Fantastic Cinema Announces Complete Lineup for 2015
The Film Society of Little Rock’s first principal festival, Fantastic Cinema, has announced their complete lineup of 12 Feature Films and 19 Short Films. All 30 Films will have an Arkansas Premiere, with 1 World Premiere, 5 North American Premieres, and 10 Regional Premieres.
Tony Taylor, executive director of the recently formed FSLR and the Fantastic Cinema Feature Film Programmer says the term “fantastic” in a film festival refers specifically to a select group of genres that includes fantasy, science fiction, action, horror, and crime/suspense.
The inaugural festival received more than 115 entries from more than 24 countries. From those selections, Taylor and Short Film Programmer Josh Harrison have curated the festival’s official selections. “Josh Harrison has programmed one of the strongest lineups of shorts I have seen at any film festival,” said Taylor. “These are films you don’t want to miss!”
“The primary goal of FSLR and the Fantastic Cinema Film Festival is to bring a diverse selection of high quality films to Little Rock that would not otherwise screen here,” Taylor explained. “There is a vast world of truly fantastic cinema being produced globally that currently cannot be seen in Little Rock. There is no venue screening foreign genre films. We want to change that.”
Many of the films are in English, though all were produced outside the United States. Festival director Michael Armstrong said, “All of the entries have done a great job really embracing their respective genres. While they may contain dramatic, comedic, or romantic elements, there’s no mistaking the genre influence. That leaves us with a selection of some of the most imaginative, well produced, and fun independent films that you have never seen. We find that very exciting.”
Also during the festival, FSLR is taking the opportunity to introduce the upcoming monthly movie series, ASIAN MOVIE MADNESS! with a screening of the feature film BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES presented by Fantastic Cinema and Well Go USA Entertainment. More details about ASIAN MOVIE MADNESS! will be released in the coming week.
Armstrong said it was important to FSLR to make the festival affordable and accessible to Arkansas film lovers. Tickets are $7 at the door for individual screenings, and $15 for a day pass, though the best buy comes from the $40 full festival passes available at http://fantasticcinema2015.bpt.me/ which include two discounted drinks at the Lobby Bar each of the four nights of the festival. Festival Passes are only $35 for students.
Fantastic Cinema takes place March 11-14, 2015 at The Studio Theatre in Little Rock, AR (USA). The festival, presented by the Film Society of Little Rock, features some of the best Independent genre films from around the world.
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12 FEATURE FILMS SCREENING AT 2015 FANTASTIC CINEMA
19 SHORT FILMS SCREENING AT 2015 FANTASTIC CINEMA
Artichokes: Piranha from the Prehistoric Abyss - 10: 51 - Fantasty/Comedy, Spain
Directed by Javier Lozano Sánchez
Synopsis: The same day that Cror finds out how to control fire, strange creatures (artichokes piranha) begin to attack him mercilessly. Now Cror will have to act cunningly and fight for his life.
Blattaria - 23:30 - Horror, France
Directed by Thomas Pantalacci
Synopsis: Theo's body undergoes a strange metamorphosis; he quickly has to get pills ''Blattaria''.
CORTO - 9:40 - Crime, France
Directed by Alexis de Vigan
Synopsis: Corto, 35 years old, maybe 40 years, wanders driving his car from city to city; neighborhood to neighborhood, residence to residence in order to "clean up" as he says. Always alone, eager to silence, he's sent by his boss and partner Daniel to meet specific demands...
Curiosity Kills - 13:35 - Horror/Comedy, Estonia
Directed by Sander Maran
Synopsis: A failed chemistry experiment turns a little boy's pet rat into a radioactive killer.
El Gigante - 13:42 - Horror, Canada
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero & Luke Bramley (Co-Director)
Synopsis: After attempting to cross the US/Mexico border in search of a better life, Armando (Edwin Perez) awakens in an unknown room, his body broken down and a Lucha Libre mask sewn into his neck. He attempts to escape, but is surrounded by a sadistic family, who watch him with hungry eyes. The only chance for Armando’s survival in this hellish nightmare is to last in a wrestling match against the most terrifying villain of all: GIGANTE!
Emo: The Musical - 15:51 - Musical/Comedy, Australia
Directed by Neil Triffett
Synopsis: When Ethan, an Emo kid who hates almost everything, falls in love with Trinity, a good Christian girl with a passion for life and her Lord Jesus Christ, will it all end in tears or will they be able to live happily ever after?
Good Hands - 5:40 - Horror, Argentina
Directed by Francisco Bendomir
Synopsis: A young couple makes the unfortunate mistake of leaving their baby in the hands of a teenager.
