For this month's Arkansas Times Film Series screening, we'll be welcoming the writer-director Rebecca Thomas, who will present her 2012 debut feature "Electrick Children." The film follows a fundamentalist Mormon teenager who comes to believe she's been impregnated by listening to a cassette tape, her first experience with rock music, and runs away to Las Vegas looking for answers. The New York Times called it "a playful urban fable, about the collision of country and city mice that suggests a variation of 'The Wizard of Oz,'" and "neither comedy nor drama nor satire but a surreal mélange infused with magical realism."
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:
This month in the Arkansas Times Film Series (co-sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival), we're showing Charles Burnett's legendary 1978 independent film "Killer of Sheep." Filmed in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood in the early `70s, it's a gorgeous and powerful and deeply mysterious document of its time and place, set to music by Dinah Washington and Louis Armstrong and Earth, Wind & Fire.
The Ron Robinson Theater announced more details about its Winter/Spring 2015 film programming this afternoon, explaining that they will be dividing their screenings into three categories: "The Classics," "The Rewind" (aimed at "young adults") and "Kid Flix."
This month, we’ll be screening Roman Polanski's 1974 film "Chinatown" as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series co-sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival. The quintessential L.A. noir and the best role of Jack Nicholson’s career, the movie was named the greatest film of all time in a 2010 critics poll by The Guardian.