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MAY 11-17
2015
LRFF2015 Announces ‘Made in Arkansas’ Competition Lineup

LRFF2015 Announces ‘Made in Arkansas’ Competition Lineup

Showcasing the best of Arkansas films and filmmakers, Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce this years’ ‘Made in Arkansas’ competition lineup. Curated by Faith Chonko. Assistant Programmer Gerry Bruno.    Contact, Director – Alexander Jeffrey Dr. Jake Clearwater, O.D. helps patients see the world more clearly, more beautifully. After losing the love of his life to his former best friend in high school, Jake has spent the years watching from afar. Now, upon the advent of silicone contact lenses, Jake sees his opportunity to pounce and reconnects with his old pal Darrin McAdam. Dim the Lights, Director – Dwight Chalmers A Super 8 road trip edited in-camera takes the viewer to unexpected places. Forsaken, Director – Krisha Mason A young woman struggling to overcome a tragic loss searches for purpose in her life. When her mother and sister offer no support, she discovers a friend who encourages her to not lose hope, but when tragedy strikes, she must decide if she can continue to live her life as she did before. Go to the Ball with Me, Jenny, Director – Cole Borgstadt A quirky sixteen year old boy makes this video for a cute girl in his Language Arts class to ask her to their school’s Winter Ball. Hush, Director – Kenn Woodard A psychological thriller based in a small, southern town – ‘Where power breeds dirty politics and murder’. I Hate Alphaman, Director – Hunter West Everybody loves Alphaman. Except for Alex Arthur. To him he, he is the worst person imaginable. He’s always messing everything up and ruining his plans. And honestly he’s not that cool. The city...
Q&A with “Man Shot Dead” director Taylor Feltner

Q&A with “Man Shot Dead” director Taylor Feltner

Man Shot Dead is an intimate portrait of a family living with the legacy of an unexplained murder. Deftly weaving archival imagery with revealing interviews, the film is at once a search for answers and a timely perspective on the cataclysmic, long-lasting effects of gun violence decades after the fact. Tell me a little bit about “Man Shot Dead” Taylor Feltner: Man Shot Dead focuses on my grandfather’s homicide in the 60’s. The film is equal parts investigative but also reflective of the family after that. It’s been 40 years since then and how are they still dealing with it. And how is it still rippling through the family. What part of Arkansas are you from? TF: I’m originally from Russelville, I grew up there. Where was the film made? TF: My family live in Morrilton, my grandmother and my two aunts still live in Morrilton.  We shot a lot there, but we also shot up in Fayetteville, because that is where my mom and dad live. How did you come to this story? It doesn’t seem like a story that would be freely talked about. TF: No, exactly, I mean as kids we knew our granddad had died and that he had been shot, and that was it. I think that’s largely because you’re little kids.  You’re not going to get into this deep story about it. Then as you get older you start to ask a few more questions, and then I got around to asking my brothers, “well, what do you remember?” I wouldn’t go so far as to say we made up the stories, but...
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...

Little Rock Film Festival 2013 announces it's ‘Made in Arkansas’ Lineup

The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce its ‘Made in Arkansas‘ competition lineup. The ‘Made in Arkansas’ category is a center piece of the Little Rock Film Festival created to showcase the very best film works being produced in the state.  All films in competition are Arkansas premieres. “After looking at the submissions this year, it’s clear that the local filmmaking scene in Arkansas has arrived. As a whole, these films make up the strongest line up we have seen yet.”— Faith Chonko, LRFF ‘Made in Arkansas’ programmer LRFF2013 is proud to present the following 20 films in the ‘Made in Arkansas’ category that will each compete for the: Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Film Best Director Best Actor/Actress   45RPM – directed by Juli Jackson, Category: Feature (97 min) An artist struggling with the source of her inspiration finds help from an obsessive record collector in the search for her deceased father’s lost music. Bad Water – directed by Amman Abbasi, Category: Shorts (13 min) DB is a mentally handicapped man who lives in an isolated town, and struggles with health issues. Through his straightforward and unbiased narration, we soon realize that he is one of the key surviving members of a community that was devastated by water contamination. With a poetic and personal tone, Bad Water challenges the nature of man and his inability to do good for himself. Blood Brothers – directed by Jason Miller and Seth Savoy, Category: Shorts (32 min) A young man returns to his hometown in Arkansas to kidnap the kingpin of the drug operation that ran him and his...