Kaleidoscope Welcomes Arkansas Original Film to Festival
Special Screening of “White Nights” to Play at LGBT Event
North Little Rock, Ark. — July 8, 2016 - The Film Society of Little Rock, a non-profit organization focused on providing innovative and unique programming and events, is announcing a special screening of the new feature film, “White Nights,” at Kaleidoscope, at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 19 at Argenta Community Theater. The screening is sponsored by Argenta Wealth Management.
“White Nights,” directed by Mark Thiedeman, is an Arkansas original. The film, shot in Central Arkansas during the controversy of last year's House Bill 1228, is a story about falling in love at first sight, positioned in the neon world of a gay nightclub. The film adapts a classic novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky and “transposes it to a world of glittering lights and gay romanticism,” says the director.
“I'm proud to be able to tell stories about LGBT characters in the south with the overwhelming help and support of local artists, musicians, and film lovers,” Thiedeman says. “‘White Nights’ is an LGBT film, but we aim to have an audience as broad and diverse as the people who pitched in to help make it.”
A pseudo-musical, the film features an original soundtrack composed entirely by local musician Phillip Rex Huddleston, who worked with many local instrumentalists and vocalists. The film stars, Sean Oakley and Caleb Feeney, are both locals and performing in their first film roles.
“From the 150 people who came to Club Sway to dance in our opening scene to the musicians who lent their voices to our soundtrack, ‘White Nights’ has always proven to be a community-made film, and so our team is proud to screen the film locally in advance of our world premiere, to share it first with the city that made it happen,” Thiedeman says.
Thiedeman's first feature, “Last Summer,” won the Best Director prize at the Little Rock Film Festival in 2013 and is now available on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, and many other platforms. His short “Sacred Hears, Holy Souls” won the Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Film Made in Arkansas at the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival.
Kaleidoscope's mission is to provide innovative and unique programming that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the state of Arkansas and the surrounding region.
Film selection is still underway. The festival will announce it’s full line-up on Monday, July 11, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on KABF 88.3 FM on the “The T With Traci” radio show.
Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival is presented by the Argenta Arts District with the Argenta Community Theater serving as the primary screening venue. To purchase festival passes, please visitkaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.
About Argenta Wealth Management, Sponsor of White Nights Screening
Argenta Wealth Management is a fee-only boutique wealth management firm committed to helping our clients improve their long-term financial success. At Argenta Wealth Management, we pride ourselves on offering holistic life and wealth advice. Our advice stretches far beyond typical financial issues and is tied to uniquely personal goals.
Argenta Wealth Management works with individuals and families who are seeking completely objective advice and counsel. As their trusted advisor, our primary objective is to become an expert on our client's goals and desires; and only then do we determine the appropriate strategies and solutions to implement.
Simply put, we help our clients get where they want to go while making the journey as efficient as possible.
For more information visit: www.argentawealthmanagement.com
About Film Society of Little Rock
The Film Society of Little Rock is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on providing innovative and unique programming and events that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the City of Little Rock, State of Arkansas, and the surrounding region. Our year-round programming includes two principle festivals; Fantastic Cinema and Kaleidoscope, as well as, film series and individual screenings. For more information visit: filmsocietylr.com.
Film Society of Little Rock Board Members include Chris Cranford, Chair, Susan Altrui, Johnnie Brannon, Linda Brown, Jennifer Cox, Bruce Hutchison, Sarah Jones, Jennifer Owens, Tony Taylor, Mindy Van Kuren, Cameron Vaughan and Jason Willey.
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Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBT lives truthfully and with respect. The festival exhibits the power of film to transform lives and opinions of those both inside and outside the LGBT community through the universal medium of the cinema. Kaleidoscope is Arkansas's only major outlet for LGBT films, as well as LGBT filmmakers. Kaleidoscope 2016 will be held August 18th through August 21st in North Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information visit: kaleidosocpefilmfestival.com.
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