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Health and Safety Guidelines for Phased Reopening

Dear Friends, In the next months, we are looking forward to emerging from a quarantine that has fundamentally changed how we relate in our world. Throughout this ordeal, we have witnessed incredible strength, experienced renewed connection to the community, and been inspired by people’s seemingly inexhaustible positivity. Lawrence, through it all, you never missed a … [more]


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Free State Festival Postpones to 2021

In the interest of public health and safety, the Free State Festival has made the difficult decision to postpone its annual event until June 2021. The heart of the festival has always been watching films with you in dark theatres, sharing ideas with guests and neighbors, and building community through shared art experiences. The current … [more]



Film Festival Day Phoenix, Oregon Screening April 11 Boosts Disrupted Fests | Movie Maker

By Tim Molloy on April 5, 2020 Film lovers can support film festivals disrupted by COVID-19 by taking part in a virtual screening of the independent film Phoenix, Oregon for Film Festival Day this coming Saturday, April 11. The Film Festival Alliance and the independent streaming platform Theatrical-At-Home are presenting the event, and a filmmaker Q&A will be … [more]


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Free State Festival 2020 Headliners Announced

The Lawrence Arts Center is proud to announce the following headliners for the 2020 Free State Festival: writer/director/artist John Waters, comedian/podcaster Cameron Esposito and filmmaker/musician Boots Riley. The festival is slated for June 22-28 and will include a dynamic program of speakers, film, art, and performance. In support of 50/50 by 2020, a national movement to increase the representation … [more]