Episode Four of Movers and Makers features special guest Jessie Evans, in conversation with host Sonny Kay, live from her home base in Ubatuba, Brazil! A founding member of San Francisco’s Subtonix in the early 2000s, Jessie fronted the dance-goth trio The Vanishing (issuing two classic full-lengths) before making her way to Berlin, where she collaborated with Malaria!’s Bettina Köster (as Autonervous), and legendary Banshees drummer, Budgie. In 2013 she moved to Sao Paulo where she began releasing solo records and collaborating with an even wider range of artists, reinventing her sound in the process. She recently moved to the coastal town of Ubatuba, became a mom and in 2019 dropped her most recent full-length, Heartwave. This discussion takes place Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 pm CST.
Episode Three of Movers and Makers features special guest Robin Laananen, a photographer and tour manager who has devoted more than a decade to trekking around the world with groups like Refused, The Locust, Modest Mouse, and Le Butcherettes. After cutting her teeth in Seattle shooting live shows and, eventually, Sub Pop publicity photos, she relocated to Los Angeles and found her niche. In 2017, Robin issued the first book of her work, US/THEN, documenting her adventures traveling with the group, Warpaint. Robin sits down with Low Key Arts’ Sonny Kay to talk about her career and her travels with some of the most provocative bands in underground music. This discussion takes place Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 pm CST.
Low Key Arts presents the 14th annual Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film festival, taking place on Saturday, January 2, 2021. For the first time in the history of the festival, it will be an outdoor drive-in event, presented in partnership with Hot Springs Mall, Visit Hot Springs, KUHS 102.5 FM, and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
Festival Director Jen Gerber brings her vision for a provocative, moving experience to this year’s Arkansas Shorts. Drawing from a multicultural cross-section of submissions, the program this year represents the diverse population of our state and the peculiar political landscape of our nation, while not losing sight of the fun and creativity that have always been characteristic of this night of short film. Chris Wilks, a veteran of the festival and International Shorts Programmer, has overseen selections from a vast and encouraging number of Arkansas filmmakers, as well as hand-picking additional selections from among the best international shorts of the past year.
“As one might imagine, Arkansas Shorts will look a bit different this year, but after the overwhelmingly positive experience from the HSDFF drive-ins, we are confident that this event will be safe, fun and our strongest lineup to date”, says Festival Director, Jen Gerber.
The biggest change organizers are making to the format is the elimination of the three separate screening blocks for International, North American and Arkansas short films. Instead, the program will be a highly curated mix from all 3 sections, with a special showcase granted to the filmmakers who participated in the virtual edition of the Inception to Projection Filmmaking Program. “While 2020 has forced nearly every organization to pivot away from their traditional plans, this year Low Key Arts found tremendous success with Inception to Projection as we made the programs virtual, enabling us to reach students all across Arkansas. We are overwhelmingly proud of the strong filmmaking community in Arkansas that has weathered quite a storm this year and we can’t wait to celebrate all these accomplishments in January,” says Gerber. “Uptown Hot Springs is proud to be a supporter of Arkansas Shorts,” says Scott Green, manager of the Hot Springs Mall. Scott has been a huge champion of these pop-up drive events by supplying a safe venue for this community to gather to see these films on a big screen and we are grateful for all the support we continue to receive from the community.
Covid restrictions presented difficulties in producing Arkansas Shorts in its traditional venue, the Malco Theatre, in 2021. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to Maxwell Blade for allowing us into his Theatre of Magic in years past, and for his gracious and very generous support of Low Key Arts.
The 14th annual Arkansas Shorts: A Night of Short Film festival drive-in will take place at 4501 Central Avenue in Hot Springs, in the parking lot facing the former Sears location on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Gates will open at 5:00 pm and the shorts will begin at 6:00. Total running time is 2 hours. Cost per vehicle is $20. Tickets available at the gate or in advance HERE from Prekindle.com
Episode Two of Movers and Makers features special guest Ashish Vyas, bassist with DC’s multicultural groove dealers, Thievery Corporation. Hash (as he’s known to friends), a first-generation American of South Asian parents, earned his stripes in the early 2000s with San Diego punk-dub icons Gogogo Airheart before he started bringing the vibes in a major way with TC. He’s traveled to every corner of the world, made records in some of the most exotic places imaginable, and jammed with members of Fishbone and Fugazi. They don’t call him the low-end sadhu for nothing! Join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion with one of your host’s favorite people – and musicians – in the world. Movers and Makers Episode Two will stream live at 6:00PM CST on Tuesday, November 24 at facebook.com/lowkeyarts
Low Key Arts is pleased to announce a new online interview and discussion series, Movers and Makers. Hosted by LKA Executive Director, Sonny Kay, the series presents in-depth conversations with noteworthy artists, musicians, and instigators contributing to popular culture through their work and their lifestyles.
