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MAY 11-17
2015
Q&A with “Two Step” director Alex R. Johnson

Q&A with “Two Step” director Alex R. Johnson

Alex R. Johnson’s Texas thriller Two Step plays tonight at 8:30pm at the Rep. I asked the director about the film, his debut feature, which is also playing this week at Cannes. Catch it again Saturday at 3:30pm! What is a one-sentence synopsis of Two Step? Alex Johnson: “Two Step” is a slow-burn Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide. What drew you to this story? Why was it important to you to make this film? AJ: I didn’t write the film till I moved to Austin about 1 1/2 years ago but I had been holding onto the idea of doing something with “the grandparent scam” – that’s the con Webb is doing in the film – for a long, long time. Something about Texas – and Austin specifically – got my wheels turning with it. I wrote it pretty quickly. We premiered it at SXSW almost exactly a year after I started writing it. What was your biggest challenge? AJ: Besides the usuals, budget and time (we shot it in 17 days), etc. it was trying to balance the humanity and the violence. The film starts as this character piece and then it shifts gears into this very tense and somewhat violent thriller. But we did that on purpose – I wanted you to really care for these characters before the stakes elevate. I was pretty selective about what we showed and how we showed it. It’s a difficult balance but I think we pulled it off. What do...
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...
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...

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...