FilmFest Offers Seven Free Programs

FilmFest Offers Seven Free Programs

The 8th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest will offer seven free programs.  Festival president Bob Pest notes that “free programs have always been part of the festival, our mission is about both excellence and access.”  “We’re especially happy to be able to present Troubled Water as a free program,” he adds, “since it deals with such a critical issue in the lives of Arkansans.”

Free festival programs include:

Fridays at the Farm.  Wednesday, March 25, noon. Old Independence Regional Museum. Feeling disconnected from their food, a photographer/filmmaker and his family decide to join a community-supported organic farm. Featuring lush time-lapse and macro photography sequences compiled from nearly 20,000 still images.

Organic Frederick.  Wednesday, March 26, noon. Old Independence Regional Museum.

Examines how organic foods are entering the American mainstream through a look at the people and businesses involved with the organic food industry in Frederick County, Maryland. Special Guest:  Dan Guyette, local organic farmer.

Screenwriting Competition Awards Ceremony. Thursday, March 26, 8:15 p.m. Lyon College, Bevens Music Room.  Film producer Tim Jackson (Where’s My Close-Up, Mr Thornton?) will present the screenwriting awards and attending screenwriters will discuss their work. Sponsored by Category One Entertainment.

Rural Documentary Showcase. Friday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. UACCB, Independence Hall,

Room 103.

The Year After, a small town in Texas struggles to rebuild after a disastrous grass fire.

Brave New West, an independent journalist champions environmental causes in the heart of conservative Utah.

Panel Discussion: “Whither the Newspaper Movie Critic?” Saturday, March 28, noon. UACCB, Independence Hall, Room 103. Sponsored by FNBC.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette movie critic Philip Martin will be joined by Noel Murray, who blogs for the online Onion A.V. Club, and Rob Grace of Arkansas Weekly to discuss the future of the newspaper movie critic and what it means for movies, movie lovers, and the movie business.

Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. Saturday, March 28, 4:30 p.m. UACCB, Independence Hall. Sponsored by the FutureFuel Chemical Company.

A riveting tale of hope, heartbreak, and resiliency set in New Orleans’ most fascinating neighborhood. Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in tone. Special Guests:  Writer/director Lolis Eric Elie and singer/composer John Boutte.

Troubled Water.  Sunday, March 29, 1:30 p.m. UACCB, Independence Hall.

Arkansas is a water rich state, but growth in agriculture, industry, and population strain this once abundant resource. Farmers, geologists, experts, and concerned citizens share their opinions and stories about how water is managed in Arkansas and what we need to do to protect this irreplaceable resource. Special Guests:  Producer Mark Wilcken and cinematographer Michad Holliday,

The 8th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest is presented by founding sponsor First Community Bank of Batesville. Funding and in-kind support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council, the FutureFuel Chemical Company, FNBC, Liberty Bank, First Southern Bank, Lyon College, the City of Batesville, Pat and Mary Lea, Keith Sturch Photography, the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Old Independence Regional Museum, the Batesville Area Arts Council, Comfort Suites Hotel, Esta’s White River Retreat, MorningSide Coffeehouse, the Category One Entertainment Group, George’s Liquor, Tommy’s Famous Pizza, Serenity Farm Bread, Martin Greer’s Candies, Pepsi Americas, Daylight Donuts, Josie’s Steakhouse, PD Printing, WRD Entertainment, KFFB 106.1 FM, Main Street Batesville, the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council, Midwest Lime, LaCroix Optical, White River Distributors, Kent’s Firestone, Rick Reed Construction, and Mobley Architecture and Design.

Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization founded in 2001 and headquartered in Locust Grove, AR. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The complete festival line-up and other relevant information are available at or by calling 870-251-1189.