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2015

7 Questions for Short Term 12 Director Destin Daniel Cretton

Destin Daniel Cretton is on a roll after winning both the Grand Prize and Audience awards at SXSW with his film Short Term 12 this Spring.  Short Term 12 will open the 2013 Little Rock Film Festival on May 15. This is Cretton’s second time at the LRFF his film I am not a Hipster was a 2012 Official Selection.  Short Term 12 was recently picked up for distribution by Cinedigm.  1. Can you Describe Short term 12? What is the meaning of the title? Short Term 12 is the name of the residential foster-care facility that much of the film takes place in. The story follows Grace, the group home’s supervisor, as she counsels the teens in her care while learning to deal with the deeply rooted issues in her own life. But at its core, this is a story about the incredible human ability to love when it’s not easy, to laugh in the midst of tragedy, and to create family wherever we are 2. Tell us about the origins of Short Term 12? It was initially a 20 minute film?   Before I went to film school, I worked at a foster-care facility for teenagers. In 2008, I wrote and directed a short, 20-minute film, based on my experiences working at that group home. That short film (also titled Short Term 12) won the Jury Prize at Sundance in 2009, which encouraged me to write a feature screenplay in the same world. I finished that script in 2010 and it ended up winning an Academy Nicholl Fellowship that year, which allowed me to write another screenplay, “I...
LRFF2013′s Family Special Screening – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

LRFF2013′s Family Special Screening – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

This year the LRFF2013 will bring child actors Zachary Gordon, who plays Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron , who plays Rowley Jefferson, in Diary of Wimpy Kid-Rodrick Rules to Little Rock along with producer Brad Simpson. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules will screen at the Arkansas Repertory Theater May 18th at 10am. Geff the kid who made “wimpy” cool and Rowley along with producer Brad Simpson will host a Q&A post the screening and will also present behind the scenes photos and stories. A great opportunity for kids to know more about their favorite characters. Individual tickets to this special screening can be purchased here. And if that brush with the stars for your kids isn’t enough, then head to the Little Rock Zoo following the screening where the LR Zoo will host an autograph and meet and greet the stars at 2pm. The zoo admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children (1-12 years old). Diary of a Wimpy Kid-Rodrick Rules is a family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney’s Wimpy Kid” series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond. LRFF2013 Gold Pass holders do not need to buy tickets to either event.  The Little Rock Film Festival 2013 will be held May 15th-19th.  Feel free to email us at info@littlerockfilmfestival.org in case you may have any questions for us. This entry was posted in News and tagged Brad Simpson, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Little Rock Film Festival,LRFF2013, Rowley...

LRFF2013's Family Special Screening – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

The Little Rock Film Festival Family Day – May 18th, 2013 This year the LRFF2013 will bring child actors Zachary Gordon, who plays Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron , who plays Rowley Jefferson, in Diary of Wimpy Kid-Rodrick Rules to Little Rock along with producer Brad Simpson. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules will screen at the Arkansas Repertory Theater May 18th at 10am. Geff the kid who made “wimpy” cool and Rowley along with producer Brad Simpson will host a Q&A post the screening and will also present behind the scenes photos and stories. A great opportunity for kids to know more about their favorite characters. Individual tickets to this special screening can be purchased here. BUY NOW   And if that brush with the stars for your kids isn’t enough, then head to the Little Rock Zoo following the screening where the LR Zoo will host an autograph and meet and greet the stars at 2pm. The zoo admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children (1-12 years old). Diary of a Wimpy Kid-Rodrick Rules is a family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney’s Wimpy Kid” series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond. LRFF2013 Gold Pass holders do not need to buy tickets to either event. Buy passes to the LRFF2013 HERE. The Little Rock Film Festival 2013 will be held May 15th-19th.  Feel free to email us at info@littlerockfilmfestival.org in case you...
Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

The Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the following films as Official Selections for the 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition lineup. (More announcements to come). The Narrative Feature film lineup this year brings to Little Rock an impressive list of award winning filmmakers including David Riker, Justin Schwarz, Sean Gallagher, Destin Daniel Cretton, Brad Simpson and Adam Rifkin among others and a cast lineup that includes noted actors Griffin Dunne, Abbie Cornish, Brie Larson, Stuart Margolin and stars from the hit HBO TV Series “Girls” – Christopher Abbott and Alex Karpovsky. LRFF2012 alumni Destin Daniel Cretton returns to open LRFF2013 with his film Short Term 12. “The narrative competition will bring to Little Rock some of the best talent working in independent film today, and Little Rock audiences will have the unique and special opportunity to interact with them face to face” – Craig Renaud, LRFF co-founder and Executive Director Each of the following films will compete for the LRFF2013 Golden Rock Narrative for Best Feature title. Some will be eligible for the Oxford American Best Southern Film Award and the Heifer International Humanitarian Award   Burma, directed by Carlos Puga (82min) Cast: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Christopher McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer, Jacinta Puga, Matt McCarthy, Kelly Aucoin When Dr. Lynn abandoned his terminally ill wife on her deathbed, he left his three children Susan, Christian, and Win essentially orphaned. Almost a decade later, on the eve of their annual family reunion, Dr. Lynn unexpectedly shows up at Christian’s door claiming he can justify his nine-year absence. Drug-addled and emotionally vulnerable, Christian reluctantly agrees to escort his father to the reunion, sending an already volatile family environment reeling. Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast SXSW 2013.   Coldwater, directed by Vincent Grashaw (104 min) Cast:  PJ Boudousqué, James C. Burns A...

Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

The Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the following films as Official Selections for the 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition lineup. (More announcements to come). The Narrative Feature film lineup this year brings to Little Rock an impressive list of award winning filmmakers including David Riker, Justin Schwarz, Sean Gallagher, Destin Daniel Cretton, Brad Simpson and Adam Rifkin among others and a cast lineup that includes noted actors Griffin Dunne, Abbie Cornish, Brie Larson, Stuart Margolin and stars from the hit HBO TV Series “Girls” – Christopher Abbott and Alex Karpovsky. LRFF2012 alumni Destin Daniel Cretton returns to open LRFF2013 with his film Short Term 12. “The narrative competition will bring to Little Rock some of the best talent working in independent film today, and Little Rock audiences will have the unique and special opportunity to interact with them face to face” – Craig Renaud, LRFF co-founder and Executive Director Each of the following films will compete for the LRFF2013 Golden Rock Narrative for Best Feature title. Some will be eligible for the Oxford American Best Southern Film Award and the Heifer International Humanitarian Award   Burma, directed by Carlos Puga (82min) Cast: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Christopher McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer, Jacinta Puga, Matt McCarthy, Kelly Aucoin When Dr. Lynn abandoned his terminally ill wife on her deathbed, he left his three children Susan, Christian, and Win essentially orphaned. Almost a decade later, on the eve of their annual family reunion, Dr. Lynn unexpectedly shows up at Christian’s door claiming he can justify his nine-year absence. Drug-addled and emotionally vulnerable, Christian reluctantly agrees to escort his father to the reunion, sending an already volatile family environment reeling. Special Jury Recognition...