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...
At the Little Rock Film Festival it has been our mission from the beginning to promote inspired documentary filmmaking. We have sought out non-fiction work with strong, emotional narratives, over outright political, issue oriented films. We believe that a documentary film should succeed or fail on the same merit as a scripted fiction film, and have tended to favor documentaries in the cinema verite tradition of greats like the Maysles Brothers and Frederick Wiseman. In these films a hot button issue is not always front and center, and the sit-down interview does not necessarily drive the narrative. Directors often embed themselves into the story for months or even years at a time, and utilize small handheld recording equipment and natural lighting, in order to achieve a greater intimacy with the subjects. The goal is to reveal larger truths thru character, rather than proselytizing. Over the last few years we have seen increasingly adventurous filmmakers taking cues from great movies of the past to create uninhibited work that is redefining nonfiction cinema. Some of the new films are reminiscent of the fly on the wall movies of the verite greats, but many of the films are bringing new aesthetics to the documentary, as with last year’s groundbreaking Leviathan, or the 2013 LRFF Grand Prize winner, Dirty Wars. Still other films are blurring the lines between fact and fiction all together, scripting lines for documentary stars, or even creating elaborate choreographed sequences reminiscent of a Hollywood movie set, as seen in this year’s extraordinary Oscar nominated film The Act of Killing. The old dogmas of documentary film are being gleefully disregarded. Filmmaker...