WELCOME TO THE 13TH ANNUAL OZARK FOOTHILLS FILMFEST
APRIL 2-6, 2014
And the winner of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Festival Grant award is... (drum roll, please) the 13th annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest! This year's Ozark Foothills FilmFest is one of 23 festivals to receive a prestigious festival grant from the Academy. It is the second time we have been so honored. The grant supports a dynamic series of films, post-screening Q&As, and a panel discussion titled “Breaking Through: Promoting Cultural Understanding through Film.” The four films featured in the series―three documentaries and one narrative―were selected on the basis of their artistic excellence and their potential to expand awareness and understanding of diverse cultures. But wait, there's more! An additional grant award from the Arkansas Humanities Council has made it possible for the entire “Breaking Through” program to be offered to the public AT NO CHARGE! Films showcased in the series are: SWEET DREAMS, I LEARN AMERICA, DETROIT UNLEADED, and FAMBUL TOK.
In other news! The festival will include two screenings in the restored Landers Theater Building (now the home of Fellowship Bible Church) in downtown Batesville. As an historic structure with special significance for Batesvillians, we thought it the perfect venue for two feature films that explore the challenges facing rural communities. In LOST ON PURPOSE, Jane Kaczmarek plays a San Joaquin Valley dairy farmer trying to prevent the buy-out of her property while her workers search for their purpose in life. And in MEDORA, the plight of the Medora, Indiana high school basketball team becomes a metaphor for the struggles facing most rural communities in the 21st century. In the words of Leon Gast, Academy Award-winning director of WHEN WE WERE KINGS, “Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart, the directors of MEDORA, have made the best sports film I've seen since hoop dreams.”
Sunday is your chance to view 22 films, covering everything from the lives of folk musicians (FOLK), to zombies with perfect pitch (SONGS IN THE KEY OF DEATH), to the life altering impact of a program that pairs incarcerated men with formerly abused dogs resulting in a new chance at life for all participants (DOG DOWN).
Opportunities to interact with guest filmmakers include a day-long screenwriting workshop, a reception honoring the entrants in this year's screenwriting competition, a panel discussion, and a Saturday night filmmaker reception.
A quick way to review this year's offerings is to go to the Film Listing where you'll find an alphabetical listing and a listing by genre. Most of this year's films are Arkansas premieres, which is indicated in the alpha listing.
So let's do this thing―you know you want to.