Fayetteville Public Library Prepares for Film Premiere

On Thursday, October 18th the Children’s Library and the Media/Magazine section of the Fayetteville Public Library will be closed. The library will be closed on Friday, October 19th. The library will reopen at 9:00 am Saturday, October 20th.
Patrons will experience a minor disruption in service on Thursday as the library prepares for the “Up Among the Hills: The Story of Fayetteville” film premiere to be hosted at the Fayetteville Public Library on Friday, October 19th. Public screenings of the film will be held on Thursday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 6th at 6:00pm, and Sunday, November 11th at 2:00pm in the Walker Community Room.

“Up Among the Hills”, a 60 minute documentary film of the history of Fayetteville, was written and directed by Emmy award winning filmmaker and University of Arkansas professor, Larry Foley and narrated by President Bill Clinton. The film was funded by the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, while the library served as the executive producer of the film and will own the rights to the film.

The film was inspired by John Lewis, a native of Fayetteville and founder of the Bank of Fayetteville. Lewis was known as “Mr. Fayetteville” for his knowledge of the city’s history and his desire get the community involved in its present and future development. The film is dedicated to his memory.

Following the film premiere, the library will donate copies of the film to Fayetteville K-12 schools, local northwest Arkansas libraries, and provide copies for purchase.