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AETN Behind-the-Scenes: Courthouse Documentary Shoot

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We’re in production of a new documentary featuring Arkansas’s historic courthouses, thanks to funding from the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Moving Image Trust Fund. Scroll through this photo blog to see what producer Casey Sanders and assistant cinematographer Jack Carroll discovered on one of the coldest days we experienced this winter! 


The journey began at the White County Court House in Searcy. Arriving just before dusk (and just days before it would be time to take Christmas lights down), Casey and Jack captured these beautiful images, in addition to footage for the documentary:

Here they are getting set up for the shoot:




One of our “more artsy” shots before the sun began setting …


With the right filter, it’s easy to imagine what it must have looked like just after the White County Courthouse was constructed in 1871.


As dusk settled in, the lights began to glow …


And soon after this shot was taken, you could enjoy the full glory of the display!


Once they finished the Searcy shoot, Casey’s and Jack’s teeth chattering in the 26˚ weather and gusty wind, but the footage was lovely! Ready for their next stop, Casey and Jack set off for Benton, the seat of Saline County, to capture the courthouse’s holiday display.


When the holiday season arrives, no holds are barred at the Saline County Courthouse!


Their holiday light display features, of course, lights, as well as features across the grounds (even in the trees) and a variety of fun dioramas.


Here’s the reindeer’s stable …


And even Santa’s workshop.


It was great fun visiting with everyone behind the orchestration of this beautiful display! Holly, who has served as the ‘head honcho’ of the Saline County Courthouse lights display for some time, was especially excited for this year’s decoration - even if she was a bit sad. This year was her last Christmas at the Saline County Courthouse, since she’ll be joining State Treasurer Dennis Milligan’s administration in the Capitol City this year!

Want to learn more? Keep an eye on the AETN Engage blog for further updates on our upcoming Arkansas Historic Courthouse documentary. We’re looking forward to sharing more about these beautiful buildings and their fascinating histories!