With Christmas almost here, this month LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (Animated Feature – 76min) When: Thursday December 19, 7pm Where: Argenta Community Theater. The Argenta Film Series screening is free to attend courtesy of William F. Laman Library. Seats are limited, so make sure to reserve your tickets by RSVPing at lrff.eventbrite.com Film Synopsis: Venturing where no film has gone before, Tim Burton’s quirky and charming musical combines the extraordinary artistry of stop-motion animation with state–of–the–art technology to create a magical realm where fantastic characters come to life. Jack Skellington, the Halloween Pumpkin King, kidnaps Santa and takes it upon himself to deliver ghoulish Christmas presents to all the little boys and girls. Watch ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ trailer...
Words by Levi Agee A lot of people will remember him as the inspiration for the Doritos Tacos, but I remember Todd Mills as the one of the most positive and friendliest people I’ve ever met. I can’t say that I knew Todd as well as his family and close friends but we’ve known each other for almost four years after he gave his services as a graphic designer to help us design and create one of our massive programs for the film festival. This is no easy task and due to the ever-changing nature of the festival, last-minute details about films and schedule changes for nearly 100 films can make anyone crack under pressure, but he delivered and I was immediately blown away by his attention to detail and craftsmanship in such little time. As someone who dabbles in graphic design and works full time as a motion graphics animator I felt a kinship with Todd and working in a building across the street from the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce afforded me plenty of face time with him standing at the corner of President Clinton Ave. or in the Rivermarket after picking up a chicken club at Coast Cafe. Usually it was handshakes or fist-bumps but many times I just had to stop and talk and catch up with Todd about his family or work because his charisma and personality just drew me in. I knew Todd was sick because of his Facebook updates but it never really hit home with me until I learned of his passing on Thanksgiving because his outlook was always so upbeat...