March 17: AETN Talks “Dream Land” Documentary


Tune in to hear Kerry talk with her guests from AETN and the Dream Land documentary. Her guests will include: DeWayne Wilbur- AETN Director of Operations, Tanisha Joe- AETN Creative Director, Gabe Mayhan- Director of Photography for Dream Land and Casey Sanders- AETN Senior Producer. 

On March 31, the premiere of Dream Land, a documentary by AETN will take place at the CAS Ron Robinson auditorium at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The film is based on the historic past of Taborian Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom located on the third floor. Currently, the building is home to Arkansas’ which has worked with the non-profit Friends of Dreamland to restore the historic site.

AETN and the producers of Dream Land, said the following about the film, “Little Rock’s West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district. Today, Taborian Hall is the only remaining historic structure on West 9th Street and stands as a living witness of the street’s former glory days.

Throughout the 1920’s and 30’s, West 9th street was home to varied and prominent black businesses and residences. During this period, Taborian Hall housed professional offices, businesses a USO, the Gem Pharmacy and, perhaps its most lively resident, the Dreamland Ballroom.

By the 1920’s, Dreamland was firmly established as a stop on the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” which showcased regional and national African-American band and stage shows. It was also host to local musicians, dances, socials, concerts and sporting events.

This documentary seeks to recognize, memorialize and share the history of West 9th Street and Dreamland Ballroom – from the spirit and hard work of the people to the implications of federal programs, including Urban Renewal, school desegregation, the Housing Act of 1949 and the Eisenhower Interstate Program.

West 9th Street and the Dreamland Ballroom have waited patiently for the stories of the entrepreneurs and patrons who brought them to life to be told. Through this documentary, audiences will be able to connect with the district’s vivid history and be inspired to take part in its still unfolding future.“

You can reserve your seats for the premiere, which is Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at

Tune in to AETN to watch the documentary- Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th street. It is set to air Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. and Monday, April 17, at 9 p.m.

Kerry will also be talking to her guests about AETN’s up-coming events and programming.

Major funding for the film was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and The Moving Image Trust Fund. Additional information is available at