The Buffalo Flows Artosphere Film Series
Artosphere Film Series

The Buffalo Flows

with a pre-film creative conversation*

DATE: Thursday, June 14, 7pm

LOCATION: Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center

TICKETS: $5 (plus applicable fees)


The Buffalo Flows is a one-hour documentary written and produced by two-time Emmy Award® winner Larry Foley, professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas. Academy Award® winner Ray McKinnon narrates. Internationally known as an outstanding canoe stream, this 135-mile river, free of dams, is so much more, and the film captures what is protected. The story is about the bluffs and the trees, the flowers and the birds, and the giant elk. It’s about hiking and floating and camping and fishing, and it’s also about the people who make their homes in Buffalo River country year-round, and have for generations.

*Join us for a screening of The Buffalo Flows and a conversation with its creative team!

Three films produced by faculty, students and staff at the University of Arkansas have collected a total of six Emmy nominations from the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ...

Four of those nominations went to the documentary film The Buffalo Flows. University journalism professor Larry Foley wrote and produced the film, which recounts the battle to preserve and protect the Buffalo River, which ended with the creation of the nation’s first national river. The film was nominated in the category of Cultural Documentary; Foley was nominated in the category of Writer/Program; Trey Marley was nominated in the category of Photographer/Program; and university music professor James Greeson, who composed and performed the film’s sound track, was nominated in the category of Musical Composition/Arrangement.

“This film was a project I had wanted to work on for years, and I'm thrilled people seem to like it,” said Foley. “I had a dream team working with me. Trey Marley's photography is brilliant, Dale Carpenter does a masterful job editing the stories together, and James Greeson's musical score may be his finest effort ever.

Larry Foley, Educator and Documentary Filmmaker

Larry Foley is a professor of journalism, Emmy winning documentary filmmaker and Chair of Lemke Department of Journalism at University of Arkansas. His productions have earned seven Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and 17 Emmy nominations. His films have been narrated by Bill Clinton, Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton, Mary Steenburgen and Ray McKinnon, Hall of Fame broadcaster Charlie Jones, country music star Joe Nichols and ABC News reporter T J Holmes, his former student.

Before coming to the U of A, Foley spent nine years at the Arkansas Educational Television where he worked his way up the ladder to the network’s number two position. He is a former reporter, morning news anchor, assignment editor and producer for KATV Channel 7, Little Rock.

James Greeson

James Greeson was a professor of music at the UA for 36 years where he directed the jazz ensemble, taught music composition, music theory and guitar. As a composer

Greeson’s compositions have been heard in New York’s Carnegie Hall and been published in New York, Colorado and the United Kingdom.

Greeson received his doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and minored in 20th century American Art History while doing so.  His doctoral thesis combined these two interests being three movements for orchestra that were musical responses to paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman and Adolph Gottlieb.

Dr. Greeson has been composing music for documentary films for twenty years in collaboration with well known Arkansas filmmakers Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter. Two of his original soundtracks have won Mid America Emmy awards, “The Buffalo Flows” and “Up Among the Hills.”  

Trey Marley

Growing up playing in the rivers and creeks of Northwest Arkansas, Trey Marley has always had a close relationship to the natural resources of our region. Involved with media production for over twenty-five years, Marley has captured images of flowing water throughout the Western Hemisphere, including being the primary photographer for Larry Foley’s 2009 documentary the Buffalo Flows.