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9 TH ANNUAL
MAY 11-17
2015

Team Arkansas Times throws down the Gauntlet for this years 48 Hour Film Festival

Team Arkansas Times reacts to early bird registration Team Arkansas Times, a long time frontrunner in the 48 hour film festival, comes out swinging with a video posted on Youtube Friday. The video is obviously a challenge to one and all to end their reign in the contest. Do you have what it takes to take on the self imposed team to beat? Register here....

Feature Film "45 RPM" to hold auditions in Little Rock Saturday July 16th

Juli Jackson is looking for actors and actresses for “45 RPM” a narrative feature film that will shoot in NE and Central Arkansas. Film Logline: An ambitious artist struggling with the source of her inspiration finds help from an obsessive record collector in the search for her estranged father’s lost music. We are looking for (2) lead and (16) supporting actors, as well as featured and background extras. ACTORS: CONTACT US FOR APPOINTMENT TIMES Email: casting@45RPMmovie.com Subject line: Little Rock Audition Include: resume, headshot, and any online links Walk-ins may audition but appointments will be seen first and give priority. If you would like a chance to be an extra in the film, you do not have to audition! Please attend to sign-up and be photographed. Auditions will be held at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, 1601 S. Louisiana, Little Rock, AR Saturday July 16th starting at 11am Filming is scheduled for September 2011 Shoot Dates TBA For all descriptions, sides, and directions visit: www.45RPMmovie.com/casting If you have a project, film news, or any rumors on film you would like to mention email me at...

7 Questions with Scott Edge, Director of The Jester

1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so where are you from? If not, How did you get here? I’m native Arkansas through and through. I’ve been here for 33 years. I grew up in Ferndale about 20 miles outside the city limits.  Its decisively country. Creeks, woods, fields things of that sort were my playground!  And I had to ride my bike 3 miles to get to my friend’s house! (typically NOT in the snow and it wasn’t ALL uphill) 2. What is the inspiration for your film? Ed Lowry wrote “The Jester” and sent me the script in late 2010. What immediately gripped me about “The Jester” was its honest humanity. Our jester char-actor has been banished from the kingdom and can no longer perform in the royal courts. His whole world is turned upside down and its a story that explores the heartbreak or sense of failure or lack of purpose anyone might be processing in a situation like that. I think that’s socially relevant. Given our economic condition, there’s a lot of people struggling who can probably relate.  “The Jester” will speak volumes to anyone who’s ever lost their job, particularly if it was a job you loved.  Of course the film does take a few twists and it has some really funny moments!  But ultimately the audience will feel crushed and then inspired. Its an interesting experience. That’s the kind of stories I like to tell. That’s what inspired me about it. Its a story that’s full of metaphor, that beautifully expresses that life is riddled with inconceivably hard situations but ultimately says “never...

7 Questions with Kim Risi, Director of Disillusioned

1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so where are you from? If not, How did you get here? I was born in Orlando, Florida but my family moved to Jonesboro, Arkansas about 10 years ago. This is essentially where I grew up. I moved to Conway when I graduated High School to enroll in the Digital Filmmaking program here at the University of Central Arkansas. 2. What is the inspiration for your film? I’ve always loved magic. When I was younger I attempted many tricks but just couldn’t get the hang of it. I was destined to be the admirer of greater magicians and not a great magician myself. Magic tricks dropped off my radar until the summer of 2010. I was struggling to come up with an idea for a short film when I overheard a coworker taking about a terrible magician she got for her child’s birthday party. Bingo! I even had experience being a bad magician. It was a perfect fit. 3. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your film? Daniel is a young magician who believes that only the best magicians do flashy tricks. When not stocking shelves at the local magic shop, Daniel is worshiping his idol Ace Manhattan, a hot-shot performer who’s all smoke and mirrors. The only thing stopping Daniel from reaching magical greatness is himself. No matter how hard he tries, Daniel cannot perform big magic. His boss tries to teach him the importance of classic subtly but Daniel refuses his advice. Daniel must learn that sometimes the smallest magic is the most powerful. 4. What were the...

7 Questions with Bryan Stafford, Director of Ballerina

1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so where are you from? If not, How did you get here? No, i was born in Memphis TN. I was adopted by a family from Arkansas when I was 6 months old. I grew up in Pine Bluff and then went to design school in Texas, eventually after working in advertising and commercial video production I moved back to Little Rock and settled here to start a family. 2. What is the inspiration for your film? I have two children, so the first time I read the story I wanted to explore a place most people never have to go. I wanted to see if we could capture a conversation that would make the audience feel desperate enough to believe and care about the characters. Of course the visual and audible influences of black and white films and TV from the 1950’s are a huge inspiration on Ballerina. 3. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your film? Frank Gross seems to be a man who has it all: a quiet home in the suburbs, a good job, a daughter that loves him. Then, on a day much like today, there comes a knock at the door and his orderly world slides sideways into the darkness beyond what we know. Ballerina is a provocative, thoughtful drama about love, time, what we can prevent, and what we can’t no matter how much we might want to. 4. What were the biggest challenges and successes you faced on set? Challenges: lots of dialog, ipod game volume and late lunch. Successes: Friends, collaboration,...

7 Questions with Tyler Tarver, Director of Rappers Delightful Remix

Director Tyler Tarver 1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so where are you from? If not, How did you get here? Yes sir, graduated from Bauxite. Did college at Arkansas Tech University and my Masters’ at UCA and ASU. Currently living in Vilonia and teaching in Beebe. I’ve got all kinds of Arkansas going on. 2. What is the inspiration for your film? Every rapper who remixed their name to try and sound cool. 3. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your film? It is a very short video, comprised of a conversation between 2 people, using primarily rapper names. Some say creative, I say tomato. 4. What were the biggest challenges and successes you faced on set? Getting the right audio was difficult because or our equipment, but it was nice getting free frappachinos. 5. What is the festival strategy for your film? Have someone see it, love it, and pay us millions for it. 6. Does your film have a Arkansas/Southern theme? Most of the actors have fairly southern accents, which brings a bit of irony to the fact they’re talking moderately street. 7. What changes have you seen in the local film community in the five years since the LRFF was launched? This is my first year involved in it, but it seems to be really doing excellent things and attracting some big names. Which pretty awesome and/or good. If you have a project, film news, or any rumors on film you would like to mention email me at David@littlerockfilmfestival.org...