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Episode 113: Arkansas Cinema Society Is Rolling Out The Red Carpet For The Natural State

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IANWA Open [0:11] It's time for another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas, the podcast covering the intersection of business, culture, entrepreneurship and life in general here in the Ozarks. Whether you are considering a move to this area or trying to learn more about the place you call home, we've got something special for you. Here's our host, Randy Wilburn.

Randy Wilburn [0:42] Hey folks, and welcome to another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. I'm your host, Randy Wilburn and I'm excited to be with you today. I have got some great guests here. As you know, on the podcast, I am Northwest Arkansas, we focus on the intersection of business culture, entrepreneurship and life. And these next guests definitely fall into a couple of categories. But we're going to certainly hear from them and learn a little bit about what's happening on the landscape of film here in Arkansas proper. So, we're not going to just talk about Northwest Arkansas, we are going to talk about the whole state. Without further ado, I'd like to welcome Kathryn Tucker and Kody Ford from the Arkansas Cinema Society to the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast. How are you guys doing?

Arkansas Cinema Society [1:22] We're great. Thank you so much for having us, Randy.

Randy Wilburn [1:25] I'm excited to have you guys on. It's good to see Kody, and we have a mutual friend, Cannon McNair, so I'll just give a shout-out to him for helping us make the connection. But I just appreciate you guys coming on the podcast and meeting with us and sharing a bit of your story. I would love for you guys, Kathryn; we always give ladies first to share a bit of your superhero origin story and how you got involved with the Arkansas Cinema Society?

Kathryn Tucker [1:54] I’m first and foremost an Arkansan and second a filmmaker, and those are my two loves of my life. Mine are my children, of course. I lived away from Arkansas for about 15 years. When I went back to Arkansas in 2010, I bought my house back in Little Rock and I was surprised in a great way by the Film Community that had developed surrounding the Little Rock Film Festival. When the Little Rock Film Festival closed in 2015, there was an outcry from the Film Community in Central Arkansas, wanting to either reopen it or do something different. And I was part of a group that developed a plan not only to fill the need of the Film Festival in Central Arkansas but be a statewide organization that connects everyone. When I moved home, I discovered that these film communities were all very siloed and that Little Rock was separate from Northwest Arkansas and Hot Springs. It felt like Arkansas is a small enough state that we should just pool all of our resources and be connected. The Arkansas Cinema Society took on that mission of being a film festival in Central Arkansas and developing the filmmaking communities all over the state. When we started in 2017, Jeff Nichols, a friend of mine from high school, started talking about it, and we modeled the Arkansas Cinema Society after the Austin Film Society. Jeff lived in Austin and had a lot of support from that organization. And he really felt that, yes, film festivals are important, but they are more tourist events than cultivating the community year-round. So, we wanted to fill the hole of the film festival, but the Austin Film Society is much broader than that and has educational opportunities. They have soundstages. They help support the other film festivals in Austin. They have a couple of their own theaters. They are 30 years and $30 million our senior, but we certainly are aspiring to do what they have done but in Arkansas as a whole. So, when we expanded to Northwest Arkansas, it wasn't a new idea for the Arkansas Cinema Society that was always part of our mission. I like to grow slowly and properly and not branch out too quickly and not have the right foundation and, of course, finding the right person is critical to the expansion, and so, certainly, that had something to do with it.

Randy Wilburn [4:44] Correct me if I'm wrong, I know every state has a Film Bureau. You guys are not the Film Bureau for the State of Arkansas. Is that correct?

Kathryn Tucker [4:57] We are not. We get a lot of questions. We have a lot of people reaching out to us asking those questions, and we want to help support the Film Commission in any way that we can. But yes, we want to be that more connective tissue, workforce development, educational training. Our pillars are watch-learn-make, so that's fairly self-explanatory. We concentrated heavily on watching the first couple of years to draw people in and create a hub for the community. And, now our expansion is about educational opportunities. Our screenings have some educational element where we include a filmmaker or a panel after the film to have powerful conversations in our community.

