May 27, 2015

Do The Ozarks with The Arkansas CW Crew:

Do The Ozarks with The Arkansas CW Crew: The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at Castle of Muskogee...: This is the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival.  Don't miss the last weekend!  We stopped by to check out what is going on at this years festivities...



May 19, 2015

It's time for the Arkansas Anime Festival in Springdale!



On May 29th, 30th and 31st the Arkansas Anime Festival will be held in Springdale at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.  The Arkansas CW is proud sponsor of Arkansas Anime Festival!  
Special guests David Vincent, voice actor and Television producer known for Grimm-jow (Grim-jao) from Bleach...Darrel Guilbeau, he is most noted for Durarara!!, Blue Exorcist, Final Fantasy, Samurai Champloo. And Lisa Wilkerson, who is best known for  Tekken, lost in translation, Crazy Taxi 
Plenty of fun activities for everyone! Cosplay contest, artists, vendors, video and table top competition.
For more information on event schedules and how to get your tickets go to www.arkansasanimefestival.com 
We will have our Arkansas CW Crew powered by Dr Pepper through out the weekend at our booth.  If you get a chance stop by and grab a free picture from our new photo booth with the crew or with your friends.  #ARCW-AF2 
The Arkansas CW is the home of well received shows such as Flash, The Hundred, Supernatural, Arrow, Reign, Originals, Jane the V, The Messengers and Vampire Diaries. 

May 11, 2015

Award Winners Announced for Bentonville Film Festival

The films and filmmakers taking home the top prizes at  the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), celebrating women and diversity, were revealed this evening at a gala awards ceremony that drew Courteney Cox, Nick Cannon, Bruce Dern, Rosie O’Donnell, Melissa Joan Hart, Catherine Hardwicke, Joey Lauren Adams, Brian Yang, Alysia Reiner, Khandi Alexander, Sara Evans, and of course, Geena Davis, among many others. The event was hosted by Nick Cannon and Soledad O’Brien.

2015 Bentonville Film Festival Award Winners:

Jury Award
Winner:      Janet Grillo “Jack of The Red Hearts”
Best Documentary
Winner:    Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg  “In My Father's House”
Best Family Feature
Winner:        Morgan Matthews  “A Brilliant Young Mind”
Highest Diversity
Winner:       Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel   “Meet the Patels”
Best Ensemble
Winner:               Adriana Trigiani   “Big Stone Gap”
Best Protagonist
Winner:                      Stephanie Linus in “Dry”
Audience Award
Winner:                  “Thao’s Library” (Documentary)
Dernsie Award
Winner:                  Ani Simon-Kelly (“The Short History of the Long Road”)
BFF Spirit Award
Winner:                  Lizzie Valasquez (“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”)

*BFF is the only film festival in the world to offer guaranteed distribution to winning films. As such, Jury Award winner “Jack of the Red Hearts”;  Best Documentary winner “In My Father’s House”; and Best Family Feature “A Brilliant Young Mind” will receive distribution offers from AMC Theaters (theatrical release), Vubiquity (VOD), Vudu (digital) and Walmart (DVD,  in store).

Gil Robertson, President of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) served as BFF’s Jury President.

For more information please visit www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com



Love Finds You in Charm Interview during Bentonville Film Festival





The Arkansas CW Crew member Drew speaks about the film "Loves Finds You in Charm" with Director Terry Cunningham, Producers George Shamieh and Chevonne O'Shaughness and the author of the book Annalisa Daughty.

Love Finds You in Charm is Mission Pictures newest film based on a popular book series, Love Finds you in Charm.   The film was screened May 8th at the Bentonville Film Festival.






May 10, 2015

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN reunion with members of 1940's All American Girls




A historic reunion took place at Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), when Gina Casey and Alice Fracasso, join Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell on the baseball diamond at Arvest Park, home of the minor league baseball team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, on Thursday, May 7.

Photo provided by Bentonville Film Festival


Sisters Gina Casey (85) and Alice Fracasso (90) are associate members of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) – the women’s professional baseball league (1943-1954) that inspired the beloved 1992 film “A League of Their Own,” starring Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty and Madonna, and directed by Penny Marshall.

