So D and a couple of his cronies, Shane and Sarah, have been conspiring to improve the quality of life here in Northwest Arkansas, and the result is The Film Alliance of the Ozarks. Here’s their mission statement:
The Film Alliance of the Ozarks is comprised of filmmakers and citizens working together to better integrate film into the daily life of our community. We seek to reclaim film as an essentially social project by organizing skill workshops, collaborative events, and social initiatives designed to (1) involve members of our community in the process of filmmaking and (2) document the sights and sounds of our region.
You can also hear D and Sarah talking about the FAO on our local NPR station. They had their first general interest meeting last night at the public library and the turnout was fantastic. The first planned even is a children’s super 8 film festival in the summer—they’ve got a bunch of cameras to hand out to kids for a day in the park, and then they’ll collect and process the film and compile the shots into a film to screen for all the families. It looks like this thing is really happening, and it’s freakin’ exciting.