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ARKANSAS DENTIST AND LOCAL FILM MAKERS PRODUCE AWARD-WINNING FILM
Local Dentist Accepts Two Major Awards During Film Festival, Dental Association Meeting
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (August 2012) — Four Arkansas filmmakers recently returned from the Discovery Channel SilverDoc Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD with some awards to show off.
Dr. Jordan Cooper of Jacksonville, partnered with three other Arkansans, Jack Lofton, Susan Altrui and Eric Wilson, to produce a documentary about the late Former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards, and took home a prestigious award from the SilverDoc festival, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Screenplay. Dr. Cooper was also in the area to accept the American Dental Association (ADA) National Golden Apple Award for Outstanding New Dentist Committee on behalf of the Arkansas State Dental Association.
“Accepting one of the most prestigious awards for film along with another national award for dentistry was one of the best weeks of my life,” said Dr. Cooper, Executive Producer and Chair of the Arkansas State Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee. “I would love to do it again. It has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun on both sides! I hope to begin the next film project in the next year or two.”
Dr. Cooper’s film, “Ann Richards’ Texas” has won three awards including an Epic Award and the WGA award.
“I could not be happier with our success so far,” said director Jack Lofton. “We made this film in hopes of both educating and inspiring people to be better citizens and to get involved with our country and our states’ political scene. Receiving these awards has made the experience even better.”
The film is set to premiere in Arkansas at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival October 12-21. Anyone interested in seeing the film can check www.hsdfi.org in October for a list of screening dates and times.
As executive producer, Dr. Cooper assisted in multiple aspects of the making of this film including but not limited to providing and securing financial backing, assisting with creative development, and providing business guidance. Susan Altrui also served as an executive director for the project and Eric Wilson was a co-producer.
Ann Richards’ Texas is a documentary that celebrates the rise of the 45th Governor of Texas, Ann Richards. The film exemplifies the notion that Richards fought for people. Dr. Cooper believes the late Governor “changed the political landscape of this country in so many important ways.”
“I think that people will be inspired by Ann to not only be better and more productive members of society, but also to hold their elected officials accountable for their actions”, says Dr. Cooper.
The film features interviews with Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and many others who knew and worked with Ann Richards.