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Campus organization makes blockbuster debut

Submitted by KenDrell Collins on October 23, 2013 – 10:06 amNo Comment

Two UALR students who specialize in film and music have created an organization that allows performers and producers to showcase their skills.

Arkansas Film and Music, founded by seniors Jeremy Couch and Tyler Bean, is still in its infant stages, but it is among the fastest-growing organizations on campus.

The club, which currently consists of five film and music producers hopes to recruit more talent.

“Our main goal is to build a network of collaboration here on campus with the other organizations by providing them with various services, whether it be for promotion for any special events that they want to hold on campus, to enter our own material into upcoming film festivals in Hot Springs and Little Rock, and just to make a collaborative effort with the local community,” Bean said.

Bean, a Hot Springs native, has several roles in the organization: president, art director, graphic designer and, occasionally, stand-in actor.  Couch is the club’s vice-president and music supervisor.

But the shortage of members has not hindered the team from landing some substantial production jobs. This year, the UALR College of Business reached out to Arkansas Film and Music for help.

“They contacted us about wanting to create a documentary of the College of Business spanning the entire history of the College of Business itself, from its inception to present,” Bean said.

The project is set for completion next year and will include interviews with the college’s faculty.  Even though Arkansas Film and Music is providing its services for free, it sees this documentary as a chance to boost its notoriety.

“What we’re hoping to get out of this is some recognition and attention here on campus,” Bean said.

The documentary is one of many endeavors for the group.  The organization is also in the process of producing a film trailer for a feature-length film by local writer Rebecca Jones. The film, titled “Dark of the Soul,” is a supernatural crime drama that, according to Bean, has a “Sixth Sense vibe” to it. He and his team plan to have the trailer finished by February.

As a side project, the club is constructing its own horror movie for entry into the Little Rock Horror Picture Show, which is poised to take place March 21-23.

But why the combination of film and music?

“Just as with film, music also tells a story itself,” Bean said. “So taking those two different aspects and combining those can create something that is dynamic and complex at the same time, while still having fluidity and rhythm and cohesiveness with the story telling as well. So those two different genres can blend in well with each other.”

The club embraces individuals who have a passion for art, music or film. It depicts itself as a service that can help students gain recognition, both on campus and in the local community. More than 40 students have already expressed interest in joining the organization this semester.

But according to its founders, the organization’s mantra is simple: produce movies and music.

“We are Arkansas film and music,” said Bean. “We are here to provide a service for you. Anyone who is wanting any promotional services, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to work with you, not only to give you recognition but also to help us with recognition as well. We’re here to provide.”

Students can join Arkansas Film and Music by contacting the group on its Facebook page or sending an email to arkansasfilmandmusic@gmail.comThe club intends to launch its own website within the coming year.

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