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Little Rock Film Festival to Screen Documentary at Little Rock Zoo

Special Keeper Chat Planned Before Screening LITTLE ROCK (May 21, 2012) – Join the Little Rock Zoo and the Little Rock Film Festival for a special presentation of the documentary film, “The Eyes of Thailand“, on Wednesday, May 30th at 4:30 p.m. in Cafe Africa. “The Eyes of Thailand” tells the story of one woman’s quest to help two elephant landmine survivors, Motala and Baby Mosha, walk on their own four legs. Treating their wounds was only part of the journey; building elephant-sized prostheses was another. It is a true story of sacrifice and perseverance that shows how far one woman will go to save an endangered species.  The film’s director, Windy Borman, will be in attendance. Prior to the screening, guests will get an opportunity to hear a special keeper chat all about the Zoo’s own Asian elephant, Jewell, at 4:00 p.m. at the elephant exhibit..  Jewell is one of the first elephants in the U.S. to receive an orthotic boot to help her walk.  At 60 years of age, Jewell was having difficulty walking on her front right foot and Zoo staff contacted Snell Laboratories in Little Rock to design a custom shoe for the elephant that would help stabilize her. Admission to the special screening is free with regular paid zoo admission. Adults are $10 and children are $8. Members always get in free. Log on to www.LittleRockZoo.com for more information.  For the full LRFF schedule, visit www.littlerockfilmfestival.org. Festival passes will be available for purchase at the event, as well. Three levels of are available. Gold passes, which sell for $250, offer priority seating at all screenings, panels and parties including the opening night film...

Made in Arkansas Film Line Up and Filmmaker Reception

The Little Rock Film Festival will announce its Made in Arkansas film lineup Tuesday, May 15th at 4:30 p.m. at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. The announcement will be in conjunction with an Arkansas Filmmaker Reception also hosted at the Chamber and including hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The event is open to the public. LRFF founder and Executive Director, Craig Renaud, will discuss the full 2012 lineup and be available for interviews along with Arkansas filmmakers and LRFF staff. “Each year since the festival started, we have seen a major growth in the film industry in Arkansas,” Renaud said. “The quality of this year’s Made in Arkansas program is indicative of that trend.” Festival passes will be available for purchase at the event as well. Three levels of passes are available. Gold passes, which sell for $250, offer priority seating at all screenings, panels and parties including the opening night film screening, the Arkansas Times closing night gala and awards ceremony at the Clinton Presidential Library, filmmaker lounge access, and entrance to exclusive Gold Pass after-parties. Silver passes, which sell for $100, offer entry into films, panels and selected after-parties. Bronze passes, which sell for $40, offer entry into all films and panels except the opening night film. Passes are available for purchase at http://www.littlerockfilmfestival.org/box-office. Arkansas Features: The Gleaning, Directed by Brian White & Christopher S. Thompson A dying community in rural Arkansas is wracked by two bizarre and mysterious deaths shortly after a new family moves into town. Led by the local preacher, the inhabitants of Halcyon are set against the newcomers as suspicions grow. Deeply-held prejudices and...

2012 World Shorts Announced

The Little Rock Film Festival has announced the World Shorts section for this year’s festival. Twenty-four films from all over the world which showcase various genres and cultures representing some of the best filmmaking in the world will be shown from Thursday May 31 through Sunday June 3rd during this year’s festival! The Little Rock Film Festival is May 29 through June 3rd. Abigale dir. Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck A short film based off a conversation overheard being yelled at a social worker, while one of the directors sat in the welfare office waiting his turn. Animeditation dir. Jonathon Rosen A short, hand-drawn visualization of the mental process of meditation. Wacky and amusing, yet at times enveloping and intense, the animation illustrates a surge of thought-images, and their inevitable retreat back to a pure and simple circle, a buzzing mantra. The swelling sound effects recorded on cassette and created only by a voice interact with the ever-morphing imagery in a way that guides the viewer through a bizarre experience; it is like watching an extracted slice of the mind displayed onscreen. The Assignment dir. Scott Brignac Brian Crane is a boring kid who is failing his literature class, but due to an eccentric teacher he is pushed to overcome his awkwardness and live a better story. Beneath the White City Lights dir. Christopher Kai Olsen This documentary follows the creation and development of the critically acclaimed 2011 story ballet “THE WHITE CITY: THE COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION” which brings the infamous Chicago World’s Fair OF 1893 to life through dance, in a story filled with passion, ingenuity, intrigue, and murder. ...

