Weird scenes from the Little Rock Film Festival — a crib sheet for Friday

June 1, 2012

OK, it’s Friday and the festival continues through Sunday. If you’ve missed something, you may still have a chance to catch it.

I’ve missed a couple of things — but I’m better now. A couple of late nights and non-stop work stuff (yes, I understand how jobs get in the way of festival enjoyment; a bloody meeting ate an hour of my life I’ll never get back yesterday) caught up withy me last night when I came face to face with a director whose film I’d watched and enjoyed. AND I COULDN’T THINK OF A SINGLE THING TO SAY ABOUT IT. I could literally feel the film evaportaing from my mind, all the sweet green icing flowing down. I was really embarassed, though I’m sure he only thinks I didn’t see his movie.

And to make matters worse, the posts I’d thought I’d set to automatically publish yesterday, didn’t. (I’ll get the Home Movies column up soon — I guess I’ll just scrap my Thursday festival picks.)

At 2 p.m., Jim Hemphill’s smart and likeable The Trouble With Truth, starring Lea Thompson and John Shea, will screen.It’s a talky, basically two-person actor’s workshop that unfolds (mostly) in real time, as a couple discuss their failed marriage (and other things) over the course of an evening. It reminded me a bit of the similarly themed (and realized) Blind Date, in which Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson played an estranged married couple that get together for a dinner.Or, as some have suggested, My Dinner With Andre, albeit with a decidely less philosophical bent.

Shea and Thompson are quite good in the low-key film, which plays a lot like a filmed stage production, and while it’sdifficult to imagine it playing to cineplex audiences, it’s a thoughtful, well-realized independent for grown-ups. If you still think of Thompson transcends as the ’80s girl-next-door, this film should open your eyes to her potential as a dramatic actor with serious intent.

Or, at 2:25 p.m., see one of my favorite movies at this year’s festival, Jonathan Kalafer’s uplifting Once in a Lullabye: The PS22 Chorus Story. It’s one of the best docs I’ve seen this year.

As I noted in my OnFilm column in today’s newspaper, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, the Grand Jury Prize winner at this Sundance Film Festival, today at 4:15 p.m.

At 4:45 p.m., you might check out the doc A Sister’s Call. I could tell you about it but you’d be better served by reading Levi Agee’s conversation with filmmaker Kyle Tekiela here.

More later.


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