Regional Emmy Award winners Devon Parks and Chuck King will participate in downtown Van Buren’s Living Local schedule this month by screening their latest short film, The Rocking Horse Winner, at the King Opera House.
Living Local is an initiative designed to invite more people to partake in the businesses on Main Street in downtown Van Buren
The Rocking Horse Winner will air at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. The film, appropriate for ages 10 and up, last about 20 minutes. General admission is $5 at the door; cash only.
The film is based on the 1926 psychological drama by D.H. Lawrence. It follows Parks and King’s 2015 wins at the Regional Emmy Awards in St. Louis for their work on Step Into: The King Opera House - best director for Parks and best short format program for Parks and King.
“It’s great to be returning to the King Opera House with a new film from Mad Possum,“ said King, who produced the film and is also featured in the cast as Uncle Oscar. “We consider the Opera House to be a sort of incubator for our production company-it’s the place where we really launched publicly with our work.”
The cast also includes Missy Gipson, the executive director of the Young Actor’s Guild of Northwest Arkansas, and 14-year-old David Harper, a student at the Van Buren High School Freshman Academy, and the son of Dr. Jon and Gena Harper of Van Buren.
The ocking Horse Winner premiered earlier this summer to sell-out crowds at the Movie Lounge.
“We hope this screening will help to stimulate more growth in the historic downtown of Van Buren while engaging audiences in the timeless and daunting tale written over 80 years ago,” Parks said.