The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winner and The SXSW Audience Award Winner, Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, as its Opening Night Film. Destin Daniel Cretton and break out star Keith Stanfield to attend. This is Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton’s second time at the Little Rock Film Festival. His previous film ‘I am not a Hipster’ was an LRFF Official Selection in 2012. “Short Term 12” is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. Short Term 12 will open the Little Rock Film Festival simultaneously this year on both sides of the river beginning at the Argenta Community Theater at 6.30 pm and at The Rep at 7.30 pm. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director and cast. An Opening Night party at the Rep will follow. Singer – Songwriter Bonnie Montgomery will open up for the film at The Rep as part of the new Arkansas...
Stephen Bailey, Little Rock Arkansas: This year, don’t just Head South to Little Rock Film Festival’s 7th Annual event, head DOWNTOWN. Today, filmmaker and LRFF co-founder, Craig Renaud, announced a number of new partnerships and highlights of this year’s film festival at the LRFF press conference in Argenta Community Theater, North Little Rock. The festival has partnered with organizations like Argenta Community Theater and Repertoire Theater that will bring this year’s festival to downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. “We would like to thank Riverdale [theaters]. They’ve been very supportive over the years. But this new opportunity to bring the festival downtown will really help propel the festival to a new level.” – Craig Renaud Renaud was accompanied by a number of city leaders, including North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, who also endorsed the festival and its role in helping recruit businesses and in stimulating economic development in Arkansas. Other highlights of this year’s festival include a new emphasis on music. In addition to music acts playing prior to film screenings at the LRFF2013, Whitewater Tavern will also be hosting a number of after parties for the festival and featuring local music artists. The decision shows LRFF’s commitment to supporting local artists, even beyond film. This year also marks the first year of Heifer International’s Humanitarian award. A new film category offering a $10,000 cash prize to the best socially conscious...