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Ozark Foothills Filmfest finds Little Rock

Films, other events focus on Mexican culture, wine-making.

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The Ozark Foothills Filmfest, which was started in Batesville by professor and film lover Bob Pest and his wife, Judy, has after five years found its way to Little Rock.

“Reverse outreach,” Pest joked a few weeks ago when the lineup was announced for this year’s festival and its focus on Mexico, with Little Rock added to the mix of Batesville and Heber Springs as festival sites.

Mexico is also important in the independent wine-making business, and films and other events will center on wine this weekend. The film “Mon-dovino,” about small wineries battling for survival against the corporate big boys, will be screened at Market Street Cinema at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, with comments from local film critic Philip Martin. A wine tasting, titled “It’s All in the Dirt,” will be held at Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some, hosted by sommelier Nancy Tesmer, starting at 4 p.m.

Film admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students; the wine tasting admission is $20 (call 716-2700 for seating availability).

The films start rolling at Market Street again at 6:30 p.m. with an indie showcase of five shorts: “Lookin’ 4 the Man,” “Drinking Man,” “The Picnic,” “Ad Man” and “Hoot.” The documentaries “The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa” and “The Arrow,” with director Gregorio Ro-cha in attendance, will be screened at 8:15 p.m. Admission to each session is $7 and $5.

More film activities are planned for Little Rock next week. Anne Lewis’ “Morristown,” which contrasts Mexican immigrant labor with people living in Eastern Tennessee, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at UALR’s Dickinson Hall. There is no admission charge (it also will be shown in Batesville at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8).

Market Street Cinema has a full day of films on Sunday, April 9, as well as the opening of the Mexican film poster exhibit, “Posters From the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, 1936-56.” “A Silent Love” will be shown at 2:30 p.m., “No Turning Back” with director and actor Je-sus Nebot at 5:30 p.m. and “Baja California –- The Limit of Time” at 8 p.m. Each film costs $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

Events also will continue this weekend in Batesville and Heber Springs.

The film “Diego Rivera: I Paint What I See” will be screened at 4 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville’s Independence Hall. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.

The Mexican film poster exhibit will be at Batesville’s Independence Hall starting Friday and running through April 8. A free opening re-ception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with archivist Rogelio Agrasanchez Jr. in attendance. Agrasanchez will lecture at 7 p.m. Friday in Independence Hall, before the 8:15 p.m. screening of the Mexican film “The Champions of Justice.” Film admission is $6 and $4.

“Penny Serenade” and “Melodic Moods: Conversations With Ralph Broadway,” featuring a post-screening performance by Broadway, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Heber Springs’ Gem Theater. At 7 p.m., a trio of films will be screened: “Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan,” “Cowboy Jack Clement’s Home Movies” and “Hank Williams’ First Nation.” Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors for both sessions.

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