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7 Questions with Scott Edge, Director of The Jester

1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so where are you from? If not, How did you get here? I’m native Arkansas through and through. I’ve been here for 33 years. I grew up in Ferndale about 20 miles outside the city limits.  Its decisively country. Creeks, woods, fields things of that sort were my playground!  And I had to ride my bike 3 miles to get to my friend’s house! (typically NOT in the snow and it wasn’t ALL uphill) 2. What is the inspiration for your film? Ed Lowry wrote “The Jester” and sent me the script in late 2010. What immediately gripped me about “The Jester” was its honest humanity. Our jester char-actor has been banished from the kingdom and can no longer perform in the royal courts. His whole world is turned upside down and its a story that explores the heartbreak or sense of failure or lack of purpose anyone might be processing in a situation like that. I think that’s socially relevant. Given our economic condition, there’s a lot of people struggling who can probably relate.  “The Jester” will speak volumes to anyone who’s ever lost their job, particularly if it was a job you loved.  Of course the film does take a few twists and it has some really funny moments!  But ultimately the audience will feel crushed and then inspired. Its an interesting experience. That’s the kind of stories I like to tell. That’s what inspired me about it. Its a story that’s full of metaphor, that beautifully expresses that life is riddled with inconceivably hard situations but ultimately says “never...

Paste Magazine Coverage of the 2011 LRFF

Tim Basham from Paste Magazine has covered the Little Rock Film Festival since 2008. This year he traveled to Little Rock to review films and conduct panels, and also to present Hal Needham with a Diamond Award for Career Excellence. He is seen here with Justin and Mallory from Have- You-Been-There.com. Click on the photo to Read Tim’s coverage of the festival.  ...

7 Questions with Kim Risi, Director of Disillusioned

1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so where are you from? If not, How did you get here? I was born in Orlando, Florida but my family moved to Jonesboro, Arkansas about 10 years ago. This is essentially where I grew up. I moved to Conway when I graduated High School to enroll in the Digital Filmmaking program here at the University of Central Arkansas. 2. What is the inspiration for your film? I’ve always loved magic. When I was younger I attempted many tricks but just couldn’t get the hang of it. I was destined to be the admirer of greater magicians and not a great magician myself. Magic tricks dropped off my radar until the summer of 2010. I was struggling to come up with an idea for a short film when I overheard a coworker taking about a terrible magician she got for her child’s birthday party. Bingo! I even had experience being a bad magician. It was a perfect fit. 3. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your film? Daniel is a young magician who believes that only the best magicians do flashy tricks. When not stocking shelves at the local magic shop, Daniel is worshiping his idol Ace Manhattan, a hot-shot performer who’s all smoke and mirrors. The only thing stopping Daniel from reaching magical greatness is himself. No matter how hard he tries, Daniel cannot perform big magic. His boss tries to teach him the importance of classic subtly but Daniel refuses his advice. Daniel must learn that sometimes the smallest magic is the most powerful. 4. What were the...

LRFF Founders announce new details on a Statewide Film Institute Initiative

Contact: Angie Stoffer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Email: Angela@littlerockfilmfestival.org June 15, 2011 Details on new State Film Institute led by LRFF Artistic Director Brent Renaud At this year’s Little Rock Film Festival Awards Gala attended by Governor Mike Beebe and State Treasurer Martha Shoffner, LRFF Founder Owen Brainard announced the formation of a statewide film institute to promote moviemaking and the moviemaking industry in the state of Arkansas. The new organization initially led by LRFF Artistic Director Brent Renaud, has been a goal of the LRFF founders since they began the festival five years ago. The new institute will have three main statewide goals: To promote the moviemaking industry; promote film education; and support film arts organizations. The Little Rock Film Festival brings hundreds of filmmakers from around the World to the city each year, and has rapidly gained an international reputation for having one of the best‐curated programs in the nation. The new Institute made up of a prominent board of business and arts leaders from around the state, will work closely with Christopher Crane and the Arkansas Film Commission to help bring some of those filmmakers and their millions of dollars back to the state to produce their films here. The Institute will help facilitate the relationship with filmmakers and the state of Arkansas and lobby for better and greater film incentives so that Arkansas can obtain a greater stake of the millions of dollars a year currently going to film friendly states like Louisiana. The new institute will also promote film education around the state, by advocating for and supporting organizations involved in training young people in...

Thank you Hal Needham from the Little Rock Film Festival

If you were at the discussion at this years LRFF between Paste Magazine writer Tim Basham and Legendary hollywood stuntman and director Hal Needham,  it is something you will probably never forget. Hal Needham has accomplished more in a lifetime in the movies than most of us will ever dream of.  I am reading my signed copy of his new book “Stuntman” now, it tells the amazing story of how a kid from rural Arkansas with an eighth grade education became the highest paid stuntman in the World and went on to direct American classics like Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run. David Koon at the Arkansas Times said that Hal was the best interview he had ever conducted. Hal came to Little Rock with nothing but genuine enthusiasm about our festival and spent as much time as requested to talk to filmmakers and take pictures.  Hal was presented with the Diamond Award for Career Excellence in Filmmaking at the awards gala at the Clinton Presidential...