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MAY 11-17
2015
Big Weekend of LRFF Events with Judge Reinhold Live and an Oscar Winning Documentary

Big Weekend of LRFF Events with Judge Reinhold Live and an Oscar Winning Documentary

The Little Rock Film Festival is shifting into high gear with weekly programming at our flagship home in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. If you have not yet checked out our new digs, do so soon, The Ron Robinson Theater is the most technically advanced sound and screen combination in the entire state of Arkansas.   Last week we kicked off our Monthly Music Film Series, which will feature both narrative and documentary music themed films, along with live performances. On Friday night this week, actor Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Seinfeld) will be in town to host a tribute to his friend and comic legend, the late Harold Ramis. The discussion will take place after a screening of Stripes, the 1981 film they appeared in together, and for which Harold Ramis wrote the screenplay.  On Sunday afternoon we will screen the Academy Award winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. This is a film that needs to be screened in the theater; it features the music of the World’s greatest back up singers, and will be absolutely amazing on the Ron Robinson Theater’s killer sound...
Judge Reinhold to Pay Tribute to Harold Ramis in a Special LRFF Event at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Judge Reinhold to Pay Tribute to Harold Ramis in a Special LRFF Event at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

In 1981, a young Judge Reinhold made his acting debut playing Private Elmo Blum in the classic comic film, Stripes. Stripes also starred, and was written by Harold Ramis, who died on Monday, at 69 years old.  On Friday, March 7, at 7pm The Little Rock Film Festival, in collaboration with the Central Arkansas Library System, will be holding a special screening of the the film, at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock. Following the screening Judge Reinhold will host a conversation about the life and career of Harold Ramis, considered by many to be one of the great comedic minds of his generation. Stripes, written by Ramis, is about two young men, who after a run of bad luck, decide to enlist in the army to shape up and change their destinies. The film stars Bill Murray alongside Ramis and with an inspired cast of Warren Oates, John Candy, Dave Thomas, Bill Paxton and Joe Flaherty. The late critic Roger Ebert described the flick as “an anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological. It’s a lot of fun.” Admission is $5. The film has an R rating for sexuality/nudity, language and drug use, so parents be warned. Cokes, popcorn, and other concessions will be available in the lobby for only $1.00. Please show up early as seating will be based on a first-come first served basis. The post-screening conversation with Judge Reinhold will take place at approximately 8:45 p.m. Poster Design by Matt...
Little Rock Film Festival to Kick off Monthly Music Film Series at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Little Rock Film Festival to Kick off Monthly Music Film Series at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

This Saturday, March 1, the Little Rock Film Festival will kick off a new monthly, music film series at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.  The series will feature both new and classic, documentary and narrative, music themed films. Each screening will feature live music just prior, and sometimes after the screenings, from local and national acts. Sometimes the music might come straight from the the film itself and the featured artist, other times it might be a local act covering songs from the film, and still other times we might simply feature a great performer inspired by the artists on screen. We like to kick things off local when we can, and the very first screening in the series will be Slow Southern Steel, a documentary about the underground, but incredibly popular American Southern metal scene. The film is directed by Arkansas based filmmakers David Lipke, and CT from the band RWAKE. Slow Southern Steel, “shot in back alleys, parking lots, and the seedy green rooms of the dirtiest clubs that the Bible Belt failed to snuff out, these diehard musicians discuss their love of music and the south, as well as the difficulties, contradictions, and insanity that haunt every southern artist.” The nights featured music will come with an  acoustic set from Jeremiah James Baker, and friends. Free for all ages. Photo from Jeremiah James...
Little Rock Film Festival to Present Award in ‘Cinematic Non-Fiction’. Writer/Filmmaker Robert Greene to Program

Little Rock Film Festival to Present Award in ‘Cinematic Non-Fiction’. Writer/Filmmaker Robert Greene to Program

At the Little Rock Film Festival it has been our mission from the beginning to promote inspired documentary filmmaking. We have sought out non-fiction work with strong, emotional narratives, over outright political, issue oriented films. We believe that a documentary film should succeed or fail on the same merit as a scripted fiction film, and have tended to favor documentaries in the cinema verite tradition of greats like the Maysles Brothers and Frederick Wiseman. In these films a hot button issue is not always front and center, and the sit-down interview does not necessarily drive the narrative. Directors often embed themselves into the story for months or even years at a time, and utilize small handheld recording equipment and natural lighting, in order to achieve a greater intimacy with the subjects. The goal is to reveal larger truths thru character, rather than proselytizing. Over the last few years we have seen increasingly adventurous filmmakers taking cues from great movies of the past to create uninhibited work that is redefining nonfiction cinema. Some of the new films are reminiscent of the fly on the wall movies of the verite greats, but many of the films are bringing new aesthetics to the documentary, as with last year’s groundbreaking Leviathan, or the 2013 LRFF Grand Prize winner, Dirty Wars. Still other films are blurring the lines between fact and fiction all together, scripting lines for documentary stars, or even creating elaborate choreographed sequences reminiscent of a Hollywood movie set, as seen in this year’s extraordinary Oscar nominated film The Act of Killing. The old dogmas of documentary film are being gleefully disregarded. Filmmaker...
Little Rock Film Festival Honors Philip Seymour Hoffman

Little Rock Film Festival Honors Philip Seymour Hoffman

The LRFF and CALS present a special weekend of films celebrating the work of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. Fri Feb 7, ‘Magnolia’ 7pm. Sat Feb 8, 7pm ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’. Sunday Feb 9, 4pm ‘Capote’. Free. Ron Robinson Theater.   MAGNOLIA – An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR – A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson’s covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.     CAPOTE – Truman Capote, during his research for his book In Cold Blood, an account of the murder of a Kansas family, the writer develops a close relationship with Perry Smith, one of the...

3rd Annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show to Open Submissions on July 1st

Little Rock, AR – The 3rd annual Little Rock Horror Picture Show is slated for March 21-23rd, 2014 and will be hosted at the Little Rock Film Festival’s new flagship theater, the Arcade Theater. The Little Rock Horror Picture Show has had two successful years featuring films such as Eric England’s Madison County and Roadside, Chad Crawford Kinkle’s Jug Face, and Don Thacker’s Motivational Growth. The festival showcases the best in genre films from around the world every spring as a part of the Little Rock Film Festival’s year round programming. Submissions for the 3rd annual festival will be open starting July 1st with the early bird deadline ending August 15th. As with all of the Little Rock Film Festival’s events Arkansas made submissions will be free to submit. Full length features as well as short films in the horror, science fiction, fantasy genres as well as animated films are all eligible to submit. “Not only will we show the best genre films from around the world, we will also show the best horror and sci-fi films from Arkansans that the world needs to see,” said festival director Justin Nickels. “The Little Rock Horror Picture Show continues the excellence the Little Rock Film Festival brings to Arkansas every year.” Submissions will be open from July 1, 2013 until January 15, 2014. The Little Rock Horror Picture Show will continue making announcements leading up to next year’s...