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2015
LRFF2014 Made in Arkansas Official Selections Announced

LRFF2014 Made in Arkansas Official Selections Announced

The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce its ‘Made in Arkansas’ lineup, curated by LRFF programmer Faith Chonko. Buy your LRFF2014 pass here. LRFF2014 Made in Arkansas Competition Line Up Includes: 13 Pieces of the Universe, Dir. Tara Sheffer Within the quiet universe of the Arkansas delta, a sixteen-year-old girl is forced to confront grief and grace while navigating the complex nature of adulthood. The 21 Mile Marathon, Dir. Tyler Tarver One man’s journey to run a marathon with far too little training and/or skill. After the Tsunami, Dir. Larry Foley After the Tsunami is a documentary film that tells the story of Indonesian college graduate students who came to US universities on scholarships following the 2004 tsunami that killed 173,000 in Banda Aceh. While roads and houses were being rebuilt, this program allowed 75 students to go away for a brief time—so they could come home to rebuild what could not be replaced with asphalt and brick and mortar. Blowing Smoke, Dir. Mike Holifield A historical review of the events that to the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, and how the Federal Bureau of Narcotics used media strategies and themes to change public perception and enact new legislation. Themes such as racism, violence, and sexual deviance were common in the mass media of the early 20th century, and FBN Director Anslinger capitalized on these themes in his effort to outlaw what would become known as the ‘Devil’s Weed’. A Broken Road to Hope, Dir. Nathan Willis David has been in and out of the foster care system for his whole life. His father was abusive and his mother was unable to...
Amir Bar-Lev’s Penn State Football Doc ‘Happy Valley’ to open LRFF2014

Amir Bar-Lev’s Penn State Football Doc ‘Happy Valley’ to open LRFF2014

Happy Valley by Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint that, The Fighter, The Tillman Story) to open the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival. Ron Robinson Theater Monday, May 12, 2014.  730pm. Amir Bar-Lev to attend. Free to Gold Pass Holders. A limited number of single tickets are available. Buy LRFF2014 Opening Night Film and After Party tickets here. The town of State College, home to Penn State University, lies at the heart of an area known as Happy Valley. Its iconic figure for more than 40 yearsJoe Paterno, the head coach of the school’s football team, took on mythic national stature as ‘Saint Joe.’ But in November 2011, everything came crashing down when former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child sex abuse. Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky’s arrest, Amir Bar-Lev creates a parable of guilt, responsibility, and identity for a small town caught in the glare of the national spotlight....
Little Rock Film Festival Artisan Street Fair, May17th

Little Rock Film Festival Artisan Street Fair, May17th

                When: Saturday, May 17th Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm Mission: To promote local culture with a flair and to support a community of artists, collectors, and first time entrepreneurs. In keeping with its goal of promoting the local arts and culture, Little Rock Film Festival will host its first ever Artisan Street Fair – May 17th. The event will be part of the 2014 Film Festival, which that takes place May 12th -18th this year, and take place by our main festival venue: CALS Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock. LRFF’s Artisan Street Fair will pay homage to our Southern roots by bringing together a collection of Little Rock’s best vendors in a bustling downtown outdoor marketplace.  We will curate the finest artisanal food, vintage clothing, jewelry, crafts, home goods, drinks and much more, giving film festival goers, filmmakers and shoppers the joy of discovering the next ‘big thing’ here in Little Rock and also giving them a taste of some of the best things rocking Little Rock. With visiting filmmakers from around the United States and the world and with more than thousands of festival goers attending the event during the Little Rock Film Festival, what better day and audience to showcase Little Rock and to offer a taste of our Southern Hospitality and Culture? We are accepting new vendors and look at all incoming applications, but because of our small setup and with an eye on our goal, we regret that we can only accept a limited number of vendors this one day event. All interested vendors will need...
LRFF2014 Announces Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

