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MAY 11-17

LRFF Programmer Levi Agee talks with "A Sister's Call" director Kyle Tekiela

I’ll admit I’m subject to bawling my eyes out during tearjerkers with melancholic scores or manipulative sentimental imagery but rarely do I get to see a film that I can connect with so strongly on an emotional level. Rebecca Schaper and Kyle Tekiela’s film A Sister’s Call resonated with me immediately on first viewing. The film is about Rebecca’s journey to find her brother Call who has paranoid schizophrenia and has been missing for over 20 years and bring him back into the family but really it’s about so much more than that. I was lucky enough to talk with Kyle, the film’s co-director and editor about this truly unbelievable film about family, mental illness, and truth. The film plays at 4:45 on Friday at the Riverdale 10 Theater and again on Sunday at 11:20 am.     First of all tell me about your film and why should people go see it at the Little Rock Film Festival? “A Sister’s Call” is an extremely personal story about a woman named Rebecca who finds her missing schizophrenic brother Call after 20 years and spends the next 14 years doing everything in her power to help him in his journey to recovery – and in the process healing herself from her dark and disturbing past. It’s unique in the sense that we literally spend 14 years with our subjects – from 1997 to 2011 – exploring this complex roller coaster of emotions, all under the watchful eye of a camera. We come to find out that even though the story begins with the discovery of the long-believed-dead brother Call, the...