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MAY 11-17

LRFF2014 Announces Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

Fort Tilden

The 2014 Golden Rock Narrative Competition, curated by LRFF Programmer Levi Agee has been announced. Among the selections this year are the SXSW Grand Prize Winner Fort Tilden; the SXSW Audience Award Winner Before I Disappear; Little Accidents starring Arkansas’s Jacob Lofland coming off his debut in Jeff Nichols’ Mud; and A Night in Old Mexico starring Robert Duvall. The full list is below, with more special selections to be added in the lead up to the festival.

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LRFF2014 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Line Up Includes:


Before I Disappear (93mins) – Audience Award: Narrative Feature, SXSW

Director: Shawn Christendon, Producer: Shawn Christensen, Terry Leonard, Damon Russell, Lucan Toh, & Paul Wesley

Based on the 2013 Academy Award® winning short film “Curfew.” At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

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Big Significant Things (85mins)

Director: Bryan Reisberg, Producer: Andrew D. Corkin, Daniel Konrad Cooper

At 26 years old, Craig (Harry Lloyd) seems to be doing pretty well for himself.  He has job stability, a supportive family, and is about to start a wonderful new chapter with his girlfriend.  With big life changes on the horizon, what better time to lie to your girlfriend so you can go on a road trip by yourself to the south?

Buzzard (97mins)

Director: Joel Potrykus, Producer: Michael Saunders & Ashley Young

Paranoia forces small-time scam artist, Marty to flee his lousy temp job and hide out in his co-worker’s basement. Once the sugar high wears off, the horror metal slacker crashes hard, fleeing to Detroit with nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, his Power Glove, and a bad temper. It’s like Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger. (Source: SXSW)
Devil’s Knot (114mins)

Director: Atom Egoyan, Producer: Paul Harris Boardman, Elizabeth Fowler, Clark Peterson, Richard Saperstein, & Christopher Woodrow

Starting with a personal look at the murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993, Devil’s Knot explores the investigation and trials that followed, as experienced by an investigator and the mother of one of the victims.

Five Star (83mins)

Director: Keith Miller   

In a blend of fiction and reality, FIVE STAR explores the relationship between two men – Primo, an actual gang leader in the East New York Bloods, and John, a young man trying to decide whether gang life is the path for him. As Primo mentors John in the workings of the gang world, a secret threatens both men’s futures. The film is a nuanced portrait of two men struggling with gang life, and an intimate contemplation on manhood in the modern urban environment.

Fort Tilden (85mins) – Grand Jury Award: Narrative Feature, SXSW Film Festival

Director: Sarah Violet Bliss & Charles Rodgers, Producer:Mollye Asher & Geoff Mansfield

Fort Tilden: New York City’s secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn’s hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliott) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their fixed-gear bicycles and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there.

The Heart Machine (85mins)

Director: Zachary Wigon, Producer: Lucas Joaquin & Alex Scharfman

Cody and Virginia start talking while he’s in Brooklyn and she’s in Berlin. It’s a romance that could only happen online, and they’re happy together—except they’ve never really met. But Cody’s questions about Virginia’s life in Berlin become an obsession, leading him to doubt that she’s there at all. Combing NYC for clues about her whereabouts, an increasingly driven Cody begins overstepping boundaries of privacy in his desperate quest for answers. Tracking two parallel journeys that show how digital mediation complicates modern love,The Heart Machine explores the evolving relationship between physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen.

I Believe in Unicorns (80mins)

Director: Leah Meyerhoffn, Producer: Heather Rae

Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when Sterling’s volatile side begins to emerge. I Believe in Unicorns takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.

IMG_4274To Kill a Man (82mins) – World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Sundance

Director: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras  

Hardworking family man Jorge is just barely making ends meet. When he gets mugged by Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge’s son decides to confront Kalule, only to get himself shot in the process. Sentenced to a scant 2 years in prison for the offense, Kalule, released and now intent on revenge, goes on the warpath, terrorizing Jorge’s family. With his wife, son and daughter at the mercy of a thug, Jorge has no choice but to take justice into his own hands, and live with the emotional and psychological consequences.

Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter (105mins) – U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score, Sundance

Director: David & Nathan Zellner, Producer: Andrew Banks, Jim Burke, Cameron Lamb, Chris Ohlson, & Nathan Zellner

A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real. Abandoning her structured life in Tokyo for the frozen Minnesota wilderness, she embarks on an impulsive quest to search for her lost mythical fortune.

Little Accidents (105mins)

Director: Sarah Colangelo, Producer: Anne Carey, Jason Michael Berman, Thomas B. Fore, & Summer Shelton

When a mining disaster tears at the fabric of an Appalachian coal-mining town, the lives of three very different inhabitants become inexplicably tangled in a web of secrets. Amos Jenkins, the sole survivor of the tragedy, unwillingly becomes a focal point of the resulting investigation. As tensions rise over who to blame for the deadly mishap, the teenage son of a top executive at the coal mine goes missing. Diane, the boy’s mother, grows emotionally estranged from her husband, Bill, as they search in vain for their child. Turning to the local church for support, Diane not only finds a comforting friend in Amos but also meets one of her son’s classmates, Owen Briggs, whom she learns was present at the time of his disappearance.

A Night in Old Mexico (103mins)

Director: Emillio Aragon, Producer: Emilio Aragón, Rob Carliner, Robert Duvall, J. Ethan Park, Sunmin Park, César Vargas, William D. Wittliff, & Daniel Écija

Forced to give up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie is not about to retire quietly in a trailer park. Instead he jumps in his Cadillac and hits the road with his estranged grandson for one last wild adventure filled with guns, women and booze. It’s just another night in Old Mexico.

Two Step (93mins)

Director: Alex R. Johnson, Producer: Paul Biedrzycki, Pat Cassidy, Alex R. Johnson, & Charles Mulford

La Chima Films presents TWO STEP, a fast-paced Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide. Written and directed by Alex R. Johnson, TWO STEP features Beth Broderick (“Under the Dome”, “Lost”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) as dance teacher, Dot, James Landry Hébert (“Mob City”, “Seven Psychopaths”, “Gangster Squad”) as short-fused career criminal, Webb, Ashley Rae Spillers (“Last Vegas”, “Zero Charisma”, “Saturday Morning Mystery”) as Amy, his fed-up girlfriend, Jason Douglas (“Breaking Bad”, “Nashville”, “Revolution”) as crime boss/father figure, Duane, and relative newcomer Skyy Moore (“Love Land”) as protagonist James.