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9 TH ANNUAL
MAY 11-17
2015
Argenta Film Series presents Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

Argenta Film Series presents Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

With Christmas almost here, this month LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (Animated Feature – 76min) When: Thursday December 19, 7pm Where: Argenta Community Theater. The Argenta Film Series screening is free to attend courtesy of William F. Laman Library. Seats are limited, so make sure to reserve your tickets by RSVPing at lrff.eventbrite.com Film Synopsis: Venturing where no film has gone before, Tim Burton’s quirky and charming musical combines the extraordinary artistry of stop-motion animation with state–of–the–art technology to create a magical realm where fantastic characters come to life. Jack Skellington, the Halloween Pumpkin King, kidnaps Santa and takes it upon himself to deliver ghoulish Christmas presents to all the little boys and girls. Watch ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ trailer...
Stop and Chat in Memoriam of Todd Mills

Stop and Chat in Memoriam of Todd Mills

Words by Levi Agee A lot of people will remember him as the inspiration for the Doritos Tacos, but I remember Todd Mills as the one of the most positive and friendliest people I’ve ever met. I can’t say that I knew Todd as well as his family and close friends but we’ve known each other for almost four years after he gave his services as a graphic designer to help us design and create one of our massive programs for the film festival. This is no easy task and due to the ever-changing nature of the festival, last-minute details about films and schedule changes for nearly 100 films can make anyone crack under pressure, but he delivered and I was immediately blown away by his attention to detail and craftsmanship in such little time. As someone who dabbles in graphic design and works full time as a motion graphics animator I felt a kinship with Todd and working in a building across the street from the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce afforded me plenty of face time with him standing at the corner of President Clinton Ave. or in the Rivermarket after picking up a chicken club at Coast Cafe. Usually it was handshakes or fist-bumps but many times I just had to stop and talk and catch up with Todd about his family or work because his charisma and personality just drew me in. I knew Todd was sick because of his Facebook updates but it never really hit home with me until I learned of his passing on Thanksgiving because his outlook was always so upbeat...
Remembering Hal Needham – Argenta Film Series presents Smokey and the Bandit

Remembering Hal Needham – Argenta Film Series presents Smokey and the Bandit

This month as a tribute to Arkansas native and Hollywood director/stuntman and writer Hal Needham, the Little Rock Film Festival’s AFS will screen the 1977 action comedy film Smokey and the Bandit – November 21, 7pm. Hal Needham received LRFF’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2011. One of the most famous practitioners of his dangerous craft — Hal Needham died of cancer on Oct. 25 at age 82. In 2011 he also published a memoir, called Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life. The Argenta Film Series presents ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ (96min) When: Thursday November 21, 7pm Where: Argenta Community Theater. The Argenta Film Series screening is free to attend courtesy of William F. Laman Library. Seats are limited, so make sure to reserve your tickets by RSVPing at lrff.eventbrite.com Film Synopsis: Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 action comedy film written and directed by Hal Needham starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason who are in high gear and hot water after a cross-country road challenge results in one of the wildest series of car chases and crashes ever filmed. Watch ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ trailer...
Submissions Now Open for Little Rock Film Festival 2014

Submissions Now Open for Little Rock Film Festival 2014

The Little Rock Film Festival is now accepting entries to it’s 8th annual event. The LRFF2014 will be held May 13, 2014 to May 18, 2014. Little Rock Film Festival is one of the most competitive film festivals in the country. Rated twice by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festival’s “worth the entry fee”, the festival awards more than $20,000 in cash prizes each year in partnership with Heifer International and the Oxford American magazine. Programmed and run by acclaimed documentary filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud, LRFF prides itself in being the most filmmaker friendly festival in the world. LRFF covers all travel expenses for feature filmmakers accepted into the festival. Submission deadlines for LRFF2014 are as follows: Earlybird deadline: December 15, 2013 Regular deadline: February 1, 2014 Late deadline: March 1, 2014 WAB extended deadline: April 1, 2014 Please note that the above dates are not postmark deadlines. They are dates by which your film MUST be received in our office. All film submission mailings MUST be marked with the ‘No Signature Required’ on delivery. Submit your film through Without A Box HERE.  If you have any questions please feel free to email us at info@littlerockfilmfestival.org. To view the full list of LRFF2013 winners click HERE. You can also view the LRFF2013 albums HERE. Stay in connected with the LRFF for the latest updates on LRFF2014 and other events. Join us on Facebook HERE and follow us on Twitter HERE. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletters to have these updates delivered right to you. Sign up...
2013’s 48 Hour Film Project Winners are…

2013’s 48 Hour Film Project Winners are…

The award ceremony for the LRFF’s 2013 48Hour Film Project was held this Saturday Sept 14th. Little Rock’s 48HFP’s producer Levi Agee announced the winners to a full house here at Wildwood Park in West Little Rock. The big winner this year was La Grande Fete directed by Johnnie Brannon. Along with the Best Film title Johnnie Brannon’s musical also bagged the awards for Best Music and Best Actress at the Awards Ceremony. The 2013 48HFP winners are: Best Use of Prop: Community Cove, Team FilmMakers Corner Best use of Line of Dialogue (Tie): Now You See Me, Team Grundle Productions Tai Chi Child The Movie: The Movie, Team die katze und die hunde Best use of Character: Dateable, Team Evan Pierce Productions Best Music: Sam Clark, La Grande Fête, Team Flokati Films Best Editing: Joshua Harrison, Abbatoir, Team Bearshark Best Cinematography: Charlie Ryan, MetaFloor, Team Fort Smith Film Mafia Best Actor: Jay Morgan, Now You See Me, Team Grundle Productions Best Actress: Karen Clark, La Grande Fête, Team Flokati Films Best Story: Joshua Harrison, John Schol, Matthew Maguire, Abbatoir, Team Bearshark Best Directing: Andrew McMurry, Surprise Party, Team AndrewMFilms Best Film, 1st Runner-up: Surprise Party, Team AndrewMFilms Best Film: La Grande Fête, Team Flokati Films Congratulations to all the nominees and...