Coming a long way since 2007, the Little Rock Film Festival has grown to be one of the most recognized film festivals in the country. Earlier last year, many of you joined us at the ground breaking ceremony for the 315-seat state of the art Ron Robinson Theater, which will serve as the flagship home for the LRFF. To celebrate the opening, the LRFF and CALS (Central Arkansas Library System), is programming a full week of film events–all free of charge and open to the public–to show off this beautiful new facility.
Ron Robinson Theater’s Opening Week Program Schedule (January 17-January 25, 2014)
Friday, January 17
Ain’t in It For My Health – 7:00pm
A documentary about Arkansas native Levon Helm followed by a Q&A with Amy Helm
Amy Helm and Handsome Strangers Concert – 9pm
Saturday, January 18
Best of the LRFF’s 48 Hour Film Project – 3:00pm
La Grande Fete, Surprise Party, Abbatoir, Vacation, The Door, The Plumber, Last Chance Romance, Drain, The Third Save, Deuces
Sleepy LaBeef Rides Again – 7:00pm
Documentary/concert film about Arkansas native Sleepy LaBeef followed by a Q&A with Sleepy LaBeef and Dave Pomeroy
Sleepy LaBeef and Dave Pomeroy concert – 8:30pm
Monday, January 20
Moms Mabley (courtesy HBO Documentary Films) – 7:00pm
A special MLK day presentation about the iconic African American standup comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley, who broke racial and sexual boundaries and continues to inspire comedians to this day. In her directorial debut, Whoopi Goldberg pays homage to this pioneering legend.
Tuesday, January 21
Locals Rule – 7:30pm
These standout Arkansas short films from the first seven years of Little Rock Film Festival represent some of the most creative work on the national festival circuit. From offbeat comedies to Gothic tales, these films show the vibrancy of the Arkansas Film Community.
Ballerina, Cain and Able, Mary, The Orderly, Pillow, Spanola Pepper Sauce, The Van
Wednesday, January 22 – 7:00pm
The Little Rock Horror Picture Show Presents One Please and Contracted
One Please– Summers in suburbia get weird when Michael Berryman comes to town. The short film is an Arkansas premiere from the award winning team behind ‘Pillow’.
Contracted – Russellville native Eric England returns to Arkansas with his latest project, Contracted, a feature length thriller about what can go wrong when the party goes out of hand. England’s previous films, Madison County and Roadside, both screened at the Little Rock Horror Picture Show. Director Eric England and actress Najarra Townsend will be in attendance.
Thursday, January 23
Rectify, a Sundance Series with writer Graham Gordy – 7:30pm
The Sundance series, Rectify, created by former Little Rock resident Ray McKinnon, has deservedly landed on many critics’ best of the year list. The series follows Daniel Holden as he struggles to deal with life on the outside when DNA evidence releases him from prison after he served 19 years for a rape conviction. Following a screening of Episode 4 from the first season, writer Graham Gordy will discuss the project.
Saturday, January 25
Ladder 49 with director Jay Russell – 7:00pm
North Little Rock film director Jay Russell will be in town to present his film, Ladder 49, starring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta. Ladder 49 is a 2004 film centered around the heroics of fictional Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison, who is trapped inside a warehouse fire, and his recollection of the events that got him to that point.
Grand Opening Party – 9pm
Following the screening of Ladder 49 the Little Rock Film Festival will host a grand opening party in the lobby of the Ron Robinson Theater. Music, Food and Drink provided.