LITTLE ROCK — “Nomadland” took the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival – the only time both honors have ever gone to the same film. Now, the award-contender is coming to Filmland at the MP Outdoor Cinema in Little Rock, alongside a stellar lineup of cinema that includes “The Way I See It,” “Dreamland,” “One Night In Miami...” and “You Cannot Kill David Arquette.” Those attending can see the hottest, unreleased films of 2020, alongside fellow movie-lovers, in a safe and socially-distanced shared experience. Filmland 2020 Drive-In runs Oct. 1-4.
Concessions and a rotation of local food trucks will be available each night.
About the lineup
“Nomadland” — Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
“The Way I See It” – Inspired by the New York Times No. 1 bestseller, this is an unprecedented look behind the scenes at two of the most iconic presidents in American history, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As official White House photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of the most powerful person on Earth. The movie also reveals how Souza transforms from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues we face as a country and a people.
“Dreamland” – An official selection of Tribeca Film Festival 2019, “Dreamland” is set in Dust Bowl-era Texas amidst dust storms and the Great Depression, when a teenager’s adventures as a bounty hunter take an unexpected twist. Starring Margot Robbie and directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, the film is a beautifully shot, Depression-era, coming-of-age story.
“One Night In Miami…” – Regina King’s directorial feature film debut takes us inside a 1964 meeting of icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. The film is an adaptation of the acclaimed Kemp Powers’ play that imagines a night in Miami where the real-life friends gather together to celebrate a heavyweight championship but end up wrestling with the harsh realities of their roles and responsibilities in the Civil Rights Movement.
“You Cannot Kill David Arquette” – What began as a promotional stunt for a film in the 1990s outraged a generation of wrestling fans and permanently altered the trajectory of actor David Arquette’s life. The film follows him as 20 years later, he returns to the ring seeking redemption. However, his desire to earn respect leads to increasingly extreme and violent situations. Featuring the Arquette siblings, Luke Perry, and ex-wife Courteney Cox, this is the ultimate comeback story. A raw and intimate portrait of a man obsessed with validation. The film is produced by Arkansas native Christina McLarty Arquette, Ross Levine, Bryn Mooser, and Stacey Souther.
Drive-in gates open each night at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 – “The Way I See It”
Friday, Oct. 2, – Filmland: Arkansas Short Winner Screening and “One Night In Miami...”
Saturday, Oct. 3 – Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls Short Screening and “Nomadland”
Sunday, Oct. 4 – Filmland: Arkansas Student Short Winner Screening and “Dreamland”
Wednesday, Oct. 7 – “You Cannot Kill David Arquette”
The MP Outdoor Cinema is located at 6700 Allied Way in Little Rock.
Tickets are available at www.filmland.org.
Drive-in pricing is $40 per car.
The Arkansas Cinema Society’s Filmland Drive-in is a curated annual celebration of cinema with a mission to nurture and inspire filmmakers in Arkansas by exposing Arkansans to filmmakers and their art. Stay up to date with announcements about Filmland features and events at https://www. arkansascinemasociety.org/filmland-2020.