Randy Wilburn [5:42] And, Kody, you just came on board recently. I want to loop you in before I go back to Kathryn with my next question. You came in recently as the representative here in Northwest Arkansas. I would love for you to tell our audience a bit of yourself because you are a homeboy. You have been around for a minute, and you've done some things, so I would love for you just to share a little bit of your story.

Kody Ford [6:06] I have been in Northwest Arkansas for 15 years. I had a class magazine years ago, and that has served as a publication that has bridged. Kathryn talked about films being siloed, the scenes being siloed and that's what I noticed with the arts in general. And so, part of our mission was to get everybody under the same banner. Let people end up knowing what's going on down in Central Arkansas and vice versa. And it’s how Kathryn and I met years ago. We have known each other for a while and have been pals. And, as I say, our mission sort of aligned; mine was just somewhat broader. So, I can come and do what I do now, which is an extension of the work that I had been doing. It's very exciting to be on board doing this and being up here and being our boots on the ground in Northwest Arkansas. We kicked things off back in February, doing our first big event here and it was the premier of Minari, interviewing native Lee Isaac Chung. They have won some awards. Kathryn, what are some of the ones they have gotten so far, some Golden Globes, and others?

Kathryn Tucker [7:17] They have been nominated for many, and I'm not going to be able to remember exactly what they've won, but they have been nominated, but I don't want to say the wrong thing.

Kody Ford [7:28] I know the boy who stars in the film he won one. I think it might have been a Screen Actors Guild that he won, maybe. But anyway, it's winning awards and there's a lot of buzzes. We will just stick with that. Fantastic Film. And we had a magical evening at 112 Drive-in and it was the Northwest Arkansas premiere of Minari, which is set out in Lincoln. It was shot around Tulsa; it wasn't shot here, unfortunately. But it is telling an Arkansas story about a Korean American family who comes to this area to farm land and gets to know the neighbors and the adventures they have along the way there. It’s just a beautiful, beautiful film. And there is Oscar buzz, and I hope that he takes it for best Director, best scrub, best film. I don't know if we get the holy trinity of filmmaking there at the Oscars, but I'd love to see it because it certainly deserves it. It was such a magical evening. Like I said, the snow was on the ground at 112 Drive-in. It was right when the weather started to get bad, but we still had a sold-out crowd. Everybody who bought a ticket came. And we had some great partners with A24, the Studio, Bentonville Film Festival, and Fayetteville Film Festival. The crew at 112 were so gracious to have us out that night, on a night that a lot of places probably wouldn't want to be working. And so, it was just fantastic and it seemed like the studio was happy. Isaac, the director, had family there. Steven, the star from Walking Dead, had friends and family there as well, and so it was just a great night. We were so excited to kick things off with the Minari premiere. We hope to have a lot more great things coming this year.

Randy Wilburn [9:07] I have a couple of friends here, one young lady Beatrice Apple, who talked about it; I believe she is Korean American. She self-identified with that movie with her life coming here and it just resembled that. I think it's a really interesting story and I hope everybody gets a chance to see it because I don't think it's available in streaming anywhere right now. Is it?

Kathryn Tucker [9:30] Yes, it is. So, the A24 has a screening room, and if you go to, you can sign up to see the film via our website, and they're giving us a portion of their ticket proceeds which is so generous. A24 is the distributor and they were wonderful partners. They actually reached out to us to help with the screening because Lee Isaac Chung wanted to connect with the Arkansas audience; that was very important to him. That’s just exactly the thing that we're here for a distributor like that to reach out and tap an audience in Arkansas and be able to connect to the audience in Arkansas that's interested in these sorts of films. That's just a total signature event of what it is that we're trying to do.

Randy Wilburn [10:22] That's perfect. So, with that said, and with such early success with this program, having this drive-in showing of Minari back in February, how are you going to top that? What is next for the Arkansas Cinema Society? What are you hoping to accomplish next?