Episode One of Movers and Makers features special guest Damon Locks, an influential Chicago musician, visual artist, and teacher. Locks has a 30-year history in underground music and art, and has been actively involved in the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project in Chicago for many years. As a designer, his work has adorned some of the most influential rock albums of the past two decades. His groups Trenchmouth (with Portlandia’s Fred Armisen), The Eternals, and Exploding Star Orchestra defy classification, instead presenting a relentless trend toward innovation, reinvention and fusion. In late 2019, Locks’ Black Monument Ensemble released their debut album, Where Future Unfolds, a haunting, prophetic portrait of the stark reality of life for Black people in the United States, set to a lush backdrop of gospel jazz, whose beauty transcends the pain it describes.
The discussion will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM CST and can be viewed live on the Low Key Arts Facebook page (facebook.com/lowkeyarts).
Stay-at-home blues got you climbing the walls? Tired of TV? Have we got the antidote! Inception to Projection now has a YouTube channel!!! HERE
Nearly a decade’s worth of Inception to Projection films – all in one place. SO much incredible work has come out of this program – see for yourself!
We’ve pulled as many films from the vaults as we could find (nearly 60!) but realize there’s a few missing. If you or someone you know has an Inception to Projection film that hasn’t been uploaded yet, please get in touch. We would like the channel to be as complete as possible. It’s an archive we can all be proud of!
And, as we’re gearing up for another great session this summer, there’s never been a better time to support Inception to Projection and the many incredible opportunities it provides young people in Hot Springs. Donate today!
Sunday March 15, 5:00-7:00 pm
Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor Street
Mark your calendars! Please join us on Sunday, March 15 @ 5:00 pm for the VOV volunteer orientation and handbook review as well as the opportunity to get your exclusive 2019 volunteer shirt screened by Jose Hernandez! This year, shirts will kindly be provided by Superior Bathhouse Brewery! We will post a link to choose your size soon!
If you would like to volunteer for The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival (The VOV) 2020 please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Rob Cox. Email him at email@example.com
VOV 2020 is March 20-23! Spread the word!!
The open call for submissions for Arkansas Shorts – A Night of Short Film 2020 begins Saturday June 1, 2019!
2020 marks the lucky thirteenth year of Arkansas Shorts. To celebrate, we’re extending the limit on film running times and will now accept films up to 20 minutes in length!
Arkansas Shorts is an annual event showcasing short films in 3 categories: Those made by Natives and current residents of Arkansas; by North American Filmmakers; and by International filmmakers. Additionally, Arkansas Shorts is a showcase for the work produced in Low Key Arts’ filmmaking workshop, Inception to Projection, during the prior year. These often include work by a wide variety of local filmmakers, ranging from teens to seniors. Arkansas Shorts proudly takes place in downtown Hot Springs at the historic Malco Theatre.
For more information or to register, please go here:
Just in time for this weekend’s Rock n’ Roll Buffet, we are very pleased to announce that effective immediately – and from now on – any person with a valid ASMSA student I.D. enters FREE to all Low Key Arts events!
That’s right, just present your current ASMSA identification and you will be admitted free of charge to all public events at Low Key Arts (118 Arbor Street), as well as the The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival (The VOV), Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival, and any other live events produced by Low Key Arts in Hot Springs. We may occasionally ask that ASMSA students RSVP to an event to guarantee entry (Arkansas Shorts – a night of short film has limited seating, for example) but other than that, there’s nothing to remember – except bring your i.d. and be back at ASMSA before curfew!
Low Key Arts is pleased to announce Low Key Labs, an ongoing community-focused music and arts workshop series. Low Key Labs recruits working musicians, artists and professional makers to mentor students of all ages and skill levels in both one-on-one and group study classes, teaching the fundamentals of various creative disciplines using fun, low-pressure methods tailored to each individual participant. Low Key Labs is designed to give newcomers the tools to become proficient, while more advanced students are provided with challenging exercises to expand their skill set.
Low Key Arts has already established itself on the cutting edge of specialized arts education in central Arkansas through its Inception to Projection Filmmaking Program, founded in 2011. Taught by film industry professionals (and directed for the past six years by critically-acclaimed Hot Springs filmmaker, Jen Gerber), the program has an incredible success rate for young people, as 50% of its college-aged participants have gone on to pursue higher education in filmmaking. Partnering with ASMSA and the University of Central Arkansas to provide top-notch facilities, equipment and know-how has enabled Low Key Arts to fortify the program and truly provide an inspiring, sophisticated and potential-rich opportunity for our students.
Low Key Labs now diversifies our educational programming using our successes with Inception to Projection as the blueprint. In time, we hope to offer classes in music theory and production, photography, videography, digital art, radio broadcasting, and much more. It is our intention to fill a void in arts education in Hot Springs while at the same time providing opportunities for learning which favor progressive and emerging ideas, new approaches, and are engaging to young and old alike.
The inaugural workshop in the series is Lab 1: Mad Scientists of Music (Basics for Guitar, Bass & Keyboards), led by Brennan Leeds and Harry Glaeser of the renowned Little Rock band, Couch Jackets. The class will take place at Low Key Arts (118 Arbor Street) on weekends beginning February 16 through March 10. Students will schedule an hour long, one-on-one lesson each Saturday or Sunday with the appropriate instructor (based on instrument). Students participating in this course will be given signup priority to continue their studies in subsequent sessions of this series.