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MAY 11-17

'Short Term 12' to Open Little Rock Film Festival 2013

Short term 12

Short Term 12, dir. Destin Daniel Cretton, Color, 96min
Photo: Brie Larson with Keith Stanfield

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winner and The SXSW Audience Award Winner, Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, as its Opening Night Film. Destin Daniel Cretton and break out star Keith Stanfield to attend.

This is Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton’s second time at the Little Rock Film Festival. His previous film ‘I am not a Hipster’ was an LRFF Official Selection in 2012.

Short Term 12” is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.

Short Term 12 will open the Little Rock Film Festival simultaneously this year on both sides of the river beginning at the Argenta Community Theater  at 6.30 pm and at The Rep at 7.30 pm. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director and cast. An Opening Night party at the Rep will follow.

Singer – Songwriter Bonnie Montgomery will open up for the film at The Rep as part of the new Arkansas Music showcase sponsored by The White Water Tavern. Bonnie will be joined for the after party at The Rep by her full band. 

Opening Night is free to attend for Gold Pass holders. Tickets to the Opening Night film and party, as well as Passes to LRFF2013 can be purchased HERE.

#LRFF2013 takes place this year May 15th – May 19th, 2013. All screenings for the festival will be held in downtown Little Rock and NLR. The full 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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