Kathryn Tucker [10:41] That's a great question. Our launch event was so spectacular. I don't know the next topic. Kody is wildly proactive and that's what I love about him. If he's not busy, he will create something to do and has a lot of great ideas. We have talked to all kinds of partners, and he can help fill you in a little bit more about who we're reaching out to in Northwest Arkansas, but a lot of educational programs. We are a little bit timid about planning in-person events because of the pandemic. The drive-in is an obvious go-to; it's COVID safe. And so, we might try to do another one of those, but mostly educational programs and trying to figure out some socially distant stuff that we can do that's outside, which is prohibitive with the weather until it's a little bit nicer. So, we're juggling all of those things, and in a non-pandemic world would love to have quarterly events like that Minari screening.

Randy Wilburn [11:45] I can already in my mind think of several great places to screen movies. The Fayetteville Public Library has a brand new 750- seat theater. The screen, I believe, is 24 by 65 or something ridiculous like that. We've got plenty of places to go where we can screen some really good films. So how are you guys connecting with the Bentonville Film Festival, which is one of the biggest film festivals and it's widely recognized. I covered it, not last year because I don't think they had it, but it might have been virtual. But the year before that, when it was in person in 2019, I covered it. That was an experience. So, I'm curious to know how you guys are going to work with them?

Kody Ford [12:37] What I can say on this is that things are all still up in the air as far as future plans go. They were always trying to print things out. But I will say they were a fantastic partner to have on Minari. They were able to open some doors up for us. We were out there freezing our toes off that night, but we really did love working with them. I'm excited to see ways to brainstorm with them because just having them or having the Fayetteville Film Festival here is just natural partners. We are not trying to compete with anybody in this whole ecosystem; we all need to work together to lift each other. So, as I said, there are no firm plans we could announce with them in the future, but we want to circle back and do more with them.

Randy Wilburn [13:20] What would you say to burgeoning filmmakers that either is in this area and want to expand their craft? What is the advice and how are you hoping to support them? I can think of some. I had a gentleman on my podcast, Michael Daye, and Michael produced a movie and did it all by himself. He obviously had a team of people working with him, but he put this together. I don't know how long it was. It was short and it was excellent. I watched it on YouTube, and one of the stars of it was one of my kid’s teachers at the Arkansas Arts Academy. That's the cool thing I like about being here in Northwest Arkansas because everything is interrelated. How do you guys hope to support the local artists, the local filmmakers trying to get their foot in the door or get a larger platform for what they're creating?

Kathryn Tucker [14:12] So, several things. Also in our plans are robust workshops. So, we will have a weekend event where we bring in a cinematographer and have them talk to a local cinematographer connecting those two filmmakers. Hopefully, have screenings with them, but then also have breakout workshops and seminars and even hands-on tactile workshops, all of course when we're back open for business. But also, something that Kody is working on, as well, is just outreach and shining a light on all of the talents that exist in Arkansas, something we've already started. We have a blog. We have a pretty robust social media culture happening as well, and we highlight filmmakers in the state all the time. I think we actually do it weekly now, if not more so. We want to be like a hub for all things film and not just come to our events and engage and meet other filmmakers, but you will meet the filmmakers we are bringing in. But we also can broadcast what you're doing. So, like that filmmaker that you just mentioned, we should do a blog about him so that people can start getting exposed to all of the talents that are already in the state. I feel like half the battle is just communicating to our audience how much great stuff is already happening in the state. And so, knowing about one another, and knowing that there's a director or producer in Northwest Arkansas, maybe somebody in Central Arkansas would be like, oh, I'm looking for a producer, I'm going to contact that person. We really want to be the connective tissue to help broadcast all of the filmmaking happenings in the state. And we have blogs, podcasts, and newsletters highlighting the production companies in the state, different filmmakers, and expats who live in Los Angeles that want to return home. So that's initially what we're doing. And then, on a tactile level, one year, we had Andrew Stanton from Filmland, who's one of the architects of Pixar and screen Toy Story Four. He co-wrote that film and directed it. He came and we introduced him to one of the local Arkansas filmmakers; they hit it off. The filmmaker from Arkansas flew out to San Francisco, and Andrew Stanton gave him a personal tour of Pixar. So, those are the connections that happen at our events, which I adore. I feel like the impact we have is pretty great on those we can reach. Our goal now is just to do more of what we're already doing as we can.

