Been talking about it for awhile, Stuart Wilson moving to town.
Moved to be close to his children.
Courtney Pledger his wife. Producer here. First look deal with Universal. Splits his time.
Our goal. It helps him to have a live person to talk. Goal is to raise the consciousness of Arkansans and Arkansas in the film industry. Just one that came up early. One that we hope will be a series.
End of Line, Mary Steenburgen's in 1980s.
Face in the Crowd, Piggot. Many of the people who might be involved. Maybe get Patricia Neal. Bring Piggot to LR.
Bloody Mama, Roger Corman. Around in Mountain Home. Rich history of film projects, not only economic impact. What did it mean to the community? People from Piggot still talking about it.
Biggest budgeted TV movie, "Blue and the Grey."
Daddy and Them.
Purpose to raise the awareness to the time when Ark. was attracting more than just passion projects.
1927, "Hallejualah," million dollar project. First studio film shot with entirely African-American cast in Delta.
Overriding goal where we've been and what we might do in the future.
Invitations have been extended. Like Clinton School depends on when speaker or film is available.
Arkansas first state with an incentive.
Shot White Lightning for Calico Rock.
Where we're really competitive, we have such a diversity of locations wihtin that critical hour's drive. I would take the governor's lead: You're not going to get everything you want, but we want to be competitive.
If we can just get in the game, we show so well. They're are so many expatriate Arkansans who would love to come back and work.
Really approach as economic developers. Package formulated through AEDC. Wish is that it's part of governor's agenda.