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MAY 11-17
2015

6th Annual LRFF Announces 2012 Opening Night Film

2012 Little Rock Film Festival to Open with Dallas Cowboys Doc and Tailgate Party The 6th Annual Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) will open, for the first time ever, with a documentary feature: America’s Parking Lot, directed by Jonny Mars. Screening at 7:00 P.M. on May 29 at the Argenta Community Theater (ACT). A tailgate-themed opening night party will follow the screening at 9:30 P.M. at ACT. Whole Hog North Little Rock will provide barbecue for the opening night party. Filmmaker Mars will be in attendance and available for interviews. 2012 will be the first year the LRFF will open with a documentay. America’s Parking Lot, which premiered at SXSW, follows two Dallas Cowboys fans who “scramble to preserve their place in ‘America’s Parking Lot’” after the Cowboys move to the first billion dollar stadium. It tells Tiger and Cy’s story as rising ticket prices and shifting economic circumstances begin to threaten their “legendary” Gate 6 Tailgate Party. The Hollywood Reporter said it was “enough to make Stars Wars fans look lukewarm.” LRFF Gold Pass holders will receive priority seating for the film screening followed by Silver and Bronze pass holders. The after party will be open to Gold Pass and Silver Pass holders and a limited number of tickets will be sold for $15. Passes may be purchased at the door or online HERE.     This entry was posted...
Little Rock Film Festival 2013: LRFFTalks Panel Series

Little Rock Film Festival 2013: LRFFTalks Panel Series

The Little Rock Film Festival brings together award winning filmmakers, writers, film critics, producers and distributors for the 2013 LRFFTalks program. LRFFTalks aim to nurture conversations and create a platform for discussions, providing audiences the opportunity to gain an insight into both the creative and the business world of filmmaking.   AMPI Producers Forum – Moderated by Arkansas Motion Picture Institute Director and Film Producer Courtney Pledger, 120 min Courtney Pledger hosts a panel discussion with noted producers. Producers Brad Simpson (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Boys Don’t Cry, upcoming World War Z and Electric Slide) and Jocelyn Hayes (Lola Versus, The East) reveal lessons learned from nearly two decades of developing and producing films. From their start at New York-based Killer Films with indie producing legend Christine Vachon to working in the Hollywood Studio System, Simpson and Hayes, who also happen to be husband and wife, bring insider insights to the producing process that range from dealing with the change from movie business to media business, working as an independent vs.harnessing the power of a major studio, adapting best-selling books to the screen, staying in love with movies….to figuring out how to stay married when making a movie together.   Cinematic NonFiction: The New Documentary – Moderated by award winning filmmaker and writer Robert Greene, 60 min Panelists include Rick Rowley (Dirty Wars) Bill Ross (Tchoupitoulas) Lauren Wissot (Filmmaker Magazine) Philip Martin (Arkansas Democrat Gazette) In the past decade we have experienced a renaissance in nonfiction filmmaking. With access to cheap cameras and a collective education in cinematic storytelling, documentary filmmakers are pushing the boundaries and creating some of the most exciting films out there. Meanwhile, most...
LRFF2013′s Family Special Screening – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

LRFF2013′s Family Special Screening – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

This year the LRFF2013 will bring child actors Zachary Gordon, who plays Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron , who plays Rowley Jefferson, in Diary of Wimpy Kid-Rodrick Rules to Little Rock along with producer Brad Simpson. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules will screen at the Arkansas Repertory Theater May 18th at 10am. Geff the kid who made “wimpy” cool and Rowley along with producer Brad Simpson will host a Q&A post the screening and will also present behind the scenes photos and stories. A great opportunity for kids to know more about their favorite characters. Individual tickets to this special screening can be purchased here. And if that brush with the stars for your kids isn’t enough, then head to the Little Rock Zoo following the screening where the LR Zoo will host an autograph and meet and greet the stars at 2pm. The zoo admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children (1-12 years old). Diary of a Wimpy Kid-Rodrick Rules is a family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney’s Wimpy Kid” series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond. LRFF2013 Gold Pass holders do not need to buy tickets to either event.  The Little Rock Film Festival 2013 will be held May 15th-19th.  Feel free to email us at info@littlerockfilmfestival.org in case you may have any questions for us. This entry was posted in News and tagged Brad Simpson, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Little Rock Film Festival,LRFF2013, Rowley...
Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

The Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the following films as Official Selections for the 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition lineup. (More announcements to come). The Narrative Feature film lineup this year brings to Little Rock an impressive list of award winning filmmakers including David Riker, Justin Schwarz, Sean Gallagher, Destin Daniel Cretton, Brad Simpson and Adam Rifkin among others and a cast lineup that includes noted actors Griffin Dunne, Abbie Cornish, Brie Larson, Stuart Margolin and stars from the hit HBO TV Series “Girls” – Christopher Abbott and Alex Karpovsky. LRFF2012 alumni Destin Daniel Cretton returns to open LRFF2013 with his film Short Term 12. “The narrative competition will bring to Little Rock some of the best talent working in independent film today, and Little Rock audiences will have the unique and special opportunity to interact with them face to face” – Craig Renaud, LRFF co-founder and Executive Director Each of the following films will compete for the LRFF2013 Golden Rock Narrative for Best Feature title. Some will be eligible for the Oxford American Best Southern Film Award and the Heifer International Humanitarian Award   Burma, directed by Carlos Puga (82min) Cast: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Christopher McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer, Jacinta Puga, Matt McCarthy, Kelly Aucoin When Dr. Lynn abandoned his terminally ill wife on her deathbed, he left his three children Susan, Christian, and Win essentially orphaned. Almost a decade later, on the eve of their annual family reunion, Dr. Lynn unexpectedly shows up at Christian’s door claiming he can justify his nine-year absence. Drug-addled and emotionally vulnerable, Christian reluctantly agrees to escort his father to the reunion, sending an already volatile family environment reeling. Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast SXSW 2013.   Coldwater, directed by Vincent Grashaw (104 min) Cast:  PJ Boudousqué, James C. Burns A...
‘Short Term 12′ to Open Little Rock Film Festival 2013

‘Short Term 12′ to Open Little Rock Film Festival 2013

Short Term 12, dir. Destin Daniel Cretton, Color, 96min Photo: Brie Larson with Keith Stanfield The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winner and The SXSW Audience Award Winner, Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, as its Opening Night Film. Destin Daniel Cretton and break out star Keith Stanfield to attend. This is Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton’s second time at the Little Rock Film Festival. His previous film ‘I am not a Hipster’ was an LRFF Official Selection in 2012. “Short Term 12” is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. Short Term 12 will open the Little Rock Film Festival simultaneously this year on both sides of the river beginning at the Argenta Community Theater  at 6.30 pm and at The Rep at 7.30 pm. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director and cast. An Opening Night party at the Rep will follow. Singer – Songwriter Bonnie Montgomery will open up for the film at The Rep as part of the new Arkansas Music...
Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the competition lineup for the2013 Golden Rock Documentary Category. “This year’s lineup represents the very best in documentary work being made around the World. Each of these 17 films examine a wide range of issues and characters from secret wars around the globe, ganglife in Baltimore, Maryland to the entertainment industry in Branson, Missouri. Many of the films challenge the traditional forms documentaries have long been known for”– Brent Renaud, LRFF co-founder and Artistic Director Each of these films will compete for the LRFF2013 Golden Rock for Best Documentary Film. Some films in this category will also be eligible for the $10,000 Heifer International Humanitarian Award and the $10,000 Oxford American Best Southern Film. Many of the documentaries featured this year are making one of their first appearances since premiering in festivals like Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Special announcements will continue to be made as the festival approaches.   12 O’Clock Boys – directed by Lotfy Nathan Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public.   After Tiller – directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson An in-depth look at the rapidly unfolding stories of four doctors still willing to provide third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller. After the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller the number of doctors willing to provide third-trimester abortions in the U.S. shrank...