Last Night in Little Rock:LRFF opening/Tonight in Little Rock: “An Evening With Jay Russell”May 30, 2012
An Evening with Filmmaker Jay Russell will be held at the Arkansas Arts Center, Ninth and Commerce streets beginning at 8 p.m. I think Jay and I agreed to “wing it.” (The open to those with gold, filmmaker and sponsor passes)
I don’t know exactly how it will work, but I hope I’m not called upon to introduce Jay. I always feel like I’m framing an argument when I’m making an introduction, and the last thing I want to do is to try to put Jay in a box. If you read anything about him, they talk about him as a maker of high quality family films (and they’re right — My Dog Skip and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep are two of the finest “family” movies I can think of; intelligent and humane movies that are respectful of the sometimes wise ways children approach the world without valorizing childhood). But I think he’s more than that, I can’t think of an American director working in a commercial milieu who consistently imbues his work with so much grace.
Plus, I want o talk to him about End of the Line and Willie Morris. It’ll be a fun night.
(I can’t embed it, but you can watch End of the Line here.)
Also tonight, there’s a screening of Richard Linklater’s Bernie, which stars Jack Black as a small-town Texas mortician who befriends a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine). The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Riverdale 10 Cinema in Little Rock.
And at 7:30 p.m., at the Riverdale 10, there will be a screening of Fox Searchlight’s Lola Versus, a romantic comedy starring Greta Gerwig as a New Yorker on the verge of turning 30 dumped by her betrothed a few weeks before her wedding.
(To help you make up your mind, Bernie is also still playing at Market Street Cinema, and Lola Versus will open theatrically in a couple of weeks. Plus, we’ve got an afterparty.)