Kody Ford [17:09] One thing I want to follow up real quick and expand on what Kathryn said, somebody I understand in coming. A lot of times, when we bring these people in, we film it. And then, if you're an ACS member, you have access to these Q&A's and that sort of knowledge is extremely valuable to be able to hear Jeff Nichols talk for an hour and a half, two hours on his screenwriting process or these other producers and filmmakers. So that is available through our website as well.

Randy Wilburn [17:35] How do we become a member of the Arkansas Cinema Society?

Kathryn Tucker [17:39] You can go to our website and buy a membership. There are Fifty bucks, but they more than pay for themselves, and then it also helps support us. You get unlimited access to ACS talks. We have recorded all of the Q&As that we've had over the last four years. Richard Linklater, Will Forte, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, and Andrew Stanton. I’ve personally watched Jeff's screenwriting seminar three times as I'm writing my screenplays because it's so instructive, but it’s all there. And then you also get advanced notice to all of our events and a lot of our events sell out pretty quickly, so that is actually worth something. What else do you get, Kody? Maybe discounts. I think we give discounts too on tickets.

Kody Ford [18:30] I think you covered everything, but there are a lot of benefits. And also, you're supporting the organization that supports [cross-talking]. So, you get buy-in on that in that it's helping you help the whole network in film. Like Kathryn was saying, all of this does come down to networking. Even if it's not in person, if you can find out from our blog, our podcasts, about a person or a studio, you can start following them and make that connection. So, it really is just a creation of filmmakers and creatives here in the state that wants to see our film community.

Randy Wilburn [19:14] It's almost like you guys have created a master class for cinema here in Arkansas. Masterclass is a big thing now and so you look out and, and I took a masterclass on Comedy from Steve Martin, and it's really been beneficial. I'm not making you guys laugh right now. But the bottom line is that people are constantly looking to learn and iterate and be the best version of themselves. And none of us can do that in a vacuum, right? We need to be around other people and hearing other ideas. I'm excited and I'm putting it out there. For my listening audience, you need to think about joining the Arkansas Cinema Society. I'm going to join. I'm going to spend 50 bucks and make some connections because you never know where it will lead. First of all, I see your passion because I'm actually looking at you as we're doing this. I see that this has some potential, just like what was experienced in Texas and what Jeff Nichols was able to pull off. It sounds like they've had a tremendous impact in that state when it comes to cinema, and you guys are on the right path to doing that right here in the natural state.

Kathryn Tucker [20:23] For sure, and thank you. I'm biased, but film to me is a perfect industry, right? It's economic development. It employs artists. It's tourism. If you look at all of the cities and communities and states with strong film communities and strong film industries, they are all thriving. You're not going to find a town or a community with a thriving film industry that isn't also thriving. In my mind, it is the instigator for cities like Austin and Austin to become what it is. And Nashville also, I mean, that's music, but it also has had like a huge film boom, as well. So, I really believe in the industry. What’s so cool about making movies in Arkansas is that everyone you get to work on your film is so grateful to have a job because most of them love film and love Arkansas, or they would have quit one or the other. And so, they're so passionate, but they're all artists. So, you start a movie, and you're giving artists in Arkansas jobs for however many months that you have your production company open. It also is a postcard about the state and it creates tourism. There are tourist attractions in Atlanta now, and it's all these secondary markets created based around the film industry. I'm a big fan and I think Arkansas has what it takes. We just have to connect.

