Arkansas Cinema Society

Arkansas Cinema Society

A new Arkansas law passed by the legislature with little dissent and signed by the governor in April creates a new tax incentive for the film industry in Arkansas.

KUAR spoke with Kathryn Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Cinema Society and Christina McLarty Arquette, producer and board member of the Arkansas Cinema Society about the new credit and how they hope it will bring more film projects to the Natural State. Below is a transcript of the aired conversation.

Arkansas Cinema Society

Like many other events across the state, this year’s Filmland, a four-day film-festival in Little Rock created by the Arkansas Cinema Society, went under modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KUAR’s Sarah Kellogg spoke with Kathryn Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Cinema Society, about this year’s festival and the films selected for screenings. Below is a transcription of the interview that aired on KUAR.

KUAR: What was the planning situation like for Filmland this year?

Arkansas Cinema Society

While movie theaters remain closed due to social distancing measures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the Arkansas Cinema Society is partnering with several local organizations to present a series of documentaries for patrons to watch online.

The Arkansas-made independent film Antiquities will launch the Arkansas Cinema Society's Movies on Main Street Program.
Arkansas Cinema Society

The Arkansas Cinema Society’s new series Movies on Main Street will screen independent films at downtown main street theaters throughout Arkansas, bringing such films to areas where screenings are rare. The ACS has partnered with inVeritas, Landmark, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts and state arts agencies to fund the program.

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After an eight-week, hands-on lab, the two short films created by the Arkansas Cinema Society’s Teen Girl Filmmaking Lab premiered to a full crowd on Thursday night.

The short films, "Ensemble" and "Justitia" were part of the 'Girls Night' program for this year’s Filmland festival in Little Rock. They preceded a screening of the film "Troop Zero," where writer Lucy Alibar and Bert, half of the directing duo Bert and Bertie, were both in attendance to answer questions about the film afterwards.

Arkansas Cinema Society

This year’s Filmland, curated by the Arkansas Cinema Society, will spotlight women filmmakers during its opening night. Audiences will have the chance to view “Troop Zero,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film, starring Viola Davis and Allison Janney, follows a group of misfit Girl Scouts in the 1970s. Its writer, Lucy Alibar, as well as its directors Bert and Bertie are all women.

Kathryn Tucker, Executive Director for the Arkansas Cinema Society, says this particular night serves as a nice contrast from the rest of the festival.