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MAY 11-17
2015
Little Rock Film Festival to Present Award in ‘Cinematic Non-Fiction’. Writer/Filmmaker Robert Greene to Program

Little Rock Film Festival to Present Award in ‘Cinematic Non-Fiction’. Writer/Filmmaker Robert Greene to Program

At the Little Rock Film Festival it has been our mission from the beginning to promote inspired documentary filmmaking. We have sought out non-fiction work with strong, emotional narratives, over outright political, issue oriented films. We believe that a documentary film should succeed or fail on the same merit as a scripted fiction film, and have tended to favor documentaries in the cinema verite tradition of greats like the Maysles Brothers and Frederick Wiseman. In these films a hot button issue is not always front and center, and the sit-down interview does not necessarily drive the narrative. Directors often embed themselves into the story for months or even years at a time, and utilize small handheld recording equipment and natural lighting, in order to achieve a greater intimacy with the subjects. The goal is to reveal larger truths thru character, rather than proselytizing. Over the last few years we have seen increasingly adventurous filmmakers taking cues from great movies of the past to create uninhibited work that is redefining nonfiction cinema. Some of the new films are reminiscent of the fly on the wall movies of the verite greats, but many of the films are bringing new aesthetics to the documentary, as with last year’s groundbreaking Leviathan, or the 2013 LRFF Grand Prize winner, Dirty Wars. Still other films are blurring the lines between fact and fiction all together, scripting lines for documentary stars, or even creating elaborate choreographed sequences reminiscent of a Hollywood movie set, as seen in this year’s extraordinary Oscar nominated film The Act of Killing. The old dogmas of documentary film are being gleefully disregarded. Filmmaker...
LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents the Academy Nominated ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ – February 20th

LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents the Academy Nominated ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ – February 20th

This February LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents the Academy Nominated Dallas Buyers Club (117min) When: Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m 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 here lrff.eventbrite.com Film Synopsis: Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Matthew McConaughey stars as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas when he found them effective at improving his symptoms, distributing them to fellow sufferers by establishing the eponymous “Dallas Buyers Club” whilst facing opposition from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The film has received general acclaim from critics and has been nominated for and won numerous accolades, most recognizing the performances of McConaughey and Leto, who have received numerous honors. “Matthew McConaughey delivers the performance of his career!” Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post “Jared Leto’s transformation is so complete – physically and vocally – that its hard to beleive he could be anything else” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine “Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey’s scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance”  – Rotten Tomatoes Watch ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ trailer...
Little Rock Horror Picture Show Begins Leaking Details!

Little Rock Horror Picture Show Begins Leaking Details!

The third annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show will be March 20-23. This year the festival is teaming up with the Arkansas Food Bank to “Take a Bite out of Hunger” because going hungry is a scary thing for too many families and children in the state of Arkansas. If you bring three or more non-perishable food items when you purchase tickets to LRHPS you’ll get $5 off the price of one full pass or $3 off the price of one day pass. Starting February 21st at the special encore screening of last year’s audience award winning film, Jug Face, collection barrels will be on hand at the CALS Ron Robinson theater and Little Rock Film Festival office. The Little Rock Horror Picture Show is proud to announce that Zack Parker’s film PROXY will be screening at the festival. An intense horror thriller not for the faint of heart that was shot in Indiana. PROXY is a European-style suspense-thriller that promises to challenge the traditional cinematic form. Zack will be on hand for a Q&A at the festival! Another feature we’re proud to screen is Brian Netto’s Delivery. Delivery tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a family-oriented reality show. The production spirals out-of-control after the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malevolent spirit has possessed their unborn child. Delivery – teaser trailer from Bleiberg Entertainment on Vimeo. Delivery star Laurel Vail and writer/producer Adam Schindler will be on hand for the Q&A!   Stay tuned for more announcements about the Little Rock Horror Picture...
Little Rock Film Festival Honors Philip Seymour Hoffman

Little Rock Film Festival Honors Philip Seymour Hoffman

The LRFF and CALS present a special weekend of films celebrating the work of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. Fri Feb 7, ‘Magnolia’ 7pm. Sat Feb 8, 7pm ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’. Sunday Feb 9, 4pm ‘Capote’. Free. Ron Robinson Theater.   MAGNOLIA – An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR – A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson’s covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.     CAPOTE – Truman Capote, during his research for his book In Cold Blood, an account of the murder of a Kansas family, the writer develops a close relationship with Perry Smith, one of the...