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9 TH ANNUAL
MAY 11-17
2015

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....

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...

2012 LRFF Winners Announced

  Golden Rock for Best Narrative Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild Golden Rock for Best Documentary Film: High Tech Low Life Oxford American Best Southern Film: Pilgrim Song Arkansas Times Audience Award Winner: Wolf Best World Short: The God Phone Charles B. Pierce Best Arkansas Film: Man in the Moon Best Actor Arkansas: Samuel Petit Best Director Arkansas: Edmund Prince (Imraan Ismail) Best Music Video Director: World: Eric Epstein “Yes I know” Band Memory Tapes Best Music Video Director: Arkansas: Alex Penrose “Some Dreams Come True” Band Swimming...

LRFF2012 Day5 Highlights

  Day 5 of the LRFF was even a little more Southern-themed than usual—I made sure to check out The Dynamiter, filmed next door in Mississippi. This film has that special quality of feeling so eerily accurate largely because two of the lead characters were not only natives of the area but acquaintances. It’s also one of the many films showing this year that center on the interior emotional lives of children, especially as they struggle with loss or lack of family. In the post-screening interview with Democrat-Gazette‘s movie columnist Philip Martin, the lead actor, William Ruffin, who plays Robbie, revealed that the poverty his character lived in was probably characteristic of at least half of the kids he grew up with in the Greenville, Mississippi area. Amusingly, Patrick Rutherford, who plays his feckless and manipulative brother Lucas, admitted that the inspiration for his character he took from his twin brother, who was “the bad one” of the two. Hearing these lesser-experienced actors speak with palpable energy and enthusiasm was pretty thrilling—their film is a moving and realistic portrayal that will hopefully garner more critical attention. You’ve got another chance to catch it today at 1:30 PM. One of the most provocative and poignant documentaries featured here at LRFF this year is Bill and Turner Ross’s Tchoupitoulas, a verite-style documentary that captures a deeply impressionistic portrait of New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, at night. The film premiered at SXSW this year and immediately received serious critical response. Following three brothers from Algiers, a community located across the river from the Quarter, as they go out for a night on the town....