The 2014 Little Rock Film Festrival kicked off last night with Amir Bar-Lev's 'Happy Valley'. Check out pictures from the fantastic sold-out event HERE. And remember, if you missed it you can catch another showing Thursday. read more
The Little Rock Film Festival has arrived - get ready to enjoy a week of great films! You've picked yourself up a pass at the box office, but don't know where to begin.
Well, the entire festival week kicks off on Monday, May 12th at 7:30 pm with Amir Bar-lev's "Happy Valley," Winner of "Best Documentary Feature" at the Sarasota Film Festival, and the first screening in LRFF's Golden Rock Documentary competition. read more
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... read more
Happy Valley by Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint that, The Fighter, The Tillman Story) to open the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival. 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. read more
Each year, the Little Rock Film Festival receives thousands of film submissions from around the globe. Ever wondered who selects the films and plans the programming lineup? Meet some of LRFF’s main programers. 2014 Little Rock Film Festival Programming Staff Levi Agee – Narrative Fiction Levi graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Digital Filmmaking before joining the festival in 2008. In addition to working as a motion graphics designer for an advertising agency in Little Rock, he has written a column about film for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as well as the Oxford American. Somehow he is able to hang out with his lovely wife and baby girl and still find time to obsessively watch Game of Thrones. Robert Greene – Cinematic Non-Fiction A writer, critic, filmmaker and an LRFF alum, Robert Greene has been instrumental in drawing attention to challenging works in film, and in defining cinematic nonfiction as a new movement. He has a national reputation as one of the most interesting and provocative new voices in film criticism and this year he will head up programming the new “Cinematic Nonfiction” sidebar at the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival. In addition, Greene will also oversee the LRFF’s first annual Award for “Extraordinary Achievement in Cinematic Non-Fiction.” Justin Nickels – World Shorts A filmmaker and an active blogger, Justin Nickels has worked with the Little Rock Film Festival since the first year. He is based in Central Arkansas. He met his wife Mallory, who is also our Communications Director, at the 2nd annual Little Rock Film Festival. Just is also the Director of our genre festival, the Little Rock... read more
Words by Levi Agee A lot of people will remember him as the inspiration for the Doritos Tacos, but I remember Todd Mills as the one of the most positive and friendliest people I’ve ever met. I can’t say that I knew Todd as well as his family and close friends but we’ve known each other for almost four years after he gave his services as a graphic designer to help us design and create one of our massive programs for the film festival. This is no easy task and due to the ever-changing nature of the festival, last-minute details about films and schedule changes for nearly 100 films can make anyone crack under pressure, but he delivered and I was immediately blown away by his attention to detail and craftsmanship in such little time. As someone who dabbles in graphic design and works full time as a motion graphics animator I felt a kinship with Todd and working in a building across the street from the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce afforded me plenty of face time with him standing at the corner of President Clinton Ave. or in the Rivermarket after picking up a chicken club at Coast Cafe. Usually it was handshakes or fist-bumps but many times I just had to stop and talk and catch up with Todd about his family or work because his charisma and personality just drew me in. I knew Todd was sick because of his Facebook updates but it never really hit home with me until I learned of his passing on Thanksgiving because his outlook was always so upbeat... read more
The Little Rock Film Festival is now accepting entries to it’s 8th annual event. The LRFF2014 will be held May 13, 2014 to May 18, 2014. Little Rock Film Festival is one of the most competitive film festivals in the country. Rated twice by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festival’s “worth the entry fee”, the festival awards more than $20,000 in cash prizes each year in partnership with Heifer International and the Oxford American magazine. Programmed and run by acclaimed documentary filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud, LRFF prides itself in being the most filmmaker friendly festival in the world. LRFF covers all travel expenses for feature filmmakers accepted into the festival. Submission deadlines for LRFF2014 are as follows: Earlybird deadline: December 15, 2013 Regular deadline: February 1, 2014 Late deadline: March 1, 2014 WAB extended deadline: April 1, 2014 Please note that the above dates are not postmark deadlines. They are dates by which your film MUST be received in our office. All film submission mailings MUST be marked with the ‘No Signature Required’ on delivery. Submit your film through Without A Box HERE. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the full list of LRFF2013 winners click HERE. You can also view the LRFF2013 albums HERE. Stay in connected with the LRFF for the latest updates on LRFF2014 and other events. Join us on Facebook HERE and follow us on Twitter HERE. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletters to have these updates delivered right to you. Sign up... read more