"Tapping the Ozarks," a new film by University of Arkansas students Danny Henkel and Alyssa Becker, focuses on NWA beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in the region, highlighting companies like Home Brewery, Fossil Cove, Core, Saddlebock, and West Mountain. The film's official premiere was last month at Fossil Cove, but the filmmakers put it online for free last night.
In other film news: The 48 Hour Film Project, in which 30 teams competed to make a short film in two days last weekend, will be screening the completed films this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (beginning at 7 p.m. each night) at Ron Robinson Theater. /more/
The increasingly prestigious Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, recently named an Academy Award qualifier (as we reported in February) and set to take place October 10-19, has named writer and film critic Lauren Wissot its new programming director. /more/
Any film fans who were at Splice Microcinema's screening of "The Trial" Wednesday night were thrilled to hear that the group would be releasing its screening schedule for the rest of the year. Unfortunately there's a catch, and the catch is that you have to locate them yourself in this arduous word search. According to their Facebook page, the "first person to comment the titles of all 12 films gets one of our limited edition Splice T-shirts." /more/
The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute will host a preview screening of the new documentary "I'll Be Me ... Glen Campbell" on July 10 at the Ron Robinson Theater, followed by a discussion will the filmmakers (including director James Keach) and members of the Campbell family. /more/
Simon Mercer's "Glass Eyes of Locust Bayou," the great short film about the Arkansas filmmaker Phil Chambliss that screened at last month's Little Rock Film Festival and which I wrote about for the paper at the time, is now online so you can watch it for free. This is good news for the Internet and for the state of Arkansas. Take fifteen minutes and watch this thing. /more/
Market Street Cinema owner Matt Smith told the Times today that they will be closing their current location and reopening at Riverdale 10, the 10-screen, 35,000 square ft. theater on Cantrell Road that closed in December. "The big change that the customers will see is we’re going to be installing new Barco digital projectors and Dolby digital sound," he said over the phone this morning (before, both theaters used 35mm film and analog sound). /more/
Here's the latest video from Little Rock's Goon des Garcons and the Young Gods of American camp, a clip for "DIRTY BOYZ 2K14" that opens with a solid minute of druggy ambiance and is enough to make you want to quit your job and go nocturnal.
Two people were killed with two trains collided near Hwy. 67 early this morning, and State Police are evacuating residents of the southern end of the city while the trains burn. U.S. 67 south of Hoxie and U.S. 63 are closed. The trains were carrying hazardous chemicals.
Give Arkansas a Raise Now, the group seeking to qualify a ballot measure to raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017, turned in an additional 69,070 signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office today.
American Bridge, the liberal PAC formed by David Brock, the former Clinton foe now dedicated to round-the-clock Hillary Clinton defender, is out today with a new report on environmental impacts and layoffs from Koch Industries. The report focuses on the business activities of the Koch brothers — more famous for hundreds of millions in political spending aimed at slashing government services, regulation and taxes — in twelve states, including Arkansas. From the report: "The Kochs' extreme, self-serving agenda is bad for working families. And that reality is starkly embodied not only by their political persuasions, but by their business endeavors."
Ceramicist Barbara Satterfield, one of the Arkansas Times' "Visionaries" in 2013, has announced the creation of a touring, interactive sculpture exhibit that will be installed in public places in Helena, Heber Springs, Dardanelle and Warren before the final exhibition at the Cox Creative Center.
For this week’s cover story, three of us from the Times took a post-2 a.m. tour of Midtown, Electric Cowboy and Elevations to get some pictures and shout questions at strangers over the music. Fortunately, it’s easier to cold-start a conversation with someone when they’ve had 3 or 4 (or 9 or 10) drinks inside them. Unfortunately, although the willingness-to-talk curve goes up relative to the amount of alcohol consumed, the coherence-of-conversation curve moves in the opposite direction. Here are a few outtakes from a mostly sober night of inviting drunks to rant about city politics.