Film Makers Come From Arkansas Too

March 4, 2005 -- Posted at 7:02 p.m. CST

Jonesboro, AR - If you've been around Jonesboro long enough, you may remember when the downtown Forum was a movie theater. It was called the Strand. This weekend movies downtown are making a come back.

The Strand changed to the Forum and the movies went bye-bye. But that will change, at least for the summer. The big screen will feature works from our own homegrown film makers on Friday March 4th. Yes, Arkansas film makers !

"People tend to think they're in California or New York City, but we have great film makers right here in Arkansas and we're glad to be able to show their work," said Bob Pest who's the president of The Ozark Foothills FilmFest.

Three local short films will be featured Friday night at the downtown forum. " When I Was Younger: A Weekend with the Beatles" by Micheal Bowman of Jonesboro, is the most popular film out of the three. The documentary is about the trip the Beatles took to Walnut Ridge in the 60's.

"Growing up in this area I heard that story all my life. So I though well, let's just find out how true it is and lets provide some documentary evidence to those people who may not believe that it actually happened," said Bowman.

The other film is are called "Under the Occupation" by Brandon Carter of Cave City. The other, "Living Among the Shadows of Time" by Jim Lukens.

Films at the forum will continue into the summer. The Foundation of the Arts will present "Downtown Classics". The Line Up is as follows:

May 7 - Cinco de Mayo (Children's Film)

July 8 - To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

July 15 - Pajama Game (1957)

July 22 - Meet John Doe (1941)

July 29 - Plan 9 From Outer Space (1958)