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2015
LRFF presents Reel Civil Rights Film Festival 2014

LRFF presents Reel Civil Rights Film Festival 2014

          As a part of our year round programming schedule, The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce the 2014 Reel Civil Rights Film Festival – in proud partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Parks Department. The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival commemorates 57 years of integration at Little Rock Central High School The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival 2014 will take place Friday September 19th – Thursday September 25th, 2013. All events/screenings are open to public and free to attend. The RCRFF2014 kicks off Friday September 19th at 6pm at the Riverdale 10 Movies with Student Films. This year Academy award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone will join us for a screening and discussion of an episode from his series ‘An Untold History of the United States‘. In the spirit of the 57th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School crisis, we also humbly welcome Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, to honor local educators and social activits for thier service to the city of Little Rock. Full RCRFF2014 schedule:   FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 OPENING NIGHT STUDENT FILMS, 6:00 P.M. Location: Riverdale 10 Movies Student Films: Youth Leadership Academy / Little Rock Central High School Memory Project. Short films on social justice, youth empowerment, and selected oral histories from civil and human rights activists will be screened through a partnership with the National Park Service, Arkansas Education Television Network and other national outreach organizations. The films will be followed by a performance of the Memory Project’s Readers Theater; the performance will be followed by a moderated discussion with...
48 Hour Film Project’s ‘Best Of’ and ‘Top 10’ Screening – Saturday, July 19th

48 Hour Film Project’s ‘Best Of’ and ‘Top 10’ Screening – Saturday, July 19th

The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to have produced the 2014 48 Hour Film Project that kicked off June 27-29. We had a great weekend of premiere screenings last week and now, we are gearing up for the Awards Ceremony and screening of the Top 10 Audience Choice films. The ceremony will be held at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, in downtown Little Rock. When: Saturday, July 19th, show begins 7pm Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater Tickets are $12 only and can be purchased HERE. The Top 10 audience picks will be screened throughout the ceremony. Awards will be handed out for Best Story, Best Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Film and more. TOP 10 AUDIENCE CHOICE: Grundle Productions –Silent But Deadly Team Bearshark – Book of Lambs Flokati Films – Sensitivity Training Just a Bunch of Losers Making a Movie – Open Bar Closed Casket Misfit Cyclops – Tellervisions Take 6 – My Stepdad Zoltar Trieschmann Productions – Tunnel Vision Rambunctious Roughians – Manifesto Walkie Talke – Tempus Voyage Faux Pas Productions – Fortune’s Fool BEST OF NOMINEES:  ​Best Film Joshua Harrison, Team Bearshark “Book of Lambs” Tim Trieschmann, Trieschmann Productions “Tunnel Vision” Johnnie Brannon, Flokati Films “Sensitivity Training” Alison Minor, Take 6 “My Stepdad Zoltar” Best Director Joshua Harrison, Team Bearshark, “Book of Lambs“ David Bogard/Tim Trieschmann, Trieschmann Productions “Tunnel Vision” Johnnie Brannon, Flokati Films, “Sensitivity Training” Scott McEntire, Clever Alibi Productions, “Avarice” Best Performance Jay SC Morgan, Grundle Productions “Silent But Deadly” Alanna Newton, Trieschmann Productions “Tunnel Vision” Bradley Gamble, Filmmaker’s Corner “Zoltar the Great!” Tom Kagy, Clever Alibi Productions “Avarice” Best Story Take 6 “My Stepdad Zoltar”...
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 “Life After Death” director Joe Callander

Q&A with “Life After Death” director Joe Callander

Director Joe Callander brings his acclaimed documentary Life After Death to the Little Rock Film Festival this weekend. The film follows the lives of two young men in post-genocide Rwanda. I asked him a few questions about Life After Death, which plays Saturday at 3:15pm and Sunday at 3:30pm at the Clinton School of Public Service. What is a one-sentence synopsis of Life After Death? Joe Callander: Kwasa and his sidekick Fils pick up odd jobs, listen to 2pac on a mobile phone, and work on their Kung-fu skills, twenty years after a genocide. What drew you to this story and why was it important to you to make this film? JC: I was in Rwanda doing some filming for a company called Saddleback Leather when I met Kwasa. He is an outrageous, hilarious and outgoing character, which was rare in the people I met over there. I was drawn to him and his best friend Fils immediately and I became obsessed with telling a kind of story I hadn’t seen come out of Rwanda before…a present day portrait about how things are now for the generation of people in their early 20’s that were born into the most horrific event of a generation. What was your biggest challenge in making it? JC: Central Africa is not an accommodating place to make a film in general. The power is unreliable, especially in rainy season. And I was in a situation where I was essentially working alone. I ran the camera and the sound by myself. Sometimes I would run a two camera setup and sound by myself. It was a...
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...