New Arkansas Cinema Society Dreamland Film Series launches tonight with screening of episodes of HBO’s Insecure

Come see the HBO hit series INSECURE screened with the producer Deniese Davis, and hear a conversation about the making of the show with producer Jayme Lemons, Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. and columnist Philip Martin!

This is the LAUNCH EVENT for the ACS’s new Dreamland Film Series – a celebration of black voices in cinema. The screening, conversation and after-party are all FREE and open to the public!

It’s a unique, not-to-be-missed experience to get to see our favorite shows projected BIG with a live audience and hear the makers talk about the behind the scenes. See you there!

The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.
Philander Smith M.L. Harris Auditorium
Doors open at 5:30 pm

TICKETS ARE FREE!
(Includes screening, Q&A and after party cover)
but RSVP is encouraged.  RSVP HERE

The after-party is at 109 & Co.

Final Day of Filmland features TOY STORY 4 and episodes from STRANGER THINGS season 2

The Arkansas Cinema Society’s Filmland concludes with a double bill of works directed by Andrew Stanton.

Up first is Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4.  Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and their friends return, this time joined by Forky. The gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re two worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

Doors to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater open at 2pm with the screening starting at 2:30pm.  Prior to the showing of Toy Story 4, a five minute play from each semester of the Young Storytellers program will be performed.

Sunday evening, two episodes of Stranger Things, Season 2 will be shown.  Will Byers finds himself the target of the Upside Down a year after his disappearance as a large tentacled figure named the Mind Flayer soon terrorizes the citizens of Hawkins, drawing back Joyce and Hopper along with Mike’s sister Nancy, Will’s brother Jonathan, and Nancy’s boyfriend Steve, as well as Will’s close friends; Mike, Dustin and Lucas.

The whole group along with Californian newcomer Maxine as well as a missing Eleven must join forces once again to prevent the threat from increasing.

Doors open at 5:30pm with the screening starting at 6:30pm.

Following both screenings, Stanton will engage in a Q&A with ACS founder Jeff Nichols.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or “CalArts”) in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (1987). In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios.

Stanton went on to help establish Pixar as one of the world’s leading animation studios. He was designer and writer on Toy Story (1995), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He went on to write and direct such worldwide hits as A Bug’s Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003) and WALL·E (2008), the latter two both winning Oscars for Best Animated Feature. Stanton also dabbles in voice work, perhaps most memorably as Crush, the laid back turtle, in Finding Nemo (2003).

Tonight at Filmland: BOY ERASED on the CALS Ron Robinson Theater screen

Boy Erased (2018 poster).pngFilmland continues this evening with 2018’s Boy Erased.  Starring Oscar wines Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe and Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges, this is based on Arkansan Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased: A Memoir.

Boy Erased was written for the screen and directed by Joel Edgerton, who also produced with Kerry Kohansky Roberts and Steve Golin.  Edgerton also appears in the movie.

The movie is the story of the son of a Baptist preacher who is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Director Joel Edgerton will participate in a Q&A with Arkansas Cinema Society founder Jeff Nichols after the screening.  As an actor, he has appeared in Nichols’ Midnight Special and Loving.

Doors to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater open at 5:30pm with the screening starting at 6:00pm.