Little Rock Film Fest line-up unveiled | Rock Candy

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Little Rock Film Fest line-up unveiled

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 11:49 AM



"(500) Days of Summer"

As we've come to expect, it's a diverse assortment of narrative features, docs, shorts and Arkansas-focused material. More of the latter than in years past it seems. It's hard to find trailers or reviews of a lot of what's screening, but after a quick perusal, here's my list of nine worth anticipating. Check it out the full schedule here.

Also, a reminder: The fest is May 13-17 and passes are on-sale now.

1. "(500) Days of Summer" One of the buzziest from Sundance, it's a nonlinear look at love and loss starring indie idols Zooey Deschanel (swoon) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Trailer above. LRFF capsule and screenings.

2. "Died Young, Stayed Pretty" A documentary about weirdo rock poster artists. If the film is half as good as the trailer it'll be well worth catching. LRFF capsule and screenings.

3. "Downloading Nancy" Another buzz-y film from Sundance, but with a different sort of buzz. It's the timeless story of a self-mutilating woman (Maria Bello), who hires a mans she meets on the Internet (Jason Patric) to come kill her. Entertainment Weekly called it a "highbrow-pervo conversation piece" and Cinemablend.com said "It was like the film was raping my face." I don't know if it's really something I'm genuinely anticipating, but I admire the gall of the organizers to book a film like this, which would never ever screen here otherwise. Can't wait for Linda Caillouet to weigh in! Here's the trailer, and here are the LRFF capsule and screenings.

4. "Goodbye Solo" This film, from highly touted Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani, tells the story of an improbable friendship between a Senegalese cab driver and an elderly Southern man (played by Red West, who was part of Elvis' Memphis Mafia). It won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival last year. Here's the trailer and more from the LRFF.

5. "Hand of Fatima: The music and writing of Robert Palmer" Not a film, though Palmer's daughter, Augusta, will show clips of her long-in-the-making doc about her dad, "The Hand of Fatima." Instead, it's a panel discussion on the life and legacy of Robert Palmer, the Little Rock native who was the New York Times' first pop music critic, who wrote the seminal book on Delta blues "Deep Blues," and who produced essential albums from the likes of Junior Kimbrough and Cedell Davis. The homie Derek Jenkins is moderating and Palmer's widow JoBeth Briton and Robert Cochran of UA feature on the panel.

6. "Herb and Dorothy" A charming looking doc about a married couple, who despite modest means — Herb's a postal clerk and Dorothy is a librarian — amass, at least according to the film, one of the most important contemporary art collections ever. Trailer and synopsis courtesy of the LRFF here.

7. "Kassim the Dream" As mentioned before, a doc about champion boxer and former Ugandan child soldier, Kassim Ouma. More, including a trailer, here.

8. "The Room" Supposedly the greatest terrible movie ever made. A huge phenomenon in LA. The trailer will give you the idea. More from the LRFF here.

9. "That Evening Sun" Also mentioned before, this film adaptation of a William Gay short story seems likely to be the big draw of the festival. LR's Ray McKinnon stars with Hal Holbrook. Trailer and more here.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • The First Amendment, Yo Edition

    The latest in the legal fight to stop a law that would prevent Planned Parenthood from performing abortions in Arkansas, the cancellation of a rap show in Little Rock and its First Amendment implications, a stunning investigative report on drug court defendants being forced to work for free for Arkansas poultry companies and bellicose Tom Cotton — all covered on this week's podcast.
    • Oct 13, 2017
  • Come with the Arkansas Times to the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

    After several years of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro hosting benefit concerts to raise money for the restoration of Johnny Cash's boyhood home, this year the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival debuts in Dyess just outside the Cash homeplace. And of course the Arkansas Times is chartering a bus to be there. The lineup is spectacular: Kris Kristofferson (one of the greatest songwriters of all-time easily), Rosanne Cash, Joanne Cash and Tommy Cash and Buddy Jewel.
    • Oct 13, 2017
  • Arkansas State Fair opens the midway

    and much more.
    • Oct 12, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • John Goodson and others add lawyers for hearing on forum shopping

    Lawyers facing federal court sanctions for forum shopping a class action insurance case have brought in new legal guns from out of state to fight potential sanctions.
    • May 26, 2016
  • Lawyers plead for mercy in Fort Smith forum shopping case

    Twelve of the lawyers facing punishment by federal Judge P.K. Holmes in Fort Smith for moving a class action case against an insurance company out of his court to a state court where it was speedily settled have filed their argument against sanctions.
    • Jun 16, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

More »

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation