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My Volunteer Experience at LRFF2012 – Timothy Hadley

  To be filled in a room with so many creative personalities, thinkers, and innovators is refreshing just by itself. To be surrounded by incredible talent, filmmakers from all around the world, and future faces of Hollywood is an experience one is sure to remember for a lifetime. That’s what my experience was like, unforgettable. For newbies as myself or anyone involved in the film making community, it’s definitely great hands on experience or a great way to get involved. You never know what to expect; I actually got to go inside the directors room, view panel discussions, and see screenings been premiered for the first time; who would have ever thought that would come about just from volunteering? The special events are fun, and you’re given the opportunity to connect and develop relationships with those who work in related fields you aspire to work in. More than likely you will probably leave with so much knowledge and new powerful connections; putting you ten steps ahead of the game. Did I mention the parties? One word, unbelievable! We partied on the roof top and boat last year! You will leave feeling like an A-Lister; the Renaud brothers and their team bring something new, special, and fun to the table each year! Don’t miss the opportunity to give back to your community or the industry! Whether you work in front of behind the scenes; you’re a part of the puzzle and a part of helping bring entertainment and magic to the world! So share your gift, explore your passion, hone your craft, enhance your skills, add to your knowledge, and...

Film Producer Courtney Pledger named first AMPI Executive Director

The LRFF founders are pleased to announce the creation of the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute (AMPI). Hollywood Film Producer Courtney Pledger named first ED.  Press release below. NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (August 16, 2012) – The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute (AMPI) founded in 2011, a statewide, nonprofit organization providing leadership in film education, while supporting growth and excellence in film, television and digital media, has named film executive and native Arkansan Courtney Pledger as its first executive director. Pledger has served as a producer in both film and television. She currently has a pair of films in pre-production “BOO” at DreamWorks Animation, starring Seth Rogen, and Ricky Gervais’ “Flanimals” at Universal. Prior to her most recent position as senior vice president of Radical Pictures, Pledger served as executive producer for “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” starring Academy Award Nominee John C. Reilly. In addition to managing the start-up of AMPI, Pledger’s immediate priority is serving as interim director of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) which returns for its 21st year October 12 -21, 2012. Susan Altrui, board chairman of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute (HSDFI) said that AMPI’s support of HSDFF is greatly needed and signals that AMPI is committed to the art of film. The HSDFI has suffered some hard times in the past few years and is in need of strong leadership to produce a top-notch festival in October. By providing Courtney Pledger as this year’s festival director, AMPI is helping to save one of the most important film events in the state of Arkansas,“ Altrui said. Film producer Vince Insalaco will serve...

LRFF2012 Closing Day Highlights

  The Final Day of the sixth annual Little Rock Film Festival was one bustling with special events and filmmaker comradery. In addition to the many excellent screenings of the final day, there were two amazing talks. First off, the Women in Film panel featured the lovely Lea Thompson moderating a discussion with several of the women filmmakers whose films were featured in the festival. Thompson starred in and produced the film The Trouble with the Truth, which was talked about by festival goers throughout the weekend. Also featured were Martha Stephens, director of Pilgrim Song; Jenny Deller, director of Future Weather; and Renee O’Connor, star of the short film Infinity, as well as former television star of Xena: Warrior Princess. Over all, it was an upbeat panel—Thompson was charming as ever, admitting excitement over how independent film is giving women more opportunities to work on and create films despite the mainstream film industry’s failure to include more female personnel and directors. Though directors Deller and Stephens did explain that sometimes on set they can sense resentment when they have to be firm with male cast and crew, they never feel like it’s an obstacle they can’t handle. All panelists confirmed that despite occasional snags in adjusting to being in roles of power in filmmaking, they typically feel like it’s a professional world becoming more hospitable to prominent female roles. Immediately following the Women in Film panel was a discussion moderated by Tim Basham of Paste Magazine with Little Rock–native and rising directorial star, Jeff Nichols. Nichols, fresh off of a Cannes screening and eighteen-minute standing ovation surrounding his latest feature (that was shot...

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...