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2015
LRFF 2014 Day 3 Highlights

LRFF 2014 Day 3 Highlights

We have some sweet treats in store for you at the LRFF this Wednesday, with a great lineup of movies, shorts and parties: Watch shorts made by Arkansans in Arkansas Shorts starting at 5pm at the REP. These home grown stories are on three themes: Arkansas Up Close, Face to Face, and Altered States.  Check movie timings and descriptions here: http://bit.ly/1k2hbeW Later at 5:45pm watch Zachary Wigon’s The Heart Machine; a titillating romantic drama about how a long distance cyber romance goes sour when obsession and distrust come into the mix. The fantastic Robert Greene and talented Brandy Burre will be in the house tonight to present their Spotlight Film Actress! When Brandy decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world sheʼs carefully created crumbles around her. Actress is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself, as she faces the desires that exist outside of her home. And cap the night off with the Made in Arkansas party at The Fold at 10pm; because we at the LRFF know how to throw a sick party!  Check out our schedule for more...
Filmmaker Q&A: “Shoes of Hayim” and “Valley Inn”

Filmmaker Q&A: “Shoes of Hayim” and “Valley Inn”

During last night’s opening night extravaganza I had a chance to meet and interview two visiting filmmakers Zak Heald and Kenn Woodard. What is your short film and when is it showing? Zak Heald: It is “The Shoes of Hayim” and it screens Tuesday night at 9:15pm. It’s about a young boy and his struggles with loosing his father to the war in Iraq and the moral struggles both between him and his father, as well as the effects it has on the family. What are your roles in the film? ZH: Kenn Woodard is the Director and the Producer as well as the star of the film, and I’m executive producer and director of photography.  Amber Lindley is a producer as well, and Stacy Muntz is our associate producer. Is this your first time showing in the Little Rock Film Festival? ZH: This is my first year as an official selection in the festival, I screened last year during the student select category. Is there a meaning for the title or is it something to best be discovered by seeing the film? ZH: I think it could be a little bit of both. Hayim means “new life” in Hebrew, but other than that I really think you should watch the film and really kind of discover what we mean by that. Kenn, you wrote the film as well? Kenn Woodard:  Zak and I wrote together; we tend to do that. We were working on another project and we just started talking about a story line, and we ended up collaborating. Then it took us about six months and then...
LRFF2014 Starts Tomorrow!

LRFF2014 Starts Tomorrow!

The Little Rock Film Festival has arrived – get ready to enjoy a week of great films!  You’ve picked yourself up a pass at the box office, but don’t know where to begin. Well, the entire festival week kicks off on Monday, May 12th at 7:30 pm with Amir Bar-lev’s “Happy Valley,”  Winner of “Best Documentary Feature” at the Sarasota Film Festival, and the first screening in LRFF’s Golden Rock Documentary competition. The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as “Happy Valley.”  Joe Paterno, its iconic head coach, leads a football program lauded not just for its achievements on the field but its students’ success in the classroom too. But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, which set the stage for a scandal that would rock the quiet “Happy Valley” to its base.  Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky’s arrest, “Happy Valley” deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale. Here’s a great article from ArkansasOnline with insights from director Amir Bar-Lev. “Happy Valley” will screen again @12:10PM Thur, May 15. After the movie, stick around for the kickoff party for the 8th annual Little Rock Film Festival. Food, drinks and tons of cool people to talk with. It’s going to be a great night. Don’t miss it! By Ross...
LRFF2014 Made in Arkansas Official Selections Announced

LRFF2014 Made in Arkansas Official Selections Announced

The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce its ‘Made in Arkansas’ lineup, curated by LRFF programmer Faith Chonko. Buy your LRFF2014 pass here. LRFF2014 Made in Arkansas Competition Line Up Includes: 13 Pieces of the Universe, Dir. Tara Sheffer Within the quiet universe of the Arkansas delta, a sixteen-year-old girl is forced to confront grief and grace while navigating the complex nature of adulthood. The 21 Mile Marathon, Dir. Tyler Tarver One man’s journey to run a marathon with far too little training and/or skill. After the Tsunami, Dir. Larry Foley After the Tsunami is a documentary film that tells the story of Indonesian college graduate students who came to US universities on scholarships following the 2004 tsunami that killed 173,000 in Banda Aceh. While roads and houses were being rebuilt, this program allowed 75 students to go away for a brief time—so they could come home to rebuild what could not be replaced with asphalt and brick and mortar. Blowing Smoke, Dir. Mike Holifield A historical review of the events that to the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, and how the Federal Bureau of Narcotics used media strategies and themes to change public perception and enact new legislation. Themes such as racism, violence, and sexual deviance were common in the mass media of the early 20th century, and FBN Director Anslinger capitalized on these themes in his effort to outlaw what would become known as the ‘Devil’s Weed’. A Broken Road to Hope, Dir. Nathan Willis David has been in and out of the foster care system for his whole life. His father was abusive and his mother was unable to...
Little Rock Film Festival Artisan Street Fair, May17th

Little Rock Film Festival Artisan Street Fair, May17th

                When: Saturday, May 17th Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm Mission: To promote local culture with a flair and to support a community of artists, collectors, and first time entrepreneurs. In keeping with its goal of promoting the local arts and culture, Little Rock Film Festival will host its first ever Artisan Street Fair – May 17th. The event will be part of the 2014 Film Festival, which that takes place May 12th -18th this year, and take place by our main festival venue: CALS Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock. LRFF’s Artisan Street Fair will pay homage to our Southern roots by bringing together a collection of Little Rock’s best vendors in a bustling downtown outdoor marketplace.  We will curate the finest artisanal food, vintage clothing, jewelry, crafts, home goods, drinks and much more, giving film festival goers, filmmakers and shoppers the joy of discovering the next ‘big thing’ here in Little Rock and also giving them a taste of some of the best things rocking Little Rock. With visiting filmmakers from around the United States and the world and with more than thousands of festival goers attending the event during the Little Rock Film Festival, what better day and audience to showcase Little Rock and to offer a taste of our Southern Hospitality and Culture? We are accepting new vendors and look at all incoming applications, but because of our small setup and with an eye on our goal, we regret that we can only accept a limited number of vendors this one day event. All interested vendors will need...