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Monday, May 18, 2009

LRFF: More winners

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 11:21 AM

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Busy over here at Times HQ trying to get the paper out, but a quick final word on the film festival.

Props to the dudes behind "Slumberland," which took home the Charles B. Pierce Award for Arkansas Film, and the Good Fear, for winning the Arkansas Music Video Competition with "Dear Daniel." A Spanish short, "Manual Práctico del Amigo Imaginario (abreviado)" won the Short Film Award. 

Saturday, I caught "(500) Days of Summer" in, yet another packed house. It was, disappointingly, a paint-by-the-numbers romantic comedy. Just with a hipster-ized palette and a gimmick-y narrative structure. Zooey Deschanel needs to lay off the quirk for a while.

Later, the Ark. Music Video Comp. was a success, with nice diversity — Claire Holley followed by death metal kings VORE followed by the Boondogs was an amazing one, two, three — and punchy sets. The Good Fear seemed genuinely surprised to win the award, and the Princes looked to be having big times with bassist Luke Hunsicker back in the fold. Good times.

Sunday I could barely stand, but Derek made me go see the Phil Chambliss program at the Chamber. It was the right move. There's definitely some skewed genius in what the self-taught Locust Bayou-based filmmaker is doing, and he was as nice and interesting as he could be. Keep your fingers crossed for a DVD release. His films  need to be watched on repeat.

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