock area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours.
The annual Made in Arkansas Film Festival hosted by CALS Ron Robinson Theater is devoted to showcasing films made in The Natural State from a wide variety of filmmakers in all corners of the state and to giving local filmmakers the opportunity to have their films shown at the beautiful state-of-the-art CALS Ron Robinson Theater.
Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to excellence and accessibility in the media arts. We present the annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest each spring and the T Tauri Movie Camp Youth Summer Residency Program each July and have been actively involved in advancing film culture in Arkansas for seventeen years.
Ozark Media Arts Festival is the premiere festival in the midwest showcasing video and photography from high school and college students. Students can compete in mail-in categories, onsite competitions, and industry lead workshops in broadcast, film, production, and photography, as well as a college, career and tech exposition to connect students with career changing opportunities. The goal of Ozark Media Arts Festival is to build strong connections and networks to enable a sustainable pathway from education to industry.
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