"Reel Rural: Rural America in Independent Film" is a series of films and a filmmaker panel discussion that examine the complexities associated with filmmakers' attempts to provide authentic portrayals of the people, places, and practices unique to rural America. According to INDIEWIRE writer Landon Palmer, "Recent independent films have affixed a renewed lens onto American regionalism, one that takes up the mantle abandoned by a post-Spielberg/Lucas Hollywood. A feast of cinematic locavorism, such films are often shot on location and are supported by members of the community, who sometimes become directly involved in the production. These films do not, in short, portray rural America arbitrarily or vaguely, and they refuse to perpetuate received ideological assumptions or lazy stereotypes. These films seek to represent their respective regions with palpable honesty and authenticity, rejecting any lingering assumptions about the city's inherently superior storytelling capacity."

The program will begin with a free panel discussion by four of the creators of films that will be presented. The three narrative and one documentary feature films in the series are:

CORTEZ, directed by Cheryl Nichols
MY GOOD MAN'S GONE, directed by Nick Citton
THE DRAWER BOY, directed by Arturo Perez Torres
FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL, directed by Jamie Sisley

The free panel discussion takes place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 28 and the film screenings will follow throughout the day. The panel discussion and screenings take place in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.