THURSDAY 8/22-SUNDAY 8/25. CALS Ron Robinson Theater, $25-$250.
While the majority of the screenings remain shrouded in mystery, the Arkansas Cinema Society’s annual showcase is certain to provide Central Arkansas with the opportunity to not only see screenings of significant films and television shows, but also to engage with the creators behind those works of art. Often drawing on the packed rolodexes of Society members Mary Steenburgen and Cinema Society founder Jeff Nichols, Filmland and the Cinema Society’s year-round fare have consistently provided Central Arkansas with top-tier screenings and Q&As. Past years’ slates included the likes of Adam Driver, Will Forte and Richard Linklater.
This year, the lineup includes Andrew Stanton, a Pixar vet and two-time Oscar winner, who will be screening his recent critical and commercial darling “Toy Story 4,” along with two episodes of cultural phenomenon “Stranger Things” that he directed. Joel Edgerton, who has acted in two of Nichols’ films, also will be onhand to screen “Boy Erased” (pictured above), a feature film Edgerton wrote and directed, based on Arkansas native Garrard Conley’s memoir about being forced into gay conversion therapy. See arkansascinemasociety.org for more on the line-up and ticket links.