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MAY 11-17
2015
LRFF Announces 2012 ″Made in Arkansas” Program at Reception

LRFF Announces 2012 ″Made in Arkansas” Program at Reception

Maybe you could call it a “soft opening”—the mood at yesterday evening’s Arkansas Filmmaker Reception certainly hinted at giddiness about this year’s Little Rock Film Festival. Held in the Deltic Timber Atrium of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, a great turnout of Arkansas-based filmmakers whose features, documentaries, and shorts were accepted in this year’s festival could barely conceal their excitement. When festival co-founder and programmer Craig Renaud introduced all of the Arkansas films, there was some trouble suppressing applause for the numerous local entries. He also noted that the sheer number of Arkansas entires was significant, considering there were a total of 1000 submissions for the 2012 fest, and to be able to include that many standout local films was a thrill. After snacking on pizza and refreshments, filmmakers had the opportunity to take the mic and introduce themselves and their projects, but most of their responses smacked with the humble gratitude of acceptance speeches—almost everyone took time to thank the organization and express enthusiasm for even being a part of the event. Of course, a few of the filmmakers, like Gerardo Bruno and producers Tim Jackson and Mike Brabender, have been involved with the festival with various projects practically since its inception, but still acknowledge the importance of the LRFF’s very existence. But there were several up-and-coming Arkansas filmmakers, like UCA student Kim Risi, and young Sara Jones, whose enthusiasm about their projects gave the festival an air of exuberance. The reception was a great opportunity for established local filmmakers to mingle with these fresh young ones, and while this was just a social occasion (and no...

LRFF Announces 2012"Made in Arkansas" Program at Reception

Maybe you could call it a “soft opening”—the mood at yesterday evening’s Arkansas Filmmaker Reception certainly hinted at giddiness about this year’s Little Rock Film Festival. Held in the Deltic Timber Atrium of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, a great turnout of Arkansas-based filmmakers whose features, documentaries, and shorts were accepted in this year’s festival could barely conceal their excitement. When festival co-founder and programmer Craig Renaud introduced all of the Arkansas films, there was some trouble suppressing applause for the numerous local entries. He also noted that the sheer number of Arkansas entires was significant, considering there were a total of 1000 submissions for the 2012 fest, and to be able to include that many standout local films was a thrill. After snacking on pizza and refreshments, filmmakers had the opportunity to take the mic and introduce themselves and their projects, but most of their responses smacked with the humble gratitude of acceptance speeches—almost everyone took time to thank the organization and express enthusiasm for even being a part of the event. Of course, a few of the filmmakers, like Gerardo Bruno and producers Tim Jackson and Mike Brabender, have been involved with the festival with various projects practically since its inception, but still acknowledge the importance of the LRFF’s very existence. But there were several up-and-coming Arkansas filmmakers, like UCA student Kim Risi, and young Sara Jones, whose enthusiasm about their projects gave the festival an air of exuberance. The reception was a great opportunity for established local filmmakers to mingle with these fresh young ones, and while this was just a social occasion (and no...

Made in Arkansas Film Line Up and Filmmaker Reception

The Little Rock Film Festival will announce its Made in Arkansas film lineup Tuesday, May 15th at 4:30 p.m. at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. The announcement will be in conjunction with an Arkansas Filmmaker Reception also hosted at the Chamber and including hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The event is open to the public. LRFF founder and Executive Director, Craig Renaud, will discuss the full 2012 lineup and be available for interviews along with Arkansas filmmakers and LRFF staff. “Each year since the festival started, we have seen a major growth in the film industry in Arkansas,” Renaud said. “The quality of this year’s Made in Arkansas program is indicative of that trend.” Festival passes will be available for purchase at the event as well. Three levels of passes are available. Gold passes, which sell for $250, offer priority seating at all screenings, panels and parties including the opening night film screening, the Arkansas Times closing night gala and awards ceremony at the Clinton Presidential Library, filmmaker lounge access, and entrance to exclusive Gold Pass after-parties. Silver passes, which sell for $100, offer entry into films, panels and selected after-parties. Bronze passes, which sell for $40, offer entry into all films and panels except the opening night film. Passes are available for purchase at http://www.littlerockfilmfestival.org/box-office. Arkansas Features: The Gleaning, Directed by Brian White & Christopher S. Thompson A dying community in rural Arkansas is wracked by two bizarre and mysterious deaths shortly after a new family moves into town. Led by the local preacher, the inhabitants of Halcyon are set against the newcomers as suspicions grow. Deeply-held prejudices and...
Made in Arkansas Film Line Up and Filmmaker Reception

Made in Arkansas Film Line Up and Filmmaker Reception

Europa 3-D. The First 3-D Narrative Film Made in Arkansas The Little Rock Film Festival will announce its Made in Arkansas film lineup Tuesday, May 15th at 4:30 p.m. at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. The announcement will be in conjunction with an Arkansas Filmmaker Reception also hosted at the Chamber and including hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The event is open to the public. LRFF founder and Executive Director, Craig Renaud, will discuss the full 2012 lineup and be available for interviews along with Arkansas filmmakers and LRFF staff. “Each year since the festival started, we have seen a major growth in the film industry in Arkansas,” Renaud said. “The quality of this year’s Made in Arkansas program is indicative of that trend.” Festival passes will be available for purchase at the event as well. Three levels of passes are available. Gold passes, which sell for $250, offer priority seating at all screenings, panels and parties including the opening night film screening, the Arkansas Times closing night gala and awards ceremony at the Clinton Presidential Library, filmmaker lounge access, and entrance to exclusive Gold Pass after-parties. Silver passes, which sell for $100, offer entry into films, panels and selected after-parties. Bronze passes, which sell for $40, offer entry into all films and panels except the opening night film. Passes are available for purchase at /box-office. Arkansas Features:   The Gleaning, Directed by Brian White & Christopher S. Thompson A dying community in rural Arkansas is wracked by two bizarre and mysterious deaths shortly after a new family moves into town. Led by the local preacher, the inhabitants of Halcyon are...
2012 World Shorts Announced

2012 World Shorts Announced

Academy Award winner Melissa Leo in The Sea is All I Know The Little Rock Film Festival has announced the World Shorts section for this year’s festival. Twenty-four films from all over the world which showcase various genres and cultures representing some of the best filmmaking in the world will be shown from Thursday May 31 through Sunday June 3rd during this year’s festival! The Little Rock Film Festival is May 29 through June 3rd. Abigale dir. Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck A short film based off a conversation overheard being yelled at a social worker, while one of the directors sat in the welfare office waiting his turn. Animeditation dir. Jonathon Rosen A short, hand-drawn visualization of the mental process of meditation. Wacky and amusing, yet at times enveloping and intense, the animation illustrates a surge of thought-images, and their inevitable retreat back to a pure and simple circle, a buzzing mantra. The swelling sound effects recorded on cassette and created only by a voice interact with the ever-morphing imagery in a way that guides the viewer through a bizarre experience; it is like watching an extracted slice of the mind displayed onscreen. The Assignment dir. Scott Brignac Brian Crane is a boring kid who is failing his literature class, but due to an eccentric teacher he is pushed to overcome his awkwardness and live a better story. Beneath the White City Lights dir. Christopher Kai Olsen This documentary follows the creation and development of the critically acclaimed 2011 story ballet “THE WHITE CITY: THE COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION” which brings the infamous Chicago World’s Fair OF 1893 to life through dance, in a...