Kiko's Paradise - 9:10 - Animation/Fantastic, Spain
Directed by Paco Gisbert, Ramón Alós, and Paqui Ramírez
Synopsis: Kiko is a “magician” who, with a pencil, brings his creations to life: beautiful teddy bear dolls. While in a world tour with his dolls Kiko has an airplane crash and remains trapped for twenty years on an island with only one surviving doll: Boro the teddy bear. During that time, the old man forces the little teddy bear to look for his lost magic pencil, with which he intends to draw his wife into life. When finally the little bear finds the pencil and gives it to Kiko, the old man realizes the loneliness of Boro and with his last breath draws a couple for the doll.
Kresnik: The Lore of Fire - 22:15 - Fantasy, Slovenia
Directed by David Sipoš
Synopsis: Peter and his cousins are spending their summer vacations with grandfather. They decide to spend the night camping outside, yet they don't truly expect what kind of ordeals they are about to go through even before the morning sun rises.
Memorybox - 9:08 - Experimental/Sci-Fi, Canada
Directed by Toby Andris
Synopsis: Blanks are capable of only the simplest tasks. When they go to sleep, their memory cache clears. Afterwards, a new set of instructions is required. The only way out is a memorybox, a hard drive containing non-volatile memory. A blank is sent to locate a memorybox on another planet. After an endless, sleepless trek, the blank arrives at an abandoned outpost and digs up the box before passing out, which wipes the blank clean, all instructions gone. The blank instinctively plugs into it, uploading a lifetime’s worth of memories. The blank reveals her new identity, all possibilities polarizing into one.
Phoenix - 12:10 - Sci-Fi, Germany
Directed by Florian Frerichs
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Synopsis: In the tradition of science fiction like “Fahrenheit 451″ or „Brave New World“, “Phoenix“ tells the story of a man coming to his senses after a young woman makes him realize the true nature of the world they are living in.
Selkie - 14:00 - Horror/Fantasy, United Kingdom
Directed by Simon Booth
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Synopsis: A young girl is mysteriously summoned to the house of an abusive fisherman, when all her attempts at escape fail she is left with no choice, but to reclaim her true, magical identity.
Shiner - 10:00 - Fantasy/Comedy, United Kingdom
Directed by David Lilley
Synopsis: You're never too old to save the world. 'Shiner' a.k.a. Neville Dunston is delusional old aged pensioner who believes he is a crime-fighting superhero. Can he capture the criminals, defeat his nemesis and overcome a weak bladder? At night, Shiner patrols the quiet sleepy village of Moorhaven, but to him it’s Gotham city. Things take turn for the worst when our plucky hero encounters his two mortal enemies, the fearful ‘Limpet’ and the evil matron at his nursing home.
Sleeping Death - 15:15 - Fantasy, Spain
Directed by David Casademunt
Synopsis: Irene, a six year old girl, wants to go to see her mother who’s very ill. But Silvia, her older sister who’s fifteen, has orders of not going to the hospital no matter what happens. Retaining her little sister will be a hard task because the little one believes she has the remedy to heal her mother: something she has read in a fairytale.
Spoilt - 9:26 - Thriller, Australia
Directed by Stefan Bugryn
Synopsis: Vlad has been pushed over the edge. Whilst watching his favorite TV show, his friend Jesse inadvertently spoils the ending. This sends him in a mental spiral, and he exacts revenge on him in the worst way possible.
SUMER - 9:57 - Animation/Sci-Fi, Spain
Directed by Alvaro Garcia
Synopsis: For unknown reasons, the Earth's ionosphere has weakened dramatically during the course of the last century. All animal and plant species perished decades ago. All that remains is one small group of humans who attempt to resist the hostility and hardness of the external environment from SUMER, the last hive city in the world. A young boy, Hermes, lives alone close to the wall that delimits the city, an area that is highly guarded by the SSW (SUMER Security Watchers). While observing the desert from the roof of a building, Hermes suddenly sees something that looks a lot like a blue feather floating in the air...
The Substitute - 20:00 - Horror, United Kingdom
Directed by Nathan Hughes-Berry
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Synopsis: A young teacher takes a job at an unusual private school where she soon discovers that the boys have a sinister power over the girls. As the boys behavior becomes increasingly threatening she uncovers the source of the girls fear; an ominous locked door at the back of the classroom.
Tanatopraxia - 17:38 - Thriller/Black Comedy, Spain
Directed by Víctor Palacios
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Synopsis: Mary and Monica work in a mortuary, Mary needs a donor heart for her father. Monica has an idea… Steal it from work.