Films on Sonny Burgess, Rohwer Internment Camp and Buffalo National River at Ozark Foothills Film Fest

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The 16th annual Ozark Foothills Film Festival has announced its lineup, which will include SXSW Film Festival Audience Award winner “Yakona,” an instrumental-visual tribute to the San Marcos River. Justin Sherbern, who composed the film’s score, joins Austin, Texas, experimental classical ensemble Montopolis to accompany the screening live. The final day of the festival features, as the press release reads, “movies that embody authentic portrayals of the people, places and practices unique to rural America” in a series of films and discussions titled “Reel Rural: Rural America in Independent Film.”

Three films with Arkansas connections are part of the lineup: “The Arkansas Wild Man,” a profile of beloved rockabilly trailblazer Sonny Burgess; “Relocation Arkansas: Aftermath of Incarceration,” about the experiences of Japanese-American detainees during and following their incarceration at the Rohwer internment camp during World War II; and “Downstream People,” exploring the social and environmental consequences of a corporately contracted industrial hog farm built on the Buffalo National River watershed.

The festival takes place April 14-15 and April 21-22 in the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall.  Tickets range from $5-$30. Visit ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org for a full schedule.


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