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MAY 11-17
2015
LRFF Announces New Film Series Beginning Fall 2014

LRFF Announces New Film Series Beginning Fall 2014

                The Little Rock Film Festival announced today, the first in a new series of film programs to take place at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock beginning this fall. LRFF Artistic director Brent Renaud says “the first series, curated by programmer Levi Agee, will launch on September 14, 2014, and will feature cult-crowd pleasers on the second Sunday of each month. The screenings will be accompanied by a special event catered to each film”. The premiere film for the screening series is the beloved Wes Anderson comedy ‘Rushmore’ starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Olivia Williams. Agee notes that although Anderson has many great films to choose from, Rushmore felt like the perfect fit given the film’s “nostalgic back-to-school atmosphere and exceptional soundtrack.” Before the film a special concert of local musicians will perform tracks that appear in Rushmore and some of Anderson’s other work in an homage to the director’s musical tastes. Some of the musicians scheduled to perform a selection of unique covers are Philip Huddleston, Isaac Alexander, Aaron Saarlo, Collin Buchanan and other special guests. Details: When: Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 4 p.m. Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater (100 River Market Ave in Little Rock). Tickets: Tickets for the event are $8 and can be purchased at the box office the night of the show. For more information regarding the film series and future events visit www.littlerockfilmfestival.org or cals.org, email levi@littlerockfilmfestival.org or call 501-205-0400 for more...
LRFF2014 Starts Tomorrow!

LRFF2014 Starts Tomorrow!

The Little Rock Film Festival has arrived – get ready to enjoy a week of great films!  You’ve picked yourself up a pass at the box office, but don’t know where to begin. Well, the entire festival week kicks off on Monday, May 12th at 7:30 pm with Amir Bar-lev’s “Happy Valley,”  Winner of “Best Documentary Feature” at the Sarasota Film Festival, and the first screening in LRFF’s Golden Rock Documentary competition. The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as “Happy Valley.”  Joe Paterno, its iconic head coach, leads a football program lauded not just for its achievements on the field but its students’ success in the classroom too. But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, which set the stage for a scandal that would rock the quiet “Happy Valley” to its base.  Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky’s arrest, “Happy Valley” deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale. Here’s a great article from ArkansasOnline with insights from director Amir Bar-Lev. “Happy Valley” will screen again @12:10PM Thur, May 15. After the movie, stick around for the kickoff party for the 8th annual Little Rock Film Festival. Food, drinks and tons of cool people to talk with. It’s going to be a great night. Don’t miss it! By Ross...
This Weekend April 11-13, LRFF and CALS Presents: In A World

This Weekend April 11-13, LRFF and CALS Presents: In A World

This weekend join us for a screening of ‘In A World’ – Winner Best Screenplay, Sundance 2013. When: Friday and Saturday April 11, 12 – 7pm and Sunday, April 13, 5pm Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater Admission is 5$ and Concessions are $1. “A funny, well-written screwball satire for film buffs, In a World… proves an auspicious beginning for writer, director, and star Lake Bell.” – Rotten Tomatoes Lake Bell (No Strings Attached, “Children’s Hospital”) stars in In a World…, a hilarious and heart-felt comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king—her...
LRFF Music Film Series Presents – Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

LRFF Music Film Series Presents – Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

The almost monthly Little Rock Film Festival music film series presents a screening of “Nothing Can Hurt Me”, a documentary film about the legendary rock band Big Star. In attendance will be the original Big Star member and drummer, Jody Stephens for a short introduction and a very special Q and A after the film. When: Friday, May 2nd, 7 p.m. Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater Tickets are $5. All concessions inside the theater are $1 Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon – Big Star Jody Stephens is an American drummer, who has played in Big Star (with Alex Chilton of the Box Tops) When not on tour with Big Star, he works at Ardent Studios in Memphis TN, which is where Big Star has recorded all of their albums. After the deaths of Chris Bell in 1978, and both Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel in 2010, Stephens is the last surviving original member of the group. A special line up of local Arkansas musicians including: Bryan Frazier, Greg Spradlin and Mark Colbert, among others to be announced, will perform a few Big Star songs live before and after the screening of the...
This wknd, Apr 4-6: LRFF & CALS presents Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

This wknd, Apr 4-6: LRFF & CALS presents Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Continuing to bring you exciting and blockbuster Hollywood movies, the Little Rock Film Festival and CALS are proud to present: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom When: Friday, April 4, 7pm/Saturday, April 5, 7pm/Sunday, April 6, 5pm Where: CALS Ron Robinson Theater Admission is $5 and concessions will be available for $1. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: is based on South African President Nelson Mandela‘s autobiography, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. “It might be too respectful to truly soar, but there’s no denying Idris Elba’s impressive work in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — or the inspirational power of the life it depicts.” – Rotten...