"Tapping the Ozarks," a new film by University of Arkansas students Danny Henkel and Alyssa Becker, focuses on NWA beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in the region, highlighting companies like Home Brewery, Fossil Cove, Core, Saddlebock, and West Mountain. The film's official premiere was last month at Fossil Cove, but the filmmakers put it online for free last night.
In a short note posted on their website Wednesday morning, the Little Rock Film Festival announced that they would be closing down. The development took many by surprise — World Shorts curator Justin Nickels told the Times he had learned of the decision 12 hours earlier. The Times spoke to festival founders Brent and Craig Renaud today, who explained the move had been under consideration for at least a year and was the result of new projects and time commitments which would prevent both filmmakers from giving the festival the attention it deserved. /more/
I'm still waiting to see Little Rock native David Gordon Green's last film, "Manglehorn," starring Al Pacino — coming to Amazon Sept. 15 — but in the meantime, here's the trailer for his forthcoming political comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis." Produced by George Clooney's Smoke House Pictures and based on the 2005 documentary directed by Rachel Boynton, the film stars Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Zooey Kazan, Ann Dowd and more. /more/
Filmmaker Susan Youssef, whose first film "Habibi" won best film at the Dubai International Film Festival and earned her a spot in Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces" list, is currently raising money on Kickstarter for a new feature to be set in Little Rock. "Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf" is a coming-of-age story about a Muslim teenager in Arkansas. /more/
We reported in January that Tom Cruise had signed on to the forthcoming film "Mena," about legendary Arkansas drug smuggler Barry Seal — a topic covered extensively by the Arkansas Times over the years. Directed by Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity"), the project is currently filming in Colombia, though the crew spent most of the summer in Ball Ground, Ga., a small town about 50 miles north of Atlanta. /more/
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, running this year from October 9-18, has announced more screenings planned for this year's event, including the Closing Night lineup. The final weekend will feature the world premiere of ESPN's "The Prince of Pennsylvania," a nonfiction take on the subject of last year's award-winning "Foxcatcher," ass well as the "The Great Alone," about the Alaskan Iditarod race. "Both the human and canine stars," the festival reports, "will be in attendance." Closing night of the festival will include a screening of SXSW audience award-winner "Made In Japan," starring Tomi Fujiyama, "Japan's First Lady of Country Music." Fujiyama will be on hand to attend the screening and perform at the festival's celebration party on the night of Oct. 17. /more/
The 24th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has announced its opening film and other details about the event, which will be held Oct. 9-18. The festival will kick off with a screening of "The Primary Instinct," featuring the life stories of actor Stephen Tobolowsky (inspired by Tobolowsky's popular podcast), who will be in attendance. Former St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock will be on hand for the screening of Larry Foley's film "The First Boys of Spring," about Hot Springs' baseball spring training history. "Triple-crown champion jumper" Harry deLeyer will host the screening of "Harry & Snowman," which Indiewire has called "a cinematic bouquet to the world." /more/
Buried in a news item yesterday about the movie "Lego Batman," The Hollywood Reporter mentioned offhandedly that actor Michael Cera has acquired the rights to "Masters of Atlantis," the brilliant, absurdist cult-farce by Little Rock author Charles Portis. "Cera aims to write the adaptation as not only an acting vehicle but a directing project as well," they report. /more/
In a short note posted on their website Wednesday morning, the Little Rock Film Festival announced that they would be closing down. The development took many by surprise — World Shorts curator Justin Nickels told the Times he had learned of the decision 12 hours earlier. The Times spoke to festival founders Brent and Craig Renaud today, who explained the move had been under consideration for at least a year and was the result of new projects and time commitments which would prevent both filmmakers from giving the festival the attention it deserved.
I talked to Liquid Skulls for the paper a couple of weeks ago, and he explained that the recording project "was formed out of cobwebs, boredom, sloppiness, euphoria, joblessness, fleeting moments, liquid curses and lost responsibilities." All of this comes through in his new track "Rituals," which sounds like a computer projection of a pop song wrapped in bubble-wrap and stomped on.
Nothing so became U.S. Rep. John Boehner's tenure as speaker of the House as his manner of leaving it. Subjectively speaking, he has never appeared to believe very much of the nonsense his position required him to utter. An old school politician who literally grew up working in the family bar, his conservatism is of the traditional Midwestern kind — more Bob Dole, say, than Ted Cruz.
Eva Robinson and Matthew Robinson's suit against the City of Dover Marshal's Office — along with several other entities named as co-defendants — alleges their rights to be free from unlawful search, seizure, undue force and prosecution were violated. They describe a sequence of events so startling that the Arkansas ACLU took up the case.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this morning that she's joined the executive committee of a multistate investigation into Volkswagen. The German automaker is facing legal repercussions and plummeting stock value after revelations that it installed software in millions of its diesel vehicles that is designed to evade emissions standards.