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2015

My Volunteer Experience at LRFF2012 – Timothy Hadley

  To be filled in a room with so many creative personalities, thinkers, and innovators is refreshing just by itself. To be surrounded by incredible talent, filmmakers from all around the world, and future faces of Hollywood is an experience one is sure to remember for a lifetime. That’s what my experience was like, unforgettable. For newbies as myself or anyone involved in the film making community, it’s definitely great hands on experience or a great way to get involved. You never know what to expect; I actually got to go inside the directors room, view panel discussions, and see screenings been premiered for the first time; who would have ever thought that would come about just from volunteering? The special events are fun, and you’re given the opportunity to connect and develop relationships with those who work in related fields you aspire to work in. More than likely you will probably leave with so much knowledge and new powerful connections; putting you ten steps ahead of the game. Did I mention the parties? One word, unbelievable! We partied on the roof top and boat last year! You will leave feeling like an A-Lister; the Renaud brothers and their team bring something new, special, and fun to the table each year! Don’t miss the opportunity to give back to your community or the industry! Whether you work in front of behind the scenes; you’re a part of the puzzle and a part of helping bring entertainment and magic to the world! So share your gift, explore your passion, hone your craft, enhance your skills, add to your knowledge, and...

Submissions close soon for the 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival 2013

The 7th Annual LRFF is almost here (May 14th-May 19th 2013) and we are closing in on the submission deadline for films across categories (April 1st, 2013). For those interested in submitting to the LRFF2013, we accept submissions via withoutabox. Click here to submit your film withoutabox.com Please read the rules and regulations carefully before submitting and email us at info@littlerockfilmfestival.org in case you have any questions. Co-founded by Award winning Filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud, the Little Rock Film Festival is an annual film and cultural event held each year in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, based in the thriving historic River Market District. Back for its seventh year the LRFF is one of the most competitive festivals in the country and each accepted film receives travel and accommodation support. LRFF showcases the best in narrative, documentary, and short films from around the World. Recent LRFF prize winners/alums have included Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter’s Bone, Another Earth, Tiny Furniture, Breaking Upwards, Natural Selection, That Evening Sun, The Interrupters, Restrepo, High Tech Low Life, and Invisible War. For more updates on #LRFF2013 follow us on   ...

Film Producer Courtney Pledger named first AMPI Executive Director

The LRFF founders are pleased to announce the creation of the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute (AMPI). Hollywood Film Producer Courtney Pledger named first ED.  Press release below. NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (August 16, 2012) – The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute (AMPI) founded in 2011, a statewide, nonprofit organization providing leadership in film education, while supporting growth and excellence in film, television and digital media, has named film executive and native Arkansan Courtney Pledger as its first executive director. Pledger has served as a producer in both film and television. She currently has a pair of films in pre-production “BOO” at DreamWorks Animation, starring Seth Rogen, and Ricky Gervais’ “Flanimals” at Universal. Prior to her most recent position as senior vice president of Radical Pictures, Pledger served as executive producer for “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” starring Academy Award Nominee John C. Reilly. In addition to managing the start-up of AMPI, Pledger’s immediate priority is serving as interim director of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) which returns for its 21st year October 12 -21, 2012. Susan Altrui, board chairman of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute (HSDFI) said that AMPI’s support of HSDFF is greatly needed and signals that AMPI is committed to the art of film. The HSDFI has suffered some hard times in the past few years and is in need of strong leadership to produce a top-notch festival in October. By providing Courtney Pledger as this year’s festival director, AMPI is helping to save one of the most important film events in the state of Arkansas,“ Altrui said. Film producer Vince Insalaco will serve...

LRFFYOUTH!

There are so many ways the LRFF has expanded this year. More days, more films, more parties, and more visiting filmmakers. But one of the best ways is in our LRFFYOUTH! Program. Check out a full list of the programs this weekend from LRFFYOUTH! coordinator Casey Sanders. 1. Do you know students who love writing or journalism? Screenwriting might be a great fit! This weekend’s LRFF Youth! Event features a screenwriting workshop with Graham Gordy – screenwriter for Mike Meyer’s film “Love Guru.” Check a sample of Graham’s work at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAMQX1QuB7s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAMQX1QuB7s (This clip is NOT APPROPRIATE for all audience due to brief language and some mature themes.) Schedule and RSVP at http://www.aetn.org/studentselects/film_festival 2. The right music helps make a film great, but how do you get the rights to use it? Student filmmakers can learn from Joel C. High, music supervisor and producer for all of the Tyler Perry films, as part of the LRFF Youth! workshops on June 2. RSVP at http://ow.ly/bfJZchttp://ow.ly/bfJZc. Want to see a sample of Joel’s work? Visit http://ow.ly/bfKUk http://ow.ly/bfKUk to see a clip from Madea Goes to Jail. Schedule and RSVP at http://bit.ly/KvjfHL 3. Come see great films, like “Time to Forget” from  Har-Ber High School http://on.fb.me/Lm4APT, and support Arkansas’ student filmmakers this Sunday at the LRFF Youth! Event, presented by AETN and the Little Rock Film Festival. Check out the screening schedule now at http://ow.ly/bfOSB http://ow.ly/bfOSB. Schedule and RSVP at http://bit.ly/KvjfHL 4. Is your budding filmmaker dying to learn how to create realistic special effects? RSVP to reserve a space in visual artist Les Galusha’s free Special Makeup and Visual Effects session at The LRFF YOUTH! Filmmaking Panel Workshop. See some of Les’ work at http://vimeo.com/37022600 http://vimeo.com/37022600. (THIS LINK IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AUDIENCES. Graphic special effects and some material of...

LRFF Programmer Levi Agee talks with "A Sister's Call" director Kyle Tekiela

I’ll admit I’m subject to bawling my eyes out during tearjerkers with melancholic scores or manipulative sentimental imagery but rarely do I get to see a film that I can connect with so strongly on an emotional level. Rebecca Schaper and Kyle Tekiela’s film A Sister’s Call resonated with me immediately on first viewing. The film is about Rebecca’s journey to find her brother Call who has paranoid schizophrenia and has been missing for over 20 years and bring him back into the family but really it’s about so much more than that. I was lucky enough to talk with Kyle, the film’s co-director and editor about this truly unbelievable film about family, mental illness, and truth. The film plays at 4:45 on Friday at the Riverdale 10 Theater and again on Sunday at 11:20 am.     First of all tell me about your film and why should people go see it at the Little Rock Film Festival? “A Sister’s Call” is an extremely personal story about a woman named Rebecca who finds her missing schizophrenic brother Call after 20 years and spends the next 14 years doing everything in her power to help him in his journey to recovery – and in the process healing herself from her dark and disturbing past. It’s unique in the sense that we literally spend 14 years with our subjects – from 1997 to 2011 – exploring this complex roller coaster of emotions, all under the watchful eye of a camera. We come to find out that even though the story begins with the discovery of the long-believed-dead brother Call, the...