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MAY 11-17

LRFF2014 Starts Tomorrow!

The Little Rock Film Festival has arrived – get ready to enjoy a week of great films!  You’ve picked yourself up a pass at the box office, but don’t know where to begin.

Well, the entire festival week kicks off on Monday, May 12th at 7:30 pm with Amir Bar-lev’s “Happy Valley,”  Winner of “Best Documentary Feature” at the Sarasota Film Festival, and the first screening in LRFF’s Golden Rock Documentary competition.

The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as “Happy Valley.”  Joe Paterno, its iconic head coach, leads a football program lauded not just for its achievements on the field but its students’ success in the classroom too. But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, which set the stage for a scandal that would rock the quiet “Happy Valley” to its base.  Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky’s arrest, “Happy Valley” deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale.

Here’s a great article from ArkansasOnline with insights from director Amir Bar-Lev.

“Happy Valley” will screen again @12:10PM Thur, May 15.

After the movie, stick around for the kickoff party for the 8th annual Little Rock Film Festival. Food, drinks and tons of cool people to talk with. It’s going to be a great night. Don’t miss it!

By Ross Macartney