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2015

LRFF2013's Family Special Screening – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

The Little Rock Film Festival Family Day – May 18th, 2013 This year the LRFF2013 will bring child actors Zachary Gordon, who plays Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron , who plays Rowley Jefferson, in Diary of Wimpy Kid-Rodrick Rules to Little Rock along with producer Brad Simpson. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules will screen at the Arkansas Repertory Theater May 18th at 10am. Geff the kid who made “wimpy” cool and Rowley along with producer Brad Simpson will host a Q&A post the screening and will also present behind the scenes photos and stories. A great opportunity for kids to know more about their favorite characters. Individual tickets to this special screening can be purchased here. BUY NOW   And if that brush with the stars for your kids isn’t enough, then head to the Little Rock Zoo following the screening where the LR Zoo will host an autograph and meet and greet the stars at 2pm. The zoo admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children (1-12 years old). Diary of a Wimpy Kid-Rodrick Rules is a family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney’s Wimpy Kid” series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond. LRFF2013 Gold Pass holders do not need to buy tickets to either event. Buy passes to the LRFF2013 HERE. The Little Rock Film Festival 2013 will be held May 15th-19th.  Feel free to email us at info@littlerockfilmfestival.org in case you...

Little Rock Film Festival Announces 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition Lineup

The Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the following films as Official Selections for the 2013 Golden Rock Narrative Competition lineup. (More announcements to come). The Narrative Feature film lineup this year brings to Little Rock an impressive list of award winning filmmakers including David Riker, Justin Schwarz, Sean Gallagher, Destin Daniel Cretton, Brad Simpson and Adam Rifkin among others and a cast lineup that includes noted actors Griffin Dunne, Abbie Cornish, Brie Larson, Stuart Margolin and stars from the hit HBO TV Series “Girls” – Christopher Abbott and Alex Karpovsky. LRFF2012 alumni Destin Daniel Cretton returns to open LRFF2013 with his film Short Term 12. “The narrative competition will bring to Little Rock some of the best talent working in independent film today, and Little Rock audiences will have the unique and special opportunity to interact with them face to face” – Craig Renaud, LRFF co-founder and Executive Director Each of the following films will compete for the LRFF2013 Golden Rock Narrative for Best Feature title. Some will be eligible for the Oxford American Best Southern Film Award and the Heifer International Humanitarian Award   Burma, directed by Carlos Puga (82min) Cast: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Christopher McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer, Jacinta Puga, Matt McCarthy, Kelly Aucoin When Dr. Lynn abandoned his terminally ill wife on her deathbed, he left his three children Susan, Christian, and Win essentially orphaned. Almost a decade later, on the eve of their annual family reunion, Dr. Lynn unexpectedly shows up at Christian’s door claiming he can justify his nine-year absence. Drug-addled and emotionally vulnerable, Christian reluctantly agrees to escort his father to the reunion, sending an already volatile family environment reeling. Special Jury Recognition...

Little Rock Film Festival announces 2013 Golden Rock Documentary Competition Lineup

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the competition lineup for the 2013 Golden Rock Documentary Category. “This year’s lineup represents the very best in documentary work being made around the World. Each of these 17 films examine a wide range of issues and characters from secret wars around the globe, ganglife in Baltimore, Maryland to the entertainment industry in Branson, Missouri. Many of the films challenge the traditional forms documentaries have long been known for”– Brent Renaud, LRFF co-founder and Artistic Director Each of these films will compete for the LRFF2013 Golden Rock for Best Documentary Film. Some films in this category will also be eligible for the $10,000 Heifer International Humanitarian Award and the $10,000 Oxford American Best Southern Film. Many of the documentaries featured this year are making one of their first appearances since premiering in festivals like Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Special announcements will continue to be made as the festival approaches.   12 O’Clock Boys – directed by Lotfy Nathan Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public.   After Tiller – directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson An in-depth look at the rapidly unfolding stories of four doctors still willing to provide third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller. After the 2009 assassination of Dr....

'Short Term 12' to Open Little Rock Film Festival 2013

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winner and The SXSW Audience Award Winner, Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, as its Opening Night Film. Destin Daniel Cretton and break out star Keith Stanfield to attend. This is Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton’s second time at the Little Rock Film Festival. His previous film ‘I am not a Hipster’ was an LRFF Official Selection in 2012. “Short Term 12” is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. Short Term 12 will open the Little Rock Film Festival simultaneously this year on both sides of the river beginning at the Argenta Community Theater  at 6.30 pm and at The Rep at 7.30 pm. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director and cast. An Opening Night party at the Rep will follow. Singer – Songwriter Bonnie Montgomery will open up for the film at The Rep as part of the new Arkansas...

Little Rock Film Festival announces 2013 World Shorts Competition Lineup

  The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the following selection of 34 short films from around the world at the 2013 LRFF World Shorts competition. “This year’s shorts submissions have been absolutely amazing and nearly impossible to narrow down. The shorts we’re showing, narratives and documentaries, run the gamut of emotion and should have a profound affect on every viewer” Justin Nickels, LRFF Shorts Programmer.              The LRFF 2013 World Shorts line-up includes films from more than 7 countries including Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark and the USA. All films are Arkansas premiers. A documentary or narrative not more than 40 minutes long, films in the World Shorts category compete for the Best Short Film Award and many are eligible for the Oxford American Best Southern Film and the Heifer International Best Humanitarian Film.   The 34 films in the World Shorts Competition lineup are:   #PostModem – directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva Two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity.   113 Degrees – directed by Sabrina Doyle A fable of love, sacrifice and spaceships.   A Cidade – directed by Liliana Sulzbach The daily life of the dwellers of a micro town in the the south of Brazil which is about to vanish.   An American Mosque – directed by David Washburn An American Mosque follows a group of Muslim farmers in Yuba City, California, as they struggle to build their local mosque only to see it destroyed by arson. In the wake of the fire, questions abound: Who committed the crime? Is the arson an act...