Adam Driver, as Kylo-Ren in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Talk about awakening forces: The new Arkansas Cinema Society’s inaugural event, coming up Aug. 24-26, is bringing to town big-name film professionals to screen and talk about their films.

Actor Adam Driver of HBO series “Girls” and the films “Paterson” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” fame and editor/director David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon” and “A Ghost Story”), will headline the three-day film event, “Premiere, ” at the Ron Robinson Theater.


The festival kicks off Thursday with Noah Stahl’s Sundance hit “Patti Cake$,” about a plus-size rapper; Jeff Nichols and Stahl will talk about the film afterward.

Friday’s screenings are “Paterson” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to be followed by a Q&A with Nichols and Driver.


On Saturday, Lowery will be on hand for the screening of “Pete’s Dragon (2016)” and “A Ghost Story” starring Casey Affleck, which premiered this year at Sundance.

Tickets for each film will cost $35 and will give filmgoers admission to the post-screening talks and after-parties at Cache Restaurant on Thursday night, Lost Forty Brewing on Friday night (with Amasa Hines) and at Damgoode Pies in the River Market Saturday night (which will feature an arcade from Z82). For tickets, go to the society’s Facebook page.


The Arkansas Cinema Society was created by Arkansas’s own bright lights in the film industry, Nichols (“Mud” and “Shotgun Stories”) and Kathryn Tucker (“Glee,” “This is 40,” “Oblivion”) to foster a film culture in the state. Tucker, a Little Rock native, is executive director; she returned to Arkansas in 2012 and produced Josh and Miles Millers’ film “All the Birds Have Flown South.” Nichols is chairman of the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Lindsey Millar wrote an article about Nichols and Tucker’s decision to create the ACS and restore the opportunity to see fine filmmaking that was lost when the Little Rock Film Festival folded.

“A thriving film organization that unites Arkansans through their common experience of film and bridges filmmakers to the larger industry is essential to the health of the filmmaking ecosystem in our state,” Tucker said in a news release announcing “Premiere.” She said the event “is only a taste of what’s to come.”