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2015

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LRFF2015 Announces ‘Made in Arkansas’ Competition Lineup

LRFF2015 Announces ‘Made in Arkansas’ Competition Lineup

Showcasing the best of Arkansas films and filmmakers, Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce this years’ ‘Made in Arkansas’ competition lineup. Curated by Faith Chonko. Assistant Programmer Gerry Bruno.    Contact, Director – Alexander Jeffrey Dr. Jake Clearwater, O.D. helps patients see the world more clearly, more beautifully. After losing the love of his life to his former best friend in high school, Jake has spent the years watching from afar. Now, upon the advent of silicone contact lenses, Jake sees his opportunity to pounce and reconnects with his old pal Darrin McAdam. Dim the Lights, Director – Dwight Chalmers A Super 8 road trip edited in-camera takes the viewer to unexpected places. Forsaken, Director – Krisha Mason A young woman struggling to overcome a tragic loss searches for purpose in her life. When her mother and sister offer no support, she discovers a friend who encourages her to not lose hope, but when tragedy strikes, she must decide if she can continue to live her life as she did before. Go to the Ball with Me, Jenny, Director – Cole Borgstadt A quirky sixteen year old boy makes this video for a cute girl in his Language Arts class to ask her to their school’s Winter Ball. Hush, Director – Kenn Woodard A psychological thriller based in a small, southern town – ‘Where power breeds dirty politics and murder’. I Hate Alphaman, Director – Hunter West Everybody loves Alphaman. Except for Alex Arthur. To him he, he is the worst person imaginable. He’s always messing everything up and ruining his plans. And honestly he’s not that cool. The city... read more
LRFF Releases 2015 Cinematic Non-Fiction Lineup

LRFF Releases 2015 Cinematic Non-Fiction Lineup

There is something happening in documentary. Adventurous filmmakers are taking cues from great movies of the past to create uninhibited work that is redefining nonfiction cinema. Stories are being told, images are being recorded and the old dogmas of documentary are being gleefully disregarded. In this parallel universe, the complex relationships with real people and real situations that arise in the filmmaking process are explored, transformed and re-imagined. In these works of art, the “issues” introduced can’t be solved by going to a url at the end of the credits. These films, these characters and these captured realities are alive with cinematic energy and this historical moment can’t be denied. The Cinematic Nonfiction competition aims to celebrate the best of the year of this new breed of documentary. Unforgettable characters will be met, amazing tales will be told and forms will be expanded. LRFF2015 passes are available online for purchase HERE. Curated by LRFF guest programmer Robert Greene, the LRFF2015 Cinematic Non-Fiction Lineup includes:   Breaking a Monster, (93min), USA Director – Luke Meyer Breaking a Monster Facebook page Twitter – @BreakingaMonstr This rock n roll story of teenage African American metal band Unlocking the Truth and their white, old school manager Alan Sacks is sharp, precise and finely-tuned where many music documentaries are fatuous and self-congratulating. Veteran filmmaker Luke Meyer (Darkon) finds just the right observational moments to visually articulate the kids’ gloriously complex rise through the music industry. Meanwhile, the badass trio of 7th graders that make up the band manage to look wiser and cooler than everyone else. This is fun, perfectly crafted nonfiction cinema. I am... read more
LRFF2015 Releases World Shorts Competition Lineup

