The Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest, a new, 3-day event celebrating the art of independent filmmaking, especially those films made in Arkansas, will take place from January 23 to January 25, 2014. Set in the unique Ozark Mountain town in Arkansas, the festival aspires to promote and encourage independent filmmakers of all ages and celebrates the art of filmmaking in the community and beyond. Independent films that inspire, enlighten and entertain will be shown in the historic Eureka Springs City Auditorium at 32 S. Main St.
Director Mike Looney will screen his documentary The Big Shootout…..The Life and Times of 1969. This independent film documents the 1969 National Championship Game between the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks, heralded as the "game of the century."
Low Key Arts will present “Arkansas Shorts” made by natives and current residents of Arkansas. The films, that run 10 minutes or less, are directed by professionals, amateurs, hobbyists, and beginners alike. All genres of film will be represented including narrative, experimental, documentary, music video, and animation. Included will be Valley of the Vapors, a film about the heart and soul behind the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival.
Attendees also will screen all Indie Awards finalists. An Indie Awards Show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. A schedule of all screenings may be found here.
Speakers will include: Cristopher Crane, executive director of the Arkansas Film Commission and the Arkansas Production Alliance; Bob Blair and Don Blair, owners of VCI Entertainment of Tulsa; Kini Kay, award winning sound designer, editor and foley artist and Bayou Bennett, a Eureka Springs native who now resides in Hollywood where she heads up her own film company, Dolce Films.
A Young Filmmaker panel will be conducted by Doug Wynn, Rod Slane and Bayou Bennett. The panel will be free to all under the age of 18. They share a passion to encourage creativity in all youth and give them the inspiration and tools needed for independent expression and appreciation of the arts. The panel is scheduled for Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Passes for the Indie Film Fest are on sale here or by calling (479) 363-8185. A three-day, full access pass is $25 and includes all screenings, special presentations, panels, Indie Award Show and After Party. A one-day pass is $10 and an Indie Award Show pass is $5.
Following the awards show, attendees are invited to attend the After Party at Voulez Vous Lounge at 63 Spring St., featuring music from Leah and the Mojo Doctors.