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2021 Made in Arkansas Film Festival

2021 Made in Arkansas Film Festival

Returning for its third year, the Made in Arkansas Film Festival is devoted to showcasing films made here in The Natural State. By filmmakers for filmmakers, Made in Arkansas is dedicated to cultivating and promoting the art of filmmaking.

To help keep everyone safe, this year’s event will be virtual, hosted on the Kosmi streaming platform in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System and the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. We’ve opened the festival up to those filmmakers with an Arkansas connection, as well as filmmakers in neighboring states… and we’re more than a “little” excited about adding microshorts to the mix this year as well!

Virtual screenings will be taking place Thursday-Saturday, May 13-15, and awards will be given in five categories on Saturday — PLUS you’ll be able to vote each night for Audience Favorite in each block. Registration is FREE! Be sure to RSVP on this page, and grab your drinks, snacks, and maybe a (fully vaccinated) friend or two and enjoy three great nights of Arkansas films!

Here’s where to join us each night of the festival: https://app.kosmi.io/room/mpbpco (simply click this link and watch from your web browser!)

THURSDAY, MAY 13:

SHORT FILM: The Doe Harvest, directed by Alexander Gorski & Perrin Partee
“Conservation is paramount at WingSelect Farms. Nestled in Camden, Arkansas, we demonstrate the duty of hunters and others to respect and appreciate our wild spaces to ensure the longevity of the land and wildlife.”

FEATURE FILM: Indians, Outlaws, Marshals, and The Hangin’ Judge, directed by Larry Foley
“Indians, Outlaws, Marshals, and the Hangin’ Judge is an entertaining and informative deep-dive into the life and times of the infamous Judge Isaac C. Parker. Larry Foley’s film draws us into the world of late 1800’s Fort Smith, Arkansas where the judge’s gallows saw plenty of action, while effectively giving context to these violent, lawless times.”
– Jay Russell, Director, The Waterhorse; My Dog Skip; Ladder 49; Tuck Everlasting

FRIDAY, MAY 14:

Comedy Block @ 7:00 p.m.

Uncle Man, directed by Molly Wheat
A man is empowered by the loss of his job to embrace his other powers.

When The Palace Sleep, directed by Corbin Pitts
A documentary crew was assigned to a new intern at a local community theatre. One night while the intern is locking the building up, the crew and the new soon-to-be worker have a wild encounter.

Life After Death, directed by Noah Glenn
In this light-hearted dark comedy, a man discovers an unconventional family when he is invited to a support group for the legally dead.

Mr. Handsome, directed by Lauren McCullough
He calls himself California…and he always hears how handsome he is. But when you see his face, it may come as a surprise.

I Knew Him Well, directed by Sean Harrison Jones
A disruption at the funeral of a beloved patriarch forces a family to come to terms with the memory of the man they thought they knew.

Horror/Sci-Fi/WTF Block @ 8:30 p.m.:

The First Boy, directed by Zak Bandit
He was so perfect. He was just what I wanted, what I needed. I had finally found him.

Young Blood, directed by Bailey Cash
What makes a killer? When does it start? Is it something that can only be seen through the eyes of the adult? One thing we do know: There will always be blood…

Hinnom, directed by Matthew Rice
A man ventures deep into the woods to face a terrible monster.

The Ceiling Man, directed by Brett Helms
A boy is haunted by his sleep paralysis demon on a stormy night.

Silent Night, directed by Johnnie Brannon
Knock. Knock.

Sauce Edge, directed by Donavon Thompson
A conversation over a special feast.

October 31, directed by Austin McEuen
A group of strangers competing for a cash prize in an extreme Halloween haunt soon discover they are playing a game of survival.

WTF Block @ 9:30 p.m.:

Musing a Sisterplace, directed by Sophie Barnes
An exploration of movement and femininity with an original spoken-word poem by the filmmaker.

Derek – Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, directed by Gary Boulter
The Apocalypse did not go ahead as planned and it’s all Derek’s fault.

Here Be Lions, directed by Shane Martin White (contains nudity)
A fictional short film based on the history of witchcraft and the practice of magic set 100 years after the Salem Witch Trials deep in the woods of a forest in New England. A long-dead woman seeks to be reborn through blood.

Symmetry in Reflection, directed by Abby Withey
This film is a reflection of the inner self and the anxiety and loneliness felt by fear.

Perfectly Convenient, directed by Walker Walthall
A young man stops at a gas station to use the bathroom and meets a few interesting people.

SATURDAY, MAY 15:

Block 1 @ 10:00 a.m.:

Shattered Dreams, directed by TJ Deeter & Bryan Stafford

Testify, directed by Krista Bradley

Trapped, directed by Abby Withey

And Don’t Forget I Love You, directed by Taylor Walker

Fletcher, directed by Emma Thatcher

Block 2 @ 11:00 a.m.:

Hidden Letters, directed by Justin Strange

Hopeless Romantic, directed by Stephen Beason

Alone, directed by Jason Pitts

Boyfriend of The Year, directed by L. Tanner Smith

Doc Block @ 12:45 p.m.:

A Promising Voice, directed by Obed Lamey

Digital Peruggias, directed by Keith Hudson

The Man From Boggy Creek, directed by Scott McKinnon & Paul Glover

Haven’s Road, directed by Ed Lowry

Block 4 @ 3:15 p.m.:

Lesson From A Moonwalk, directed by Brad Ellis

Die Laughing, directed by Kelly Griffin

Born User, directed by Jacob Lankford

Grounded, directed by Dylan Weatherly

Hit on Me, directed by Josh Baxter

Block 4 @ 4:30 p.m.:

Parardise, directed by Colin Sanders

Smell The Trees, directed by Breyionna Flowers

The Weatherman, directed by Ty Tush

One Of These Days, directed by Clayton Henderson

Block 6 @ 5:45 p.m.:

Eclipse, directed by Andrew Bowcock

Dating, directed by L. Tanner Smith

Negro Solstice, directed by Mike Day

Brother Ted, directed by Matt Goeke

Caramel, directed by Kevin Hopper

Absent, directed by Damon McKinnis

Block 7 @ 6:30 p.m.:

You, directed by Jess Carson

Rise, directed by Aaron Szabo

Phosphorescence, directed by Conner Allen Smith

Take Down – Recognizer, directed by Mike Mullins

Blood On The Risers, directed by Caleb Fanning

Closing Night Film @ 8:00 p.m.:

American Cherry, directed by Marcella Cytrynowicz

AWARDS CEREMONY

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Date and Time

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - May 15 @ 10:00 pm

Cost

Free