Thursday’s edition of Living Local in downtown Van Buren will feature the screening of the short film, The Rocking Horse Winner, at the King Opera House.

The Rocking Horse Winner by regional Emmy Award winners Devon Parks and Chuck King will air at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. 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. The cast 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 Rocking Horse Winner 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.

Living Local is an initiative designed to invite more people to partake in the businesses on Main Street in downtown Van Buren. Featuring festival-style events, Living Local will include shopping, entertainment, food and music each Thursday evening from to 8 p.m. through Dec. 15.

Participating merchants will be Creative Furnishings by Jean, Boomerang Diner, Natural Treasures, Firefly Boutique and Gifts, Metro Gallery, High Society Upscale Resale, Western Arkansas Legacy of Fine Arts, Main Street Ice Cream Parlour, Marcia Cooksey Interiors, Oliver’s Kitchen, Cinders and Smoke, Willy Nilly Various Sundrys, MozArt Studios, Chapters On Main, The Soap Factory, Renee Barrow Farmers Insurance and Polish Pottery Depot.

A PassPort is available from any one of the 17 participating merchants to win a $50 gift card that can be used on Main Street at these merchants.

Events to run concurrently with Living Local include the annual Fall Festival on Oct. 7-9, the second annual Cruisin’ on Main on Oct. 22 and Halloween on Main Oct. 29.

Nov. 10 will bring the inaugural Art Walk on Main. Center for Art and Education will spearhead the effort to feature local artists and their works for all four Thursdays in November.

Living Local will host its first Holiday Market during the three scheduled Thursdays in December.

Living Local is a joint venture of The Old Town Merchants Association, Van Buren Original and Van Buren Advertising and Promotion Commission.

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