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'The Natural State of America' to highlight Earth Day events
'The Natural State of America' to highlight Earth Day events


CONWAY – The award-winning documentary “Natural State of America” will be shown next week to tie in with Earth Day celebrations around central Arkansas.

"The Natural State of America" highlights a four decade effort to prevent herbicide use in the Arkansas Ozark National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has sprayed herbicides in the Ozark National Forest for years for their vegetative management. The film follows concerned residents, environmental activists, and organic farmers as they battle their rural electric cooperative in order to protect the region’s organic farms, wells, springs, and the Buffalo River, the first National River in the United States, from being contaminated by herbicides.

Screenings are scheduled:

  • April 17, 7 p.m. at University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, Rogers Conference Center.
  • April 19, 6:30 p.m. at Arkansas Tech, Russellville, McEver Hall, RM 162.
  • April 20, 6 p.m. at University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Student Center.

"The Natural State of America” won the Society for Applied Anthropology’s 2011 Annual Film competition. It was selected for the Made in Arkansas program at the 5th Annual Little Rock Film Festival.

The film was directed by UCA Film program alumni: Terrell Case, Timothy Wistrand, and Corey Gattin, written and produced by UCA assistant professor of anthropology, Dr. Brian Campbell, and the animation was created by UCA Alum Gustav Carlson.

Some of the film production team and film "characters" will be available for Q&As and DVD signings following each screening. The DVD may be purchased at the screens for $10 or online at www.naturalstateofamerica.com for $15.

Come out and celebrate environmental activism in defense of our "natural state" at Earth Week film screens. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NaturalStateofAmerica/events.

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