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February 21, 2018


It's time for the first movie night with The Locals of 2018. Come out, enjoy a night out with friends, a cold one from Kings, and popcorn! This time we are watching a contemporary Arkansas documentary filmed by former Conway residents: The Night the Black Bird Fell.

The sight of birds dying and falling from the sky has been an omen of dark times since at least ancient Greece. What does it mean now, in an era where human influence over the environment is hotly debated and exists alongside our instinct for visions of doom? On New Year's Eve, 2010, the town of Beebe, AR experienced this exact apocalyptic image: thousands of dead blackbirds littered the landscape. In The Night the Blackbirds Fell (2013), directors Will Scott and Brian Campbell investigate what happened to them in a compelling mix of documentary and graphic novel - a bold stylistic choice about a story that is both augur and scientific warning. 

We will have a discussion with co-director Will Scott after the screening. And as always, you can stick around for Trivia at Kings afterwards :)

December 13, 2017


Not all Christmas movies become traditions for their good qualities. A tale about how the people of Mars abduct Santa Claus in order to save the childhood of Martian children, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a staple of lists of the worst films ever made. It is perhaps bad-movie fandom's biggest holiday perennial after its appearance in Mystery Science Theater 3000. With its  mix of Christmas imagery and comic-book science fiction trappings, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians to be seen to be believed.  

After the screening there will be time for questions and discussion with guest speaker Dr. Felipe Pruneda.

October 18, 2017


We are kicking off our get togethers with an Arkansas cult classic: The Legend of Boggy Creek.

Is there a monster stalking the residents of Fouke, Arkansas? Locals claim to have seen the mysterious creature in the surrounding swamps, and believe it is responsible for several animal deaths. As witnesses recall their encounters with the seven-foot-tall, red-haired beast, their story ceases to be merely a legend and becomes a dangerous, frightening reality.

The wildly successful, innovative film debut of Hampton, AR native and former ad man Charles B. Pierce, The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) used documentary techniques to tell its tale of Arkansan folklore. Making the most of its non-professional actors, shoestring budget, and eerie natural scenery, the film is a triumph of spooky atmosphere that continues to be discovered and rediscovered by cult cinema enthusiasts. 

After the screening there will be time for questions and discussion with guest speaker Dr. Felipe Pruneda.

Also as an extra treat Shambala Vegan Food Truck will be parked outside starting at 4pm.

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