ACS announces “Filmland,” set for August

July 25, 2018

From the press release:





ACS 4-day event to feature Arkansas films, industry professionals

[LITTLE ROCK, AR] –Arkansas Cinema Society’s showcase weekend returns this Augustwith a new name: Filmland. This year’s event will involve more Arkansas content alongside big names from the film industry and epic afterparties. With McKibbon Hospitality as our presenting sponsor, tickets go on sale next week, but ACS memberships are already available at

“Including more Arkansas productions in Filmland has been a top priority for ACS,” Executive Director Kathryn Tucker said. “We want to give local filmmakers a biggerplatform to amplify their work and reach more people.”

The weekend opens Thursday night, August 23, with Golden Globe-winning and 5-time Oscar-nominated writer/director Richard Linklater. Known for such beloved films as Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Boyhood and the “Before” trilogy, Linklater willscreen one of his earlier films, 1998’s The Newton Boys, and participate in a Q&A session with ACS Board Chairman Jeff Nichols about his approach to filmmaking.

After collecting submissions from Arkansas filmmakers, four feature films and seven short films will screen at Filmland on Friday and Sunday. This will include the Arkansas premiere of Antiquities Friday night, with Arkansas cast and crew in attendance, including writer/director Daniel Campbell, co-writer Graham Gordy, and actress Mary Steenburgen.

Another Steenburgen project will be featured during the day on Saturday, when Last Man on Earth’s co-creators Will Forte and John Solomon arrive to share episodes of the show. Forte will also screen cult favorite MacGruber, based on his popular Saturday Night Live character.

On Saturday night, Filmland will screen the documentary Survivor’s Guide to Prison, a look at life behind bars in our current society. Producers David and Christina Arquette will take part in the screening and a Q&A, along with director Matthew Cooke. Born Christina McLarty, Mrs. Arquette grew up and previously worked in Arkansas. Her father Bud McLarty and uncle Mack McLarty are bringing in Phoenix, the #1 classic-rock cover band in Las Vegas, to play at Saturday’s afterparty.

Jeff Nichols’ brother Ben, the lead singer of Lucero, will also be in town to perform duringFilmland. The Nichols brothers will screen and discuss a new music video Jeff directed for Lucero last month.

More names and films may be announced between now and Filmland weekend. Ticket sales begin next week at when we launch our new website re-designed by Stone Ward. The site will also have information about afterparties and potential VIP opportunities, including access to the Cache Lounge all four nights. You can also learn about the other work that ACS does to provide opportunities for Arkansas filmmakers and those aspiring to work in film to network, make friends, and learn from industry insiders.

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