Photo provided by Bentonville Film Festival
40/29 News Sports Director Mitch Roberts and actor Judge Reinhold did play by play during the game with help with between innings from the field with our very own Arkansas CW Crew member Shelby Osborne and Drew Thompson.  

The Manager from the Red Team, seen later portraying Doris Murphy in tonight’s film, Emmy-Award Winner, Rosie O'Donnell.

And the manager for the Blue Team, seen later portraying the “Queen of Diamonds,” Dottie Hinson, Academy-Award Winner and BFF co-founder, Geena Davis. 

National anthem was performed by award winning country recording artist Sara Evans.

Screening of A League of Their Own took place after the game.

Below Photo Gallery taken by The Arkansas CW.

May 9, 2015

Four day art project displayed in Bentonville Square celebrating women and diversity in film.




Bentonville Film Festival street artists Fawn and Mike from Art Mobb completed their four day artwork celebrating women and diversity in film as it is put on display in the Bentonville Square. Check out a time-lapse below of their art work going on display.





Interview below during day #3 of their project.


Arkansas CW Crew member Kris speaks with Bentonville Film Festival street artist while they are creating their four day piece of art for the festival.  Check out what Fawn and Mike from Art Mobb had to say about their work.  Their artwork for the festival will be unveiled Friday afternoon in downtown Bentonville.





May 8, 2015

Director Ami Canaan Mann and actor Ben Barnes talk about their film "Jackie and Ryan"


The Arkansas CW Crew member Drew hangs out with the Director Ami Canaan Mann and actor Ben Barnes who talk about their film "Jackie and Ryan" that was screened at the Bentonville Film Festival on Thursday.  



Kris chats with Alysia Reiner about women and diversity





The Arkansas CW Crew member Kris chats with Alysia Reiner about women and diversity plus her two panels at the Bentonville Film Festival.



Bentonville Film Festival street artist to unveil artwork during festival!



Arkansas CW Crew member Kris speaks with Bentonville Film Festival street artist while they are creating their four day piece of art for the festival.  Check out what Fawn and Mike from Art Mobb had to say about their work.  Their artwork for the festival will be unveiled Friday afternoon in downtown Bentonville.





Soledad O'Brian talks about her two films at that Bentonville Film Festival




Arkansas CW Crew member Shelby spoke with Soledad O'Brian an award winning journalist at the Bentonville Film Festival. The Bentonville Film Festival was screening two of her films "The War Comes Home" and "Babies Behind Bars". Check out the interview below. She will host the awards ceremony for the Bentonville Film Festival Friday at 7:00 pm with Nick Cannon.


May 7, 2015

Remembering the Artist interview with Robert De Niro, Perri Peltz (Director) and Megan Fox Kelly

The Arkansas CW Crew member Drew sat down with Robert De Niro and the Director Perri Peltz and the curator of the artwork Megan Fox Kelly and spoke about documentary about his father's life work. Click below to watch interview.  The film's viewing and  special event was held today at 3pm at Crystal Bridges.








May 6, 2015

Shelby chats with the Director and Producers of "This Is Not A Club"





The Arkansas CW Crew member caught up with the Director Ari Levinson plus the Producers Sami Kriegstein and Erica Dasher from the film "This Is Not A Club"  at Bentonville Film Festival in the 21c Lobby.  The screening for this film was at the Rogers Little Theater to at 3 pm.  Check out what Shelby found out about their film below... 




The Arkansas CW Crew at BFF!

The Arkansas CW Crew hangs out at the Bentonville Film Festival's opening ceremonies last night. Check it out!



May 5, 2015

Interview with Cast and Crew from Gallows Road at Bentonville Film Festival.




Our own Drew Thompson had a chance to set down with the makers and the stars of one of the film entries "Gallows Road".   Director and Actor Bill McAdams, Producer and Actress MJ Bentley and Actor Ernie Hudson.  You can catch their Film tonight at the Story Theater at Grace Point Church located in Bentonville at 5:30 today.  You can watch the full interview by clicking on the link below.





