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2015
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...
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. Golden Rock, Best Narrative: “Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter,” dir. David (pictured) and Nathan Zellner   Golden Rock, Best Documentary: “Virunga,” dir. Orlando von Einsiedel   Arkansas Times Audience Award: “Korengal” featuring Jason Mace and Michael Cunningham (dir. Sebastian Junger)   Special Jury Prize for Cinematic Nonfiction: “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” dir. Sabine Lubbe Bakker & Niels van Koevorden   Extraordinary Courage in Filmmaking: Matthew VanDyke, “Point and Shoot”   Best Southern Film: “Stop the Pounding Heart” featuring Tim and Sara Carlson (dir. Roberto Minervini)   Best World Short: “King of Size,” dir. Peter Dowd   Best Film, Made in Arkansas: “Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls,” dir. Mark Thiedeman   Best Director, Made in Arkansas: John Hockaday, “Stuck” Best Performance, Made in Arkansas: Ed Lowry in “A Matter of Honor”   Youth Filmmaking Award: Connor Leach, “Consequences” (no...
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...

LRFF2013 Grand Prize Award Winners

  Golden Rock Narrative Film: “Short Term 12”   Golden Rock Documentary Film: “Dirty Wars”                                                      Oxford American Best Southern Film Award ($10,000 prize money): “Bayou Maharajah”                                                                                                               Heifer International Social Impact Film Award ($10,000 prize money): “These Birds Walk”                                                                                                             Arkansas Times Audience Award: “Bridegroom”   Extraordinary Courage in Filmmaking: Jeremy Scahill (“Dirty Wars”)
   Made in Arkansas Best Actor: Liza Burns in “45 RPM”
   Charles B. Pierce Made in Arkansas Best Short: “The Discontentment of Ed Telfair”
   Made in Arkansas Best Feature: “45 RPM”                                                                    Made in Arkansas Best Director: Mark Thiedeman for “Last Summer”                   World Shorts: “When We Lived in...