Arts and Theater

Student Films to Screen at Local Festival

The Conway Film Festival— where you can find musicals, thrillers and a fairy godfather of rock all in one place.

The Conway Film Festival is part of the annual Conway ArtsFest. It is organized by UCA’s co-ed cinematic honors fraternity Psi Delta Kappa. Sixteen short films will screen at the festival, seven of which were made by current and former UCA students.

The opening night’s film is “The Night the Blackbirds Fell,” a documentary directed by digital filmmaking graduate Will Scott. Following the screening of the documentary will be a Q&A with Scott.

In addition to the opening night film, the shorts by UCA students that will screen at the festival are:

  • “DC and Jess” – written and directed by Tanner Smith
  • Citizen Noir” – written and directed by Michael Ferrara
  • “Anthem” – written and directed by graduate Trey Booth
  • “Of Hope and Futility” – directed by Al Topich
  • “Inside Out” – a music video directed by Michael Ferrara
  • “Livin’ the Most” – a music video directed by Michael Ferrara

Smith also co-stars in the short film “Campout.” In addition, Will Scott and UCA film graduates Eric White and Sarah Jones worked as crew members on “La Grande Fete.”

Smith, whose previous films have screened at other Arkansas festivals, said “DC and Jess” is his favorite.

“I’m excited because it’s my first festival screening in quite a long time, for a film I wrote and directed,” he said. “And I can’t wait for people to see it and see what I’ve created.”

For more information about the festival, including the full lineup, visit the festival’s Facebook page or website.

Here’s a look at what you’ll see this weekend:

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