Campus symposium focuses on independent films

Release Date: 10/31/2013

Independent films and filmmaking will be the topic of a Reel Arkansas Film Symposium, hosted by University of the Ozarks on Nov. 9 and 10.

Reel Arkansas

The symposium is sponsored by the university's Walton Arts & Ideas Series and its Radio/Television/Video (RTV) program. Several of the events during the two-day symposium are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, there will independent film screenings from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first floor of Walker Hall. At 7 p.m. that evening there will be a screening of an Arkansas film. Panel discussions featuring filmmakers, producers, directors and actors will follow several of the screenings. All of the film screenings are open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

The symposium will continue on Sunday, Nov. 10, with several workshops and seminars for U of O students.

Reel Arkansas is a non-profit organization made up of the state's finest artists, filmmakers, photographers, writers, actors, designers, and everything else art in the state seeking to make a name for Arkansas nationwide. Its mission is to bond Arkansas artists of all ages together and create an outlet for talent, support, criticism, and creativity. 

Among those scheduled to be at the university are Reel Arkansas founder Jennifer Mazzacane, a producer, screenwriter, and editor; Reel Arkansas President Jasmine Greer, a director, graphic artist, screenwriter, and editor; and actress and acting coach Courtney Bennett, who has appeared in more than 45 stage and screen productions in Arkansas, Chicago, and Italy.