Bentonville Film Festival

The Arkansas Cinema Society began in Central Arkansas, but is establishing a presence around the state, including in Northwest Arkansas. Kathryn Tucker, a co-founder of the group, explains a scheduled film screening this week is just the beginning.

Courtesy / Jenna Laurenzo

Jenna Laurenzo, creator and star of the holiday comedy feature film Lez Bomb and a Green Book supporting actor, is appearing this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Main Stage in Eureka Springs where she is in summer residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.

Courtesy / Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl

Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl is a documentary that follows the British pop sensation as she navigates the difficulties of being an entertainer on her own terms. The documentary will be screened at 1:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville as part of the Bentonville Film Festival. We speak with Director Amy Goldstein and Producer Anouchka Van Riel about the film.  

Courtesy / Red Bull Media House

When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia suffers a devastating spinal cord injury, his life is changed in an instant. Basagoitia discusses the making of the documentary Any One of Us, which includes videos he shot himself of his own recovery. It will screen at the Bentonville Film Festival Friday and Saturday.

courtesy Carly Usdin

The 14-minute film Misdirection, written and directed by Carly Usdin, features a college freshman with OCD suffering from a failed crush who discovers the healing power of street magic. The queer comedy will be shown during a third round competition for film shorts, which begins at 3:15 p.m. May 11 in the Walmart Museum World Room.

Courtesy: Bamboo and Barbed Wire

The documentary Bamboo and Barbed Wire examines the history of a Japanese internment camp in Idaho. The director, Karen Day, will screen the movie Friday afternoon at the Walmart World Room and Satuday afternoon at the Skylight Cinema as part of the Bentonville Film Festival.

"Women Like Us" profiles women in the U.S. and in Africa who are dedicated to making societal improvements. The Bentonville Film Festival Foundation will screen the film at 6 p.m. Monday at Skylight Cinema as part of the foundation's monthly Monday Movie series. We speak with the film's director to learn more about the documentary.

courtesy: Lunacy Productions

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.

Courtesy: Garret Hubbard

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.

Gage Skidmore

Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern is the inspiration for an award at the Bentonville Film Festival, the Dernsie.  He explains the term was coined by Jack Nicholson in honor of Dern's ability to improvise on set.

MUSIC: "L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock" Ennio Morricone