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9 TH ANNUAL
MAY 11-17
2015

LRFF2015 Releases World Shorts Competition Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival 2015’s World Shorts Competition lineup, curated by LRFF Programmer Justin Nickels, includes:

Beach Week, Director – David Raboy

On their last day there, 20-year-old Natalie awakes to find that her best friend, Laure, has gone missing. Racked with anxiety, Natalie goes on the search – but as the day wears on, and mysterious omens reveal themselves, she suddenly becomes terrified of Laure’s return.

Big Boy, Director – Bryan Campbell

Nine-year-old Dustin has never been allowed to use a public bathroom on his own. Now, in the middle of the night, at what appears to be a deserted highway rest stop, his parents permit him to go in alone where he encounters unforeseen dangers that take surprising and hilarious turns.

Biscayne World, Director – Ahol Sniffs Glue, Michael Arcos, and Ellen Hertzler

An experimental animated documentary based on the insane everyday interactions on Biscayne Boulevard, as seen through the ubiquitous, iconic graffiti eyeballs of street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue.

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Bookin’, Director – John Kirkscey

Two Memphis jookers (urban street dancers) and two ballet dancers fuse their distinct dance styles to a soundtrack that mixes hip-hop beats and cello at a famous Memphis juke joint.

Boxeadora, Director – Meg Smaker

19,000 to 1. A fighters heart in Cuba.

Chute Fighter, Director – Laurel Parmet

A teenage cowgirl takes action to get back the last connection she has with her dead father.

Day One, Director – Henry Hughes

On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker.

Displacements, Director – Manuel Alvarez Diestro

Hong-Kong is one of the densest cities in the world. As there is no much space available, new towns are adjacent to the cemeteries. These days in Hong-Kong the world of the living coexists with the one of the dead. Meanwhile, Hong Kong inhabitants move from place to place. They are waiting for a final displacement.

Dust, Director – Mike Grier

In a harsh and unpredictable natural environment where people have isolated them selves behind massive walled cities, a socially marginalized Tracker teams up with a black-market merchant to save the industrial society that has rejected his way of life.

Elgin Park, Director – Danny Yourd

Elgin Park dives into the life of Michael Paul Smith, a reclusive artist turned viral sensation, recognized for creating 1950s utopias out of pain, love, and miniature cars.

Happy Hour, Director – Martin Rodahl

Ed Hope had to fire fifteen people today. He leaves work to commiserate with his friend, Roger. At the hideaway bar, Ed recalls an almost forgotten incident from his childhood, and in telling it reveals larger ideas of pain and loss that have shaped his entire life.

How To Stand Up For Yourself, Director – Sarah Hanssen

Learning to stand up for yourself is an exhaustive process. You’ve got to understand your opponent, chose your time wisely and gather enough strength to never back down. 

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Hunter’s Fall, Director – Peter J. McCarthey

When a bully is exposed for who he is, how will he react?

Jake Plays First Base, Director – Josh Harrell

Jake just graduated to coach-pitch little league on his baseball team, and he’s set the East Nashville Little League on fire! Needless to say, Jake has big plans for his baseball future.

La Reina, Director – Manuel Abramovich

Memi prepares to become queen of the carnival. Lost in a world of grown-ups and trapped in her routine, she is torn between the glamour of pageant and the social pressure to become a winner.

Lay in Wait, Director – Jonathan Ade

A young married woman in the midst of an affair loses her wedding ring in the woods and must find it before the sun sets.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS, Director – Melissa Johnson, Robertino Zambrano

Melissa Johnson hit 6’4” tall in 8th grade. Although this made her an instant basketball star, LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS explores her hilarious and awkward true-life misadventures in romance as she dates shorter men and gets cheered or jeered wherever she goes. Blazing with honesty and dry humor, this animated ‘tall short’ about embracing difference is certain to disarm and delight.  

Marathon, Director – Lauren Smitelli

A young woman stifled by her future sets out to find someone from her past. She soon realizes that the journey she’s embarked on might be more complicated than she imagined.

Miss Famous, Director – Shadae Lamar Smith

All Monica wants is to be wanted. But can she get past her fantasies in order see the truth about her life and desires? This film is part of the UCLA James Franco Collaborative.

Mr. Gold, Director – Brian Carlson

Redemption is found in the oddest of places. Jose Melendez found it inside a gold suit. In the documentary short Mr. Gold, filmmaker Brian Carlson explores how a 21-time felon and two time Maury show guest crafts a new life through becoming a street corner promoter.

one hitta quitta, Director – Ya’Ke Smith

A boy, who has never had to suffer the consequences for his actions, becomes severely addicted to internet violence, leading him to act out in violent ways himself.

Papa Machete, Director – Jonathan David Kane

Haitian farmer Alfred Avril is one of the last remaining masters of tire machèt, the indigenous martial art created by Haitian slaves to defeat Napoleon’s armies. Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present.

Pequeño bloque de cemento con pelo alborotado conteniendo el mar, Director – jorge lópez navarrete

A dog and a mare embark upon a voyage together. With every step they take, the differences between them become inevitably clearer, and yet the profound mutual knowledge they develop over time shows the potential to suddenly produce a luminous moment between the two.

reConception, Director – Joe Petrilla

A hell-bent bunch of boys break into an abandoned cargo trailer. Their conquest is interrupted by the owner of the vehicle’s unexpected return.

