EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. – The Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest is a new, 3-day event celebrating the art of independent filmmaking on January 23-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. Sought were independent films that inspire, enlighten and entertain. All events will take place in the historic Eureka Springs City Auditorium at 32 S. Main Street.
One feature of the festival will be a series of “Made in Arkansas” films and shorts. AETN will present a block of LOUPE films magnifying the arts in Arkansas. LOUPE is AETN’s statewide arts initiative. The film shorts were created by independent filmmakers to highlight the arts and artists of Arkansas.
Director Mike Looney will screen his acclaimed documentary “The Big Shootout…..The Life and Times of 1969”. Heralded as “The Game of the Century” the independent film documents the 1969 National Championship Game between the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Low Key Arts will present “Arkansas Shorts”, short films by natives and current residents of Arkansas. The films, 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. They will also show “Valley of the Vapors”, a film about the heart and soul behind the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival.
Along with the “Made In Arkansas” screenings, attendees will screen all films entered in the festival that are finalists for Indie Awards. The festival will conclude with the Indie Awards Show on Saturday night, January 25th at 6:30 p.m.
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. Doug, Rod and Bayou share a passion: to encourage creativity in all youth and give them the inspiration and tools they need 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 at www.esindiefilmfest.com or by calling 479.363.8185. A 3-day, full access pass is $25 and includes all screenings, special presentations, panels, Indie Award Show and After Party. A 1-day pass is $10 and includes all screenings, presentations and panels on that day only and the Indie Award Show and After Party. An Indie Award Show pass is also available for $5.
A full schedule of all screenings, panels and events will be posted on the website. Screening schedule will be confirmed after the January 15th judging.
Following the awards show, attendees are invited to attend the After Party at Voulez Vous Lounge at 63 Spring Street, featuring music from Leah and the Mojo Doctors.
Teresa DeVito 479.363.8185
Sandy Martin 479.244.6636