Bentonville Film Festival Underway!




Bentonville Film Festival started off this morning with a press conference located at 21c in Bentonville, AR.   Among those in attendance was Geena Davis, Trevor Drinkwater Co-Founder of BFF & CEO of Arc Entertainment.  

May 4, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival announces Music Lounge Schedule!



Bentonville Film Festival (#BFF), taking place May 5 – 9, will host a nightly BFF Music Lounge at the Ice House in Bentonville, featuring some of the hottest, nationally recognized music acts performing today and sponsored by Coca-Cola, Heineken, Perrier, Ciroc and Robert Mondavi Private Selection.
The performances and schedules were announced today (below) and tickets are now on sale on the festival website www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com. An official BFF event, the BFF Music Lounge at the Ice House will be the hottest ticket in town after the sun goes down as festival guests and participants close out the days’ activities with nights of music and dancing.
Tuesday, May 5
Jon Foreman 
Jon Foreman is a critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer, main songwriter and guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Switchfoot. Over the years, Foreman has become known for his honest lyrics, incendiary live performances, and his involvement in various humanitarian endeavors.  
Samantha Crain
Samantha Crain is an American songwriter, musician, producer, and singer from Shawnee, Oklahoma, signed with Ramseur Records and Full Time Hobby Records.
Wednesday, May 6
Meg & Liz
Megan and Liz are an American country/pop girl duo composed of fraternal twin sisters, Megan and Liz Mace, from Edwardsburg, Michigan. They are both songwriters, and Megan is their guitarist
Barrett Baber and Ashley McBryde
An Arkansas native, Barrett Baber grew up singing in church at a young age in East Arkansas, near some of the most soulful and fertile grounds for musicians in the country. His inspiration for singing and creating music happened from frequent visits to Memphis TN, only a few miles from his hometown in Marion, Arkansas. Released in June 2011, Ashley’s latest album, ‘Elsebound’, was recorded in Nashville at Hot Haus Studio with producer Mike Holmes.
Thursday, May 7
Grovement
Groovement is a 6-piece funk-rock band that embodies the soul of Northwest Arkansas – fun, unpredictable, and full of life.
Alycia Nichole & Taylor Lane (DJ)
Optimism. A word infused with hope, positivity, and good will. These qualities are embodied by up-and-coming vocal artist Alycia Nichole. This young woman has exotic beauty, a soulful voice, and an ocean of creative talent.
Friday, May 8
Smokey and the Mirror
Smokey and the Mirror is headed up by husband and wife duo Bryan and Bernice Hembree. The Hembrees are also members of the Americana band Three Penny Acre, and have branched out with Smokey and the Mirror to express their Rock and Pop influences in a primarily acoustic ensemble. Echoes of Buddy Holly, The Indigo Girls and Bruce Hornsby are all evident in an upbeat and soulful presentation
Brynn Elliott
As an emerging artist to watch, she is in demand. Most recently, Brynn has toured with Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morissette, Wilson Phillips and Tyler Ward. Radio is quickly embracing her first EP, “Notions of Love,” and it’s currently playing on over 40 college radio stations. She is about to embark on two major summer 2015 tours with OAR and Allen Stone.
May 9
Breaking Silence
Breaking Silence plays a driving acoustic blend of original and popular music that spans generations. Fresh young talents singing positive lyrics with a polish well beyond their years. The individual members have developed their skills on stages in and around the area for the last 10 years
Funk Factory
THE NEWEST & HOTTEST PARTY BAND IN THE MID-SOUTH! This band is comprised of some of the most talented and sought after musicians & singers in the region...some people call it the DreamTeam! They cover the top hits of Motown, Pop, Rock & Roll, Jazz, and Country. They are the ULTIMATE party force!
The nightly BFF Lounge at the Ice House concert series is sponsored by Heineken, Constellation Brands, Diageo and Ciroc, Tusk & Trotter, Perrier, Coca-Cola and Robert Mondavi Private Selection.
The complete schedule of Festival events, including dates, times, venue locations and ticket information can be found on the BFF website www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com