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This article was published February 8, 2013 at 2:39 a.m.

— About five years ago, I stuffed myself into a packed theater to watch a documentary called Towncraft about the Little Rock music scene from the ’80s on.

I was blown away by Richard Matson’s film - it strongly evoked the flavor of that secret history. Now whenever I see subjects of the documentary in the streets or at White Water Tavern, it’s like spotting a celebrity.

If you haven’t seen this film, you’re in luck. Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock is hosting a free screening at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in the R.J. Wills Lecture Hall on the second floor of the Campus Center. Burt Taggart, proprietor of Little Rock-based Max Recordings, produced the documentary and will host a question and answer session after the screening.

Laura Govia, a Pulaski Tech English instructor and the event organizer, says, “We are going to slowly integrate the film series into the college culture. We will plan more screenings if this one is successful. It is a great co-curricular activity for students and one we hope will bring the public to our campus.”

For more information about the event contact Tracy Courage, Communication/Special Events Manager at (501) 812-2234 or e-mail

Adriana Li Mandri, a digital filmmaking student at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, is looking for 15 extras to film a scene for her film Tonic from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The shoot will be at the Trinity Nightclub, 1021 Jessie Road. Food will be provided and you can expect your name in the credits on the finished product.

As for your costume, Mandri says, “It’s a nightclub, so dress either in drag or just out on the town!” If interested email

Another project in need of some acting chops is UCA grad Sarah Jones’ new horror film. On her Facebook page, Jones mentioned that she had a hard time finding a slasher film directed by a woman, so she decided to make one.

Casting will be conducted Saturday in the Friborough Room at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library from 10 a.m. to noon. The role of “Austin” is described as a man in his early 20s, an athletic/jock type who loves camping and modern technology. “Chloe” is also in her early 20s and Austin’s girlfriend, described as petite, slightly ditzy, hates camping but goes along on the trip to try to impress her boyfriend. The shoot will be March 2, 3, 9 and 10. For more information about the project, e-mail Jones at

Levi Agee is a filmmaker who covers the Arkansas film scene. Send him your movie news at

MovieStyle, Pages 35 on 02/08/2013

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