Inaugural Made in Arkansas Film Festival runs May 16 to 18 at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Made in Arkansas Film Festival

The inaugural Made in Arkansas Film Festival will be held May 16-18 at CALS Ron Robinson Theater and is devoted to showcasing films made in The Natural State from a wide variety of filmmakers from all corners of the state. The festival gives local filmmakers the opportunity to have their films shown at a state-of-the-art theater, as well as the chance to network with others in the industry and fans alike.

THURSDAY, MAY 16  •  ALL DAY ACCESS: $5

7:00–8:00 p.m.: Arkansas Shorts 1
•  My Name is Zula, directed by David Bogard
•  A Bar Fight Kind of Night, directed by Travis Olson
•  Surrounded by Love, directed by Tanner Smith
•  The Dixie Kings, directed by Jimmy Westmoreland

8:00–10:00 p.m.: Feature Film
The Boo, directed by Scott McEntire
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

 

FRIDAY, MAY 17  •  ALL DAY ACCESS: $5

7:00–8:00 p.m.: Comedy Shorts
•  Matriarchs, directed by Rachel Asherman
•  Gift Horse, directed by Amy Hale
•  Frank, directed by James Basham
•  Expired, directed by Tanesa Kassa
•  Local Hero, directed by Payton Perkins
•  Pop, directed by Scott McEntire
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

8:00–9:00 p.m.: Horror/Sci Fi/Thriller Shorts
•  Now You See Me, directed by Kelly Griffin
•  As Sisters, As One, directed by Whitney Butler
•  Boxed In, directed by Patrick Hicks
•  Little Brother, directed by Eric White
•  Deer in Headlights, directed by Austin McEuen
•  Last Call, directed by Blake Elder
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

9:00–10:00 p.m.: Experimental/”WTF???” Shorts
•  My Better Nature, directed by Al Topich & Michael Carpenter
•  Bees, directed by Donavon Thompson
•  Father, directed by Sophie Barnes
•  Sonhood, directed by Terrell Case & Eric White
•  Heaven Days V, directed by Terrell Case
•  Arkansas, You’re All Up in Me, directed by Joe Keith Noble
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

 

SATURDAY, MAY 18

12:00–2:00 p.m.: Documentary Shorts  •  $5
•  Homeless in Boomtown, directed by Denzel Jenkins
•  Unedited, directed by Rosa Brazeal
•  A Shelter First, directed by Bryan Pollard
•  Come One Come All, directed by Laura Craig
•  Mike the Birdman, directed by John Burcham Erwin
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

2:00–4:00 p.m.: Made in Arkansas Feature  •  $5
It’s Called Life, directed by Dedric Jones
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

4:00–5:00 p.m.: Arkansas Shorts 2  •  $5
•  Avaline, directed by Hannah Roebuck
•  El Muppet Song, directed by Eric White
•  Milk Aisle, directed by Jordan Hunt
•  A Split Moment, directed by Candace Seward
•  Bingo Night, directed by Brooklyn Alexander
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

5:00–6:00 p.m.: Arkansas Shorts 3  •  $5
•  I Can’t Draw, directed by Sydney Botter
•  Chronic, directed by Blake Elder
•  Sister, directed by Stephanie Salyer
•  Grandchildren “Okay, I’m Waiting,” directed by Jennifer Gerber
•  Last Stop, directed by Prentice Dupins
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

6:00–8:00 p.m.:  Made in Arkansas Feature  •  $5
Poor Mama’s Boy, directed by Dalton Coffey
(Filmmaker Q&A will follow)

8:00 p.m.:  Awards Ceremony  •  FREE!

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Rosebud revealed as CITIZEN KANE is shown at CALS Ron Robinson tonight

“Rosebud.”

With that mysterious (and now iconic) word, Orson Welles’s acclaimed CITIZEN KANE opens and the rest of the movie is a quest for the characters and viewers to determine the significance.

Often hailed as the best movie ever made, this 1941 classic is part of the “Cinema Essentials” film series at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.  The screening starts tonight at 7:00pm.

