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2015
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...

LRFF2014: Meet The Programmers

Each year, the Little Rock Film Festival receives thousands of film submissions from around the globe. Ever wondered who selects the films and plans the programming lineup? Meet some of LRFF’s main programers. 2014 Little Rock Film Festival Programming Staff  Levi Agee – Narrative Fiction Levi graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Digital Filmmaking before joining the festival in 2008. In addition to working as a motion graphics designer for an advertising agency in Little Rock, he has written a column about film for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as well as the Oxford American. Somehow he is able to hang out with his lovely wife and baby girl and still find time to obsessively watch Game of Thrones.   Robert Greene – Cinematic Non-Fiction A writer, critic, filmmaker and an LRFF alum, Robert Greene has been instrumental in drawing attention to challenging works in film, and in defining cinematic nonfiction as a new movement. He has a national reputation as one of the most interesting and provocative new voices in film criticism and this year he will head up programming the new “Cinematic Nonfiction” sidebar at the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival. In addition, Greene will also oversee the LRFF’s first annual Award for “Extraordinary Achievement in Cinematic Non-Fiction.”   Justin Nickels – World Shorts A filmmaker and an active blogger, Justin Nickels has worked with the Little Rock Film Festival since the first year. He is based in Central Arkansas. He met his wife Mallory, who is also our Communications Director, at the 2nd annual Little Rock Film Festival. Just is also the Director of our genre festival, the Little Rock...
Little Rock Film Festival to Present Award in ‘Cinematic Non-Fiction’. Writer/Filmmaker Robert Greene to Program

Little Rock Film Festival to Present Award in ‘Cinematic Non-Fiction’. Writer/Filmmaker Robert Greene to Program

At the Little Rock Film Festival it has been our mission from the beginning to promote inspired documentary filmmaking. We have sought out non-fiction work with strong, emotional narratives, over outright political, issue oriented films. We believe that a documentary film should succeed or fail on the same merit as a scripted fiction film, and have tended to favor documentaries in the cinema verite tradition of greats like the Maysles Brothers and Frederick Wiseman. In these films a hot button issue is not always front and center, and the sit-down interview does not necessarily drive the narrative. Directors often embed themselves into the story for months or even years at a time, and utilize small handheld recording equipment and natural lighting, in order to achieve a greater intimacy with the subjects. The goal is to reveal larger truths thru character, rather than proselytizing. Over the last few years we have seen increasingly adventurous filmmakers taking cues from great movies of the past to create uninhibited work that is redefining nonfiction cinema. Some of the new films are reminiscent of the fly on the wall movies of the verite greats, but many of the films are bringing new aesthetics to the documentary, as with last year’s groundbreaking Leviathan, or the 2013 LRFF Grand Prize winner, Dirty Wars. Still other films are blurring the lines between fact and fiction all together, scripting lines for documentary stars, or even creating elaborate choreographed sequences reminiscent of a Hollywood movie set, as seen in this year’s extraordinary Oscar nominated film The Act of Killing. The old dogmas of documentary film are being gleefully disregarded. Filmmaker...
Little Rock Film Festival 2013: LRFFTalks Panel Series

Little Rock Film Festival 2013: LRFFTalks Panel Series

The Little Rock Film Festival brings together award winning filmmakers, writers, film critics, producers and distributors for the 2013 LRFFTalks program. LRFFTalks aim to nurture conversations and create a platform for discussions, providing audiences the opportunity to gain an insight into both the creative and the business world of filmmaking.   AMPI Producers Forum — Moderated by Arkansas Motion Picture Institute Director and Film Producer Courtney Pledger, 120 min Courtney Pledger hosts a panel discussion with noted producers. Producers Brad Simpson (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Boys Don’t Cry, upcoming World War Z and Electric Slide) and Jocelyn Hayes (Lola Versus, The East) reveal lessons learned from nearly two decades of developing and producing films. From their start at New York-based Killer Films with indie producing legend Christine Vachon to working in the Hollywood Studio System, Simpson and Hayes, who also happen to be husband and wife, bring insider insights to the producing process that range from dealing with the change from movie business to media business, working as an independent vs.harnessing the power of a major studio, adapting best-selling books to the screen, staying in love with movies….to figuring out how to stay married when making a movie together.   Cinematic NonFiction: The New Documentary — Moderated by award winning filmmaker and writer Robert Greene, 60 min Panelists include Rick Rowley (Dirty Wars) Bill Ross (Tchoupitoulas) Lauren Wissot (Filmmaker Magazine) Philip Martin (Arkansas Democrat Gazette) In the past decade we have experienced a renaissance in nonfiction filmmaking. With access to cheap cameras and a collective education in cinematic storytelling, documentary filmmakers are pushing the boundaries and creating some of the most exciting films out there....