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Bentonville Film Festival | Shaping the Narrative: A Conversation with Misty Copeland

Film Talk/Lecture
Great Hall
$30 ($25/members)
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Misty Copeland

Join us for a special evening of conversation and film celebrating a decade of cinematic storytelling!

Presented in partnership with the Bentonville Film Festival and the African American Film Critics’ Association, the evening features a conversation with celebrated ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland following a screening of her documentary Flower in the museum’s Great Hall.

This one-of-a-kind discussion will explore the worlds of art, philanthropy, and social justice and shed light on art’s unique power to inspire and transform the world for good.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for members), reserve your spot online or with Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

About the Speaker

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, the first Black woman to be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history in 2015. She has performed some of the most iconic classical ballet roles, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake; Juliet in Romeo & Juliet; Giselle; Manon; Coppelia; Kitri in Don Quixote; and Firebird, to name a few.

Copeland is an avid philanthropist and in 2022, she launched The Misty Copeland Foundation with its first signature program, BE BOLD, which aims to bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to dance, especially ballet. She is an ambassador and alum of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Mind Leaps, a Rwanda-based arts program that helps young people get off the streets and into an academic setting to help enhance their lives.

Copeland’s production company, Life In Motion Productions, is focused on offering representative stories of artists—past, present, and future—and normalizing the arts experience for everyone. Her first independently produced project, Flower, is a silent arts activism film using dance to help raise awareness about intergenerational equity.


About BFFoundation

BFFoundation is a non-profit organization focused on promoting underrepresented voices of diverse storytellers. We champion female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, API, and persons with disabilities’ voices in entertainment and media. We do this through research, education, and supporting the production and distribution of inclusive content.

The foundation believes that by taking real action with content creators, talent, influencers, advertisers, and content distributors, we can accurately reflect the gender balance and diversity of our country. Our goal is to create a seismic change in how media inspires young minds to do great things.

Along with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the foundation also partners with schools and community institutions to educate the challenging effects of stereotyping, unconscious bias, and representation imbalance of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and persons with disabilities. We also utilize media-based tools and content to build positive association and equality-based learning models.

BFFoundation is focused on working with its partners to foster inclusivity in media and entertainment to produce a positive influence in the community at large.