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Arkansas Cinema Society makes a splash in Forbes

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge JEFF NICHOLS
Reading this morning includes an extensive article in Forbes on-line about the new Arkansas Cinema Society in an interview with Jeff Nichols, the Little Rock native filmmaker who's a driving force behind the new society.

The article delves into ambitions for the society,, fund-raising and Nichols' own evolution as a filmmaker. A film festival in August is among the programs envisioned.

Nichols draws inspiration from a film festival in Illinois.

In 2007, Nichols was invited to Ebertfest in Champaign, Ill. to screen his debut film Shotgun Stories, starring Michael Shannon. Of all the film festivals he's attended across the globe in promotion of his work, the modest and unorthodox brainchild of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic resonated the most.

"I was really taken with it," Nichols said. "What was so cool about Ebert's festival was it wasn't competitive. There was no cross-programming. Basically there's one big, beautiful theater that he helped renovate, and pretty much everybody would just go see the same movie during the day. So they'd have one in the morning, one in the afternoon, one in the evening, and maybe a midnight screening—all separated by meals. Roger was actually sick the year I was there for Shotgun Stories, but if he was there, he would sit on stage with the filmmaker and discuss the film. But what you got was this sense of Roger Ebert reaching out to you saying, 'Pay attention to this. Look at this film,' and in some cases, 'Look at this film again.' He'd tell you what to focus on and what makes it different from other films or what makes it worthy of a second look."

With Little Rock's population more than doubling that of Champaign, the yet-unnamed ACS festival may one day take the form of a more souped-up Ebertfest—albeit with one central difference emblematic of the Arkansas Cinema Society's greater mission.

"We'd like to have an Arkansas Program that might be curated or might be submission," [Society director Kathryn] Tucker said. "It's very important to us to support the films being made in Arkansas."

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