Lights! Camera! Seminar!

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Sign up today for a free seminar hosted by The Old State House Museum on Saturday, August 29, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to explore Arkansas's connection with the film and television industry.

Activities will include a screening of the 2001 Academy-award winning Best Live Action Short Film "The Accountant." Speakers including Robert Cochran, Suzanne McCray, Ben Fry, Stephen Koch and Philip Martin will discuss topics including women in film, Broncho Billy Anderson, music in Arkansas and Arkansas in the rise of regional Southern cinema.

"It gives a great sense of state pride knowing how incredibly important Arkansas has been to the film industry from a historical, technical and social standpoint," said Suzanne McCray, one of the seminar's presenters. "From the very first cowboy in film to the great up-and-coming actors and directors of today, Arkansas has made its case as a relevant and essential part of film and television.”

Similarly, presenter Bob Cochran said that his talk about a common film character-type is a perfect analogy for Arkansas. “There's a standard trope of Hollywood films, the outsider -- the character who the audience doesn't expect anything from,” Cochran said. “However, by the end of the film this outsider reveals unexpected qualities and potential. That's a wonderful analogy for the film industry in the state of Arkansas.”

An RSVP to the free event is required, and reservations can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling (501) 324-9685 today to reserve a place. The seminar is programming in support of the “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” exhibit at the Old State House Museum, which will be on display until January 25, 2016.