Crystal Bridges documentary film screening set for Nov. 9

A free public screening of the documentary film that chronicles the development of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 inside the museum’s Great Hall.

The half-hour film, The Art of Crystal Bridges, tells the story behind the founding and development of a major national museum – the first devoted to American artwork to open in half a century – in the heart of the Ozarks.

The film includes interviews with museum curators and designers, as well as architect Moshe Safdie and philanthropist Alice Walton.

Written and produced by Emmy Award-winning documentarian Larry Foley, The Art of Crystal Bridges is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen and includes an original music score by James Greeson.

A discussion with the film’s production team will follow the screening. Beverages will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Note: Online reservations are required as space is limited. Click here to register.

The Art of Crystal Bridges production team

Larry Foley: Writer & Producer
Larry Foley is a professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas and an accomplished documentary film maker. His productions have earned five Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in writing, historical and cultural documentary, and special programming. His University of Arkansas students have been awarded an additional six Emmys for projects produced under his direction. His work has been nationally broadcast on PBS, ABC, CBS and ESPN.

Foley returned to his alma mater in 1993 to teach, produce documentaries, and build and direct a center for the teaching of television reporting and production. In 1996, he founded and is faculty adviser for the campus television station, UATV.

Dale Carpenter: Editor
Dale Carpenter is a documentary filmmaker and chair of the Lemke Department of Journalism at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Before joining the journalism faculty in 1994, Carpenter was senior producer for the Arkansas Educational Television Network in Conway where he worked for 10 years producing, photographing, and editing documentaries for public television.

His work has won numerous national awards including Gold Medals from the New York Festivals, a Golden CINDY award, the IRIS award, and seven regional Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

James Greeson: Composer
James Greeson is a professor of music at the University of Arkansas where he teaches composition, music theory, and guitar and is the director of jazz studies. He composes in a variety of musical styles including jazz and contemporary classical, as well as film scores. In 2009, his soundtrack to the film The Buffalo Flows was awarded a mid-America regional Emmy and his music has been nominated for three Emmys in the past 10 years. He also has received ASCAP special composition awards annually for the past 15 years. His music has been recorded and premiered in concert halls across the United States including Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Ginny Lauren Hulette: Associate Producer
Ginny Lauren Hulette has worked on numerous documentaries with Emmy-award winning filmmaker and University of Arkansas journalism professor Larry Foley. Before beginning work in the documentary field, she worked in the television news business for several years: as assignment editor at Fox 16 news in Little Rock, then as reporter and morning anchor on KNWA nws in Fayetteville.

Hayot Tuychiev: Director of Photography
Hayot Tuychiev teaches broadcast news at the University of Arkansas. He specializes in photography, video editing, and documentary film production. Tuychiev is originally from Uzbekistan. Before his academic career at the University of Arkansas, he worked for international news organizations such as BBC, Reuters and AP. Two documentary films by Hayot Tuychiev won Mid-America Emmy Awards: KURM Radio: the Soapbox of the Air (2009) and Temple of Peace (2010).