The film selections for the 2014 Offshoot Film Festival were released earlier this month.
The lineup includes 43 independent films across multiple genres including feature, short, documentary, animation, music video and films with connections to Arkansas.
The festival is set for Oct. 2-5 at the University of Arkansas Global Campus, 2 E. Center St. in downtown Fayetteville.
The opening night showcase will be Valley Inn, a romantic comedy released earlier this year that features Arkansas-native Joey Lauren Adams. In the film, a New Jersey college student finds herself in a dusty dying small southern town, a thousand miles from home, selling Christian books door-to-door for the summer. The Valley Inn soundtrack includes an original song written and performed by American Idol winner and Arkansas native, Kris Allen, and Academy Award-winning actress, songwriter and fellow Arkansan, Mary Steenburgen.
Other notable films include Perseverance: the Billy Taylor Story, a sports documentary on redemption that explores the life of one of University of Michigan’s greatest running backs. This film highlights Taylor’s college glories and explores the setbacks that destroyed his reputation. Dr. Billy Taylor will be in attendance for the showing of the film at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Gone Doggy Gone is a comedy about a couple stuck in a lackluster marriage who treat their dog like a baby. They leave little time for each other and what free time they have is spent doting on the dog…until it is kidnapped.
Mayfly, part of the Arkansas Connections series, is the story of an alien prince, marooned on earth, who must rely on a temporary bodyguard with a life span of just 24 hours. A love letter to 80s science fiction films, Mayfly was filmed entirely in Northwest Arkansas.
Two industry workshops will take place throughout the morning of Saturday, Oct. 4. The first workshop will be The Music of Film Making: How to Make Your Film Sing presented by Dan Robinson of Fiery Moon Films. The following workshop is entitled Micro-Budget Filmmaking in Arkansas or Making a Million Dollar Movie at a Fraction of the Price and is presented by Ryan and Jennica Schwartzman of Purpose Pictures.
Admission to the events range from $7 for a single viewing to $40 for a weekend pass. Workshop tickets can be purchased separately or are free with the purchase of a weekend pass.