The latest from Little Rock's Jeff Nichols hits theaters Nov. 4. It's Nichols' telling of the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage led to the landmark civil rights case Loving v. Virginia, which ended laws preventing interracial marriage. Ruth Negga's performance as Mildred Loving generated Oscar talk after the film debuted at Cannes. /more/
Little Rock-born film director Jeff Nichols, whose stature as a young auteur has been steadily growing with the success of films like 2012's "Mud" and his most recent sci-fi offering "Midnight Special," will get another chance to put a very big feather in his cap next month. His latest film, "Loving," has been selected to compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in France. /more/
We're thrilled to be teaming up with Arkansas Sounds to host the U.S. premiere of Tav Falco's ambitious and fascinating new film "Urania Descending" on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Ron Robinson Theater. Falco was born on a farm in rural Arkansas and today lives in Vienna, where he writes books, directs films and records music with the cult art-rock band Panther Burns, whose most recent album, “Command Performance,” was released in March. Free, open to the public. /more/
Former organizers of the Little Rock Film Festival, which ended this year after a nine year run, have confirmed that the Little Rock Picture Show, the horror, fantasy and sci-fi focused spin-off that was part of the LRFF family of film festivals, would continue in conjunction with the River City Comic Expo in June. /more/
Breaking news, in a way: Starting this weekend, Riverdale 10 Cinema will be adding leather recliners to its theaters. We of course fully endorse this development, just as we endorse seating-and-comfort-upgrades in any local establishments. /more/
The trailer for "God's Not Dead 2," the Little Rock-filmed sequel to "God's Not Dead" (and inevitable prequel to "No, Seriously: God's Very Much Alive and Well, I Assure You") is out now on Youtube. The film is sure to make a gazillion dollars from the righteous looking to feed their martyr fantasies, and features plentiful Arkansas-related background stuff to make you go "Hey, it's that place!" and a church bus full of B-listers to make you go "Hey, it's that guy!" /more/
"Peace in the Valley" is a new, 15-minute documentary short directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher and produced by The Intercept, the online publication launched last year by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. The film was commissioned as part of the Intercept's Field of Vision series. "They said — so there’s this town, there’s this vote, and there’s this big Jesus on a hill,” Palmieri said in an interview. “And we said OK.” /more/
The fast-moving equestrian documentary "Harry & Snowman" was one of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival’s most beloved features. Winner of the Spa City Audience Award, the film played to a packed house on October 10 in the Arlington Hotel’s central ballroom. /more/
You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
Also, KEN Mode at Vinos', Red Octopus' 'Trysts and Turns' at the Public Theatre, Mothwind at Maxine's, Patty Griffin at George's Majestic, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Weekend Theater and Ash at Juanita's.
Last night, dozens of friends of TC Edwards, the Little Rock musician and man on the scene who was found murdered Dec. 7, marched in his memory, chanting "Justice for TC" and "TC is metal" as they walked from Pizza D' Action up Kavanaugh.
This morning, I was a student ambassador for Philander Smith College and the Social Justice Institute at a House Committee that discussed Rep. Nate Bell’s proposal to divide a Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.