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9 TH ANNUAL
MAY 11-17
2015

www.Have-You-Been-There.com Interviews Daniel Campbell

www.Have-You-Been-There.com interviews another winner for us. For the first time in the history of the Little Rock Film Festival a person has won the Best in Arkansas Award a second time.  Last year Daniel Campbell won for the short Antiquities and this year he’s won the Ishares Charles B Pierce Award for Best “Made in Arkansas” Film for The Orderly.  This guy has a lot of stuff going on, and you can learn more in this interview from the Film Festival...

Formation of the Arkansas Film Studies Insititute Announced at the 2011 LRFF GALA at the Clinton Presidential Library

As announced at the 5th Annual Little Rock Film Festival awards ceremony held at the Clinton Presidential Center, the festival’s Board of Directors has finalized the formation of a new film Institute. Award-winning documentary filmmaker and Little Rock Film Festival, Inc. Co-Founder, Brent Renaud, has been appointed Executive Director to lead the effort. This new Institute is a state wide initiative to promote and support filmmaking and film culture in Arkansas. It will be the overarching organization under which the Little Rock Film Festival, the LRFF Youth! Program, the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival, the 48 Hour Film Festival, and the Argenta Film Series will operate. Additional projects are under way, with the goal of continuing the momentum created for the film community, both in Arkansas and regionally. We look forward to working with Christopher Crane at the Arkansas Film Commission to help bring out of state productions to Arkansas, and with filmmakers and film festivals within the state to support local productions. The Little Rock Film Festival will be announcing a new Executive Director soon, as the previous director is graduating from school and moving on to new endeavors, and the festival is expanding its reach and its staff. All press inquiries regarding the announcement of the Institute and the appointment of the new Executive Directors for the Little Rock Film Festival should be directed to:...

LRFF Programmer Levi Agee talks to 2011 Golden Rock winner director Robbie Pickering

I was lucky enough to get to sit behind Robbie Pickering, director of the film Natural Selection, during his first screening at the Little Rock Film Festival. I could see him mouthing the words as the film played. He knew every beat of the film like a favorite song. I believemany of the audience members will have the same feeling after seeing his film about a born again Christian woman who goes on a road trip to find her husband’s illegitimate son after he slips into a coma. I was able to ask Robbie some questions about his film. Where did the inspiration for your film come from? Well, I wrote the movie six years ago when my Stepfather was dying of cancer and I knew that my Mother would be alone for the first time in her life.  I was frightened for her and couldn’t sleep at night knowing the emotional turmoil she would have to endure alone, so I wrote the story out of those feelings of fear – as a way to tell myself that my Mom would be okay.  As it turned out, I was dealing with death for the first time as well, and I think that feeling pervades the film as well.  To me the entire movie is about coping with loneliness and finding connections where you never thought possible. Your film has different tones of laugh out loud humor but also very poignant emotional scenes and issues, was this difficult to strike that balance? It’s always a precarious balance to strike.  But I think the key was that the actors and I always took the characters seriously as...

www.Have-You-Been-There.com interviews Jeff Nichols

At the Little Rock Film Festival this weekend www.Have-You-Been-There.com had the opportunity to interview director Jeff Nichols.  He came to the festival to show his first feature Shotgun Stories, do a Q & A with local film critic Phillip Martin, and then show the first 4 minutes of his latest film Take Shelter.  It just won the Grand Prix at Critics Week at the Cannes Festival.  It was the only American film accepted into Critics Week and in it’s 50 years he is only the 4th American to take this award.  Even with these accolades he is nothing but humble and down to earth.  Check it out below and click here to see the trailer for Take...