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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

LRFF details start to trickle in

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 3:42 PM


Hal Holbrook in "The Evening Sun."

First and foremost, passes for the 3rd annual Little Rock Film Festival, now five days, from May 13-17, are available for sale at

So far three films, "some of the highlights," have been announced. "The Evening Sun," with Ray McKinnon and Hal Holbrook, which I talked about here, "Kassim the Dream," a documentary about boxer and former Ugandan child soldier Kassim Ouma and "Body of War," a documentary, by Phil Donahue, about an Iraq War veteran who's paralyzed from the waist down. See fuller descriptions after the jump.

The complete line-up will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Clinton School. But in a tease today, organizers say they'll be more than 70 films and 150 screenings, along with workshops, panels and parties. Especially the latter. Artistic director Brent Renaud told Derek Jenkins, “Our unofficial motto is ‘Film lovers expected, party-goers welcome,' ” in our spring arts preview.

That Evening Sun (Narrative Feature): Starring Little Rock resident Ray McKinnon (Deadwood), Hal Holbrook, and Walt Goggins (The Sheild), “That Evening Sun” is about an aging Tennessee farmer who returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm.  Having just won best narrative feature and best ensemble cast at South By Southwest, filmmaker Scott Teems and actors McKinnon and Goggins will be in attendance.  Co-hosted by the Oxford American Magazine, a southern themed after party at Cajun’s Warf will follow the screening.


Body of War (Documentary Feature): Produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, “Body of War” follows Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran paralyzed from a bullet to the spine, on a physical and emotional journey as he adapts to his new body and begins to question the decision to go to war in Iraq.  Filmmaker and talk show host, Phil Donahue will be in attendance.


Kassim the Dream (Documentary Feature): The story of World Champion Boxer, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma, born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6.  He soon discovered the army's boxing team and realized the sport was his ticket to freedom.  As Kassim trains for his next world title fight against Jermain Taylor in Little Rock Arkansas, keeping his demons out of the ring becomes increasingly difficult.  “Kassim the Dream” won prizes at Silverdocs, and AFI and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Kassim Ouma and Jermaine Taylor will be in attendance.

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