‘Dirt’ featured at two upcoming events


Arkansas PBS documentary to be shown May 6 at Made in Arkansas Film Festival, free screening and panel discussion set May 11 at Fayetteville Public Library

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — “Dirt,” an Arkansas PBS documentary about saving soil, will be featured at 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, at the Made in Arkansas Film Festival and at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Fayetteville Public Library.

“Dirt” has been chosen for the 5th annual Made in Arkansas Film Festival, which takes place at Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, on Friday, May 5, at 10 a.m. The Made in Arkansas Film Festival showcases Arkansas film and filmmakers in any genre. Tickets are required.

Arkansas PBS, in partnership with the Arkansas Cinema Society and their Science on Screen series, will present “Dirt,” alongside “Villines Farm: Eight Generations of Farming” Thursday, May 11, at the Fayetteville Public Library, 400 W. Mountain St. Following will be a panel discussion about the importance of soil conservation. This event is free and open to the public, and attendees are asked to RSVP Reserve your spot for this free event at myarpbs.org/dirtscreening.

The event will begin with the short film “Villines Farm” presented by Ozark Natural Foods Cooperative. Joining the panel discussion will include “Dirt” filmmaker Jennifer Gibson, “Dirt” producers Margie Raimondo (Urbana Farmstead) and Adam Chappell (row crop farmer outside Cotton Plant, Arkansas) and a representative from Villines Farm.

Copies of the companion book, “Conservation in Arkansas Agriculture” will be available, and author Sara Mitchell will be in attendance.

“Dirt” delves into how Arkansas farmers, ranchers and others are conserving their soil, water, air and other natural resources, improving their operations and helping the environment with sustainability methods from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to make conservation improvements to their land.

More information about the film is available at myarpbs.org/dirt.

Major funding for “Dirt” is provided by the Pulaski County Conservation District and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arkansas.

About Arkansas Cinema Society

Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS) is a nonprofit committed to building a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other, and nurture the new and existing film talent within our state through increased exposure to filmmakers and their art. Memberships are available to the public at large who may wish to dive into educational videos, member-only tickets, movie swag, and more. Those interested in supporting ACS can visit their website at [www.arkansascinemasociety.org]arkansascinemasociety.org.

About Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watch, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at myarkansaspbs.org. Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado), KETS (Lee Mountain), KETS (Forrest City) and KETS (Gaither).