September Sketch Book, Director – Ronnie Cramer

SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.

Stella Walsh, Director – Rob Lucas

Stella Walsh was one of the most celebrated female athletes on the planet. She had thousands of medals, ribbons, honors and fans from around the world. Her popularity continued for decades after winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, until she was killed in a robbery and it was discovered that she had ambiguous gender.

Spearhunter, Director – Adam Roffman, Luke Poling

Deep in the wilds of rural Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself the world’s greatest and erects a museum dedicated to his own bizarre obsession. In this atmospheric and darkly funny documentary, an offbeat cast of lovers, acolytes, and critics of the megalomaniacal spear-hunter remember his distinctive tactics both for killing and for leaving a legacy.

Swimming In Your Skin Again, Director – Terence Nance

A film about motherhood, banality, Miami, the water, the divine feminine, and how to sing in church in a way that calls forth your own adulthood.

The Answers, Director – Michael Goode

Immediately after his death, the victim of a car crash gets answers to every question he’s ever had about his life, including the most import one of all – what did it all mean?

The Art of Richard Thompson, Director – Bob Burnett

Richard Thompson has a Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist on his mantelpiece. For a cartoonist, that’s like winning an Oscar. Richard Thompson is admired, if not revered, by his peers. He first reached a wider audience with his weekly feature ‘Richard’s Poor Almanac’ in The Washington Post. His daily cartoon ‘Cul De Sac’ was syndicated in 2007. Thompson was forced to stop drawing in 2012 due to Parkinson’s disease.

The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention, Director – Melissa Sweazy

After a chance encounter with a beautiful girl and suffering a fatal accident, a young man arrives for his first day at work at The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention. Turns out he’s not very good at his job.

The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, Director – Joshua Seftel

Photographer Phil Toledano has become obsessed with his future. Using DNA tests, fortune tellers, and a prosthetic makeup artist, he begins photographing the many dark possibilities that might await him — despite his wife’s pleas to abandon the project. Over three years, Toledano’s obsession alters him and his family forever.

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The Murder Ballad of James Jones, Director – Jesse Kreitzer

In 1993, Chicago blues singer James ‘Tail Dragger’ Jones, a protege of Howlin’ Wolf, shot and killed fellow musician Boston Blackie during an on-stage performance.

The Other Side, Director – Scott Brown

Work is hard, love is tough, and bullets are cheap. At a perilous crossroads in their relationship, Kate and Abby find themselves embroiled in a botched burial job in the desert. Pitted against each other, a bloodthirsty gang of meth-heads, and bodies that just won’t stay dead, our lovers must face the ultimate trial to prove themselves worthy in the face of imminent danger, death…and chicken.

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The Resort, Director – Shadae Lamar Smith

Set in Tobago, The Resort is a film that gives an intriguing glimpse into the lives of workers in Caribbean tourism. The film explores the correlation between sexual politics and work. In doing so it contrasts the mundane realities of women to the shocking and unseen behavior of men in the tourism industry.

The Suburbs Go On Forever, Director – Mark Day

A film exploring the facade of the suburban family and naivety towards sexual absolution through protagonist Felicity’s affair with her professor.

The Way Things Are, Director – Guy Nemesh

Iris lives in a big house in a good neighborhood. It was once full of life, now she is alone. Even when her family is around. When an old romance comes knocking, Iris has a sudden urge to break the boundaries of her home and spend a moment outside herself.

The Youth, Director – Dehanza Rogers

A recent college graduate is frustrated that his life is going nowhere until an old friend offers him the opportunity to make a difference.

Torn in America, Director – Flavio Alves

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TOUGH, Director – Alfonso Johnson

TOUGH is a story about an estranged father and son who reconnect after 11 years when they now discover that they share the same apartment complex. The cause for the disconnect was the father inability to deal with his sons lifestyle. This film confronts issues of identity, self awareness, fatherhood, and family. The title itself is a play on masculinity within the American society and within the African American community and asks the question ‘What does it really mean to be tough and also accepted for who you really are?’

Twelve Traditions, Director – Jonathan Cuartas

Jack, an alcoholic, claims a ruthless killer is after him, but is anything he says believable?

unmappable, Director – Diane Hodson, Jasmine Luoma

unmappable weaves together the life and work of noted iconoclastic psychogeographer, and convicted sex offender, Denis Wood.

When I Write, Director – Colin Wheeler

Locked in the cell of a Parisian psychiatric hospital, Antonin Artaud wrestles with a diseases that rewrites his memories with fantasy. To keep the madness away, Artaud must write a magic spell. The Blue Head, an avatar of Artaud’s mind, tries in vain to signal the answer from beyond the flames of a fever dream. The two go on a journey through his microcosm, uncovering strange worlds and impossible landscapes. The search for magic is a desperate one and Artaud’s sanity will be forfeit if he fails to find the answer behind the written page.

Woman of the World, Director – Allison Cook

On a visit to Los Angeles, Rachel has an encounter with a celebrity that reminds her she is right where she belongs.

Write With Me…, Director – Hannah Leshaw

A woman longs for a songwriting partner but, terrified of the vulnerability inherent in the act of creating, instead retreats into the safety of her mind.