Viewed at the time as a Roman à clef of sorts of the life of William Randolph Hearst (who did everything he could to keep it from being released or viewed by people after it was released), the movie was directed, produced, and starred Welles, who also co-wrote the script with Herman J. Mankiewicz.

Joining Welles in the cast were Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, and William Alland.

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and was a favorite to win several. However, block voting from some branches apparently stymied that. It only won the Original Screenplay Oscar for Mankiewicz and Welles.  The other nominations were for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Score, and Sound.

Tonight (5/11) – Arkansas Sounds presents Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Tonight (May 11) at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, Arkansas Sounds presents Jim Lauderdale

“He’s a man of great style, an exceptional songwriter and tremendous singer” – Elvis Costello

Jim Lauderdale is a two-time Grammy-winning Americana icon and A-list Nashville singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-encrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity for thirty-one albums over decades of recording.

He’s written number-one songs for George Strait, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Mark Chesnutt, and the Dixie Chicks as well as recording albums with Elvis Costello, Dr. Ralph Stanley, the North Mississippi Allstars, Donna the Buffalo, Elvis Presley’s band, Buddy Miller, and longtime Grateful Dead collaborator Robert Hunter. His prolific streak of releases continues in 2019 with his new album From Another World.

This is a solo concert with no opening act.

Tickets are $20 for general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Presented by Arkansas Sounds. Sponsored by Friends of the Central Arkansas Library System (FOCAL), Acansa Arts Festival, FM 89.1 KUAR, Dr. Elizabeth Fletcher Dishongh Charitable Trust and David Austin at The Charlotte John Company.

Tonight (5/10) Arkansas Sounds presents The Cate Brothers Band at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Tonight, Arkansas Sounds presents The Cate Brothers Band

Arkansas music legends, The Cate Brothers Band, reunite for a special performance of the biggest hits and most beloved songs from their storied five-decade career, including their Top 25 hit “Union Man.”

The Cate Brothers are the singer-songwriter duo of Earl and Ernie Cate, twin brothers from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who in the mid-1960s began performing soul music throughout the South. Both brothers are singers, with Earl on guitar and Ernie on piano. Since the mid-1970s, they have been prolific performers and recording artists of their signature country soul-rock.

Tickets are $25 for general admission seating. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert starts at 8:00 pm.

THE COLOR PURPLE screens tonight (5/7) at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

The Color Purple

Steven Spielberg’s 1985 movie, The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker’s prize-winning novel, is on the CALS Ron Robinson Theater screen tonight.

The film stars Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey (in her film debut), and Danny Glover. The film tells the story of a young African American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problems African American women faced during the early 20th century, including domestic violence, incest, pedophilia, poverty, racism, and sexism. Celie is transformed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female companions.

The showing starts tonight at 7pm at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.  Cost is $5.

On final day of 2019 Arkansas Literary Festival, see the film GABO about Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez PosterA law-school dropout and political journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, Gabriel García Márquez became the (Nobel prizewinning) writer of globally celebrated, critically-acclaimed books…

Known as “Gabo” to all of Latin America, Gabriel García Márquez’s sensual, “magical” sensibility leads him to the forefront of the political struggles of the 1970s and 1980s including a pivotal and previously unknown role in negotiations between Cuban leader Fidel Castro and American President Bill Clinton and into the hearts of readers across the world.

This 2015 documentary was directed by Justin Webster.

The screening at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater today (April 28) starts at 2pm.

Little Rock is putting the LIT in Literary today at the 2019 Arkansas Literary Festival

Image may contain: textAll the world’s a page, or at least it may seem so as the 2019 Arkansas Literary Festival moves into full force in a variety of venues throughout Little Rock.

