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Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls stands out among LRFF shorts

I’m not usually one for film shorts. Of course part of the appeal and challenge of the medium is in the filmmaker’s ability to raise questions, evoke emotions and create something beautiful in a short time frame. But I still enjoy something with more time for a real story arc.

Harrison Tanner Dean plays Max in Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls.

Harrison Tanner Dean plays Max in Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls.

Mark Thiedeman’s Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls, is able to do both, though — create a believable world with carefully crafted characters while being incredibly beautiful and moving in a swift 40 minutes.… Read more >

4 places to catch alternative movie screenings this summer

With the Little Rock Film Festival gearing up next week, let’s take a look at some more opportunities for film this summer.

KABF presents Movie in the Garden at Bernice Garden on May 9 with a screening of Weird Science.

KABF presents Movie in the Garden at Bernice Garden on May 9 with a screening of Weird Science.

1. First, KABF is hosting its first Movies in the Garden tonight at The Bernice Garden. A screening of 1980s teen classic master John Hudges’ Weird Science begins at sundown. Before that, fill up on food from trucks, popcorn, wine and beer and enjoy live DJ sets beginning at 5 p.m. The movie is free, but food and drinks will cost you. RSVP here. Stay tuned on whether this will be a recurring collaboration between KABF and Bernice Garden.… Read more >

Little Rock Film Festival presents free screening of Blackfish

Tilikum in a scene from Blackfish. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Tilikum in a scene from Blackfish. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

As part of its Argenta Film Series, Little Rock Film Festival presents a screening of Blackfish tonight (Jan. 28) at Argenta Community Theater.

The documentary is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who set out to make the film after the 2010 death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau. Brancheau and two others (one trainer, one visitor) have been killed by Tilikum, the largest orca held in capitivity. The film exposes the consequences of keeping animals like orcas in captivity and calls into question the claims that SeaWorld makes about the lifespans and habits of orcas in the wild versus those in captivity.

The 7 p.m. screening is free and open to the public, but seats are limited, so reserve a seat on the screening’s eventbrite page.… Read more >

Special events leading up to grand opening of Rob Robinson Theater

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS

The Little Rock Film Festival and Central Arkansas Library System celebrate the opening on the festival’s new home base this weekend and next with a series of events at Ron Robinson Theater, located in newly opened Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock.

The single-screen theater includes stadium-style seating for 315 and state-of-the-art projection, lighting and sound systems. In addition to Little Rock Film Festival screenings, the theater will be used by CALS, the Clinton School of Public Service and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Opening events get kicked of Friday (Jan. 17) with Jacob Hatley’s Ain’t in It for My Health, a documentary about musician and Arkansas native Levon Helm, at 7 p.m. A Q&A with Helm’s daughter, Amy Helm, follows at 8:30. Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers perform at 9 p.m.… Read more >

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