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LRFF2012 Opening Night Highlights

America's Parking Lot Q & A (All Photos by Nicholas Pippins) The first night of the LRFF felt true to the atmosphere of the opening film, *America’s Parking *Lot–there was plenty of meat cooking, beer chugging, and arguing about football. The opening reception was packed, easily a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd, with delicious h’ors d’oeuvres from Ben E. Keith circulating by hungry hands. Once everyone was seated, Craig and Brent Renaud thanked all of the sponsors that make the LRFF possible, and introduced the director of *America’s Parking Lot*, Jonny Mars. He stepped onstage and immediately led the crowd in applause for the Renaud brothers making the LRFF one of the most exciting up-and-coming film fests in the world. Despite some brief heckling and crowd banter, which Mars handled expertly (things were already a little rowdy, you see), he mentioned that the screenings of his documentary always began with a ceremonial beer-chugging contest, and passed out cans of Bud Light to the Renauds and cracked one for himself. It’s safe to say that Mars was the champion. The film itself is a lively, heartfelt tale of fandom through the eyes of two principal tailgaters, Cy and Tiger. As things were already a little giddy, the theater regularly swelled with laughter at the antics and protestations of the film’s two protagonists. Afterwards, as Cy Ditmore himself sauntered onstage, clad in the same blue button-down shirt and cowboy hat he sported in the movie, he called out, “How ’bout them Cowboys!” Unlike question-and-answer sessions where the actors materialize onstage as regular folk, seeing a real-live person from a real-live documentary doesn’t offer that...

Natalie Elliott Interviews America's Parking Lot Director Jonny Mars

Over here at the LRFF, we’re pretty stoked about the opening night feature documentary, America’s Parking Lot, which not only chronicles some hilarious diehard Dallas Cowboys fans but their changing relationship to a team that, with the construction of a new overwrought, futuristic stadium, seems to be isolating their fanbase. In anticipation of its screening at the festival opening (and the awesome tailgate-themed party afterwards), we got in touch with director Jonny Mars to find out his inspiration for the project, what he hopes viewers take away from the film, and what he’s looking forward in his first-ever LRFF experience.   Can you describe how you first met the main characters Tiger, Cy, and the Gate 6 crew? For years I have said that football is better on TV. It’s easier to follow the game that way. A friend of mine continued to challenge me on the idea that I was “doing it” wrong. It wasn’t always about the game. He said we need to go three hours early and we need to tailgate. And that’s what we did. He took me to all these spots around Texas Stadium that had become historic tailgating destinations throughout the last 30 or so years. He kept talking about this place and these people called the GATE 6 TAILGATERS. He told me about Tigers pep rally and Cy’s food all day long. Then we went and I was blown away. I also knew that the stadium and Gate 6 was going to be demolished two seasons later. That’s conflict. It had to be documented. Five years later there is a movie.  ...

Little Rock Film Festival to Screen Documentary at Little Rock Zoo

Special Keeper Chat Planned Before Screening LITTLE ROCK (May 21, 2012) – Join the Little Rock Zoo and the Little Rock Film Festival for a special presentation of the documentary film, “The Eyes of Thailand“, on Wednesday, May 30th at 4:30 p.m. in Cafe Africa. “The Eyes of Thailand” tells the story of one woman’s quest to help two elephant landmine survivors, Motala and Baby Mosha, walk on their own four legs. Treating their wounds was only part of the journey; building elephant-sized prostheses was another. It is a true story of sacrifice and perseverance that shows how far one woman will go to save an endangered species.  The film’s director, Windy Borman, will be in attendance. Prior to the screening, guests will get an opportunity to hear a special keeper chat all about the Zoo’s own Asian elephant, Jewell, at 4:00 p.m. at the elephant exhibit..  Jewell is one of the first elephants in the U.S. to receive an orthotic boot to help her walk.  At 60 years of age, Jewell was having difficulty walking on her front right foot and Zoo staff contacted Snell Laboratories in Little Rock to design a custom shoe for the elephant that would help stabilize her. Admission to the special screening is free with regular paid zoo admission. Adults are $10 and children are $8. Members always get in free. Log on to www.LittleRockZoo.com for more information.  For the full LRFF schedule, visit www.littlerockfilmfestival.org. Festival passes will be available for purchase at the event, as well. Three levels of are available. Gold passes, which sell for $250, offer priority seating at all screenings, panels and parties including the opening night film...
Little Rock Film Festival to Screen Documentary at Little Rock Zoo

Little Rock Film Festival to Screen Documentary at Little Rock Zoo

Special Keeper Chat Planned Before Screening   LITTLE ROCK (May 21, 2012) – Join the Little Rock Zoo and the Little Rock Film Festival for a special presentation of the documentary film, “The Eyes of Thailand“, on Wednesday, May 30th at 4:30 p.m. in Cafe Africa. “The Eyes of Thailand” tells the story of one woman’s quest to help two elephant landmine survivors, Motala and Baby Mosha, walk on their own four legs. Treating their wounds was only part of the journey; building elephant-sized prostheses was another. It is a true story of sacrifice and perseverance that shows how far one woman will go to save an endangered species.  The film’s director, Windy Borman, will be in attendance. Prior to the screening, guests will get an opportunity to hear a special keeper chat all about the Zoo’s own Asian elephant, Jewell, at 4:00 p.m. at the elephant exhibit..  Jewell is one of the first elephants in the U.S. to receive an orthotic boot to help her walk.  At 60 years of age, Jewell was having difficulty walking on her front right foot and Zoo staff contacted Snell Laboratories in Little Rock to design a custom shoe for the elephant that would help stabilize her. Admission to the special screening is free with regular paid zoo admission. Adults are $10 and children are $8. Members always get in free. Log on to www.LittleRockZoo.com for more information.  For the full LRFF schedule, visit www.littlerockfilmfestival.org. Festival passes will be available for purchase at the event, as well. Three levels of are available. Gold passes, which sell for $250, offer priority seating at all screenings, panels and parties including the opening night film screening,...
Critically Acclaimed Designer Matt Owen to Produce Limited Edition Prints for 2012 Festival

Critically Acclaimed Designer Matt Owen to Produce Limited Edition Prints for 2012 Festival

We could not be more excited about our collaboration with artist designer Matt Owen on these limited edition prints for the 2012 LRFF. In late 2010, Matt Owen started designing alternate movie posters as a side project under the pseudonym, “Brickhut.” Since then, he has been profiled in Forbes, Business Insider, and Entertainment Weekly for his designs. Working with acclaimed directors such as Jason Reitman and Ruben Fleischer, Matt takes a minimalist approach to poster design, demonstrating a unique aesthetic that celebrates iconic...