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2015
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...
Q&A with “Manakamana” director Pacho Velez

Q&A with “Manakamana” director Pacho Velez

I caught up with Pacho Velez, who co-directed the much talked-about film Manakamana with Stephanie Spray. Watch the film on the big screen at LRFF2014 Friday at 8:30pm and Saturday at 12:15pm, at the Historic Arkansas Museum. What is Manakamana about? Pacho Velez: Manakamana is a film about pilgrims making a journey to visit the temple of the goddess Manakamana in Nepal. What makes this journey unique is that it’s done by cable car. For hundreds of years, you spent a day walking up the mountain to visit the temple, but the last 15 years you’ve just ridden in the cable car. The film looks at that journey and more broadly the effect of this technological intervention on traditional religious practice in Nepal. But then it does other things too. The film consists of uncut shots of journeys in the cable car. Why did you decide to make this film with that structure? PV: We knew from the start we wanted to shoot whole rides, because it just seemed like a nice way to get to know people. One of the challenges when you’re making films is how do you introduce characters? How do you spend time with a person? Are you constantly cutting from one scene to another with them? How do you learn about a person? Do you learn more about a person if you see them do ten very quick actions or one very long one? So these were some of the thoughts we were having. Why not try something different? Why not just have them be extended periods with each character? And in terms of the order...
Q&A with “Man Shot Dead” director Taylor Feltner

Q&A with “Man Shot Dead” director Taylor Feltner

Man Shot Dead is an intimate portrait of a family living with the legacy of an unexplained murder. Deftly weaving archival imagery with revealing interviews, the film is at once a search for answers and a timely perspective on the cataclysmic, long-lasting effects of gun violence decades after the fact. Tell me a little bit about “Man Shot Dead” Taylor Feltner: Man Shot Dead focuses on my grandfather’s homicide in the 60’s. The film is equal parts investigative but also reflective of the family after that. It’s been 40 years since then and how are they still dealing with it. And how is it still rippling through the family. What part of Arkansas are you from? TF: I’m originally from Russelville, I grew up there. Where was the film made? TF: My family live in Morrilton, my grandmother and my two aunts still live in Morrilton.  We shot a lot there, but we also shot up in Fayetteville, because that is where my mom and dad live. How did you come to this story? It doesn’t seem like a story that would be freely talked about. TF: No, exactly, I mean as kids we knew our granddad had died and that he had been shot, and that was it. I think that’s largely because you’re little kids.  You’re not going to get into this deep story about it. Then as you get older you start to ask a few more questions, and then I got around to asking my brothers, “well, what do you remember?” I wouldn’t go so far as to say we made up the stories, but...
Q&A with “Five Star” director Keith Miller

Q&A with “Five Star” director Keith Miller

I asked director Keith Miller a few questions about his new film Five Star, which he is in town to present along with his lead actor, James “Primo” Grant. You can watch the film, and meet both of them, at screenings Thursday at 6pm and Friday at 8:30pm, both at the Rep. Here’s the synopsis: “In a blend of fiction and reality, FIVE STAR explores the relationship between two men – Primo, an actual gang leader in the East New York Bloods, and John, a young man trying to decide whether gang life is the path for him. As Primo mentors John in the workings of the gang world, a secret threatens both men’s futures. The film is a nuanced portrait of two men struggling with gang life, and an intimate contemplation on manhood in the modern urban environment.” What drew you to this story and why was it important to you to make this film? Keith Miller: I want to make films that address real world issues in a deeply human way while always remaining conscious of a few key issues. Among them are issues of representation, masculinity, social and political realities, and ways of telling a story that feels of our time. What was your biggest challenge in making it? KM: Since I choose to work in the space between so-called reality and fiction, there’s always the risk that a lot of reality spills in. That’s why I do it, but at times that gets pretty messy, unpredictable and difficult to keep under control. When that happened I had to keep a pretty cool head and be...
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...