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Film fest kicks off 

‘THAT EVENING SUN'
7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Riverdale 10. $10-$30.

This year, the Little Rock Film Fest expands to five days of previews and debuts of narrative features, documentaries and shorts from Arkansas and abroad. The festival kicks off with two screenings of “That Evening Sun,” the latest from adopted Arkie Ray McKinnon. The Academy Award winner produced and acts in this adaptation of a William Gay short story about an aging Tennessee farmer (Hal Holbrook), who's discarded to a nursing home by his lawyer son, but flees to his rural farm, where he finds that his son has leased his house and land to a white trash family and an old enemy (McKinnon). Tension builds and ultimately erupts. In its short festival run so far, the film's picking up sizeable buzz. It won both a Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast and an Audience Award at SXSW and Best Narrative Feature at the Atlanta Film Festival. Cast and crew, including McKinnon, will be on hand after each screening. The festival continues with a full schedule through Sunday. See http://littlerockfilmfestival.org and next week's Times for more information.
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