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Little Rock Film Festival announces 2013 World Shorts Competition Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival announces 2013 World Shorts Competition Lineup

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the following selection of 34 short films from around the world at the 2013 LRFF World Shorts competition. “This year’s shorts submissions have been absolutely amazing and nearly impossible to narrow down. The shorts we’re showing, narratives and documentaries, run the gamut of emotion and should have a profound affect on every viewer” Justin Nickels, LRFF Shorts Programmer.              The LRFF 2013 World Shorts line-up includes films from more than 7 countries including Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark and the USA. All films are Arkansas premiers. A documentary or narrative not more than 40 minutes long, films in theWorld Shorts category compete for the Best Short Film Award and many are eligible for the Oxford American Best Southern Film and the Heifer International Best Humanitarian Film.   The 34 films in the World Shorts Competition lineup are:   #PostModem – directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva Two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity.   113 Degrees – directed by Sabrina Doyle A fable of love, sacrifice and spaceships.   A Cidade – directed by Liliana Sulzbach The daily life of the dwellers of a micro town in the the south of Brazil which is about to vanish.   An American Mosque – directed by David Washburn An American Mosque follows a group of Muslim farmers in Yuba City, California, as they struggle to build their local mosque only to see it destroyed by arson. In the wake of the fire, questions abound: Who committed the crime? Is the arson an act of hate? How will the community respond and rebuild?   Another Corner – directed by Josh Harrell Known simply as Cuts on...
Little Rock Film Festival 2013 announces it’s ‘Made in Arkansas’ Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival 2013 announces it’s ‘Made in Arkansas’ Lineup

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce its ‘Made in Arkansas‘ competition lineup. The ‘Made in Arkansas’ category is a center piece of the Little Rock Film Festival created to showcase the very best film works being produced in the state.  All films in competition are Arkansas premieres. “After looking at the submissions this year, it’s clear that the local filmmaking scene in Arkansas has arrived. As a whole, these films make up the strongest line up we have seen yet.”— Faith Chonko, LRFF ‘Made in Arkansas’ programmer LRFF2013 is proud to present the following 20 films in the ‘Made in Arkansas’ category that will each compete for the: Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Film Best Director Best Actor/Actress   45RPM – directed by Juli Jackson, Category: Feature (97 min) An artist struggling with the source of her inspiration finds help from an obsessive record collector in the search for her deceased father’s lost music. Bad Water – directed by Amman Abbasi, Category: Shorts (13 min) DB is a mentally handicapped man who lives in an isolated town, and struggles with health issues. Through his straightforward and unbiased narration, we soon realize that he is one of the key surviving members of a community that was devastated by water contamination. With a poetic and personal tone, Bad Water challenges the nature of man and his inability to do good for himself. Blood Brothers – directed by Jason Miller and Seth Savoy, Category: Shorts (32 min) A young man returns to his hometown in Arkansas to kidnap the kingpin of the drug operation that ran him and his brother out of town; however, his actions may not...
LRFF2013 announces Closing Night film: ‘Don Jon’ directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

LRFF2013 announces Closing Night film: ‘Don Jon’ directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Don Jon, dir. Joseph Gordon Levitt, Color, 89min The Little Rock Film Festival will close it’s 7th Annual event with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’sdirectorial debut — ‘Don Jon‘, a comic film about a guy who is addicted to online pornography and works to find intimacy with his potential true love. The film screens May 19th, 9pm at The Rep. Principal Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza Written by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the film revolves around Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy whose buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy.   This entry was posted in A.D. Blog, News and tagged Don Jon, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Julianne Moore,Little Rock Film Festival, LRFF2013, LRFF2013 Closing Night Film, Scarlett Johansson, Tony...
Little Rock Film Festival to Screen Documentary at Little Rock Zoo

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 screening,...
LRFF Announces 2012 ″Made in Arkansas” Program at Reception

LRFF Announces 2012 ″Made in Arkansas” Program at Reception

Maybe you could call it a “soft opening”—the mood at yesterday evening’s Arkansas Filmmaker Reception certainly hinted at giddiness about this year’s Little Rock Film Festival. Held in the Deltic Timber Atrium of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, a great turnout of Arkansas-based filmmakers whose features, documentaries, and shorts were accepted in this year’s festival could barely conceal their excitement. When festival co-founder and programmer Craig Renaud introduced all of the Arkansas films, there was some trouble suppressing applause for the numerous local entries. He also noted that the sheer number of Arkansas entires was significant, considering there were a total of 1000 submissions for the 2012 fest, and to be able to include that many standout local films was a thrill. After snacking on pizza and refreshments, filmmakers had the opportunity to take the mic and introduce themselves and their projects, but most of their responses smacked with the humble gratitude of acceptance speeches—almost everyone took time to thank the organization and express enthusiasm for even being a part of the event. Of course, a few of the filmmakers, like Gerardo Bruno and producers Tim Jackson and Mike Brabender, have been involved with the festival with various projects practically since its inception, but still acknowledge the importance of the LRFF’s very existence. But there were several up-and-coming Arkansas filmmakers, like UCA student Kim Risi, and young Sara Jones, whose enthusiasm about their projects gave the festival an air of exuberance. The reception was a great opportunity for established local filmmakers to mingle with these fresh young ones, and while this was just a social occasion (and no...
2012 World Shorts Announced

2012 World Shorts Announced

Academy Award winner Melissa Leo in The Sea is All I Know 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...