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Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:11:00

Arkansas filmmaker Abbasi's 'Dayveon' sells after Sundance premiere

North American distribution rights to Arkansas filmmaker Amman Abbasi's debut feature "Dayveon" have sold to distribution company FilmRise after a Jan. 19 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 11:14:00

Negga earns Oscar nomination for 'Loving'

Ruth Negga received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in “Loving,” the latest film from Little Rock director Jeff Nichols.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 11:53:00

Watch the trailer for 'Shelter,' the Renaud Bros. new doc on homeless kids in New Orleans

Check out the trailer for "Shelter," the Renaud Bros. new feature-length documentary about homeless teens navigating life on the streets of New Orleans with the help of Covenant House, the longstanding French Quarter shelter for homeless kids.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 13:59:00

'Loving' screening raises $10,000 for Tiger Foundation benefitting Central High

Little Rock native Jeff Nichols brought his new acclaimed film "Loving" to the Ron Robinson Theater last night ahead of the movie's wide release on Friday. The ticketed event raised $10,000 for the Tiger Foundation, a nonprofit that benefits Central High School, Nichols' alma mater.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 16:14:00

30th anniversary screening of BMXploitation flick 'RAD', gnarly pre-show events, set for Oct. 15

Break out your neon spandex and elbow pads! On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Downtown Partnership will be hosting a full afternoon of events centered around the 30th anniversary of the 1986 BMX bike racing epic "RAD," followed by a screening of the film with star Bill Allen in attendance.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 13:46:00

Augusta Palmer to direct documentary about legendary Memphis Country Blues Festivals

Director Augusta Palmer hopes to tell the story of the Memphis Country Blues Festivals between 1966 and 1969 in "The Blues Society: A Documentary Film."

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 12:31:00

Behind the scenes of Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special'

WIRED magazine has a great new profile of Little Rock filmmaker Jeff Nichols out this month, written by the always-perceptive Amy Wallace. Aside from being probably the best and most comprehensive piece written on Nichols to date, it takes us behind the scenes of his forthcoming "Midnight Special" and even offers new insights on previous works, from "Shotgun Stories" ("He wrote the script in his father’s furniture store, “surrounded by mattresses,” and edited it in his laundry room") to "Mud."

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 14:12:00

Watch the trailer for Jeff Nichols' sci-fi epic 'Midnight Special'

Here's the first official trailer for Jeff Nichols' latest, a sci-fi thriller starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard. Official synopsis:

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 11:55:00

Watch 'Peace in the Valley,' a new documentary about the Eureka Springs civil rights ordinance

"Peace in the Valley" is a new, 15-minute documentary short directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher and produced by The Intercept, the online publication launched last year by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. The film was commissioned as part of the Intercept's Field of Vision series. "They said — so there’s this town, there’s this vote, and there’s this big Jesus on a hill,” Palmieri said in an interview. “And we said OK.”

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 10:37:00

Review: 'Harry & Snowman' wins audience award at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The fast-moving equestrian documentary "Harry & Snowman" was one of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival’s most beloved features. Winner of the Spa City Audience Award, the film played to a packed house on October 10 in the Arlington Hotel’s central ballroom.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 14:47:00

Watch a new documentary by the Renaud Brothers, 'Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis'

Brent and Craig Renaud have a new documentary out at the New York Times today, "Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis," in which they follow Central American teenagers fleeing violence in Honduras and Guatemala and attempting to enter Mexico and the U.S. It's immersive, first-person reporting — fascinating and important.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 16:02:00

What happened to the Little Rock Film Festival?

In a short note posted on their website Wednesday morning, the Little Rock Film Festival announced that they would be closing down. The development took many by surprise — World Shorts curator Justin Nickels told the Times he had learned of the decision 12 hours earlier. The Times spoke to festival founders Brent and Craig Renaud today, who explained the move had been under consideration for at least a year and was the result of new projects and time commitments which would prevent both filmmakers from giving the festival the attention it deserved.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:08:00

Little Rock Film Festival says goodbye

According to a brief note posted on their website this morning, the Little Rock Film Festival is no more:

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 12:53:00

Watch the trailer for David Gordon Green's 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

I'm still waiting to see Little Rock native David Gordon Green's last film, "Manglehorn," starring Al Pacino — coming to Amazon Sept. 15 — but in the meantime, here's the trailer for his forthcoming political comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis." Produced by George Clooney's Smoke House Pictures and based on the 2005 documentary directed by Rachel Boynton, the film stars Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Zooey Kazan, Ann Dowd and more.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 09:59:00

Help fund a new, Little Rock-set feature film, 'Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf'

Filmmaker Susan Youssef, whose first film "Habibi" won best film at the Dubai International Film Festival and earned her a spot in Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces" list, is currently raising money on Kickstarter for a new feature to be set in Little Rock. "Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf" is a coming-of-age story about a Muslim teenager in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 16:29:00

The Making of Tom Cruise's Barry Seal thriller 'Mena'

We reported in January that Tom Cruise had signed on to the forthcoming film "Mena," about legendary Arkansas drug smuggler Barry Seal — a topic covered extensively by the Arkansas Times over the years. Directed by Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity"), the project is currently filming in Colombia, though the crew spent most of the summer in Ball Ground, Ga., a small town about 50 miles north of Atlanta.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:09:00

Closing night lineup, more screenings announced for Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, running this year from October 9-18, has announced more screenings planned for this year's event, including the Closing Night lineup. The final weekend will feature the world premiere of ESPN's "The Prince of Pennsylvania," a nonfiction take on the subject of last year's award-winning "Foxcatcher," ass well as the "The Great Alone," about the Alaskan Iditarod race. "Both the human and canine stars," the festival reports, "will be in attendance." Closing night of the festival will include a screening of SXSW audience award-winner "Made In Japan," starring Tomi Fujiyama, "Japan's First Lady of Country Music." Fujiyama will be on hand to attend the screening and perform at the festival's celebration party on the night of Oct. 17.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:00:00

Support Out in Arkansas, come watch 'Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls' at Ron Robinson

At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, the Arkansas Times, Little Rock PFLAG and Central Arkansas Pridefest will host a special screening of Little Rock director Mark Thiedeman’s "Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls” to benefit Out in Arkansas, the Times’ coming LGBT publication.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 11:24:00

New Jeff Nichols film announced, 'Loving'

I'm late to this, but Deadline Hollywood has reported that Little Rock native Jeff Nichols ("Mud," "Take Shelter") has settled on his next project, a film he wrote and will direct titled "Loving." Inspired by the documentary "The Loving Story," the film is to be based on the story of the couple, Mildred and Richard Loving, who instigated the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage — a case commemorated every year on June 12, Loving Day.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 11:48:00

Come watch Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest' with us Thursday at Ron Robinson

With spies, triple crosses, an icy blonde, mistaken identity, a murderous biplane and Cary Grant wearing the most dirt-repelling gray suit in all of film history, Hitchcock's 1959 thriller "North By Northwest" may well have invented the modern thriller, and it's still a hell of a good time at the movies. Now's your chance to see it on the big screen, with this week's Thursday night screening at Little Rock's Ron Robinson Theater, part of the Arkansas Times film series.

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