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9 TH ANNUAL
MAY 11-17
2015

LR Horror Picture Show Spotlight Screening & Recap

At the end of March the Little Rock Film Festival held the 2nd Annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show at the Argenta Community Theater and The Joint in North Little Rock.  We opened with the great Saturday Morning Massacre from director Spencer Parsons and starring Jonny Mars and Ashley Rae Spillers who all three attended the festival.  The weekend continued with the Southern premiere of Jug Face from director Chad Crawford Kinkle (also in attendance) which went on to win the audience prize at the fest. The festival closed out with Roadside from Arkansas native Eric England with a packed screening.  Lead actors Ace Marrero and Katie Stegeman were there as well as England for a spirited Q&A. The weekend was packed with panels and Q&A’s with every filmmaker. One of the biggest and most memorable films of the weekend was Motivational Growth directed by Don Thacker and starring Jeffrey Combs (of Re-Animator fame!) and Adrian DiGiovanni. The film followed with one of the most memorable Q&A’s in LRFF history. Festival goers sitting in the mezzanine of the theater threw flowers down to Don.  Motivational Growth went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature that weekend. With that we’re proud to announce we’re bringing Motivational Growth and director Don Thacker and producer Alexis Thacker back to Little Rock for a spotlight screening! Not only was it our top prize winner at LRHPS it’s also been racking up accolades across the globe: Official Selection 2013 Boston Science Fiction Festival 38 – Award: Grand Jury Best Feature (GORT Award) Official Selection 2013 Sun Valley Film Festival Official Selection 2013 Little Rock Horror...

Filmmaker/Film Critic Robert Greene to attend LRFF2013

We are excited to welcome our friend, writer, critic and filmmaker Robert Greene back to the LRFF this year. At LRFF2013 Greene will present a program on the Making of the Oscar Nominated and 2012LRFF Grand Prize winning, Beasts of the Southern Wild. The program will include two short films made by New Orleans filmmaker Bill Ross (LRFF2012). Greene will also host a panel on the increasing convergence of style and concepts used in Narrative and Documentary filmmaking. A trio of filmmakers pushing traditional boundaries will ask the question among others: “Does the word Documentary mean anything anymore?” Finally, Greene will present his 2011 film Fake it so Real. FAKE IT SO REAL dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling. Filmed over a single week leading up to a big show, the film follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. Robert Greene’s most recent film, FAKE IT SO REAL, was named one of the 15 best films of 2012 by The New Yorker and one of the best documentaries of the year by Roger Ebert. His previous documentary, KATI WITH AN I, was nominated for a Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You” in 2010 and was released in April 2011 to great reviews. Robert has produced and edited over a dozen award-winning documentaries and is currently directing his 4th film. He has also contributed writings on documentary film to Filmmaker Magazine, the website Hammer to Nail and the Indiewire blog Press Play....

Little Rock Film Festival announces 2013 Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the competition lineup for the 2013 Golden Rock Documentary Category. “This year’s lineup represents the very best in documentary work being made around the World. Each of these 17 films examine a wide range of issues and characters from secret wars around the globe, ganglife in Baltimore, Maryland to the entertainment industry in Branson, Missouri. Many of the films challenge the traditional forms documentaries have long been known for”– Brent Renaud, LRFF co-founder and Artistic Director Each of these films will compete for the LRFF2013 Golden Rock for Best Documentary Film. Some films in this category will also be eligible for the $10,000 Heifer International Humanitarian Award and the $10,000 Oxford American Best Southern Film. Many of the documentaries featured this year are making one of their first appearances since premiering in festivals like Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Special announcements will continue to be made as the festival approaches.   12 O’Clock Boys – directed by Lotfy Nathan Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public.   After Tiller – directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson An in-depth look at the rapidly unfolding stories of four doctors still willing to provide third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller. After the 2009 assassination of Dr....
‘Short Term 12′ to Open Little Rock Film Festival 2013

‘Short Term 12′ to Open Little Rock Film Festival 2013

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...
Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the competition lineup for the2013 Golden Rock Documentary Category. “This year’s lineup represents the very best in documentary work being made around the World. Each of these 17 films examine a wide range of issues and characters from secret wars around the globe, ganglife in Baltimore, Maryland to the entertainment industry in Branson, Missouri. Many of the films challenge the traditional forms documentaries have long been known for”– Brent Renaud, LRFF co-founder and Artistic Director Each of these films will compete for the LRFF2013 Golden Rock for Best Documentary Film. Some films in this category will also be eligible for the $10,000 Heifer International Humanitarian Award and the $10,000 Oxford American Best Southern Film. Many of the documentaries featured this year are making one of their first appearances since premiering in festivals like Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Special announcements will continue to be made as the festival approaches.   12 O’Clock Boys – directed by Lotfy Nathan Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public.   After Tiller – directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson An in-depth look at the rapidly unfolding stories of four doctors still willing to provide third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller. After the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller the number of doctors willing to provide third-trimester abortions in the U.S. shrank...