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The Lawrence Arts Center’s Free State Festival is a five day celebration of film, music, art and ideas! The festival will attract audiences through the involvement of guest artists, panelists and curators in the cross-disciplinary mediums of cinema, music, performing and visual arts. Thematic emphasis for this year’s festival will include the relationship between film and music and the centennial anniversary of infamous Lawrence resident William S. Burroughs.

The Free State Festival includes a competitive film festival. Engaging films from the national festival circuit will be programmed with accompanying guests for post screening q&a’s. In addition to national film programming, FSF will include local premieres, interactive theater, music videos and live concerts.

Sites throughout the burgeoning 9th Street Corridor in the Lawrence Cultural District will feature outdoor projections in a unique, immersive experience of motion art and performance in unexpected venues. Artist-in-residence Luke DuBois will create a digital work for this exhibition and help curate the festival’s installations.

The University of Kansas will work with the Lawrence Arts Center to curate a series of ideas presented in both panel and lightening round formats in sites throughout the district. Partnerships with area organizations such as the Lawrence Public Library, Wild West Film Fest, Women of Lawrence Film (WOLF), music venues such as The Replay Lounge and The Granada and restaurants such asIngredient and Pachamamas will infuse the festival with vibrancy, community spirit and local color. Innovative educational opportunities in digital media and film will be offered to area youth organizations such as Van Go, Inc. and the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

Support for the festival is provided in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Partners include the Lawrence-Journal World and the University of Kansas.