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MAY 11-17

7 Questions with Bryan Stafford, Director of Ballerina

1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so where are you from? If not, How did you get here? No, i was born in Memphis TN. I was adopted by a family from Arkansas when I was 6 months old. I grew up in Pine Bluff and then went to design school in Texas, eventually after working in advertising and commercial video production I moved back to Little Rock and settled here to start a family. 2. What is the inspiration for your film? I have two children, so the first time I read the story I wanted to explore a place most people never have to go. I wanted to see if we could capture a conversation that would make the audience feel desperate enough to believe and care about the characters. Of course the visual and audible influences of black and white films and TV from the 1950’s are a huge inspiration on Ballerina. 3. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your film? Frank Gross seems to be a man who has it all: a quiet home in the suburbs, a good job, a daughter that loves him. Then, on a day much like today, there comes a knock at the door and his orderly world slides sideways into the darkness beyond what we know. Ballerina is a provocative, thoughtful drama about love, time, what we can prevent, and what we can’t no matter how much we might want to. 4. What were the biggest challenges and successes you faced on set? Challenges: lots of dialog, ipod game volume and late lunch. Successes: Friends, collaboration,...

Hal Needham Highlights

One of the best events of the entire Little Rock Film Festival was the event with Hal Needham, director of the classic film Smokey and the Bandit. Tim Basham from Paste Magazine interviewed Mr. Needham who has had probably one of the most interesting lives in Hollywood.  He started out as a stunt man, and later a stunt coordinator, before he went on to direct.  He worked with John Wayne on 8 films.  This was a not to miss event.  Thanks to for hosting this video! Tim Basham of Paste Magazine interviewd Mr.... Interviews Prairie Love Filmmakers interviewed the filmmakers of Prairie Love this weekend, a film that was nominated for the Golden Rock for best narrative film at the   festival.  They are a fun bunch and you can look for their film in a little over a month on Netflix!  Prairie Love premiered at Sundance and took the top prize at the Oxford Film Festival in... Interviews Festival Goers

Not only did interview filmmakers this year, but they also tried to interview a few patrons of the festival as well.  They were able to interview Angela Burgess and Courtney Taylor, the owners of AngelCourt Jewels.  This was their second year to come to the festival and they plan on coming back every year from now on. The spoke of how the festival is not only good for filmmakers to showcase their films or for people to watch them, but how things they learned there can be applied to their business. The Little Rock Film Festival is for...

7 Questions with Tyler Tarver, Director of Rappers Delightful Remix

Director Tyler Tarver 1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so where are you from? If not, How did you get here? Yes sir, graduated from Bauxite. Did college at Arkansas Tech University and my Masters’ at UCA and ASU. Currently living in Vilonia and teaching in Beebe. I’ve got all kinds of Arkansas going on. 2. What is the inspiration for your film? Every rapper who remixed their name to try and sound cool. 3. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your film? It is a very short video, comprised of a conversation between 2 people, using primarily rapper names. Some say creative, I say tomato. 4. What were the biggest challenges and successes you faced on set? Getting the right audio was difficult because or our equipment, but it was nice getting free frappachinos. 5. What is the festival strategy for your film? Have someone see it, love it, and pay us millions for it. 6. Does your film have a Arkansas/Southern theme? Most of the actors have fairly southern accents, which brings a bit of irony to the fact they’re talking moderately street. 7. What changes have you seen in the local film community in the five years since the LRFF was launched? This is my first year involved in it, but it seems to be really doing excellent things and attracting some big names. Which pretty awesome and/or good. If you have a project, film news, or any rumors on film you would like to mention email me at