Bentonville FF: Dawn Valadez on THE PUSHOUTS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

As both a filmmaker and a social worker, Dawn Valadez has spent her career focusing on the experiences of young people of color. Those experiences are front and center in The Pushouts, which looks at how the system fails so many at-risk kids — but celebrates the mentors and decisions that can help disrupt the cycle. Valadez, who co-directed and produced the film was at the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival to screen The Pushouts and talk about its mission of social justice.

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Bentonville FF: Amber McGinnis on INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

Amber McGinnis’ feature film directing debut is International Falls, which stars Rachael Harris as a dissatisfied Minnesota woman who finds her way to stand-up comedy. The film is part of the line-up at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival, which McGinnis is attending with her 3-month-old daughter.

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Bentonville FF: Rebecca Stern on WELL GROOMED – Betsy Bozdech interviews

Rebecca Stern makes her feature directing debut with Well Groomed at the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival. Chronicling a year in the life of competitive dog groomers, the upbeat film is a joyous romp through a world you might have not seen before. And it’s really about dogs and passion and art and enjoying oneself in hobbies and your environment. It’s sure to appeal to both canine lovers and fans of quirky subcultures.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Bentonville Film Fest Honors Jamie Brewer – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Bentonville Film Festival will honor actor Jamie Brewer with the “See It, Be It” Award, which highlights a rising and influential voice in the landscape of diversity and inclusion in media. The American Horror Story actor will be honored for her unwavering commitment to representing and championing those with intellectual disabilities both on screen and off, ensuring media accurately reflects the real world.

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Bentonville Film Fest Women-on-the-Street, Part Three — Betsy Bozdech reports

At the Bentonville Film Festival, female filmmakers find themselves surrounded by mentors, peers, and filmgoers who celebrate women’s creativity and

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