'LOUPE,' the broadcast portion of the Arkansas Educational Television Network's statewide arts initiative of the same name, will premiere five new episodes beginning Monday, May 1, and airing weekly on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. LOUPE magnifies Arkansas artists, arts organizations and art events through the broadcast, as well as an interactive companion website, aetn.org/loupe.
This season of 'LOUPE' is a celebration of Arkansas Heritage Month and will feature short films focusing on the arts and culture of Arkansas. The series includes: profiles of the Governor's Arts Award recipients for 2016 and 2017; an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's 'The Rocking-Horse Winner'; a historical docudrama; and pieces covering photography, architecture and music.
Episodes, airing Mondays at 6:30 p.m., include:
May 1 – '2016 Arkansas Governor's Arts Awards' by the Department of Arkansas Heritage and Nathan Willis. The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Heritage, sponsors the Governor's Arts Awards annually. This episode features: Suzanne Vining Kunkel of Little Rock; Dr. Dean Kumpuris of Little Rock; The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff; Deltic Timber of El Dorado; Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers of Newport; RB McGrath of Jacksonville; Dr. Thomas A. Bruce of Little Rock; and Theresa Timmons-Shamberger of Maumelle.
May 8 – '2017 Arkansas Governor's Arts Awards' by the Department of Arkansas Heritage and Nathan Willis. The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Heritage, sponsors the Governor's Arts Awards annually. This episode features: Thom Hall of Little Rock; Sam and Barbara Tobias of Mena; Art Porter Music Education Inc. of Little Rock; Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP of Little Rock; Freda Cruse Hardison of Mountain View; Reese Rowland of Little Rock; Johnelle Hunt of Rogers; and Max Elbo of Eureka Springs.
May 15 – Photography, architecture and music. This episode features photography large and small, a giant of architecture and music from a native homeland. Among those included in the film are: photographer Nancy Nolan, a collaboration between filmmaker and photographer Dave Anderson and Nolan; architect Marlon Blackwell, by filmmaker Mark Jackson; musician Jackie Nyamutumbu, by filmmakers and AETN interns Hope Montgomery and Sarah Varnau; and pinhole photographer Thomas Harding, produced in 1993, from the AETN archive.
May 22 – 'The Rocking-Horse Winner' by Devon Parks. This episode features a narrative film adaptation of D.H Lawrence's short story 'The Rocking-Horse Winner.' Locked in the grasp of his mother's envy, Paul discovers a secret ability that could help cure his mother and restore her devotion to him. When riding his unusual rocking horse, Paul discovers he can predict the outcome of future horse races. However, his visions aren't always valid and can come to haunt him more than help if he isn't careful.
May 29 – 'Unexpected Sebastian County.' This episode features 'Step Into: The King Opera House,' a historical docudrama set in 1901 revolving around a small haunted town in Arkansas, by Devon Parks. Also included is a look at the murals created during the Unexpected Festival in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Designed to increase the visibility of the arts around the state, LOUPE serves as an arts and culture collective and introduces enthusiasts to the artists behind the creations.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).