Plenty of history, some legend and a good amount of speculation make up the new movie The Riot Act. The film was inspired by, and shot in, Van Buren. We talk with three of the creative forces behind the movie that opens tomorrow.
At the Bentonville Film Festival, audiences have the chance to watch a mix of old and new movies. One of those newer movies, Rust Creek, is having its world premiere tonight in northwest Arkansas. Earlier this week, we spoke with director Jen McGowan about this project and the evolution of her career.
Garrett Hubbard recently moved to Bentonville from Washington, D.C., and a documentary he co-produced will be screened this week at the Bentonville Film Festival. Rikers: Innocence Lost will be screened at 12 p.m. Wednesday and at 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Walmart Museum as part of the Shorts Competition.
The new movie Getting Grace examines mortality, a life well-lived, divine influence and more. Daniel Roebuck directed and stars in the movie about a terminally ill teenager and what she teaches those around her. The film makes a northwest Arkansas debut tonight.
When most people hear the name Godzilla, it's destruction that comes immediately to mind- but as part of their live-scoring of the 1954 film, Ryan Cockerham's music and sound design class at the Arkansas Arts Academy reconstruct the soundscape.
"There is no documentation of Godzilla, because Toho is very protective of what's distributed," says Cockerham. "So this film just exists as a film. There's no screenplay, there's no nothing."
In October, the city of Fayetteville agreed to back $500,000 in incentives to go along with the state’s seven-figure incentives package to encourage a major production company to pick Northwest Arkansas as it’s filming location. We speak with Steve Clark, the president and CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, about how filming a TV series in the area could be a springboard for exponentially growing the film production economy in the region. We also speak with Brian Gannon, the director of the Austin Film Commission, about how the city has done just that over the last 30 years.