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9 TH ANNUAL
MAY 11-17
2015
The Little Rock Film Festival to End its Run After 9 Years

The Little Rock Film Festival to End its Run After 9 Years

After 9 great years, each one bigger and arguably better than the last, The Little Rock Film Festival is retiring. We are proud of the Arkansas filmmaking community that we have helped to inspire and promote, and pleased to have brought hundreds of the top independent filmmakers from around the World to Central Arkansas each year to share their work directly with audiences. Along the way, we were able to show off our beautiful city and state, and provide the kind of cultural entertainment we believe is essential for a city like Little Rock, to attract and retain the young people it needs to prosper and compete.  Thank you to the sponsors, festivalgoers, filmmakers and volunteers who have been a part of this fantastic ride. We love you...
LRFF2015 Announces ‘Made in Arkansas’ Competition Lineup

LRFF2015 Announces ‘Made in Arkansas’ Competition Lineup

Showcasing the best of Arkansas films and filmmakers, Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce this years’ ‘Made in Arkansas’ competition lineup. Curated by Faith Chonko. Assistant Programmer Gerry Bruno.    Contact, Director – Alexander Jeffrey Dr. Jake Clearwater, O.D. helps patients see the world more clearly, more beautifully. After losing the love of his life to his former best friend in high school, Jake has spent the years watching from afar. Now, upon the advent of silicone contact lenses, Jake sees his opportunity to pounce and reconnects with his old pal Darrin McAdam. Dim the Lights, Director – Dwight Chalmers A Super 8 road trip edited in-camera takes the viewer to unexpected places. Forsaken, Director – Krisha Mason A young woman struggling to overcome a tragic loss searches for purpose in her life. When her mother and sister offer no support, she discovers a friend who encourages her to not lose hope, but when tragedy strikes, she must decide if she can continue to live her life as she did before. Go to the Ball with Me, Jenny, Director – Cole Borgstadt A quirky sixteen year old boy makes this video for a cute girl in his Language Arts class to ask her to their school’s Winter Ball. Hush, Director – Kenn Woodard A psychological thriller based in a small, southern town – ‘Where power breeds dirty politics and murder’. I Hate Alphaman, Director – Hunter West Everybody loves Alphaman. Except for Alex Arthur. To him he, he is the worst person imaginable. He’s always messing everything up and ruining his plans. And honestly he’s not that cool. The city...
LRFF Releases 2015 Cinematic Non-Fiction Lineup

LRFF Releases 2015 Cinematic Non-Fiction Lineup

There is something happening in documentary. Adventurous filmmakers are taking cues from great movies of the past to create uninhibited work that is redefining nonfiction cinema. Stories are being told, images are being recorded and the old dogmas of documentary are being gleefully disregarded. In this parallel universe, the complex relationships with real people and real situations that arise in the filmmaking process are explored, transformed and re-imagined. In these works of art, the “issues” introduced can’t be solved by going to a url at the end of the credits. These films, these characters and these captured realities are alive with cinematic energy and this historical moment can’t be denied. The Cinematic Nonfiction competition aims to celebrate the best of the year of this new breed of documentary. Unforgettable characters will be met, amazing tales will be told and forms will be expanded. LRFF2015 passes are available online for purchase HERE. Curated by LRFF guest programmer Robert Greene, the LRFF2015 Cinematic Non-Fiction Lineup includes:   Breaking a Monster, (93min), USA Director – Luke Meyer Breaking a Monster Facebook page Twitter – @BreakingaMonstr This rock n roll story of teenage African American metal band Unlocking the Truth and their white, old school manager Alan Sacks is sharp, precise and finely-tuned where many music documentaries are fatuous and self-congratulating. Veteran filmmaker Luke Meyer (Darkon) finds just the right observational moments to visually articulate the kids’ gloriously complex rise through the music industry. Meanwhile, the badass trio of 7th graders that make up the band manage to look wiser and cooler than everyone else. This is fun, perfectly crafted nonfiction cinema. I am...
LRFF2015 Releases World Shorts Competition Lineup

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. 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...