Independent films

Film festivals put Arkansas cinema in the spotlight

A growing number of film festivals are attracting the attention of filmmakers in northwest Arkansas and could create more jobs supporting the state’s creative economy, organizers say. “What’s so interesting about cinema is that it’s not just an art, it’s business, it’s economic development, it’s tourism,” said Kathryn Tucker, Director …

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Beyond Prince Caspian: Ben Barnes

In 2008, the world of Narnia added a new character when Prince Caspian stepped on the scene and spotlighted talented newcomer Ben Barnes. Like many viewers, this was my first introduction to Barnes as he portrayed Caspian in the sequel to the hit movie. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, …

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Stop whatever you’re doing and buy A24 merch

Last year, a group of celebrities began wearing merchandise featuring the logo of independent film studio Elara. From Timothée Chalamet and Emily Ratajkowski to Finn Wolfhard and Pete Davidson, Hollywood’s hottest names couldn’t get enough of the production company founded in 2014 by Sebastian Bear-McClard and Josh and Benjamin Safdie. …

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BlackStar Film Festival returns for its 10th year

A native of Philadelphia, Ephraim Asili, now an assistant professor at Bard College in New York, will see his first feature film screened at BlackStar. “The Inheritance” is both a narrative fiction and a cinematic essay on the history of black liberation. The protagonist inherits a West Philly house from …

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