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2015
LRFF presents Reel Civil Rights Film Festival 2014

LRFF presents Reel Civil Rights Film Festival 2014

          As a part of our year round programming schedule, The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce the 2014 Reel Civil Rights Film Festival – in proud partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Parks Department. The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival commemorates 57 years of integration at Little Rock Central High School The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival 2014 will take place Friday September 19th – Thursday September 25th, 2013. All events/screenings are open to public and free to attend. The RCRFF2014 kicks off Friday September 19th at 6pm at the Riverdale 10 Movies with Student Films. This year Academy award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone will join us for a screening and discussion of an episode from his series ‘An Untold History of the United States‘. In the spirit of the 57th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School crisis, we also humbly welcome Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, to honor local educators and social activits for thier service to the city of Little Rock. Full RCRFF2014 schedule:   FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 OPENING NIGHT STUDENT FILMS, 6:00 P.M. Location: Riverdale 10 Movies Student Films: Youth Leadership Academy / Little Rock Central High School Memory Project. Short films on social justice, youth empowerment, and selected oral histories from civil and human rights activists will be screened through a partnership with the National Park Service, Arkansas Education Television Network and other national outreach organizations. The films will be followed by a performance of the Memory Project’s Readers Theater; the performance will be followed by a moderated discussion with...
LRFF Announces New Film Series Beginning Fall 2014

LRFF Announces New Film Series Beginning Fall 2014

                The Little Rock Film Festival announced today, the first in a new series of film programs to take place at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock beginning this fall. LRFF Artistic director Brent Renaud says “the first series, curated by programmer Levi Agee, will launch on September 14, 2014, and will feature cult-crowd pleasers on the second Sunday of each month. The screenings will be accompanied by a special event catered to each film”. The premiere film for the screening series is the beloved Wes Anderson comedy ‘Rushmore’ starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Olivia Williams. Agee notes that although Anderson has many great films to choose from, Rushmore felt like the perfect fit given the film’s “nostalgic back-to-school atmosphere and exceptional soundtrack.” Before the film a special concert of local musicians will perform tracks that appear in Rushmore and some of Anderson’s other work in an homage to the director’s musical tastes. Some of the musicians scheduled to perform a selection of unique covers are Philip Huddleston, Isaac Alexander, Aaron Saarlo, Collin Buchanan and other special guests. Details: When: Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 4 p.m. Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (100 River Market Ave in Little Rock). Tickets: Tickets for the event are $8 and can be purchased at the box office the night of the show. For more information regarding the film series and future events visit www.littlerockfilmfestival.org or cals.org, email levi@littlerockfilmfestival.org or call 501-205-0400 for more...
48 Hour Film Project’s ‘Best Of’ and ‘Top 10’ Screening – Saturday, July 19th

48 Hour Film Project’s ‘Best Of’ and ‘Top 10’ Screening – Saturday, July 19th

The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to have produced the 2014 48 Hour Film Project that kicked off June 27-29. We had a great weekend of premiere screenings last week and now, we are gearing up for the Awards Ceremony and screening of the Top 10 Audience Choice films. The ceremony will be held at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, in downtown Little Rock. When: Saturday, July 19th, show begins 7pm Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater Tickets are $12 only and can be purchased HERE. The Top 10 audience picks will be screened throughout the ceremony. Awards will be handed out for Best Story, Best Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Film and more. TOP 10 AUDIENCE CHOICE: Grundle Productions –Silent But Deadly Team Bearshark – Book of Lambs Flokati Films – Sensitivity Training Just a Bunch of Losers Making a Movie – Open Bar Closed Casket Misfit Cyclops – Tellervisions Take 6 – My Stepdad Zoltar Trieschmann Productions – Tunnel Vision Rambunctious Roughians – Manifesto Walkie Talke – Tempus Voyage Faux Pas Productions – Fortune’s Fool BEST OF NOMINEES:  ​Best Film Joshua Harrison, Team Bearshark “Book of Lambs” Tim Trieschmann, Trieschmann Productions “Tunnel Vision” Johnnie Brannon, Flokati Films “Sensitivity Training” Alison Minor, Take 6 “My Stepdad Zoltar” Best Director Joshua Harrison, Team Bearshark, “Book of Lambs“ David Bogard/Tim Trieschmann, Trieschmann Productions “Tunnel Vision” Johnnie Brannon, Flokati Films, “Sensitivity Training” Scott McEntire, Clever Alibi Productions, “Avarice” Best Performance Jay SC Morgan, Grundle Productions “Silent But Deadly” Alanna Newton, Trieschmann Productions “Tunnel Vision” Bradley Gamble, Filmmaker’s Corner “Zoltar the Great!” Tom Kagy, Clever Alibi Productions “Avarice” Best Story Take 6 “My Stepdad Zoltar”...
LRFF2014 Grand Prize Winners

LRFF2014 Grand Prize Winners

The LRFF2014 concluded it’s week long event (May 12-18, 2014) at the Old Statehouse Museum, where Bill Clinton gave his 1992 and 1996 acceptance speeches. Coming a long way in eight years, we are proud to announce the LRFF2014 Grand Prize Winners. Governor Mike Beebe was presented the LRFF2014 Diamond Award. Golden Rock, Best Narrative: “Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter,” dir. David (pictured) and Nathan Zellner   Golden Rock, Best Documentary: “Virunga,” dir. Orlando von Einsiedel   Arkansas Times Audience Award: “Korengal” featuring Jason Mace and Michael Cunningham (dir. Sebastian Junger)   Special Jury Prize for Cinematic Nonfiction: “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” dir. Sabine Lubbe Bakker & Niels van Koevorden   Extraordinary Courage in Filmmaking: Matthew VanDyke, “Point and Shoot”   Best Southern Film: “Stop the Pounding Heart” featuring Tim and Sara Carlson (dir. Roberto Minervini)   Best World Short: “King of Size,” dir. Peter Dowd   Best Film, Made in Arkansas: “Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls,” dir. Mark Thiedeman   Best Director, Made in Arkansas: John Hockaday, “Stuck” Best Performance, Made in Arkansas: Ed Lowry in “A Matter of Honor”   Youth Filmmaking Award: Connor Leach, “Consequences” (no...
Clinton School of Public Service LRFF2014 Screenings

Clinton School of Public Service LRFF2014 Screenings

The Clinton School of Public Service sidebar at the Little Rock Film Festival features documentary films that deal with pressing international and humanitarian issues. A two-year graduate program with a “real world” curriculum, the Clinton School is located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Ark. The school embodies former President Clinton’s vision of building leadership in civic engagement and enhancing people’s capacity to work across disciplinary, racial, ethnic and geographical boundaries. E-Team (88mins) – Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary, Sundance Director: Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman, Producer: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman, & Marilyn Ness Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team — or E-Team — the boots on the ground division of a respected, international human rights group. Arriving as soon as possible after allegations of human rights abuse surface, the E-Team uncovers crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world’s attention. They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence, and the work of the E-Team, backed by their international human rights organization, has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told. Wednesday, May 14, 6pm The Notorious Mr. Bout (90mins) Director: Tony Gerber & Maxim Pozdorovkin, Producer: Tony Gerber & Maxim Pozdorovkin When he was arrested in 2008 in Thailand as a result of a U.S. government sting operation, the career of internationally known arms smuggler Viktor Bout came to a decisive end. Veiled by the obscurity of post-Soviet Russia, Bout had built an empire...