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 teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, counselors, and the retired war colonel in charge.
Good Night, directed by Sean Gallagher (85 min)
Cast: Adriene Mishler, Jonny Mars, Alex Karpovsky, Chris Doubek, Todd Berger, Samantha Thomson, Parisa Fakhri, Laura Clifton, Jason Newman, Jeff Benson
Good Night revolves around a young twenty something couple, Leigh (Adriene Mishler) and Winston (Jonny Mars) Rockwall, as they gather with their closest friends to celebrate Leigh’s twenty-ninth birthday. The guests enjoy casual conversation as well as controversial and current topics as they enjoy their dinner, until Leigh drops a bomb having a profound effect on them all. The guests, including Leigh’s best friend Alice (Samantha Thomson), all react differently as they process the news. Through voice-overs and flashbacks we learn how each person became connected to Leigh.
Hide Your Smiling Faces, directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone (81 min)
Cast: Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson
During a hot summer in rural America, brothers Tommy (Ryan Jones) and Eric (Nathan Varnson) are confronted with devastation as death forces its way into their young lives. This stunning debut feature explores the nature of the relationship between boys, as both violence and support is encapsulated in quiet storytelling and breathtaking photography. With incredibly sensitive performances by its two leads, Hide Your Smiling Faces packs a subtle but powerful punch.
Junk, directed by Kevin Hamedani (104 min)
Cast: Kevin Hamedani, Ramon Isao, Cooper Hopkins
Kaveh and Raul are two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out. Kaveh’s lost his girlfriend and spends his days getting high, while Raul is across the country studying at Columbia. But, when one of their films is accepted by a film festival, the ex-friends are forced to reconnect in order to pitch a new script to the festival’s marquee guest; the mysterious & powerful producer, Yukio Tai (James Hong). Along the way, the pair will struggle with and against prima donna actors, cutthroat colleagues, inept agents, brutish bodyguards and romantic entanglements–all while trying to resolve their own issues and seize the opportunity of a lifetime.
Reality Show, directed by Adam Rifkin (92 min)
Cast: Adam Rifkin, Scott Anderson, Kelly Menighan Hensley, Monika Tilling, Valerie Breiman, Lindsay Grubbs, Constantine Paraskevopoulos, Shane McAvoy, Margaret Savinar, Brian Borello, Kendra Waldman
“Reality Show” is a darkly comedic satire that follows the exploits of reality TV producer Mickey Wagner and his amoral attempt to re-invent the reality genre. Mickey’s revolutionary idea is to pick an average family and put them under all encompassing surveillance… without their knowledge. Unfortunately Mickey soon realizes that the family is boring. In a desperate attempt to salvage the show, Mickey begins to interfere by injecting conflict to create drama. As the show gets better, the family starts to disintegrate. Mickey rationalizes that all will be OK in the end, for once the episodes begin airing, fame will heal all the wounds.
Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (96 min)
Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield, Kevin Hernandez, Melora Walters, Stephanie Beatriz, Lydia Du Veaux, Alex Calloway
“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. #LRFF2013 Opening Night Film, Grand Jury and Audience winner SXSW2013
Cast: Griffin Dunne, Stuart Margolin, Madeleine Martin, Cara Buono, Devon Graye, Dreama Walker, Becky Ann Baker
Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Oscar and Emmy nominated Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids – Zoe (Madeleine Martin, “Californication”) and Jack (Devon Graye, “American Horror Stories”) – on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But, when Lewis’s estranged father Stanley (Emmy Award-winning Stuart Margolin) goes AWOL on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour. The Birch family find themselves on a journey of discovery and connection as they make their own passage west.
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Will Paton, Martiza Santiago Hernandez
Struggling with the loss of her child to Social Services, a single mother is trapped in the quicksand of her south Texas life. When her path collides with a young girl from Mexico, she begins a journey that will change her life – discovering that she is the architect of her own fate and learning what it is that truly defines home.
Cast: Ron Hayden, CK McFarland, Marc Menchaca, Tobias Segal, Frankie Shaw, Barry Corbin, Carolyn Gilroy, Katherine Willis
Set in the Texas Hill Country, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE is a portrait of the Sutton family: Diane, while ignoring her own health issues, is caregiver to her son August, who has cerebral palsy, and her husband, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Overburdened, she hires Noah, a local handyman, to build a wheelchair ramp up the front steps to the family home. August observes Noah working, and through dinner with the family. Diane notices their connection, and stops Noah as he leaves to ask if he could use some money helping out with August. The friendship that Noah and August forge has a ripple effect; life makes unexpected turns for those around them, and forces Noah to confront his past.
Cast: Wajma Bahar, Mustafa Habibi, Hadji Gul, Breshna Bahar
Wajma, a modern, middle-class young Afghan woman living in Kabul with her mother and brother, is being secretly courted by Mustafa who’s not ready to let his family know about their relationship yet. Clandestine rendezvous consisting mostly of hugging and cuddling lead to a decisive moment and when Wajma discovers shortly after that she’s pregnant, her world begins to disintegrate. “My life is in your hands,” she tells Mustafa. “I’m dishonored. I fear the worst,” but still he won’t accept paternity, contending that Wajma must not have been a virgin when they consummated their relationship.
Cast: Sam Eidson, Garrett Graham, Brock England, Anne Gee Byrd, Cyndi Williams, Brian Losoya, Vincent Prendergast, Katie Folger, John Gholson, Dakin Matthews
Metal-loving gamer geek Scott Weidemeyer is the omnipotent Game Master, guiding his role-players through a tabletop journey of fantasy and adventure. However, when neo-nerd hipster Miles joins his game, Scott begins to resent the admiration Miles receives from the other players. To make matters worse, the health of his grandmother begins to falter, and his estranged mother visits town, reminding Scott of a childhood he’d just as soon forget. Caught in a spiral of rage and delusion, Scott is forced to take drastic steps to reclaim his honor, and his identity as the Game Master.
All screenings for the LRFF2013 (May 15th – May 19th, 2013) will be held in downtown Little Rock/NLR this year. 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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