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9 TH ANNUAL
MAY 11-17
2015
LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents ‘Cheap Thrills’, April 17th

LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents ‘Cheap Thrills’, April 17th

This April, LRFF’s Argenta Film Series presents: Academy Nominated Cheap Thrills (85mins) When: Thursday, April 17th, 7pm Where: Argenta Community Theater 405 Main Street, NLR, 72114 Admission is FREE courtesy of William F. Laman Library. Seating is limited, RSVP HERE to reserve your seats. Film Synopsis: Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills. “Gleefully nasty and darkly hilarious, Cheap Thrills lives down to its title in the best possible way.” – Rotten...
LRFF and CALS presents: Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner – Fruitvale Station

LRFF and CALS presents: Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner – Fruitvale Station

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. His day takes a tragic turn, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater When: Sunday, March 30th,...
This Weekend – March 28-29: Del Shores in Little Rock

This Weekend – March 28-29: Del Shores in Little Rock

The Weekend Theater in partnership with the Little Rock Film Festival and CALS Ron Robinson Theater is bringing Del Shores’ latest film, acting workshop and his hilarious one man show right to your doorstep here in Little Rock. Del Shores is a writer, director, producer, activist and comic. His career took off with the 1987 play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) and the subsequent 1990 film. He is best known for his 1996 play Sordid Lives which became a film in 1999 and later gave birth to an acclaimed 2008 TV series for Logo. His other plays include Southern Baptist Sissies, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife and mostly recently Yellow, which won Shores the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best World Premiere and Best Production. Del Shores Weekend Lineup: Friday, March 28th, 7:30 p.m – Southern Baptist Sissies (Movie) Saturday, March 29th, 11 a.m – Trust Your Gut Acting Workshop Saturday, March 29th, 7.30 p.m – Del Shores’ One Man Show My Sordid Best All events will be held at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Friday, March 28th, 7:30pm – Southern Baptist Sissies General Admission is $13.50 Southern Baptist Sissies is a film of the theatrical experience of writer/director Del Shores’ GLAAD Award-winning play about four gay boys growing up in the Southern Baptist church. It explores the conflict between the caustic rhetoric of dogmatic religion and the fragile development of adolescent homosexuality while challenging hypocrisy, exposing damage and offering hope. The intimate experience of theatre on the film screen reveals the complicated emotions from all sides – the confused child, the struggling adolescent and the angry and damaged adult. Q&A with Del...

LRFF2014: Meet The Programmers

Each year, the Little Rock Film Festival receives thousands of film submissions from around the globe. Ever wondered who selects the films and plans the programming lineup? Meet some of LRFF’s main programers. 2014 Little Rock Film Festival Programming Staff  Levi Agee – Narrative Fiction Levi graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Digital Filmmaking before joining the festival in 2008. In addition to working as a motion graphics designer for an advertising agency in Little Rock, he has written a column about film for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as well as the Oxford American. Somehow he is able to hang out with his lovely wife and baby girl and still find time to obsessively watch Game of Thrones.   Robert Greene – Cinematic Non-Fiction A writer, critic, filmmaker and an LRFF alum, Robert Greene has been instrumental in drawing attention to challenging works in film, and in defining cinematic nonfiction as a new movement. He has a national reputation as one of the most interesting and provocative new voices in film criticism and this year he will head up programming the new “Cinematic Nonfiction” sidebar at the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival. In addition, Greene will also oversee the LRFF’s first annual Award for “Extraordinary Achievement in Cinematic Non-Fiction.”   Justin Nickels – World Shorts A filmmaker and an active blogger, Justin Nickels has worked with the Little Rock Film Festival since the first year. He is based in Central Arkansas. He met his wife Mallory, who is also our Communications Director, at the 2nd annual Little Rock Film Festival. Just is also the Director of our genre festival, the Little Rock...
Little Rock Film Festival to Present Award in ‘Cinematic Non-Fiction’. Writer/Filmmaker Robert Greene to Program

Little Rock Film Festival to Present Award in ‘Cinematic Non-Fiction’. Writer/Filmmaker Robert Greene to Program

At the Little Rock Film Festival it has been our mission from the beginning to promote inspired documentary filmmaking. We have sought out non-fiction work with strong, emotional narratives, over outright political, issue oriented films. We believe that a documentary film should succeed or fail on the same merit as a scripted fiction film, and have tended to favor documentaries in the cinema verite tradition of greats like the Maysles Brothers and Frederick Wiseman. In these films a hot button issue is not always front and center, and the sit-down interview does not necessarily drive the narrative. Directors often embed themselves into the story for months or even years at a time, and utilize small handheld recording equipment and natural lighting, in order to achieve a greater intimacy with the subjects. The goal is to reveal larger truths thru character, rather than proselytizing. Over the last few years we have seen increasingly adventurous filmmakers taking cues from great movies of the past to create uninhibited work that is redefining nonfiction cinema. Some of the new films are reminiscent of the fly on the wall movies of the verite greats, but many of the films are bringing new aesthetics to the documentary, as with last year’s groundbreaking Leviathan, or the 2013 LRFF Grand Prize winner, Dirty Wars. Still other films are blurring the lines between fact and fiction all together, scripting lines for documentary stars, or even creating elaborate choreographed sequences reminiscent of a Hollywood movie set, as seen in this year’s extraordinary Oscar nominated film The Act of Killing. The old dogmas of documentary film are being gleefully disregarded. Filmmaker...