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LRFF2013 Grand Prize Award Winners

  Golden Rock Narrative Film: “Short Term 12”   Golden Rock Documentary Film: “Dirty Wars”                                                      Oxford American Best Southern Film Award ($10,000 prize money): “Bayou Maharajah”                                                                                                               Heifer International Social Impact Film Award ($10,000 prize money): “These Birds Walk”                                                                                                             Arkansas Times Audience Award: “Bridegroom”   Extraordinary Courage in Filmmaking: Jeremy Scahill (“Dirty Wars”)
   Made in Arkansas Best Actor: Liza Burns in “45 RPM”
   Charles B. Pierce Made in Arkansas Best Short: “The Discontentment of Ed Telfair”
   Made in Arkansas Best Feature: “45 RPM”                                                                    Made in Arkansas Best Director: Mark Thiedeman for “Last Summer”                   World Shorts: “When We Lived in...
LRFF2013 Day 2 review – written by Tracy Whitaker

LRFF2013 Day 2 review – written by Tracy Whitaker

It’s hard to keep track of the days while festival events have my schedule spinning. The films and panels discussions have me hopping all day and the parties…well the parties are just too much fun. The problem is that I want to see all the films, meet all the makers, attend all the events and it is definitely impossible. All I can do, I guess, is to keep trying to squeeze absolutely as much into these five days as humanly possible. As you can imagine, it is hard to even make the time to write about these experiences in an even semi-timely fashion. I will attempt now to re cap my experiences briefly as I have another movie to watch here shortly (of course). I will start with yesterday. In the morning I headed across the river to Cornerstone Pub for some World Shorts: The Beginning, The Middle, The End. I enjoy the shorts, especially from around the world. The little bits of culture and the perspectives from foreign lands with all of these powerful messages. As I go about my day, these messages flash in my mind periodically and without warning. Definitely impacting, if not haunting. Mostly Sahasi Chori, Un Mundo Para Raul and Divine Rite. Later in the evening I saw Hide Your Smiling Faces across the street from home base (that’s what I’m calling The Rep because it is the location of the “Filmmakers Lounge” and the place to refuel.) I am so glad I saw this film and was able to speak to director Daniel Patrick Carbone afterword. This film was heavily influenced by personal...

Food Trucks at the LRFF2013 – Downtown Little Rock

  Along with an amazing line-up of films, music and parties at the 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival this year, the LRFF in association with FOOD XING has a mouth watering line-up of Little Rock’s finest mobile eateries (a.k.a. FOOD TRUCKS!) open and available from during the festival weekend Friday  through Sunday -10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Take your pick from a variety of options as you stroll down downtown Little Rock this year, while waiting on your next screening/event or are simply just hungry and want a taste of Little Rock’s finest. Eat you heart away! Fridays- May 17 at Capitol and Main on the plaza. Open from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. 1. Prawn Stars– fresh gulf shrimp and crawfish, corn, potatoes and craw daddy sandwich 2. KBird– garden rolls with peanut sauce, papaya salad, pad Thai (chicken/tofu), fried rice (pork/chicken/tofu), vegetable red curry with fried egg, red curry beef, green curry salmon, fresh mango and coconut sticky rice 3. Big Daddy’s Dogs– grilled hot dogs and sausages with fresh sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms available along with other fixing’s, brownies 4. The Food Commander-catfish straws, boneless chicken wings, slaw burgers and dogs, crawfish etouffee, fried noodles, homemade fried pies 5. Lobolly Creamery– hand crafted, small batch ice cream and frozen novelties Kirk Anderton will be playing live music. SYNC will have a display set up with games and will be giving out prizes.   Friday night , May 17 at 6th and Main at the BEST Day Parking lot (across from The Rep). Open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. 1. Bryant’s BBQ– fresh cut fries, smoked pork...

7 Questions for Steve Hoover director of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winning Blood Brother

Blood Brother, which won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, sneaks up on you. What at first seems like a fairly typical personal documentary, quickly becomes something else entirely, as Steve Hoover is dragged into the complicated life of his best friend Rocky who has devoted his life to serving HIV positive children in India. I spoke with Steve about his best friend the Rocky, about making a film that is suddenly talked about as important in the battle against aids in the developing World, and what its like to win the Grand Prize at Sundance. 1. Tell me about Blood Brother? Blood Brother is an intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, my best friend. Rocky, a graphic designer, left his life and career in Pittsburgh to become family to a group of HIV positive orphans in India. I wanted to see and understand why Rocky made this dramatic decision and share Rocky’s story.   2. Tell us about your relationship with Rocky? What made you follow him to India? Our friendship is open and honest, I believe it’s unique. We are like family. I wanted to follow Rocky to India because I wanted to see his life there, it was a whole side of him that I really didn’t know or understand. I had been hearing about it from a distance in his emails and over the phone. It was hard for me to really grasp what he was doing, I just had no point of reference. I tried to picture Rocky in this village. He just seemed out of place to me,...
Little Rock Film Festival 2013: LRFFTalks Panel Series

Little Rock Film Festival 2013: LRFFTalks Panel Series

The Little Rock Film Festival brings together award winning filmmakers, writers, film critics, producers and distributors for the 2013 LRFFTalks program. LRFFTalks aim to nurture conversations and create a platform for discussions, providing audiences the opportunity to gain an insight into both the creative and the business world of filmmaking.   AMPI Producers Forum — Moderated by Arkansas Motion Picture Institute Director and Film Producer Courtney Pledger, 120 min Courtney Pledger hosts a panel discussion with noted producers. Producers Brad Simpson (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Boys Don’t Cry, upcoming World War Z and Electric Slide) and Jocelyn Hayes (Lola Versus, The East) reveal lessons learned from nearly two decades of developing and producing films. From their start at New York-based Killer Films with indie producing legend Christine Vachon to working in the Hollywood Studio System, Simpson and Hayes, who also happen to be husband and wife, bring insider insights to the producing process that range from dealing with the change from movie business to media business, working as an independent vs.harnessing the power of a major studio, adapting best-selling books to the screen, staying in love with movies….to figuring out how to stay married when making a movie together.   Cinematic NonFiction: The New Documentary — Moderated by award winning filmmaker and writer Robert Greene, 60 min Panelists include Rick Rowley (Dirty Wars) Bill Ross (Tchoupitoulas) Lauren Wissot (Filmmaker Magazine) Philip Martin (Arkansas Democrat Gazette) In the past decade we have experienced a renaissance in nonfiction filmmaking. With access to cheap cameras and a collective education in cinematic storytelling, documentary filmmakers are pushing the boundaries and creating some of the most exciting films out there....