Kody Ford [22:08] I think in general, we see more and more of an awareness of the economic impact of the arts. And there are groups, like our Kansans, for the arts out there that are really pushing that, and they understand that film plays a huge role in that as well. As Kathryn always says about how it creates good-paying jobs. And so, I think it's just slowly educating people throughout our state, whether it just be our friends and neighbors or our representatives and senators. The arts are not just this fun, personal thing you get to do; it does impact you. I was just talking to a friend of mine yesterday about how he had heard that some big corporations that I won't name would fly like people from the second city who teach them improv to get them where they can speak more freely and be more spontaneous and fun. And so, that's just one example of the way the arts can work with our corporate traditional business infrastructure. And of course, still making all the time you can see, whether a big film comes in, whether it is a commercial shoot that we do here if people working on commercial shoots might be working on films when they come too. That infrastructure is broad. And so, if you know how to be a grip on a film, you will know how to be a grip on a commercial. And so, learning those skills that are growing our economy ultimately.

Randy Wilburn [23:26] As I was sitting here listening to Kathryn, I remember when True Detective was being shot in Northwest Arkansas, and I had a friend who had a friend that was renting out their house to one of the actors. I had a friend that worked on the set. I had several friends that were extras. It was like that six degrees of separation; half the people I knew had some involvement with the production of True Detective when it was here. My only involvement was that I ran into Mahershala Ali late one night coming out of Whole Foods, and I was like, oh, man, I'm a big fan. He slapped me five and we took a picture together. Of course, I had to take an obligatory selfie. This was not long after he had won the Academy Award, so it was cool and to see that right in your backyard.

Kody Ford [24:22] Everyone I know who met him said he was like the sweetest dude on the planet.

Randy Wilburn [24:28] Straight up. Just a really nice guy.

Kody Ford [24:30] One thing to piggyback off of what you're saying there, Randy, is that a friend of mine, her boyfriend got his start on True Detective working in craft services. Again, that is another role that is necessary for films that we don't always think of. And now he goes around the country. It got his foot in the door to work on TV shows and film in craft services. And so, he loves it. It’s good money.

Randy Wilburn [24:53] When you say craft services, what specifically are you talking about?

Kathryn Tucker [24:57] They make the snacks.

Randy Wilburn [24:58] That's what I thought. I thought you were going to say that. That makes perfect sense.

Kathryn Tucker [25:02] It’s elaborate. It is a big deal.

Randy Wilburn [25:04] It is a big deal and it is funny you say that. My friend was an extra on an episode where Mahershala Ali was in Herman's and he was on that particular episode of True Detective. The one thing he said that stood out, he said, they fed us well. We did not want for anything that whole day, making it easy for the long hours that sometimes filming entails.

Kathryn Tucker [25:34] It's the long hours and its general crew happiness. When you throw a couple of bags of potato chips out there all day, and that's it, you have a grumpy, grumpy crew. You can't leave to get anything you need, so it all must be accessible. Some of the craft service setups are pretty impressive. There is craft service and then there is catering and catering does breakfast and lunch. But craft services, or crafty as they call it, they do snacks, but they do like beautiful snacks. Often, you skip lunch and just go to the Crafty track and make a sub or whatever.

Randy Wilburn [26:14] I like hearing that, which simply means that there are tremendous opportunities for a lot of different people in this space in this area to be involved.

Kody Ford [26:29] Apart from others, electricians and carpenters. I had a friend of mine who was a paramedic down in New Orleans and he would tell me about hanging out with Ryan Reynolds at the craft services truck because he and his other paramedic buddies were there on set for Green Lantern. He would send me photos sometimes that he would sneak on whatever movie he was working on down there in New Orleans as a paramedic just to be on set if something happened. So, it's just so many things come on the table.

Kathryn Tucker [26:58] There are artists, architects, interior decorators, set dressers. It's basically its own little island of everybody that can do anything. It's pretty incredible.

Randy Wilburn [27:12] So what would you say if somebody is listening to this podcast and learning a little more about filmmaking here in Arkansas. What would you say about the suitability of the different sites and things you can see here in this area in terms of films? I will preface it by saying this- most of my family is from Pittsburgh. My cousin, who has been a PA on a number of films and has worked exclusively with Mindhunter and David Finch for several years, and I never realized that all of Mindhunter was filmed in and around the Pittsburgh area. And I was like, you got to be kidding me. I mean, Pittsburgh would stand in for Atlanta, Pittsburgh would stand in for a prison out in Oregon. If anybody has watched Mindhunter, the variety of scenes and to know that everything was shot around the greater Pittsburgh area is mind-boggling because you don't realize you can do all that in one location.

