Notes On The Little Rock Film Festival

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That's a wrap!  Sunday night's awards gala at the Clinton Presidential Library marked the close of the 6th Annual Little Rock Film Festival.  This year's festival was a smashing success with over 100 films shown from across the world.

I attended every day of the festival, tough job I know, and was pleased with the both quality of the films and venues.  I saw 11 full-length films and four short films over the course of the festival and attended many of the festival's parties. Only one of the films I viewed was not enjoyable, but the rest were top-notch films.

How often have you seen a film and wanted to know more about it, or had unanswered questions?

One of the things that made this festival so enjoyable was that roughly 90% of the movies' filmmakers were in attendance and answered audience questions after the screening of their film.  Hearing from the fi

lm's director or producer made the movie experience much richer since you could hear their vision for their film first-hand.

Arkansas directors, Jay Russell and Jeff Nichols, who have gone to fame and fortune in Hollywood, were also on-hand to discuss their films.  Nichols latest film, “Mud”, which was recently shot in Arkansas, was just viewed at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

And actress Lea Thompson, star of “Back to the Future” & “Some Kind of Wonderful” was there to present her latest independent film, “The Trouble with the Truth.”

The Little Rock Film Festival gets better every year and congratulations to the organizers for another successful event. If you'd like more info on LRFF check out their informative website at

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