LRFF2014 Announces Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

Fort Tilden The 2014 Golden Rock Narrative Competition, curated by LRFF Programmer Levi Agee has been announced. Among the selections this year are the SXSW Grand Prize Winner Fort Tilden; the SXSW Audience Award Winner Before I Disappear; Little Accidents starring Arkansas’s Jacob Lofland coming off his debut in Jeff Nichols’ Mud; and A Night in Old Mexico starring Robert Duvall. The full list is below, with more special selections to be added in the lead up to the festival. Passes to LRFF2014 are now on Sale. Buy your pass here. LRFF2014 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Line Up Includes:   Before I Disappear (93mins) – Audience Award: Narrative Feature, SXSW Director: Shawn Christendon, Producer: Shawn Christensen, Terry Leonard, Damon Russell, Lucan Toh, & Paul Wesley Based on the 2013 Academy Award® winning short film “Curfew.” At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours. Big Significant Things (85mins) Director: Bryan Reisberg, Producer: Andrew D. Corkin, Daniel Konrad Cooper At 26 years old, Craig (Harry Lloyd) seems to be doing pretty well for himself.  He has job stability, a supportive family, and is about to start a wonderful new chapter with his girlfriend.  With big life changes on the horizon, what better time to lie to your girlfriend so you can go on a road trip by yourself to the south? Buzzard (97mins) Director: Joel Potrykus, Producer: Michael Saunders & Ashley Young Paranoia forces small-time scam artist, Marty to flee his lousy temp job and hide out in his co-worker’s basement. Once...
LRFF’s ‘Breaking Big’ in 15seconds Film Contest

LRFF’s ‘Breaking Big’ in 15seconds Film Contest

  The Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) 2014 is excited to announce ‘Breaking Big in 15seconds Film Contest’ (#15secFilm) This is your chance to win an All Access Gold Pass to LRFF2014 in 15seconds. Think you up for the challenge? Here is what you need to do:   Step 1: Select from our three themes: Head South Y’all (#HeadSouth) Your Story: Inspire us in 15secs (#YourStory) What does Little Rock mean to you? (#LittleRock) Step 2: Make a 15sec video (You can submit as many videos as you like, no seriously, as many as you like.) Showcase your creative best in 15seconds. No limits on what you can do. Pick any style and genre you want to work with (e.g. animation, comedy, horror, abstract…) Take your pick. Step 3: Tag the video (this is an important step) #15secFilm #LRFF2014 AND the appropriate category you want to be considered in (Only one category hashtag allowed per video, #HeadSouth or #YourStory or #LittleRock, allowed for each video submitted) Step 4: Post it to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook You must post your video to Instagram using #15secFilm, #LRFF2014 AND the relevant theme hashtag and also share it with us on Twitter @LRFilmFestival for consideration. When sharing the video on Facebook with us, make sure to share it on the Little Rock Film Festival’s Facebook wall for consideration. Step 5: Beg people to vote for you Ask your friends/family/neighbor (yup, that neighbor you never spoke to. Hey, here is your chance to break the ice), or even that stranger you pass by on the street to vote for you (and no, whatever anyone else tells...
LRFF2014 Announces Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup

LRFF2014 Announces Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup

Manny The 2014 Golden Rock Documentary Competition is the most diverse and challenging in our festival’s history. Among the selections this year are the Sundance Grand Prize winner Rich Hill; The Sundance Best Director winner The Case Against 8; and the Libyan War based Point and Shoot from Academy Award nominated director Marshall Curry.  This year the LRFF will be one of the first festivals in the country to award a special jury prize for “Cinematic Non-Fiction”. Guest programmer, critic and filmmaker Robert Greene, has put together a lineup of films from around the World that are pushing the boundaries of the documentary form. Selections from the program include the Sundance Jury Prize Winner The Overnighters, and Manakamana, the latest film out of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography lab that produced last year’s Leviathan. The full list is below, with more special selections to be added in the lead up to the festival. Passes to LRFF2014 are now on Sale. Buy your pass here.   LRFF2014 Documentary Competition Line Up Includes: The Case Against 8 (109mins) – Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, Sundance Director: Ben Cotner & Ryan White, Producer: Ryan White A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to...