mission statement

The Fayetteville Film Fest is a cultural leader in our region, bringing world class film to our state, developing meaningful relationships with filmmakers, and nurturing the art of filmmaking by uniting a community of creators and supporters.

 

ABOUT THE FEST

The Fayetteville Film Fest, now in its eighth year, is an advocate for films and filmmakers as they enter the marketplace. Because we are establishing that groundwork, we are an artistic festival with market potential. We offer a full schedule of panels and other events to compliment the screenings of our films.

The 2017 FAYETTEVILLE FILM FEST will be held September 12-16 in Downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Morgan Hicks

Executive Director

Morgan is a co-founder of Fayetteville's professional theatre company, TheatreSquared, where she serves as the Director of Education and Program Development.  She has directed numerous shows including Murder for Two, A Christmas Carol, Noises Off, Boeing Boeing, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Fully Committed, Every Christmas Story Ever Told and The Mystery of Irma Vep. 

She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas where she teaches Theatre History and Directing and recently directed shows such as Eurydice, As You Like It, The Exonerated and Vinegar Tom. She  Previously she served as general manager of Writer’s Theatre in Chicago and company manager of BareStage in Missouri.

She has served on several non-profit boards including Artist's Laboratory Theatre and Last Night Fayetteville.  She holds a BFA in Acting from Arkansas State University, an MA in Performance Studies from Missouri State University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Arkansas and studied Political Theatre at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

Dan Robinson

Technical Director

Dan Robinson earned his degree in Composition from the Conservatory at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2000. Since that time, Dan has worked in a wide variety of styles, from Orchestral to Rock, Country to Hip Hop. He has written, collaborated and produced numerous musicals, opera, film and game scores and a myriad of songs in a wide variety of genre.

Dan has recorded and produced over 30 full-length albums. In 2006, he produced the Ozark Music Award's best Record of the Year and won Best Sound Engineer. He works out of The Foundry, a fully equipped, 900 square foot sound studio specifically designed by him for the purpose of recording bands and ensembles.

In 2008 Dan scored the Telly-Award winning documentary film "Medicine Under Canvas". As a natural progression rising out of his work in film scoring, Dan became more involved in the complete process of film production. Currently his production company, Fiery Moon Films, has several properties in development and various stages of production. Fiery Moon Films also produces commercials for television, radio, and internet. Dan continues to enjoy building his resume as a Film Producer, Director, Photographer and Editor working with state of the art equipment within Fiery Moon Films.


RUSSELL SHARMAN

Education and Outreach Chair

Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist.  He has written (and re-written) for Hollywood since 2008, working for several studios and production companies, including Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, MRC, DeLine Pictures, 21 Laps, Participant Media, Montecito Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company and Real FX.  He is also the writer/director of the low-budget indie feature, APARTMENT 4E, an adaptation of his stage play, as well as a number of no-budget short films and documentaries.  

Russell's first stage play, "Small of her Back" on which his first feature film was based, was produced in New York City by the Jaradoa Theatre Company in 2008. That same year, "Bobbie Sue", won a spot on the coveted Hollywood Blacklist.  Russell holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Oxford University and is the author of two books.  He has published numerous essays on urban life, culture and aesthetics, and received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Whiting Foundation and others.  

Jason Suel

Secretary

Jason is a teaching artist and professional actor who holds an MA in Theatre and Film from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is the Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement for Trike Theatre in Bentonville, Arkansas.  He tours as a cast member with multiple plays created by Trike Theatre and produced by the Walton Arts Center and is a founding member of two comedy improv troupes in Northwest Arkansas, Phunbags and Rodeo Book Club.

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Seedling Film Association in Fayetteville since it’s inception and was the Executive Director from January 2011 to January 2013.  In early winter of 2014, Jason launched a new Fayetteville, AR based television show, Later with Jason Suel, on the Fayetteville Public Access Station. In the fall of 2014, Jason toured Ireland as an actor in ‘The Odyssey Experience’ directed by Christopher Parks and produced by New Jersey's Experiential Theatre Company.


Gary Berger

Jury Chair

Garyhas been on the Fest Board since it began in 2009 (as the 540 Film Festival). He has juried seventeen independent film festivals in Arkansas, California and Florida.  He has acted in one (so far) independent film. For ten years he was a producer at Morgan Hill, CA Public Access TV. He collects antique movie cameras and produces the annual Vintage Motorcycle Show at Bikes, Blues & BBQ. His favorite movie is Harold and Maude.

JULES TAYLOR

Community Outreach Chair

This is Jules’ 5th year on The Fayetteville Film Fest board, serving as Executive Director in 2014. She serves mostly as COMMUNITY RELATIONS and has helped create partnerships between FFF and City of Fayetteville, Fayetteville Public Library, The Pryor Center, and Crystal Bridges, where OZARKUMENTRIES (short docs about the Ozarks, curated by FFF and screened at CB), is in it’s 4th year.  

Jules is an actor who has been featured in several locally shot feature films including, Gordon Family Tree, Valley Inn, and Parker’s Anchor. She teaches on camera classes at T-Tauri Movie Camp, as part of Ozarks Foothills Film Festival, as well as a moviemaking camp at Crystal Bridges. Jules is one half of THE JULES & MARK SHOW, producing short sketch comedy films, most recently winning the 10 Brands/10 Stories shorts contest, as part of Bentonville Film Festival.


Randy Dixon

University Outreach Chair

Randy Dixon is the director of the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Before coming to the Pryor Center, Dixon spent more than three decades of his media career at KATV News in Little Rock.  KATV is the ABC television affiliate owned by Allbritton Communications.  At KATV he oversaw all aspects of news, weather, and sports coverage, all local broadcasts, and managed a staff of more than 60 employees.  During Dixon’s tenure at Channel 7, the station dominated ratings in the Little Rock market for almost 20 years.  

Dixon’s work has been recognized and honored within the news industry, having received ten regional Emmys, 22 regional and four national Edward R. Murrow awards, more than four dozen Associated Press awards and three Gold World Medals from the New York Festivals.  

Dixon has twice served as president of the Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association and on the board of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Chapter for four years and is returning next year. In 2010, he was inducted into the Emmy’s Silver Circle of Lifetime Achievement.  

Dixon attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he studied biology and radio/television/film respectively.

Hazel Hernandez

Marketing Chair

Amanda Robinson

Financial Officer

Robert Babcock

Volunteer Committee

Robert is a former Marine Military Police Officer and a DePaul University graduate. Currently he is active in the Arkansas film industry both in front of and behind the camera.  Born in Chicago, Robert has lived in Southern California, Salt Lake City, Boise, Seattle, and since 2006 he has resided in NW Arkansas.  Robert joined our Board in 2017 after being a part of the festival as a volunteer. His leadership and friendly manner leads our Volunteer Committee.

Additional 2017 Jury Members

Laurene Franklin
Simone Cottrell
Dianna Blaylock
Kholoud Sawaf
Charlie Gocio
Christy Hall
Doug Bankston