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Arkansas-Born Hollywood Film Director and Author Creates Scholarship Program

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Arthur LazRael Lison is an award-winning Hollywood film director who is coming back to his childhood home of Little Rock for the national debut of his novel Neighborhood of Dreams.

Based on Lison’s personal struggles growing up in Little Rock, the novel illustrates how the power of human connection can help those from even the most challenging backgrounds achieve their dreams.

According to Lison, the trials and tribulations of his youth laid the stones for his Hollywood success. “The only reason I have come as far as I have today is because someone along the way helped and encouraged me, and did not allow me to quit,” he says.

Now, he wants to return the favor by giving back to his community.

To complement the message of Neighborhood of Dreams, the Lison Scholarship Program will award $1,000 scholarships to six underprivileged high school students. Lison partnered with celebrated North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman to help select the recipients of the scholarships.

Lison began writing and directing plays and short films in junior high, displaying an early aptitude for filmmaking. After attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he relocated to Los Angeles at age 21 and began financing, writing, and directing film projects. Through his company Summer House Pictures, Lison has produced and directed five movies including “Private Number” and “Kontrast,” a 15-episode comedy series, documentaries, commercials, music videos and other media, establishing him as an emerging creative leader in the independent film industry.

The Lison Scholarship Program is open to all high school seniors in Arkansas meeting certain criteria. For more information, click here.

The book signing for Neighborhood of Dreams will be held on Tuesday Feb. 20th from 6-9 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble on 4000 McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock.

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