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MAY 11-17
2015
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...
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...
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...
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...
LRFF’s ‘Breaking Big’ in 15seconds Film Contest

LRFF’s ‘Breaking Big’ in 15seconds Film Contest

  The Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) 2014 is excited to announce ‘Breaking Big in 15seconds Film Contest’ (#15secFilm) This is your chance to win an All Access Gold Pass to LRFF2014 in 15seconds. Think you up for the challenge? Here is what you need to do:   Step 1: Select from our three themes: Head South Y’all (#HeadSouth) Your Story: Inspire us in 15secs (#YourStory) What does Little Rock mean to you? (#LittleRock) Step 2: Make a 15sec video (You can submit as many videos as you like, no seriously, as many as you like.) Showcase your creative best in 15seconds. No limits on what you can do. Pick any style and genre you want to work with (e.g. animation, comedy, horror, abstract…) Take your pick. Step 3: Tag the video (this is an important step) #15secFilm #LRFF2014 AND the appropriate category you want to be considered in (Only one category hashtag allowed per video, #HeadSouth or #YourStory or #LittleRock, allowed for each video submitted) Step 4: Post it to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook You must post your video to Instagram using #15secFilm, #LRFF2014 AND the relevant theme hashtag and also share it with us on Twitter @LRFilmFestival for consideration. When sharing the video on Facebook with us, make sure to share it on the Little Rock Film Festival’s Facebook wall for consideration. Step 5: Beg people to vote for you Ask your friends/family/neighbor (yup, that neighbor you never spoke to. Hey, here is your chance to break the ice), or even that stranger you pass by on the street to vote for you (and no, whatever anyone else tells...