LRFF2015 Releases World Shorts Competition Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival 2015’s World Shorts Competition lineup, curated by LRFF Programmer Justin Nickels, includes: Beach Week, Director – David Raboy On their last day there, 20-year-old Natalie awakes to find that her best friend, Laure, has gone missing. Racked with anxiety, Natalie goes on the search – but as the day wears on, and mysterious omens reveal themselves, she suddenly becomes terrified of Laure’s return. Big Boy, Director – Bryan Campbell Nine-year-old Dustin has never been allowed to use a public bathroom on his own. Now, in the middle of the night, at what appears to be a deserted highway rest stop, his parents permit him to go in alone where he encounters unforeseen dangers that take surprising and hilarious turns. Biscayne World, Director – Ahol Sniffs Glue, Michael Arcos, and Ellen Hertzler An experimental animated documentary based on the insane everyday interactions on Biscayne Boulevard, as seen through the ubiquitous, iconic graffiti eyeballs of street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue. Bookin’, Director – John Kirkscey Two Memphis jookers (urban street dancers) and two ballet dancers fuse their distinct dance styles to a soundtrack that mixes hip-hop beats and cello at a famous Memphis juke joint. Boxeadora, Director – Meg Smaker 19,000 to 1. A fighters heart in Cuba. Chute Fighter, Director – Laurel Parmet A teenage cowgirl takes action to get back the last connection she has with her dead father. Day One, Director – Henry Hughes On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker. Displacements, Director – Manuel Alvarez Diestro Hong-Kong is... read more
LRFF2015 Announces Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

LRFF2015 Announces Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce its 2015 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup, curated by LRFF Programmer Levi Agee. LRFF2015 passes are now available for online HERE.   7 Chinese Brothers (76min) Director – Bob Byington (@BobByington) 7 Chinese Brothers Facebook page Jason Schwartzman portrays Larry, an inebriated sad sack who rides a tide of booze onto the shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. The only bright spot is probably his boss, Lupe. Will Larry keep it together long enough to win the girl, provide for his French bulldog (Schwartzman’s real-life dog Arrow), laze about with his friend Major, and do his cantankerous grandmother proud?    Applesauce (91min) Director – Onur Tukel (@otukel) Every Tuesday night, radio talk show host Stevie Bricks invites his listeners to call in and share their stories. When one night he asks people to share the worst thing they’ve ever done, high school teacher Ron Welz can’t resist. Big mistake—what he reveals sets off a chain of hilariously uncontrollable events adversely affecting his marriage and another couple. And when someone starts sending him body parts, his life really begins to fall apart.  Funny Bunny (85min) Director – Alison Bagnail  Funny Bunny Facebook page Twitter – @funnybunnyfilm A hapless anti-childhood obesity crusader and a maternally neglected trust-funder bond as they vie for the heart of a troubled animal activist.  God Bless The Child (94min) Director – Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck God Bless This Child Facebook page Five siblings, left on their own, spend a summer’s day full of fantasy and chaos. H. (93min). Director – Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia  H. Facebook page Twitter – @Hthefilm Two women descend into... read more
LRFF2015 Announces its Golden Rock Documentary Lineup

LRFF2015 Announces its Golden Rock Documentary Lineup

Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce its 2015 Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup, curated by LRFF’s Artistic Director, Brent Renaud.   LRFF2015 passes are available online for purchase HERE. Barge, (71min), USA Director – Ben Powell Barge Facebook page Twitter – @bargefilm Dry land’s misfits find purpose and direction twenty-eight days at a time as the steady hands of a towboat due for the port of New Orleans.  Cartel Land, (98min), USA, Directing and Cinematogrpahy Award Winner, Sundance Film Festival Director – Matt Heineman Cartel Land Facebook page Twitter – @cartellandmovie CARTEL LAND is a classic western set in the 21st century, pitting vigilantes on both sides of the border against the vicious Mexican drug cartels.  Crocodile Gennadiy, (100min), USA Director – Steve Hoover Crocodile Gennadiy Facebook page Twitter – @gennadiyfilm‬‬‬ ‬‬‬‬ A new film from the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning creators of Blood Brother. Gennadiy Mokhnenko has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. As his country leans towards a European Union inclusion, hopes of continued post-Soviet revitalization seem possible. In the meantime, Gennadiy’s center has evolved into a more nebulous institution.  Drunk Stoned Brilliant and Dead, (93min), USA Director -Douglas Tirola Drunk Stoned Brilliant and Dead Facebook page Three Harvard graduates start the first national humor magazine for adults, launching the careers of some of Hollywood’s most legendary talent.    Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, (95min) Director -Scott Teems Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey  Facebook page Since first walking onto stage in 1954, Hal Holbrook has performed his award-winning one-man show as Mark Twain on Broadway, in all fifty states, in... read more
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. read more
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". read more
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. read more
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