Werner Herzog Visit

By Brody Arnold
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — Werner Herzog, a prominent figure in the film industry, will visit the University of Central Arkansas as artist in residence Thursday, Oct. 5.

It will be Herzog’s first trip to Arkansas.

“He is a world-class filmmaker, a renowned figure in the arts,” said Stephen Stanley, assistant professor of Film and the faculty sponsor for the residency. “He’s here to explain his process and to talk about his movies.”

Stanley said the residency would be a chance for students to be up close and personal with someone who is interacting with people on a global scale.

Herzog has an extensive history in film, including work on “Aguirre, The Wrath of God” (1972), “Nosferatu” (1978), “Fitzcarraldo” (1982), “Lektionen in Finsternis” (1992), “Grizzly Man” (2005), “Encounters at the End of the World” (2007), and “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” (2010).

Herzog has his own school, Rogue Film School.

The highlight of the residency will be a screening of the Herzog-directed “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. The screening, free and open to the public, will be followed by a Q&A.

“It is a documentary about the Internet, artificial intelligence, what it means to be connected,” Stanley said of the film. “So we’re going to reach out to the community, to the science programs around. It’s a very entertaining documentary, but it also has a very interesting kind of … Read the rest

UCA Filmmakers Awarded at Little Rock Film Festival

Recent MFA graduates Jason Miller and Jarrod Paul Beck won major prizes at the 2015 Little Rock Film Festival. Jason Miller ('15) won the prestigious Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Film Made in Arkansas for his thesis film The Whisperers. Jarrod Beck ('14) won the Best Director Prize for a Made in Arkansas film for his thesis film Perfect Machine. Congratulations to both filmmakers!… Read the rest

Workshop and Screening with Producers Casey Coleman and Nathan Harrison

On Thursday, March 19th, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" producers Casey Coleman Nathan Harrison will talk about forging your own path in film and the arts through a discussion of their work on the Oscar nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild and their work with the arts collective Court 13 from 5:00-6:15 in Stanley Russ Hall room 108. Afterward, we will screen Beasts of the Southern Wild at 7:00 in Stanley Russ Hall room 103, with a Q&A to follow. All events are free and the screening and Q&A are open to the public.… Read the rest

MFA Thesis Screening

UCA DIGITAL FILMMAKING PROGRAM TO HOST FALL MFA SCREENING A science fiction film about a man’s attempt to free himself from the control of a totalitarian society will be the focus of the University of Central Arkansas’s Digital Filmmaking program Fall MFA Screening Tuesday, Nov. 18. The event, set for a 7 p.m. start at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, is free and open to the public. A short Q&A with director Jarrod Beck of Monroe, La., an MFA candidate for December graduation, will follow the screening. Beck’s film is approximately 23 minutes long. It was shot on a Red camera by a student crew and features a mix of professional and non-professional actors. "Jarrod's film is unique in its mixture of narrative and poetic storytelling,” said Dr. Bruce Hutchinson, associate professor and director of graduate studies in Digital Filmmaking. “It showcases both computer-generated visual effects and the natural beauty of central Arkansas. It explores issues of control, free will and love and should engage any fan of thoughtful science fiction." The public screening of the thesis film is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MFA degree. Students must complete 60 hours of coursework, write and direct a short narrative thesis film of approximately 20 minutes and must defend the quality of their film and their artistic choices in front of a committee of three digital filmmaking faculty members. UCA’s MFA program is a three-year, 60-credit hour program that focuses on training students to be complete filmmakers.… Read the rest

MFA Thesis Screening

The University of Central Arkansas will host its annual Graduate Film Screening on Monday, April 7 at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall. The screening, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. and last for about an hour. Three films will be screened. The films are graduate thesis projects  by candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Digital Filmmaking. Students in this program complete 42 hours of coursework in their first two years and then do 18 hours of thesis work in their third year. Part of the 18 hours of thesis work is for the students to complete a 20-minute thesis film, which will be then screened publicly. "After the screening the students must perform a oral defense of their film at a meeting conducted by faculty members of the thesis committee the following week." said Dr. Bruce Hutchinson, associate professor of digital filmmaking and director of graduate studies in the program. "In the meeting the student justifies creative choices, etc., for the film, and if the student passes, they can graduate in May." The three films this year are of the science fiction/horror genre: Collection Day, directed by Scott Eggleston of Salt Lake City, Utah; In Borrowed Time, directed by Dustin Barnes of Morrilton, Arkansas; and Spectre-o-Scope, directed by Mark Clifford of Little Rock, Arkansas. The films were all filmed in the Central Arkansas area. For more information, contact Hutchinson at (501) 450-3419 or bruceh@uca.edu. The UCA College of Fine Arts and… Read the rest

Jay Russell Visit

North Little Rock native Jay Russell will continue the University of Central Arkansas’s visiting filmmaker series next week.  Russell will be on campus Tuesday, Jan. 28, for a film discussion and screening of his film “The Water Horse: Legend from the Deep”.  Russell follows Eric England, the filmmaker from Russellville who was on campus Jan. 21. “We’re very lucky to have both Jay Russell and Eric England coming to UCA,” said Dr. Bruce Hutchinson, director of graduate studies and associate professor of digital filmmaking. “Jay is a well established director who has a wealth of filmmaking knowledge to share with our students. Eric is an up-and-coming director who is only a couple of years older than our students.” Both visits are made possible by a collaboration between the Little Rock Film Festival and the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Artist in Residence series. Russell has been in the television scene since he was 19, filming commercials for the Arkansas Parks and Tourism division. After obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University in New York City, he released his first production, “End of the Line”, in 1988. In the ‘90s, Russell filmed a number of documentaries for NBC, CBS, The Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel. He also was the man behind many well-known emotionally hard-hitting movies, including “Ladder 49” and “Tuck Everlasting”.  Russell will participate in a film discussion, hosted by Hutchinson, in Stanley Russ Hall room 103 from 5:45 p.m. to Read the rest

Eric England Visit

Horror film director Eric England will be coming to UCA Wednesday the 22nd to conduct a series of workshops with students.  England, director of the films Madison County and Contracted, is a Russellville native.  His schedule is as follows: 9:00-10:15 Screenwriting Workshop Stanley Russ Hall 109 10:30-11:30 Directing Workshop Stanley Russ Hall 123 11:30-12:30 General Film Talk, Stanley Russ Hall 103… Read the rest

Grad School Info Session November 14th

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