Beebe Documentary Debuts, Depicts Rise From Tar Paper Shack To Governor

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe walks from a home during a tour of tornado damaged areas May 7, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. Obama is surveying rebuilding efforts after last month’s tornados in the region. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TB&P) — Mike Beebe’s rise from a tar paper shack in Amagon, Arkansas to the Governor’s Mansion was depicted in an hour-long documentary debuting Wednesday (Aug. 21) at the Arkansas Cinema Society’s annual Filmland festival.

AETN financed the $46,000 production, which will first broadcast on the network at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 and will stream on its website, aetn.org. It’s part of its ongoing “Men and Women of Distinction” series.

Directed by first-time director Kathryn Tucker, the film describes Beebe’s childhood raising by a single mom – a waitress without a high school education. Her travels took them both to Detroit, Alamogordo, New Mexico, and elsewhere before he was educated in the Newport school system. He never knew his biological father and had several stepfathers.

In the film, businessman Johnny Allison revealed that Beebe said during a late night study session at Arkansas State University that he wanted to be governor someday.

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