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The second annual Screenwriting Competition continues to affirm our belief
that Arkansas screenwriters lack only the opportunities to advance their art,
not the talent, desire, or motivation. Nine of this year's twelve entries came
from Arkansas writers. We also received our first international entry, from a
screenwriter in Australia.
Film producer Tim Jackson of Category One
Entertainment will present the screenwriting awards
and attending screenwriters will discuss their work.
The Awards Ceremony is free and open to the public.
UALR Department of Radio/TV/Film
Category One Entertainment
Time: 8:15 PM
Bevens Music Room, Lyon College
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Panel Discussion: "Whither the Newspaper Movie Critic?"
The internet has made it possible for anyone to
become a movie critic. Thousands of websites and
blogs provide a round-the-clock stream of reviews,
opinions, information, and MIS-information while the
entertainment section of most newspapers keeps
shrinking. As newspapers struggle to maintain their
viability and profitability, what about their movie
critics? Once the ultimate arbiter, has the
newspaper critic become just another voice in the
crowd? And what about the movies that newspapers no
longer can afford the space to review?
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.
Martin is a columnist and feature writer
at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in
Little Rock. His book The Shortstop's Son
was published by the University of Arkansas
Press in 1997. With Rex Nelson, he
co-authored The Hillary Factor, a
biography of the First Lady in 1993.
Martin's work has appeared in The Oxford
American, The Village Voice, Newsweek
and other publications. He has been a guest
on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews and on
"Crosstalk" on MSNBC.
is a freelance writer whose work has
appeared in The Nashville Scene, The
Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times,
Paste, and Performing Songwriter.
His primary outlet for the past decade has
been The A.V. Club, the straightforward pop
culture news-and-reviews section of the
satirical publication The Onion.
is the president of W.R.D. Entertainment, a
Batesville-based company that owns and
operates radio stations Classic Rock 93 KZLE,
Arkansas 103.3, Sky 99.5, KKIK 106.5/1130
AM, and ESPN 1340 AM, as well as Arkansas
Weekly, a publication with a regional
direct-mail circulation of over 21,000
households. Grace writes a column in
Arkansas Weekly entitled "All Over the
Map" that often focuses on film.
Independence Hall Room 103, UACCB
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FAUBOURG TREMÉ: THE
UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS
Eric Elie, a New Orleans newspaperman, takes us on a
tour of the city - his city - in what becomes a
reflection on the relevance of history folded into a
love letter to the storied New Orleans neighborhood,
Faubourg Tremé. Arguably the
oldest black neighborhood in America and the
birthplace of jazz, Faubourg Tremé was home to the
largest community of free black people in the Deep
South during slavery and a hotbed of political
ferment. Here black and white, free and enslaved,
rich and poor collaborated and clashed to create
America's first Civil Rights movement and a unique
American culture. FAUBOURG TREMÉ: THE UNTOLD STORY
OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS is a riveting tale of
heartbreak, hope, resiliency, and haunting historic
Writer and co-director Lolis
Eric Elie will conduct a post-screening Q&A. He will
be joined by New Orleans vocalist and passionate New
Orleans advocate John Boutté, whose composition "Tremé
Song" is featured in the film.
FutureFuel Chemical Company
Time: 4:30 PM
Independence Hall, UACCB
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New Orleans Vocalist John Boutté
Emerging as the voice of post-Katrina New Orleans,
John Boutté's sense of mission
to share the soul of his beleaguered and beloved
hometown has expanded in the wake of the devastating
failure of levees and bureaucrats in the 2005 storm.
His vocal style and rapport with audiences have been
compared to the greats: Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke,
Marvin Gaye, and Jackie Wilson. As part of the New
Orleans Social Club collaboration with Ivan Neville,
Henry Butler, and members of the Meters, he has
performed on Austin City Limits and his version of
Annie Lennox's "Why" is included on the acclaimed
Sing Me Back Home compilation.
"Walk down the tree-lined
streets of New Orleans' Faubourg Marigny
neighborhood on a hot sultry night, and chances are
you'll hear John Boutté's voice floating out of one
of the area's trendy nightspots. Perhaps he'll be
singing soulful versions of Sam Cooke's "A Change is
Gonna Come" or Annie Lennox's "Why," or maybe it'll
be one of the bayou-blended tunes he's co-authored
with Paul Sanchez, his pal from the alt-rock band
Cowboy Mouth. Whatever the song, its soulfulness
will stop you in your tracks, for Boutté lives and
breathes the heart and soul of New Orleans."
--Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
Time: 7:30 PM
Independence Hall, UACCB
$12 / $10 Adults Over Age 54 and Students
All Ages / $8 Foothills Film Society Members