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Experience Arlington Cinema 2016 brings international award-winning films and homegrown talent to Downtown Arlington

Arlington Film Festival

A screening of Best Feature Film AFI Cannes and SXSW Audience Favorite From Above is just one of many reasons to attend Experience Arlington Cinema 2016 on February 27, 2016. The festival is sponsored by the Arlington Film Society and The University of Texas at Arlington Student Film/Video Organization.

From Above, starring actor Danny Glover, was directed by Nory Niven, a UT Arlington film graduate. Throughout his career, Nivens has also directed Don Cheadle, Beau Bridges, Matt LeBlanc and Kiefer Sutherland. Nivens will be on hand to answer questions after the 7:00 p.m. screening.

Experience Arlington Cinema 2016 will begin at noon with a series of award-winning short films including Joy by Solomon Onita, Jr. Joy is featured currently on HBO.

Two workshops will follow the short film screenings. The first is a narrative workshop conducted by Eugene Martin, professor of film at the University of North Texas. The second is a session on film editing with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X software by UT Arlington film professor Bart Weiss.

Local talent will take center stage at 5:30 p.m. in a presentation of short films from Arlington Independent School District students, UTA students, and Arlington filmmakers.

“This collection of films is a must see for all audiences as they really speak to the soul of humanity,” said James Hawthorne, executive director of the Arlington Film Society.

“Experience Arlington Cinema 2016 is another example of the breadth of cultural activities and incredible talent being cultivated in Downtown Arlington,” said Tony Rutigliano, president and CEO of Downtown Arlington Management Corporation.

Tickets for Experience Arlington Cinema 2016 are good for the entire day and are $10 presale, $12 at the door. Student tickets are $5 at the door (must present student ID). Click here to purchase presale tickets.

For more information, contact James Hawthorne at 817-291-5895 and

Experience Arlington Cinema 2016

Schedule of Events

All films will be shown at UT Arlington Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper Street, Room 148.


American Mother by Jordan Cooper

Tells the story of a world that is shaken when a mother is confronted by the killing of her son.

Joy by Samuel Onita, Jr.

A Nigerian woman living in America, struggles to convince her traditionalist husband not to circumcise their ten-year old daughter.

Underground by Akil DuPont

A field slave, Bali, plans to escape from slavery after learning that his master is going to sell his young daughter, Emala. 

Squeeze Box

SHORT FILM SERIES #2 at 5:30 p.m.

Dream within a Dream by Michelle Alvarez, Bowie High School

Student interpretive poem project. 

Crossroads by Julio Cardenas, Bowie High School

Student interpretive poem project.

Sugarless Tea by Sai Selvarajan

The film takes viewers on a journey to India and Queens, NY in a tale of separated brothers, chance meetings and identity.

Living with M.A.D. by Tim & Anne Perry

A support group retreat for individuals with a disease called Musical Addiction Disorder goes awry when group members decide that singing and dancing are more important than recovery. 

The Argument by Mason McNeal

(Animation) A couple has a disagreement at home.         

Zoe by Steve Baker

Following the birth of her baby brother, a devoted 7 year-old is caught in a storm of love and madness that sweeps up her mother, who is suffering from postpartum depression, and her father, who is desperate to keep the family whole. 

Cardboard (Animation) by Joseph Malott

A young boy struggles to understand life inside a warehouse and what may be lurking outside. 

Hijab by Fatima Jawad

An up close look at life for a young Muslim girl in her high school.

Flight of the Dragon by Mary Tran

As Long Lian Hua slowly succumbs to the oppression of gender and status inequality, will she resort to drastic measures in order to fulfil her desires and fight against the status quo?

“Quentin Parramore is…..” by Vernon LaCour IV

A documentary film that looks at the life of dancer Quentin Parramore, employed by Liberty Tax.

FEATURE FILM at 7:00 p.m. 

From Above by Nory Niven

This film, starring Danny Glover, explores two souls who are so deeply in love that they are entangled beyond life itself.