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MAY 11-17
2015
LRFF and CALS presents: Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner – Fruitvale Station

LRFF and CALS presents: Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner – Fruitvale Station

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. His day takes a tragic turn, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater When: Sunday, March 30th,...
This Weekend – March 28-29: Del Shores in Little Rock

This Weekend – March 28-29: Del Shores in Little Rock

The Weekend Theater in partnership with the Little Rock Film Festival and CALS Ron Robinson Theater is bringing Del Shores’ latest film, acting workshop and his hilarious one man show right to your doorstep here in Little Rock. Del Shores is a writer, director, producer, activist and comic. His career took off with the 1987 play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) and the subsequent 1990 film. He is best known for his 1996 play Sordid Lives which became a film in 1999 and later gave birth to an acclaimed 2008 TV series for Logo. His other plays include Southern Baptist Sissies, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife and mostly recently Yellow, which won Shores the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best World Premiere and Best Production. Del Shores Weekend Lineup: Friday, March 28th, 7:30 p.m – Southern Baptist Sissies (Movie) Saturday, March 29th, 11 a.m – Trust Your Gut Acting Workshop Saturday, March 29th, 7.30 p.m – Del Shores’ One Man Show My Sordid Best All events will be held at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Friday, March 28th, 7:30pm – Southern Baptist Sissies General Admission is $13.50 Southern Baptist Sissies is a film of the theatrical experience of writer/director Del Shores’ GLAAD Award-winning play about four gay boys growing up in the Southern Baptist church. It explores the conflict between the caustic rhetoric of dogmatic religion and the fragile development of adolescent homosexuality while challenging hypocrisy, exposing damage and offering hope. The intimate experience of theatre on the film screen reveals the complicated emotions from all sides – the confused child, the struggling adolescent and the angry and damaged adult. Q&A with Del...

6th Annual LRFF Announces 2012 Opening Night Film

2012 Little Rock Film Festival to Open with Dallas Cowboys Doc and Tailgate Party The 6th Annual Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) will open, for the first time ever, with a documentary feature: America’s Parking Lot, directed by Jonny Mars. Screening at 7:00 P.M. on May 29 at the Argenta Community Theater (ACT). A tailgate-themed opening night party will follow the screening at 9:30 P.M. at ACT. Whole Hog North Little Rock will provide barbecue for the opening night party. Filmmaker Mars will be in attendance and available for interviews. 2012 will be the first year the LRFF will open with a documentay. America’s Parking Lot, which premiered at SXSW, follows two Dallas Cowboys fans who “scramble to preserve their place in ‘America’s Parking Lot’” after the Cowboys move to the first billion dollar stadium. It tells Tiger and Cy’s story as rising ticket prices and shifting economic circumstances begin to threaten their “legendary” Gate 6 Tailgate Party. The Hollywood Reporter said it was “enough to make Stars Wars fans look lukewarm.” LRFF Gold Pass holders will receive priority seating for the film screening followed by Silver and Bronze pass holders. The after party will be open to Gold Pass and Silver Pass holders and a limited number of tickets will be sold for $15. Passes may be purchased at the door or online HERE.     This entry was posted...
Little Rock Film Festival 2013: LRFFTalks Panel Series

Little Rock Film Festival 2013: LRFFTalks Panel Series

The Little Rock Film Festival brings together award winning filmmakers, writers, film critics, producers and distributors for the 2013 LRFFTalks program. LRFFTalks aim to nurture conversations and create a platform for discussions, providing audiences the opportunity to gain an insight into both the creative and the business world of filmmaking.   AMPI Producers Forum – Moderated by Arkansas Motion Picture Institute Director and Film Producer Courtney Pledger, 120 min Courtney Pledger hosts a panel discussion with noted producers. Producers Brad Simpson (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Boys Don’t Cry, upcoming World War Z and Electric Slide) and Jocelyn Hayes (Lola Versus, The East) reveal lessons learned from nearly two decades of developing and producing films. From their start at New York-based Killer Films with indie producing legend Christine Vachon to working in the Hollywood Studio System, Simpson and Hayes, who also happen to be husband and wife, bring insider insights to the producing process that range from dealing with the change from movie business to media business, working as an independent vs.harnessing the power of a major studio, adapting best-selling books to the screen, staying in love with movies….to figuring out how to stay married when making a movie together.   Cinematic NonFiction: The New Documentary – Moderated by award winning filmmaker and writer Robert Greene, 60 min Panelists include Rick Rowley (Dirty Wars) Bill Ross (Tchoupitoulas) Lauren Wissot (Filmmaker Magazine) Philip Martin (Arkansas Democrat Gazette) In the past decade we have experienced a renaissance in nonfiction filmmaking. With access to cheap cameras and a collective education in cinematic storytelling, documentary filmmakers are pushing the boundaries and creating some of the most exciting films out there. Meanwhile, most...
From Little Rock Horror Picture Show to Little Rock Picture Show

From Little Rock Horror Picture Show to Little Rock Picture Show

The third annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show wrapped up Sunday night with an awards ceremony featuring the music of Andy Warr. The big winners were: Best Arkansas Award Winner: One Please – The Film (Jesse Burks) Grand Jury Award Winner: PROXY (Zack Parker) Audience Award Winner: The Sacrament (Ti West) Best Director: Zack Parker (Proxy) World Short Grand Jury Award Winner: Green Eyed (Nathaniel Lindsay) Best Actor Grand Jury Award Winner: Joe Swanberg (Proxy) Best Actress Grand Jury Award Winner: Alexa Havins (Proxy) Best Scare: Delivery The festival was a huge success bringing films from all over the globe to Little Rock to scare fans and bringing filmmakers and actors to help educate aspiring Arkansas filmmakers and actors.  One of the highlights of the weekend was the Sound of the Mountain’s live score to Metropolis. Many people have said that it was one of the coolest events the Little Rock Film Festival had ever put on.  It was a not to miss event in the CALS Ron Robinson. Magician/Side Show perfomer Paul Prater entertained the crowd between films with tricks and sideshow bits involving a bed of nails, spikes, and a bear trap. Paul Morphis also entertained the crowds on Friday evening of the fest as they waited for films with cool spooky music. A special thanks to JP, CT, Cody, Levi and Mallory as well as all of the volunteers who helped make this happen. This event has been successful for three years and we will continue to grow it as we go. As a part of that growth we’ve made the decision to shorten the name a little bit in an effort to grow this...