The Central Arkansas Library System opened the door today on its new theater, part of the new Arcade mixed use project at Clinton Avenue and River Market. It's to be the venue for the Little Rock Film Festival. And who knows what other ideas Library Director Bobby Roberts might have in mind. A handsome space.
Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos are cousins, filmmakers and co-directors of the new documentary "Rich Hill," which won the the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film follows three kids and their families in a small town in Missourri, Rich Hill (population 1,396). Variety calls it "an open-hearted portrait of impoverished American life," and Indiewire's Kate Walsh writes, "'Rich Hill' is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations." /more/
Currently based in L.A., the filmmaker Taylor Feltner was born and raised in Arkansas, and his new feature-length documentary "Man Shot Dead" marks a return to his home state in an effort to solve the decades-old mystery of his grandfather's murder. /more/
Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream has leased 1,200 square feet in the new Arcade Building in the River Market, on the corner, on the corner of President Clinton Avenue and the pedestrian alley next to Ron Robinson Theatre. Kilwins, a chain with more than 80 stores across the United States, will offer up fresh chocolate, fudge, corns, caramel apples, brittle, shakes, sundaes, gourmet coffee, smoothies and specialty drinks. This is the first franchise location in Arkansas — they're typically in tourist spots, so it should fit right in at the River Market. Maybe a post-movie shake after catching a flick at Ron Robinson will be what the doctor ordered . /more/
The Little Rock Film Festival is gearing up for its 2014 season, which will be held May 12-18. The Narrative, Documentary and Shorts competition lineups were announced last week, and this afternoon the festival unveiled its opening night film, "Happy Valley," by Amir Bar-Lev, the documentary filmmaker behind "My Kid Could Paint That" and "The Tillman Story." /more/
The Little Rock Film Festival announced the first rounds of its 2014 Narrative and Documentary lineups this afternoon. The list includes the Sundance Special Jury Award-winning doc "The Overnighters," Shawn Christendon's "Before I Disappear" (starring Ron Perlman and Emmy Rossum, based on the 2013 Oscar-winning short), SXSW Audience Award winner "Big Significant Things," Sundance Directing Award-winner "The Case Against 8" and SXSW Grand Jury Award winner "Fort Tilden." /more/
A funny thing happened shortly before vote-short developer Dickson Flake got a three-month delay from the Little Rock City Board on considering his widely panned proposal to install a MAPCO filling station and 24-hour convenience store at the dangerous Third and Broadway intersection, just a block and a half from a $70 million Robinson Center Music Hall redo.
The upcoming special session of the Arkansas General Assembly, the latest on the bid to overturn the state's voter ID law, a split emerging among Arkansas Supreme Court justices and the politics surrounding a proposal to build a Mapco on 3rd and Broadway in downtown Little Rock — all covered on this week's edition.
The tween-pop Elvis is coming to Verizon for what is guaranteed to be the most frenzied concert Little Rock sees all year. Now, the Biebs has gotten more than his fair share of criticism since his astronomical ascent from YouTube scrubbery to international megafame, but we're not interested in calling out the omnipresent young pup for his fortunes, deserved or otherwise.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Pam Hobbs, mother of Steve Branch, one of three eight-year-olds killed in the 1993 West Memphis slayings that became the West Memphis 3 case, says new information unearthed in a new documentary, "West of Memphis," has persuaded her to call for the state of Arkansas to reopen the case.