WORDS / MORGAN COOK
Looking for a fun, unique way to wrap up your summer adventures? Look no further than the 2014 Ozarkumentaries at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
This Friday, August 8, starting at 8:30 P.M., join us and other Ozark locals as Seedling Film Association presents the third installment of this film festival, featuring short films all created by Arkansas filmmakers about the Ozark region.
From documentaries about the creation of Throwncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, to films about local artists like Eugene Sargent and his creation of an intricate model of our solar system, there is sure to be a short film for any and every type of NWA local.
Starting the night with Jonelle Lipscomb’s short-film “What makes Fayetteville Special?” there will be five proceeding films, all under ten minutes, shown in a 40-minute block thus making the viewing experience for audience members a little different rather than just watching a single 90-minute film.
Jules Taylor, an actress living here in Fayetteville, has been hard at work this year to make sure that this year’s Ozarkumentaries is the best one yet. “Each of these little gems contains a fascinating story about our region. When you have viewed them all together, it’s as if you have learned all kinds of things you never knew before about an old friend.”
All six films were selected specifically for the 2014 Ozarkumentaries film festival. Taylor said thanks to Seedling Film Association, she was lucky enough to be introduced to a handful of excellent filmmakers in our region, while others were solicited. “There also was a lot of thought put into the way the films flow, and the story they tell overall about the Ozarks. We are looking to showcase the diversity and pride of our region through film.”
Taylor began contacting local filmmakers in January, searching for a handful of fascinating and unique films to be presented at the festival. “A Temple of Peace” is one of the featured short-films this year, and was made by Jules Taylor herself, about bringing the Torah into the beautiful new Temple Shalom. “I actually made ‘Temple of Peace’ years ago, as part of a public art gallery I produced” Taylor said, “The story of the way Temple Shalom was created is a fascination one, even when told in only three minutes!”
After the film screening, there will even be a post-discussion with the local filmmakers, where audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and converse with the masterminds behind this year’s six featured films. Taylor said, “I am a big lover of documentaries, and it is wonderful to watch so many that profile something unique about our home, and showcase it in such a concise way. Seedling Film Association is well aware of the abundance of filmmaking talent in our area, and we are proud to be able to highlight that.”
Ozarkumentaries is a partnership between Seedling Film Association and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This event is free to the public, and tickets can be found online at www.Crystalbridges.com.
2014 Ozarkumentaries film lineup:
What Makes Fayetteville Special? – 9:50m
Jonelle Lipscomb, filmmaker and narrator, explores her love of Fayetteville and what continues to draw her back.
Second Chances – 5:30m
Winner of “Audience Choice” at Downtown Bentonville’s 4320 Film Contest, this is the story of a dog and her wonderful life of second chances, by Rob Klemple.
The Orrery – 3:15m
Sarah K. Moore’s film about NWA artist Eugene Sargent and his creation of an Orrery, an intricate model of the solar system, in his unique and genius way.
The Mobility Program – 9:34m
One of the region’s best hospitals, Washington Regional, in Fayetteville offers an innovative program thru the Center for Exercise, that is enriching the lives of many of the area’s disabled. Profiled by Fayetteville High School film students.
A Temple of Peace – 4m
Bringing Home the Torah into the beautiful new Temple Shalom, built in a partnership that exemplifies a true expression of love and acceptance.
Sacred Spaces – 5m
An excerpt from Dr. Larry Foley’s documentary about E. Fay Jones, this piece focuses on the creation of Throwncrown Chapel, in Eureka Springs.