LIBRARY SQUARE
At the Ron Robinson Theater:
10am – Levi Agee, Mark Freeman, Mike Mueller, Sister Deborah Troillet
11:30am – Jericho Brown, Geffrey Davis
1pm – Dorie Greenspan, Elizabeth Minchilli
2:30pm – Elizabeth Eckford, Eurydice Stanley, & Grace Stanley, The Worst First Day
4pm – Chigozie Obioma, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Pitchaya Sudbanthad
7pm – Rick Bragg, The Best Cook in the World

At the CALS Main Library Darragh Center:
10am – Mitchell S. Jackson, Julie Rieger
11:30am – Rick Campbell, Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
1pm – Patrick McGilligan, Andre Millard
2:30pm – Liana Finck, Charles Forsman
4pm – Adam Smith, Mark Freeman, Esme Weijun Wang

At the Roberts Library, Room 124
10am – Book Club Panel with Christine Bonsib, Toshona Carter, Stewart Fuell, Carmen Langston, Gregory Wagnon
11:30am – Roman Muradov, Mary Laura Philpott
1pm – Nita Gould, Joe David Rice
4pm – Cherisse Jones-Branch, Erin Wood

At The Bookstore at Library Square
10am – Charles J. Shields, Brantley Hargrove
11:30am – H.K. Hummel, Short Form Creative Writing (workshop)
2:30pm – Songwriting with Bonnie Montgomery (workshop)
4pm – Andrés Cerpa, Ruben Quesada

At CALS Main Library Level 4
1pm – Emily X. R. Pan

At Nexus Nook
2:30pm – Teen Poetry Contest

At UA Little Rock Downtown
11:30am – Kevin Brockmeier, Kathyrn Davis,
1pm – Crystal C. Mercer, Randi M. Romo
2:30pm – Marina Lostetter, Arkady Martine,
4pm – Ian S. Port

Ron Robinson Theater Alley
Makers Alley 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. with Bang-Up Betty, Matthew Castellano, Control, Crying Weasel Vintage, Dower, Electric Ghost, Green Corner Store, Luna Tick Designs, Milk Dadd, Origami Heroes, Sean Sapp
5:30pm Music by DOT
6pm Music by Dazz & Brie

OTHER VENUES
Christ Episcopal Church – 1pm – Erin McGraw
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church – 2:30pm – Barkley Thompson
Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant – 2:30pm – Rhett Brinkley, Lillian Li, Vaughn Scribner
Eggshells Kitchen Co. – 4pm – Elizabeth Minchilli (fee to attend)
Sticky’s Rock & Roll Chicken Shack – 7pm – Pub or Perish

FAMILY EVENTS AT THE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON CHILDREN’S LIBRARY

  • Pose Like a Prince/Princess – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Classroom
  • Take Home Free Tales: Book Fair; Books provide by the Junior League of Little Rock and CALS – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Store
  • Create a Crown: Crafts You Can Wear; Build one in preparation for The Emperor’s New Clothes, or simply to feel royal all day. – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
  • The Kinders, a rollicking, good-time concert for kids – 9 a.m., Theater
  • Meet the Billy Goats Gruff (Provided by Heifer Village Urban Farm) – 10 a.m. to Noon, Front lawn
  • StoryTime with Nancy Pruitt, Winston the Pony Goes to a Party. – 10 a.m., Art Gallery
  • Making Merry Music: Drum Circle, Searcy Ewell, Jr. helps kids explore the power of percussion – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Amphitheatre
  • Hot Dogs for Hansel and Gretel, Free lunches are provided for hungry tots – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Back patio
  • Grow Your Own Bean Stalk, Plant some magic beans with Drew Bradbury and carry home your new stalk-to-be – 10:30-11 a.m., 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., Greenhouse
  • StoryTime with Craig O’Neill, the lively KTHV anchor shares a bit of Jack & the Beanstalk, and encourages kids to create their own stories – 11 a.m., Theater
  • StoryTime with Higgins Bond, Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away, 11:30 a.m., Theater
  • StoryTime with Jeff Henderson, Stone Soup – Noon, Kitchen
  • Breathe & Believe: Children’s Yoga, Tanesha Forrest is back with her terrific animal yoga workshop – 12:30 p.m., Back patio
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes, enjoy a live stage play about a vain emperor and his “special clothes” that are visible only to the smartest people. What could go wrong? Sponsored by Rebsamen Fund – 1 p.m., Theater