Hot Springs Film Festival Introduces New Interim Executive Director

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is continuing its streak as the longest-running nonfiction film festival in North America. As it prepares for its 26th year, it welcomes a new interim executive director: Jennifer Gerber. Gerber is taking former Executive Director Courtney Pledger’s place. Pledger is now director of the Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN).…

Arkansas Author Shines a Light on State’s Athletic Past

In an effort to learn about past racial diversity in sports, author Evin Demirel recently published a nearly 200-page anthology entitled African-American Athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali’s Tour, Black Razorbacks & Other Forgotten Tales. “I don’t want to shy away from our past,” says the former-Latin-teacher-turned-writer. “I want to learn more about it, grapple with it and share…

AETN Films Receive 10 Emmy Nominations

Four films produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network were nominated for a total of 10 Emmy Awards in this year’s Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences competition, according to a news release. The films include Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street, A Deeper Look: The American Dream in…