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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Top Indie Films

The 4th Annual
Little Rock Film Festival
is just around the corner and these are our top picks in this years lineup:

Winter's BoneSeventeen-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell.

Jorge and Roberta, once in love, have been separated for several years. They were from opposite worlds: he pines for an uncomplicated life in the jungle, while she prefers the urban, cosmopolitan lifestyle. He is Mexican and she, Italian. When Roberta decides to return to Rome with their five-year-old son, Natan, Jorge embarks on a journey with his son, hoping to instill a sense of his Mayan origins. First feeling the discomforts of this time spent with his father, Natan soon begins to open up to an experience that will remain with him forever.

Big River Man
This hallucinatory epic follows a middle-aged, pot-bellied, hard-drinking Slovenian—the endurance swimmer Martin Strel—stroke by stroke into the heart of darkness as he attempts to swim the long and perilous Amazon River.

George, a lonely librarian, believes love is obsolete, until a road trip to Death Valley with a cinema projectionist named Sophie teaches him otherwise.
About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.

The Secret to a Happy Ending...The Drive by Truckers Docunentay

"The Secret to a Happy Ending” is a film about the redemptive power of rock-and-roll, the American South, and a band that breaks down the barriers that keep rock, punk, and country music in their own narrow channels. With unparalleled access, the film documents the Drive-By Truckers during three critical years of touring and recording - years in which the band struggles to overcome the trauma of divorce and survives a near breakup. Although “Secret” is a film about making art which explodes our stereotypes of the South, revealing it’s tangled glory and strange beauty, it is also about the nitty-gritty of making a living by making music. The big-hearted, critically acclaimed outfit leads a tough life navigating the highs and lows of rock and roll reality. Life for the band members parallels their music - an unflinching examination of the human spirit with all its dark flaws and shining moments. From their hometown of sweet soul music in Muscle Shoals, Alabama to the party festival of Bonnaroo, the Truckers walk the edge of life on the road, finding success and keeping it together, in their persistent quest for a happy ending.

Citizen Architect
 The late architect Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a design/build architecture program, in which students create charity architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by passionate interviews with Mockbee, the film shows how a group of students use their creativity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic, destitute client, Jimmie Lee Matthews.
But, the Rural Studio is about more than building. It is also about providing students with an experience that forever inspires them to use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee's peers and scenes with those he's influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture's role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, citizenship and social change.

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