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LRFF: Navigating Day 2

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Don't miss.

If I didn't have to write about Riverfest and go home and check on my dogs this afternoon, here's the film fest schedule I'd follow:

Noon: "Lioness," the documentary on an all-woman combat unit in Iraq that we've hyped on our cover, screens at the Clinton School. I haven't seen it, but David Koon raves about it. Plus, they'll be a panel discussion following the screening with the director and Mena native Shannon Morgan, who's featured in the doc.

3 p.m.: "Lord God Bird" Check our "Can't Miss List:" The fruitless search for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker made compelling.

Also worth considering: Another Can't-Miss, "Silhouette City" (4 p.m., Riverdale 10), a doc on the rise of religious militarism. I'm gonna wait until Sunday to see it and catch the awesome-looking Apocalyptic Christian Nationalism panel that follows. "Jerabek" (4:30 p.m.), another intriguing doc about a family dealing with loss from the Iraq War.

Avoid: Maybe Philip Martin's right and Wes Bentley's new movie "The Ungodly" (6:30 p.m., Riverdale) is reminiscent of "Man Bites Dog," or maybe Phil's just hoping Bentley will star in his long-gestating screenplay. I only made it through the first ten minutes of the screener, and they were perhaps the worst 10 minutes of any movie I've ever seen. Bentley, once again saucer-eyed and with a video camera, plays a documentarian out to capture the human side of a serial killer. Yikes!

5:30 p.m.: I'm leaning towards catching another one of our Can't Miss films, the doc "Mr Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater" (Clinton School) particularly because CC Goldwater, the film's producer and Barry Goldwater's granddaughter, will be on hand.

Also worth considering: I can personally vouch for another Can't-Miss, "Crawford" (7 p.m., Riverdale 10), a compelling doc about life in Crawford, Texas, during the rise and fall of Bush. And I'm really intrigued by Arkansas producer David Allen's new horror flick, "Death Valley" (6:30 p.m., Riverdale 10), former soccer hooligan Vinnie Jones' turn as a reporter, who comes in contact with Charles Dickens' ghost in "The Riddle" (6:30 p.m., Riverdale 10) and "Crawl, Walk Run" (6:30 p.m., Riverdale), a documentary on disabled Iraq vets on an outdoor trip in Colorado.

Avoid: Yeah, it has Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly and an "Office Space"-type premise, but "The Promotion"(8:30 p.m., Riverdale 10) has gotten terrible early reviews.

9 p.m.: "Blood Car" (Riverdale 10) is B-movie schlock at its finest (see the Can't Miss List). I might even see it again. Or I might catch another slice of B-movie greatness at Charles Pierce's "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" (9:15, Riverdale 10). See Derek Jenkins' story on Pierce for background. Something to consider: "Blood Car" screens again on Sat. night, but the Pierce film only shows once.

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