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MAY 11-17
2015
LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents ‘Searching for Sugar Man’

LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents ‘Searching for Sugar Man’

Little Rock Film Festival’s Argenta Film Series is back this Fall kicking off with the screening of Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man (85min), September 19th, 7pm at the Argenta Community Theater. The 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: Sixto Rodriguez was the greatest ’70s U.S. rock icon who never was. His albums were critically well-received, but sales bombed, and he faded away into obscurity among rumors of a gruesome death. However, as fate would have it, a bootleg copy of his record made its way to South Africa, where his music became a phenomenal success. In a country suppressed by apartheid, his anti establishment message connected with the people. When his second album finally gets released on CD in South Africa, two fans take it as a sign, deciding to look into the mystery of how Rodriguez died and what happened to all of the profits from his album sales. Since very little information about the singer exists, they meet many obstacles until they uncover a shocking revelation that sets off a wild chain of events that has to be seen to be believed. Searching for Sugar Man is a story of hope, inspiration, and the resonating power of music. The movie won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit and the World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. Watch Searching for Sugar Man trailer HERE....

LRFF presents the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival in proud partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Parks Department

EXAMINING THE PAST TO BUILD BRIDGES TO OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE: The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival Commemorates 56 years of Integration at Little Rock Central High School As a part of our year round programming schedule, The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce the 2013 Reel Civil Rights Film Festival – in proud partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Parks Department. The festival was originally founded by Spirit Trickey, daughter of one of the Little Rock Nine. The dates of the festival are centered around the anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High. “Little Rock’s importance in American civil rights history makes our city the perfect place to hold the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival,” says LRFF Executive Director Craig Renaud. “The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to help grow the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival into one more reason why Little Rock is becoming the next great Southern City.” The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival 2013 will take place Tuesday September 24th – Saturday September 28th, 2013. All screenings and events are FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required. To book your tickets click here http://lrff.eventbrite.com The RCRFF2013 kicks off Tuesday September 24th at 6pm at the Philander Smith College- Kendall Center with the Anniversary Kickoff and and SIX PIONEERS Panel featuring George Haley, Original Pioneer, and Keynote Remarks featuring Reena Denise Evers – Everette, daughter of civil rights legend Medgar Evers. Full RCRFF2013 schedule: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2013 ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF and SIX PIONEERS PANEL featuring GEORGE HALEY, ORIGINAL PIONEER, and KEYNOTE REMARKS featuring...
And the nominees for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project Awards are…

And the nominees for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project Awards are…

The Little Rock Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Project is nearly wrapped for 2013. This year was a whirlwind of anticipation, anxiety, excitement, and energy as the 31 teams produced short cinematic treasures in only 48 Hours. The audiences guffawed, gasped, and sometimes groaned before selecting their Top 10 favorites of the screening nights. The following films will be playing at the Best Of Screening and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Sep 14 at Wildwood Park at 7 p.m. in West Little Rock. The lineup in no particular order as voted by the audiences are: La Grande Fete by Flokati Films (Operetta) Surprise Party by AndrewMFilms (Comedy) Vacation by Something Clever (Vacation or Holiday Film) Abattoir by Team Bearshark (Buddy Film) The Door by The Immaculate Production (Thriller/Suspense) The Plumbmeler by Altered Egos (Martial Arts) Last Chance Romance by Domino Pictures (Dark Comedy) Drain by Raymond Roquello and His Orchestra (Found Footage) The Third Save by Whiffle Powder Productions (Superhero) and finally Deuces! by Clever Alibi Productions (Mystery). In addition to playing the Top 10 Audience favorites at the Award Ceremony we will also announce and award the Best Film of Little Rock that will go on to represent the city at the national competition for the 48 Hour Film Project in Hollywood! The nominations were very difficult for the judges this year who will remain anonymous until after the ceremony and I don’t envy them because there were so many great films. The nominations for the awards are as follows: Best Film Abbatoir Team Bearshark (Joshua Harrison) La Grande Fete Flokati Films (Johnnie Brannon) Surprise Party AndrewMFilms (Andrew McMurray) Metafloor...
Little Rock Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Project wraps up another successful year

Little Rock Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Project wraps up another successful year

Words / Jordan Ash – The Idle Class Every year, much like in all the other cities all over the country, teams in Little Rock come together for a sleepless weekend of movie making – the 48 Hour Film Project. Once the teams have picked their genre from a random draw, they have exactly 48 hours to write, film, edit and submit a completed film no longer than seven minutes. Since the last few years there has been a steady increase in the number of registering teams. While some are 48HFP veterans the others are new and eager filmmakers ready to expose and showcase their creativity while practicing their craft. After the team draws their genre they must work to write and create a film including the three elements given to them by the judges: main character’s name, a certain prop and a line of dialogue. All must be included in the film in order for it to be eligible. This year, the name of the character was Andy/Annie Benoit who has to be a plumber. The prop was a horn. And the line of dialogue to be included was, ” Tell me the truth.” The result – some of the craziest and funnest moments in the making. The Little Rock Film Festival’s 48HFP this year in Little Rock was held over the weekend of August 16-18. The premiere screenings will be held on the weekend of August 29-31 at 7pm at the Bank of America building (fourth floor), located at 200 W. Capitol Avenue in Li        I squeezed in an opportunity to speak with a...
Little Rock Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Project is Here

Little Rock Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Project is Here

Words / Kody Ford – The Idle Class Filmmaking is a grueling process that can test the patience of even the most seasoned professional. And that’s under a normal production schedule. What happens when you squeeze everything from pre-production to post-production into just two days? You get a boiler room level of creativity and innovation. The Little Rock Film Festival is hosting its fourth annual 48 Hour Film Project on August 16 – 18. This wild weekend will have filmmakers rushing to write, cast, produce and edit a four to seven minute film. Each team is given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that must be used. The story is up to them. “[The] 48Hour is a great experience for filmmakers and film fans alike who want to get a taste of what it’s like to complete a short film from scratch,” said Levi Agee, producer of the LRFF 48 Hour Film Project. “You’ll never participate in anything like it. This is Little Rock Film Festival’s fourth year supporting the film festival and we are all very excited to see what Little Rock puts up on the big screen.” At the end of the weekend, each team will submit their completed film, which will be screened on August 29 – 31 at the Bank of America Building in downtown Little Rock. Registration is $160. Anyone interested can register here. The Idle Class will be on hand to cover the events and review the final films. Good luck and God speed to all the teams involved. Stock up on coffee...