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Little Rock Film Festival expanding to a full week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Little Rock Film Festival) -- In its 8th year, the Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) will expand to a full week of screenings, parties and special events beginning Monday, May 12 and extending through Sunday, May 18. To accommodate the increased traffic new venues like Sticky Fingers and The Joint have been added to our almost dozen venues, spreading across downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. 2014 will also mark the return of the Clinton School of Public Service long a favorite venue for LRFF audiences.

LRFF Creative Director, Brent Renaud said, "all venues in 2014 are within biking or walking distance and are easily connected via the River Rail Electric Streetcar Trolley." Of particular note will be the debut of the CALS Ron Robinson Theater as the flagship home for the LRFF. The brand new state-of-the-art 315- seat theater will allow the festival to screen films for the first time in the highest quality Digital Cinema Projection and Dolby 7.1 surround sound.

"In just eight years, the Little Rock Film Festival has grown from a small regional event into one of the nation's most respected festivals," Renaud said. "We're proud to, along with our sponsors, play a significant role in the development, and cultural renaissance taking place in downtown Little Rock."

In 2014, the LRFF will program more than 100 films from around the world, most with filmmakers in attendance. The festival will continue to champion the best in Southern Filmmaking, exemplified by two early announcements out of the Sundance film festival, the documentary, Rich Hill, and the narrative feature Little Accidents.

Rich Hill
, directed by Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos, was filmed in Missouri and tells the powerful and emotional story of three boys growing up on the edge of poverty in rural America. Rich Hill won the Sundance U.S. Grand Prize for Best Documentary.

Little Accidents
, directed by Sara Colangelo, features an impressive cast including Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloƫ Sevigny and Josh Lucas and tells the story of a devastating mining disaster in an Appalachian coal-mining town which links the lives of three very different residents in a web of secrets.

On April 3, the Little Rock Film Festival will launch a completely revamped website created by Aristotle, an award winning Little Rock based interactive agency. Festival passes are on sale now at the new site, and remain at the same low price points they have been for the past three years. The passes are organized into convenient Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels. For the first time a Student pass is available, the equivalent of a Silver Pass but for half the price with a valid ID. For more details or to purchase passes visit www.littlerockfilmfestival.org.