The Little Rock Film Festival will close it’s 7th Annual event with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut — ‘Don Jon‘, a comic film about a guy who is addicted to online pornography and works to find intimacy with his potential true love. The film screens May 19th, 9pm at The Rep. Principal Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza Written by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the film revolves around Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy whose buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy....
One of a handful of innovative new documentaries will be featuring at the LRFF this year is These Birds Walk, from Bassam Tariq and Omar Mullick about a poor runaway boy and a reluctant ambulance driver in Karachi, Pakistan who are brought together by a dying humanitarian leader upon whom so much of their daily lives depend. I spoke with the filmmakers about the organization in Pakistan they featured, the unique style of the film, and what is like working together as a team. 1. How do you guys know each other? Was this the first project that you all had done in Pakistan? B: Omar and I met through a very close mutual friend of ours, Musa Syeed. After getting an early glimpse of a photo gallery he was putting together, I sent him a long-winded email about this film project I’ve been trying to get off the ground about Abdul Sattar Edhi, the elusive humanitarian that kickstarts the film. O: The only thing I would add is that Bassam and I had not been friends for very long, but after a few chats about aesthetic interests and risk, it was clear we would attack the film with a shared sensibility. 2. What is the Edhi Foundation? Are they making a difference in Pakistan, in your opinion? B: The Edhi Foundation started off as a rogue ambulance service by Abdul Sattar Edhi in the 1950’s. It’s now the largest and most important social and health service provider for the majority of folks in Pakistan. Before we left to Pakistan, I was watching a livefeed of a bombing in...