2012 Golden Rock Narrative and Documentary Films Announced

The Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) has announced its first round of films which will compete for the 2012 Golden Rock Awards for best narrative feature and best documentary feature. This has been by far our most competitive year ever. These selections from the United States, Iraq, Africa, India and beyond, represent the very best in what is happening in independent film today.” The Golden Rock winners will be announced at the Awards Gala at the Clinton Presidential Center, on June 3. Golden Rock Narrative Competition: Booster, Directed by Matt Ruskin When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted. Caught between loyalty to his brother and his own will, Simon is forced to examine his life. The Dynamiter, Directed by Matthew Gordan All 14-year-old Robbie ever really wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again, and he’s left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. With older brother Lucas dangerously in his life again. First Winter, Directed by Benjamin Dickinson In this extraordinary debut feature, a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands a group of Brooklyn hipsters in a remote country farmhouse with no heat and no electricity during the coldest winter on record. At first, it’s all sex and drugs and acoustic guitars. But as the days go on and the food supply dwindles, struggles of power, jealousy, and desire threaten the group’s ability to work together in order to survive. Future Weather, Directed by Jenny Deller Abandoned by...

2012 Special Guests Announced: Directors Jay Russell and Jeff Nichols and Actress Lea Thompson

Little Rock, Ark- The Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) will honor Arkansas native directors Jay Russell (Ladder 49, End of the Line, My Dog Skip, The Waterhorse) and Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud) at the 2012 festival gala. The LRFF Diamond Award pays tribute to filmmakers who have made extraordinary contributions to film and Arkansas. The Directors will also hold an exclusive Filmmaker/Gold Pass workshop at the festival. Jay Russell got his first break at the age of 19, filming a series of commercials for the Arkansas Parks and Tourism division. Like his boss at the time, Governor Bill Clinton, Russell would go on to bigger and better things. His films like Ladder 49, End of the Line, and Waterhorse have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office. Jeff Nichols was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He and made his feature debut with the film Shotgun Stories, which was nominated for a 2008 Independent Spirit Award. His next filmTake Shelter, starring Michael Shannon took a top prize at the Cannes Film Festival Critics Week. Jeff will release the filmMud, shot on location in South Arkansas, and starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon sometime this fall. Also confirmed for this year’s festival actress Lea Thompson will screen her new film The Trouble with the Truth. Jimmy Hemphill, the film’s director, will also be in attendance. Thompson will also present a Women in Film panel at this year’s festival and screen a surprise cult classic from the...

LRFF Golden Rock Winner Sebastian Junger to start free combat medical training for Reporters

It has been a devastating couple of years for reporters covering conflict. In Syria alone 8 local and international journalists have died. The photographer Joao Silva lost his legs in Afghanistan when he stepped on a land mine, and Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in Libya. We have told the story about the incredible risks faced by Mexican journalists covering the drug war, for the New York Times. It was after Tim Hetherington died that, Sebastian Junger his co-director on the LRFF Golden Rock winning documentary Restrepo, got the idea to help train journalists in the the kind of emergency medical treatment that can help save lives in those crucial first minutes after an injury takes place. Junger has said that he believes had the people around Tim at the time of the attack had known some basic combat medical procedures, that Tim might not have died. The workshops will all be free of charge as Junger explained to the Huffington Post “Most of the risks are being run by freelancers, People really in the meat grinder of the front lines are not, for the most part, insured or salaried network correspondents.” The workshops called Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) will take place in New York, London, and Beirut. The training will be a valuable service to working journalists and a great tribute to Tim Hetherington. We are honored to be invited into the first session in NYC.   ,  ...