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Saturday, October 15 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
My Friend Ed

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D: Sharon Baker | USA | 56 min | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE

Ed Asner is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, delighting audiences of all ages, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant to Elf and Up. But he's also an all-American activist who refuses to budge on his ideals, no matter what anyone thinks. Beneath the tough skin of this crotchety 85-year-old crusader lies the heart of a true warrior for justice. My Friend Ed is a funny and poignant exploration of the notion of “hero” versus “celebrity” and the role of this artist as activist.

Filmmaker and Special Guests Ed Asner, Robert Walden in attendance

Screening Sponsored by Heifer International

Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ed Asner, Robert Walden & Sharon Baker. 25th Annual Closing Night Party immediately following. A tented event with food and open bar at the historic Mountain Valley Spring Water Headquarters. LIVE DELTA BLUES performances by multiple Grammy and Country Music Award-Winning blues artist and “ King of New Orleans Blues” Chris Thomas King with his electric blues band, and Cedell Davis, legendary “Last of the Delta Bluesmen,” backed by  father/son duo Zakk & Big Papa Binns.

Closing Night Party sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money & Politics

Event planning by Signature Events

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Ed Asner

Closing Night Special Guest
Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist and 7-Time Emmy Award-winning actor ED ASNER     Asner is best known for his comedic and dramatic talent as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the... Read More →
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Robert Walden

Festival Special Guest
Method trained, and while still an undergrad, Robert studied with Lee Strasberg, Frank Corsaro and Charles Nelson Reilly. Upon graduation from CCNY, he was accepted into the famed Actors Studio.  With over 40 feature film credits including Oscar winners The Hospital and All the President’s... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm CDT
Arlington Hotel, Mountain Valley Spring Water Cinema 2