TGE executives on the opening evening of the Fort Smith Worldwide Movie Competition

As part of the opening events of the inaugural Fort Smith International Film Festival on Friday, a discussion about Arkansas’s place in the global entertainment market will be the focus of a discussion with two top TGE executives.

The global virtual studio and entertainment and technology company has partnered with the River Valley Film Society to deliver the talk. TGE Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Jackson and Chief Operations Officer Keith Kaplan will be the keynote speakers in the discussion after a screening of films by local filmmakers.

Born out of a number of entertainment superstars, Jackson has over 30 years of experience developing, creating, performing, recording, funding and producing music, film, television and multimedia entertainment. Chaplain

“Through Their Eyes” films from the first Fort Smith International Film Festival will also be streamed live when tickets are purchased on

The festival follows CDC and Arkansas Department of Health’s COVID protocols, as well as reduced event capacity, social distancing, disinfection, and masks provided by Yeager’s hardware.

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Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday August 13 at The Majestic, 817 Garrison Ave.

One of the special guests on Friday night is Brad Neely from Fort Smith, creator of the television series “China, IL”. Neely’s interview was taped and will be shown at The Majestic during the opening night. Neely is also a talent behind “Harg Nallin ‘Sclopio Peepio” as well as internet favorites “Wizard People”, “Dear Readers”, “I Am Baby Cakes” and “The Professor Brothers”. His latest show “The Harper House” premieres on September 16, 2021 on Paramount +.

“The Harper House” follows a confident householder who struggles to regain higher status for herself and her strange family after losing her job and moving from the rich to the poor in a small Arkansas town. To save money, they moved into their inherited Victorian upper house, the historic Harper House.

The opening night begins with Sol Studios’ short film about Fort Smith, followed by a regional filmmaker showcase with Kevin Croxton’s “In the Blink of an Eye”, Michael Day’s “Focus” and Caleb Fanning’s “Blood on the Risers”. The filmmakers discuss their films and answer questions from the audience.

White Collar Sideshow will also perform their live music video show from 10:30 p.m. after the talk by the TGE executives.

Events on Saturday

From 9.30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, the film festival will present over 130 films, including 52 international films from 32 countries in The Bakery District, 5 Star Productions, The Majestic and 906 Cigar Lounge.

Film festival attendees can check for a full schedule of door opening and film start times.

The marathon film day ends with a midnight award ceremony at The Majestic.

How to get tickets and watch the live stream

Tickets are priced at $ 10 or $ 15 on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased from

The Fort Smith International Film Festival will be hybrid. To accommodate film fans who cannot attend in person, they are releasing a $ 10 virtual ticket that gives access to a live stream of the films.

A link to watch the films will be provided after purchasing a virtual ticket.

Viewers can watch the films in real time from any of the four venues – The Bakery District, 5 Star Productions, The Majestic and 906 Cigar Lounge. The full program and schedule of the films are available on, where viewers can also purchase tickets for remote viewing.

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