Kathryn Tucker [28:15] Because there's a lot of trickery that goes on- movie magic. I'm drinking out of this cup. She’s out of my league- was filmed in Pittsburgh. I lived in Pittsburgh at the Omni downtown for five months. I just happen to be drinking out of that today, so it's funny that you mentioned it.

Randy Wilburn [28:39] So, what would you say about Arkansas? If I'm a filmmaker thinking about coming here to this area, why would I come to Arkansas versus Texas, for that matter, or someplace like that?

Kathryn Tucker [28:51] Besides beaches, which you could artificially create if you wanted to, there are mountains, plains, hills, lakes, rivers, it's beautiful, and it's not spoiled. Everything is still very pristine and jinks. I will also say that everyone is so eager to work on a film here. The hospitality you receive when you're working on a film here is awesome. I've worked on films all over the country. My favorite place to make movies is in Arkansas because the crews are so into it, and that means so much to the filmmakers coming in. And so like anything, my favorite thing about Arkansas is the people as beautiful as it is, that's what I say is the best thing about it because I'm a big fan of our Kansans.

Randy Wilburn [29:49] It’s so funny you say that because I have many friends in the industry. Several that write for several TV shows and some that write for movies, but they always tell me the same thing. It's like shooting in Hollywood or in and around LA is kind of an old hat.

Kathryn Tucker [30:06] They take it for granted.

Randy Wilburn [30:07] Yes, they take it for granted. But she said, I love when we go on-site because it's such a better experience for the crew and the cast and everybody, which speaks volumes.

Kathryn Tucker [30:20] And, to that point, in Los Angeles, filmmaking is an industry, right? So, like the way that agriculture is an industry in Arkansas. So, Jack or Jill is just looking for a job, might go get a job at sexing chickens, like in Minari in Arkansas. But in LA, they get a job as an electrician on a film. So, it's not necessarily all passionate filmmakers committed to the craft of film in LA, but in Arkansas, it is because you have to love both Arkansas and films to do both in Arkansas.

Kody Ford [31:01] Randy, I want to add one thing here is that we are proud to be members of the NWA Film and Entertainment Commission. It was created by a lot of the Visitor’s Bureaus around here. And they sort of played a role when True Detective came and all that kind of spring up around that. But we recently got to join and they are working to do what you're just saying. It's like, let's promote NWA. Let's bring movies here. And so, we are happy to have a seat at the table and do everything we can to support them and ultimately support filmmaking in this area and across the State. Because our State Film Commission here that it's part of the government and does a great job.

Randy Wilburn [31:43] I think that's really good. I hope that people who are listening to this, really get inspired, not just by your passion, but by the mission of the Arkansas Cinema Society and what you're hoping to do. I think we're much stronger when we all come together like this and share our resources. Give everybody a shot at taking advantage of what's available in this area, especially in the arts. That's the thing I always tell my friends. When people ask if you're in Arkansas, and I tell them yes, it's always followed up with, Arkansas?? And I will say, don't knock it until you have tried it. I created this podcast for people thinking about coming here because this is the podcast that I would have wanted to listen to prior to moving here to learn about this place which makes it special. And now that I'm here. And I'm like, all in. I'm all in. I keep telling people, listen, don't knock it until you've tried it, too. You've been here and been here to Crystal Bridges, and been to MJ’s Pizzeria and I've done this or done that. I just think it's very special. I want to encourage people listening to this particular episode to check out these guys at the Arkansas Cinema Society and see what Kathryn and Kody have up their sleeves because I think there's got to be some good things coming down the pike. It will be worthwhile to follow them and check them out. In the interest of doing that, what's the best way for people to connect with you who want to learn more about the Cinema Society?

