The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the following selection of 34 short films from around the world at the 2013 LRFF World Shorts competition.
“This year’s shorts submissions have been absolutely amazing and nearly impossible to narrow down. The shorts we’re showing, narratives and documentaries, run the gamut of emotion and should have a profound affect on every viewer” Justin Nickels, LRFF Shorts Programmer.
The LRFF 2013 World Shorts line-up includes films from more than 7 countries including Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark and the USA. All films are Arkansas premiers. A documentary or narrative not more than 40 minutes long, films in the World Shorts category compete for the Best Short Film Award and many are eligible for the Oxford American Best Southern Film and the Heifer International Best Humanitarian Film.
The 34 films in the World Shorts Competition lineup are:
#PostModem – directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva
Two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity.
113 Degrees – directed by Sabrina Doyle
A fable of love, sacrifice and spaceships.
A Cidade – directed by Liliana Sulzbach
The daily life of the dwellers of a micro town in the the south of Brazil which is about to vanish.
An American Mosque – directed by David Washburn
An American Mosque follows a group of Muslim farmers in Yuba City, California, as they struggle to build their local mosque only to see it destroyed by arson. In the wake of the fire, questions abound: Who committed the crime? Is the arson an act of hate? How will the community respond and rebuild?
Another Corner – directed by Josh Harrell
Known simply as Cuts on Wheels in the projects of East Nashville, Mark Walker is always on the prowl, looking for new heads to cut.
Black Metal – directed by Kat Candler
When a teen murders his math teacher in the name of a black metal band, the mid 30s lead singer will have to re-evaluate the two things he loves most, his music and his family. Black Metal, a dark drama, follows Ian, a husband, father and musician struggling with the guilt and blame of a tragic and senseless murder.
Bo – directed by Kelly McCoy and Dave Schwep
A vibrant man’s terminal diagnosis is the beginning of an unforgettable adventure into the jungles of Peru, through the most forbidding corners of the mind, and down the road to redemption.
Boy.Girl.Drum – directed by Chris Olsen
A story about attraction, clashing cultures, and finding your vibe, during a night out on the town gone awry, inspired by beatnik slam poetry, and interpreted through original music and dance.
Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? - directed by Jason Willis
Catnip is all the rage with today’s modern feline, but do we really understand it? Is it a source for harmless kicks, or a potentially crippling addiction? Is it a tool to expand one’s consciousness, or a downward spiraling path that can eventually lead to insanity?
Die Like An Egyptian - directed by Matt Mamula
After a life long infatuation of Egyptian culture, 90 year old Fred Guentert tells the story of how he built his own Egyptian coffin, a dream he’s had since he was 8 years old.
Divine Rite – directed by Shadae Lamar Smith
On the night Kwame decides to lose his virginity, he must decide whether to fall prey to pressure from his peers or follow his conscience.
Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68 – directed by Douglas Sloan
The story underlying the most influential and electrifying photograph to come out of the Vietnam War, and how the picture transformed the lives of Eddie Adams, who captured the moment on film, and Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the man who pulled the trigger
Grasshopper! – directed by Michael Usry, Ryan Roy
An average suburban housewife tries to stop her neighbor from going on a rampage after he witnesses a gruesome attack.
Hatch – directed by Christoph Kuschnig
A newborn’s destiny hangs in the balance, as grownups come to terms with what they can’t have.
Kalifronija – directed by Tomas Vengris
Andrius, a Lithuanian immigrant, comes to California seeking to reconnect with his older brother, only to realize that his brother’s American dream isn’t all that he had imagined.
Mousse – directed by John Hellberg
What could be easier than robbing a small tobacco shop on the outskirts of town?
Movies Made From Home #6 and #15 – directed by Robert Machoian
Movies Made From Home is a series of short films, by artist Robert Machoian. Using his family and the streets around his home as his backdrop the films are a part of a body of work he’s calling MISC. These films are an attempt to free himself from the confines of expectation, and hoped success. The attempt is to make films purely for the love of filmmaking.
Off Season – directed by Eugene Ioannou
A former cop is conflicted between the demands of a new relationship and his desire to be a competitive bodybuilder.
Ojala – directed by Ryan Velasquez
Ojala is the story of a mother, Olga, and her daughter, Ana struggling to come to terms with each other.
Organ Grinder – directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle
After the death of her mother, a young woman seduces a man possessed by demon in order to cleanse him.
Passio – directed by Andreas Feldfos Bargmann and Mette Mikkelsen
An old man wakes up to a morning full of sunshine and hope, which slowly disappears.
Root – directed by Caleb Johnson
A young woman has an affair that leaves a hideous mark. Her attempts to remove it only make it worse.
Sahasi Chori – directed by Erin Galey
A 13-year-old Nepali girl leaves her Himalayan village seeking employment in the city with trusted friend Krishna, but becomes increasingly suspicious of his intentions when he asks her to cross the border with him to India. At a life-changing crossroads, she is forced to choose what she’s willing to sacrifice for the good of both her family, and his.
SLEEP – directed by Donald Conley
One morning changes the lives of two brothers. Rashad, a young child, tries helplessly to protect his younger brother from a tragedy.
Sweet, Sweet Country – directed by Dehanza Rogers
Living in a small Southern town, 20yo refugee Ndizeye struggles to support not only herself, but the family she left behind in a refugee camp.
THE ACTING LESSON – directed by Carmen Pel‡ez and Nicolas Calzada
Emily, rising starlet, interviews her director’s maid Pepa claiming that she is doing research for her next big movie role. But when the questions get personal, Pepa is forced to delve deep into her own history erasing the line between telenovela and real life.
The Associate – directed by Shane Leal-Willett
A lone rancher receives an unexpected visit from an Entrepreneur that makes him an offer: pay to save his own life or die.
THE AUDITION – directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall
A woman goes to great lengths for the role of ‘Clipboard Woman’.
The Children Next Door – directed by Doug Block
THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR recounts the fear and pain of domestic violence through the eyes of a child. This hard-hitting film, shot in Tennessee, takes us on a young family’s journey to overcome years of experiencing childhood domestic violence and the atrocity of one shocking incident that both shattered and shaped their lives
The Commitment – directed by Albert M. Chan
An interracial gay couple adopting a newborn baby meets the expectant Asian birthmother and receives a surprise that threatens their relationship.
The Giant - directed by David Raboy
On the last night of summer, 17-year-old Charlotte prepares to leave her small Georgia town, pursued by that season’s traumas and the myth of a killer.
The Places Where We Lived – directed by Bernardo Britto
A man wakes up with a terrible feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home.
Un mundo para Raœl – directed by Mauro Mueller
When thirteen-year-old Raul is asked to entertain the local landowner’s son, a game of power and pride starts between the two boys.
When We Lived in Miami – directed by Amy Seimetz
Filmed in Miami during Hurricane Isaac, ‘When We Lived in Miami’ is a hypnotic short about the lengths one woman will go to keep her family from falling apart.
All screenings for #LRFF2013 (May 15th – May 19th ) will be held in downtown Little Rock/NLR. The festival schedule will be announced soon. Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates as we close in on #LRFF2013.
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