Independent filmmaker and Arkansas native Taylor Feltner will show his documentary “Just Like Us” in Room 103 of Stanley Russ Hall today at 7:30 p.m.
“Just Like Us” features Ahmed and other well-known international stand-up comedians in their “goal of reintroducing socially relevant issues to the world in an effort to build cultural bridges,” according to the film’s website. The story involves the culture of different countries in the Middle East, where stand-up comedy is relatively new.
Feltner is originally from Russellville, where he attended high school. He then went to Florida State University where he earned a BFA in film and a BA in religion.
Bruce Hutchinson, associate professor of digital filmmaking, said Feltner’s experience offers a different perspective for student filmmakers. He said that film program usually brings in directors, who talk to students about the creative aspects of filmmaking.
“We don’t often have someone come in to talk about [things like]raising money or getting into festivals,” Hutchinson said. “[This is] stuff that our students have to know.”
Feltner will also show a trailer for “Leave Me Like You Found Me,” a feature film he produced that was screened at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in March. In addition to the screening, he will be on campus today to speak with some of the film classes and offer feedback on student films. His visit to UCA is sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival.
He will also show “Just Like Us” at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock tomorrow night as part of the Argenta Film Series.
Here’s the trailer for “Just Like Us.”