ARKANSAS CINEMA SOCIETY-- "FILMLAND"
One sign of maturity, I suppose, is to be able to admit when one is out-classed. As someone who has helped organize 24-hour-film competitions, screenplay writing contests, and motion picture education seminars, I know the challenges and work involved. Kathryn Tucker, Jeff Nichols, Graham Gordy, and everyone at the Arkansas Cinema Society, however, have taken to a new, higher level the building of an Austin-like film culture in Little Rock. In just its second year, the ACS has just completed the resoundingly successful, four-day FILMLAND event.
The official ACS Mission Statement is worth quoting: "We're building a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other, and nurture the new and existing film talent within our state through increased exposure to filmmakers and their art."
I'll leave the recent pesky details and name-dropping to practitioners of the journalistic and public relations arts, but can attest that the proverbial good time was had by all during the first annual FILMLAND. Congratulations. Can't wait to see what Kathryn, Jeff, Gordy, their sponsors and associates do next.