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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 12:59:00

Little Rock Film Festival sets 2015 dates, hires new director

The Little Rock Film Festival, now based in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, has officially announced May 11-17 as its 2015 dates. Additionally, the festival has hired filmmaker and UCA grad Gabe Gentry, who formerly handled the festival's media operations and collaborated on documentary projects with the Renaud Brothers, as its new full-time director. According to the press release:

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 09:22:00

Little Rock Film Festival awards roundup

The Little Rock Film Festival came to a close last night with a screening of "Devil's Knot," and a Closing Night Awards Gala held at the Old State House Museum.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 16:10:00

A Q&A with Robert Greene, director of 'Actress' and Little Rock Film Festival programmer

Tonight at the Little Rock Film Festival, Robert Greene is screening his feature length documentary "Actress" tonight at 6 p.m. at the Historic Arkansas Museum. It's really good — one of of our "Ten to Watch" picks — and really fun to hear Green and subject (collaborator?) Brandy Burre talk about it, as they will tonight. Greene's also in town to oversee the LRFF's new cinematic nonfiction slate. Last week, I talked to the filmmaker/editor/critic about what "cinematic nonfiction" means, what his forthcoming book is going to focus on and how he self-identifies as an artist.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:11:00

A Q&A with Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos, directors of 'Rich Hill'

Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos are cousins, filmmakers and co-directors of the new documentary "Rich Hill," which won the the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film follows three kids and their families in a small town in Missourri, Rich Hill (population 1,396). Variety calls it "an open-hearted portrait of impoverished American life," and Indiewire's Kate Walsh writes, "'Rich Hill' is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations."

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 09:47:00

A Q&A with Taylor Feltner, director of 'Man Shot Dead'

Currently based in L.A., the filmmaker Taylor Feltner was born and raised in Arkansas, and his new feature-length documentary "Man Shot Dead" marks a return to his home state in an effort to solve the decades-old mystery of his grandfather's murder.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 12:05:00

Little Rock Film Festival announces opening night film: 'Happy Valley'

The Little Rock Film Festival is gearing up for its 2014 season, which will be held May 12-18. The Narrative, Documentary and Shorts competition lineups were announced last week, and this afternoon the festival unveiled its opening night film, "Happy Valley," by Amir Bar-Lev, the documentary filmmaker behind "My Kid Could Paint That" and "The Tillman Story."

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:46:00

Little Rock Film Festival announces first round of 2014 lineup

The Little Rock Film Festival announced the first rounds of its 2014 Narrative and Documentary lineups this afternoon. The list includes the Sundance Special Jury Award-winning doc "The Overnighters," Shawn Christendon's "Before I Disappear" (starring Ron Perlman and Emmy Rossum, based on the 2013 Oscar-winning short), SXSW Audience Award winner "Big Significant Things," Sundance Directing Award-winner "The Case Against 8" and SXSW Grand Jury Award winner "Fort Tilden."

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 13:55:00

Little Rock Film Festival expands, announces first screenings

The Little Rock Film Festival announced today that it will expand its programming to a full week of screenings for this year's event, which will be held from May 12 to May 18, and for which passes are now on sale. For the first time, most films will screened at the LRFF's new flagship venue, the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, and according to the festival's Creative Director, Brent Renaud, "all venues in 2014 are within biking or walking distance and are easily connected via the River Rail Electric Streetcar Trolley."

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12:22:00

Little Rock Film Festival adds category and award for 'Cinematic Nonfiction'

The Little Rock Film Festival announced today that the 2014 festival will include a new category devoted to "Cinematic Nonfiction," to be programmed by the filmmaker and writer Robert Greene, who will also present an award for “Extraordinary Achievement in Non-Fiction Cinema.”

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 22:42:00

Little Rock Film Festival 2013 award winners

"Bayou Maharajah," "These Birds Walk," "Short Term 12" and "Dirty Wars" are this year's big winners.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 10:32:19

'Short Term 12' folks are really good at Vine

If your first reaction to Vine, the new-ish Twitter app that allows users to post 6 second video clips, was, "This is worthless," you need to check out the Vines "Short Term 12" director Destin Cretton and actor Keith Stanfield did while they were in town for the Little Rock Film Festival.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:40:00

'Short Term 12' kicks off Little Rock Film Festival tonight

Director Destin Daniel Cretton's "Short Term 12," which won both the Audience and Grand Jury prizes at SXSW, opens the Little Rock Film Festival.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 15:43:00

Levon Helm documentary is a Little Rock Film Festival must-see

"Ain't in It for My Health," the new documentary about the late, great Levon Helm, plays the Little Rock Film Festival on Thursday, May 16. It's going to be well-received. I got to see an advance screener of it, and I can all but guarantee anyone with even a passing affinity for Levon will eat it up.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 10:30:00

'Don Jon' to close Little Rock Film Festival

The Little Rock Film Festival has announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, "Don Jon," will close the festival. The film stars Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza. Gordon-Levitt plays Jon, a horndog who's obsessed with porn and Scarlett Johansson. Moore plays another love interest, and Danza plays Jon's dad.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 13:44:00

Little Rock Film Festival unveils narrative line-up

The Little Rock Film Festival, scheduled for May 15-19, has almost finalized its lineup. After previously announcing line-ups for shorts and documentaries, it today unveiled its slate of narratives (though I'm told a few more may trickle in).

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 15:21:00

'Short Term 12' to open Little Rock Film Festival

Director Destin Daniel Cretton's "Short Term 12," which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's SXSW, will open this year's Little Rock Film Festival with screenings on both sides of the river.

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Friday, April 19, 2013 - 15:08:00

Levon Helm doc headlines Little Rock Film Festival line-up

The Little Rock Film Festival just announced easily its strongest documentary line-up yet. It includes multiple SXSW and Sundance winners and films — about civil rights and music and Branson — that're sure to have special appeal to a local audience.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 09:08:44

Friday To-Do: Little Rock Film Fest presents 'Bloody Mama'

The Little Rock Film Festival will screen "Bloody Mama" Friday at River Market Tower.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 13:16:00

Little Rock Film Festival moves downtown, adds new $10,000 prize

The Little Rock Film Festival will achieve organizers long-stated goal of having a walkable festival this year. All of the festival's venues will be within walking distance from downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 13:30:52

Little Rock Film Festival accepting submission for 2013

The Little Rock Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2013 festival.

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