Posted 14 Nov 2017
"Up Among the Hills: The Story of Fayetteville," a documentary telling the story of the character and characters of Fayetteville from the 1800s to present, will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
Fayetteville's history as a quirky community – known for the state's flagship college and well recognized for its farmers market, town square and off-beat personalities – provides interesting fare for the film. Described by news reporter Waterman L. Ormsby as a "most inaccessible place" but "flourishing little town" in 1858, the city has played host to a variety of famous figures and eccentric residents. Narrated by former president Bill Clinton, the one-hour documentary blends artistic images with dramatic voices and recreations to take viewers on a poignant and, at times, humorous trip through the town's history.
In addition to detailing how Fayetteville became home to the University of Arkansas, "Up Among the Hills" profiles residents including: writers Charles Finger and William Lighton; musicians Buddy Hayes, Ronnie Hawkins and the Cate Brothers; former Fayetteville Daily Democrat publisher and politically minded mother Roberta Fulbright; and the peculiar "old scout" of Mount Sequoyah. The documentary was inspired by banker and Fayetteville native "Mr. Fayetteville" John Lewis and is dedicated to his memory.
"Up Among the Hills: The Story of Fayetteville" is written and produced by Larry Foley, Emmy winning professor of journalism and documentary film at the University of Arkansas.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming.
AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).