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Little Rock Film Fest 2010: Oddsmaking

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Because everything is more fun when you gamble on it, here are our picks for the major prize at the Little Rock Film Fest. As the festival nears, we might revisit them.

The three judge panel deciding who gets The Oxford American Best Southern Film Award Competition for $10,000 includes festival co-founder Brent Renaud, the OA's Marc Smirnoff and "Shotgun Stories" director Jeff Nichols.

"Winter's Bone"
(2-1). It won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Jennifer Lawrence's drawn wide praise for her starring role. It's set in the Ozarks. The always-excellent John Hawkes stars as a crank-addict.

"Racing Dreams"
(3-1) If "Winter's Bone" is too slow or to exploitative, look for this critically acclaimed documentary about semi-pro pre-teen go kart racers to step in the void.

"The Colonel's Bride" (8-1) The trailer doesn't reveal anything, but this Tennessee-set film, by Harmony Korine protege Brent Stewart, has a promising premise: A Vietnam veteran seeks redemption by acquiring a mail order bride from Vietnam.

"Citizen Architect"
(15-1) This doc on an architectural movement aimed at low income, rural folks looks hugely provocative, but it's a doc about an architectural movement.

Check the full slate of competitors after the jump.

Because everything is more fun when you gamble on it, here are our picks for the major prize at the Little Rock Film Fest. As the festival nears, we might revisit them.

The three judge panel deciding who gets The Oxford American Best Southern Film Award Competition for $10,000 includes festival co-founder Brent Renaud, the OA's Marc Smirnoff and "Shotgun Stories" director Jeff Nichols.

"Winter's Bone"
(2-1). It won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Jennifer Lawrence's drawn wide praise for her starring role. It's set in the Ozarks. The always-excellent John Hawkes stars as a crank-addict.

"Racing Dreams"
(3-1) If "Winter's Bone" is too slow or to exploitative, look for this critically acclaimed documentary about semi-pro pre-teen go kart racers to step in the void.

"The Colonel's Bride" (8-1) The trailer doesn't reveal anything, but this Tennessee-set film, by Harmony Korine protege Brent Stewart, has a promising premise: A Vietnam veteran seeks redemption by acquiring a mail order bride from Vietnam.

"Citizen Architect"
(15-1) This doc on an architectural movement aimed at low income, rural folks looks hugely provocative, but it's a doc about an architectural movement.

Check the full slate of competitors after the jump.

OA prize

Narrative Features-

Black, White, and Blues (Dir. Mario Van Peebles) 91 min
Winter’s Bone (Dir. Debra Granik) 100 min
Passenger Pigeons (Dir. Martha Stephens) 107 min
The Colonel’s Bride (Dir. Brent Stewart) 74 min

Documentary Features-

Racing Dreams (Dir. Marshall Curry) 96 min
The Secret to a Happy Ending: A Documentary about the
Drive by Truckers (Dir. Barr Weissman) 101 min
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
(Dir. Sam Wainwright Douglas) 57 min

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