"Then There was Joe" kicks off Arkansas Cinema Society’s Homegrown Film Series on Feb. 3 at the Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock.

"Then There Was Joe" will be the first film showcased by the Arkansas Cinema Society’s new Homegrown Film Series. The series was created to carry out the ACS's mission of giving Arkansas filmmakers a venue and a voice in their home communities. Launched in 2017, the arts nonprofit filled a void after the Little Rock Film Festival ended a few years back. 

The comedy film was written, produced, directed and edited by Little Rock native Justin Warren. Warren wrote "Then There was Joe" a year after graduating from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. After turning down two major film moguls who were interested in the script, but wanted to change too much, Warren decided to make the film himself.

Warren, (who stars in the film, as well), based the film on his own family history. The movie tells the story of a young man studying for the bar exam when an unexpected complication arises. The young man must babysit his housebound older brother in the midst of it all — trying to keep his sanity while keeping his brother out of trouble. 

The screening will start at 6:30 p.m. Then a Q&A panel will feature Warren and the film’s co-lead, Ray Grady. After the screening and discussion, the party will move to Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and are available here.

For more information and videos about the making of the movie, visit ThenThereWasJoe.com.