The Bergamot to screen ‘State of the Unity’ film at Crystal Bridges

The event will include a post-screening Q+A session and musical performance.

The Arkansas Cinema Society, in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is set to host a special screening of the documentary “State of the Unity” from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the museum’s Great Hall.

The film explores the nationwide journey of Brooklyn-based band The Bergamot, who set out to discover pathways to unify a divided society through music and dialogue.

The event will include a post-screening Q+A session with filmmakers Jillian Speece and Nathaniel Paul Hoff, who will also perform two songs from the soundtrack.

While the screening is free, attendees must register in advance.

“These days conflict seems to be the driving narrative across all mediums so we are happy to showcase this documentary and share its message of unity over divisiveness,” said Kody Ford, director of outreach, education and statewide programs for the Arkansas Cinema Society. “We look forward to teaming up with Crystal Bridges and we invite everyone to come and enjoy this film in the Great Hall.”

“State of the Unity” delves into whether a divided America can find unity, documenting the band’s 50,000-mile tour across all 50 states to foster human connection and empathy. The film has garnered attention and acclaim, receiving 20 awards from 38 film festival appearances, including the Grand Jury Award and Best Feature Documentary at the Las Cruces International Film Festival. It has also secured a North American distribution deal.