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MAY 11-17

Little Rock Film Festival 2013 announces it's ‘Made in Arkansas’ Lineup

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce its ‘Made in Arkansas‘ competition lineup. The ‘Made in Arkansas’ category is a center piece of the Little Rock Film Festival created to showcase the very best film works being produced in the state.  All films in competition are Arkansas premieres. “After looking at the submissions this year, it’s clear that the local filmmaking scene in Arkansas has arrived. As a whole, these films make up the strongest line up we have seen yet.”— Faith Chonko, LRFF ‘Made in Arkansas’ programmer LRFF2013 is proud to present the following 20 films in the ‘Made in Arkansas’ category that will each compete for the: Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Film Best Director Best Actor/Actress   45RPM – directed by Juli Jackson, Category: Feature (97 min) An artist struggling with the source of her inspiration finds help from an obsessive record collector in the search for her deceased father’s lost music. Bad Water – directed by Amman Abbasi, Category: Shorts (13 min) DB is a mentally handicapped man who lives in an isolated town, and struggles with health issues. Through his straightforward and unbiased narration, we soon realize that he is one of the key surviving members of a community that was devastated by water contamination. With a poetic and personal tone, Bad Water challenges the nature of man and his inability to do good for himself. Blood Brothers – directed by Jason Miller and Seth Savoy, Category: Shorts (32 min) A young man returns to his hometown in Arkansas to kidnap the kingpin of the drug operation that ran him and his...

LRFF reveals BIG plans for the 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival

  Stephen Bailey, Little Rock Arkansas: This year, don’t just Head South to Little Rock Film Festival’s 7th Annual event, head DOWNTOWN. Today, filmmaker and LRFF co-founder, Craig Renaud, announced a number of new partnerships and highlights of this year’s film festival at the LRFF press conference in Argenta Community Theater, North Little Rock. The festival has partnered with organizations like Argenta Community Theater and Repertoire Theater that will bring this year’s festival to downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. “We would like to thank Riverdale [theaters]. They’ve been very supportive over the years. But this new opportunity to bring the festival downtown will really help propel the festival to a new level.” – Craig Renaud                 Renaud was accompanied by a number of city leaders, including North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, who also endorsed the festival and its role in helping recruit businesses and in stimulating economic development in Arkansas. Other highlights of this year’s festival include a new emphasis on music. In addition to music acts playing prior to film screenings at the LRFF2013, Whitewater Tavern will also be hosting a number of after parties for the festival and featuring local music artists. The decision shows LRFF’s commitment to supporting local artists, even beyond film. This year also marks the first year of Heifer International’s Humanitarian award. A new film category offering a $10,000 cash prize to the best socially conscious...

LRFF co-founder Craig Renaud to host workshops and panel discussions at the 2nd Annual WRI Film Forum (March 21st-24th) – Little Rock

In keeping with the LRFF mission to promote and further the art of film making, Little Rock Film Festival is proud to be associated with and be a part sponsor of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institutes 2nd Annual Film Forum Program. A weekend event organized March 21st-24th, atop Petit Jean Mountain, approximately one hour from Little Rock, this forum offers actors, directors, producers, technicians, and students a rare chance to hone their craft in intensive workshops/panel discussions etc. with film-industry insiders. LRFF co-founder Craig Renaud is on the faculty for Film Forum and will be co-hosting workshops on ‘The New World of Documentary Film Making‘ and ‘Creating Dialogue and Impact through Documentaries‘. He will also join in discussion to ‘Illuminate the Art and Craft of great story telling via documentaries‘. You can view the complete WRI Film Forum’s weekend agenda here “If you are an aspiring filmmaker,actor, or you have any desire to work in the business, the WRI Film Forum is a must-attend event in Arkansas. From Joan Darling to Judge Reinhold, it is unbelievable that the WRI Film Forum offers such intimate access to these Hollywood legends. I feel truly honored to be among the faculty.”  — Craig Renaud, Forum faculty member, documentarian, and co-founder of the Little Rock Film Festival Attendees at the 2nd annual WRI Film Forum event year include: Hollywood director Howard Deutch, best known for directing Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful Screenwriter and Sundance faculty member Tom Schulman, whose debut film, Dead Poets Society, won the Oscar for best screenplay in 1990 Pioneering television director and Sundance faculty member Joan Darling, known...