Kathryn Tucker [33:17] So, we're pretty good about something Kody started as a Newsletter as of 2021. On the last Thursday of every month, we will send out a newsletter talking about everything we have done and will do for the next couple of months. And then we also have, if you sign up if you subscribe on our website, and you just put your email address in to sign up for our newsletter and other emails. We don't spam. We don't give out anybody's information. It’s just for early announcements of screenings or any program announcements, like our lab application is now open, things like that. So those are the best ways. And then, you can also sign up to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Randy Wilburn [34:05] We will put all of this in the Show Notes for anybody listening to this. If you're driving right now don't have an accident, just go to and click on this particular episode, and you will be able to get all the Show Notes. I will make sure that I have some contact information for both Kody and Kathryn and the website and everything else that these guys are doing. I would certainly encourage everyone to subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on Instagram if you're on social media, or at least most people are on Facebook. Check out their Facebook page and connect with them. All of that will be in the Show Notes so that you guys can stay up to date on what Kathryn and Kody are up to.

Kathryn Tucker [34:47] We are Arkansas cinema on Facebook and Instagram.

Randy Wilburn [34:51] We will put all that on there. I will get all that information just to make sure that we have it correctly. But Kathryn and Kody, thank you guys so much. I really appreciate you guys taking time out of your schedule to just sit down with the I am Northwest Arkansas audience and share a bit of the Arkansas Cinema Society, what has been done and what is about to happen because it looks like the future is really bright. Would you say so?

Kathryn Tucker [35:19] We are so busy we can barely keep up with everything we've got going on. So, the need is definitely there and we have been so thrilled by the support that we've had by even just having the light shined on us by you. So, thank you so much for having us.

Randy Wilburn [35:38] My pleasure. And I definitely want to maybe rewind at a later time and revisit with you guys as things continue to progress and you guys hit some milestones and have some successful outcomes. You say you're the little brother or little sister to what Austin's doing. You know what they say, don't despise small beginnings, you have to start somewhere. Whatever your revenue is right now, you could be a 30 or 40 or $50 million operation in the future, so I definitely think the opportunity is there. Kody, did you have something you wanted to say before we close?

Kody Ford [36:13] I was just going to say, we're talking about following along with this. We have some big things we will be announcing soon. So just stay tuned. It’s coming. Check our newsletter, check our social media. We have a great social media director named Kay, who keeps things up to date for the rest of our crew and us. I'm going to shout them out to Christian, who is our fantastic graphic designer. And Lily, who's our Director of Operations, and then we have some other people who work with us from time to time. But they're just such a great crew to work with. We are working on big things for the summer and the fall and on into next year. So just stay

Randy Wilburn [36:47] There you have it, folks. Well, Kody and Kathryn, thank you guys so much for coming on here on the podcast. We really appreciate you guys.

Kathryn / Kody [36:56] Appreciate you.

Randy Wilburn [36:56] Well, folks, that's another episode of the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast. To learn more about us or to read or download the Show Notes from today's episode, visit You can listen to this podcast and sign up for our free newsletter to keep up with us in all things NWA. Please consider signing up today. You can also subscribe to the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast wherever you listen to the podcast, and please consider rating and reviewing us on the Apple podcast. Remember, our podcast comes out every Monday, rain or shine. I'm your host Randy Wilburn. We will see you back here next week with a new episode of The I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast peace.

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About the Show: 

We recently sat down with Kathryn Tucker, Executive Director, and Kody Ford, Director of Statewide Outreach and Education, from the Arkansas Cinema Society based in Little Rock, Arkansas, to discuss all things related to films and filmmaking in the Natural State.

Kathryn and Kody broke down the impact that films and filmmaking have on Arkansas and what has happened to make Northwest Arkansas a great place to make a movie.  There are so many jobs supplied by film production, from actors to extras to production assistants and electricians. 

While we are not Hollywood, we have many examples of other states like Texas and Georgia that have taken the time to cultivate the film and filmmaking culture. The sky is the limit for Arkansas. We have a wide variety of diverse locations that can create a backdrop for a variety of movies. 

The Arkansas Cinema Society is taking the time to educate and create more films in the future.  If you are interested in the industry or just want to learn more about what is happening right in your backyard, you need to listen to this episode. 

All of this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. 

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