The July edition of the FSLR Monthly Short Film Series celebrates music and musicians as we present “Little Rock ’n’ Rollers - A Night of Musical Shorts”!
This month’s short film series features a very eclectic mix. Among the documentaries we will be screening is “Wentzell,” which takes a look at Barrie Wentzell, a photographer who took iconic photos of Diana Ross and The Supremes, Hendrix, Clapton, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and others. We also have a documentary on the emerging queer hip hop movement, while another doc titled “Crazy For You,” looks at a teenage boy who takes his obsession with Madonna to a whole new level.
We also have a some terrific animated musical shorts, a narrative drama about a struggling jazz musician (David’s Reverie), and a couple of experimental short films.
Finally one of the highlights of this month series is a sneak peek at Kaleidoscope - The Little Rock LGBT Film Festival hosted by the Film Society of Little Rock on July 30 to August 2 with a screening of “hopefulROMANTIC”, a romantic musical short co-starring George Takei!
These films and more await you on Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 pm at The Studio Theatre (320 W 7th St, Little Rock, AR 72201)! Admission is $8 at the box office.
Here is a look at all 14 short films screening in “Little Rock ’n’ Rollers - A Night of Musical Shorts”:
“Aloha Hohe,” Directed by Kevin Temmer
Student - Animation/Comedy/Musical - United States
Today is the day Hohe finally becomes a true member of the tiki tribe and can impress the girl of his dreams, but he soon discovers that his position in the tribe is not exactly what he had in mind.
“The Boudoir,” Directed by David Latreille
Experimental/Music Video - Canada
A musical short film to the sounds of Apex Martin.
“California Dreamin’,” Directed by Adriann Ramirez
Experimental - United States
A suburban boy lives out the surreal and seemingly unachievable life of the rich and famous in a small, agricultural town through his imagination. With a kaleidoscope of images of his rural surroundings, he creates the life for himself he's always wanted. Set to monologues lifted from the documentary, 'Paris is Burning', and music by Real Estate.
“Crazy For You,” Directed by Marcelo Kiwi
Documentary - Chile
Elias is a shy and lonely guy, while Carolina is sociable, cheerful and lives without prejudices, two people living together in one body. This is a portrait of an obsession with the Queen of Pop that goes far beyond of a simple admiration.
“David’s Reverie,” Directed by Neil Creque Williams
Student - Drama - United States
"David's Reverie", starring Brandon Fobbs ("The Wire", "Walking Dead", "HBO's Getting On"), tells the story of a jazz musician struggling to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging jazz career.
“Gonna Sip That Sip, Hit That Dip: The Emerging Queer Hip Hop Movement,” Directed by Chasson Gracie & Willyum Beck
Documentary - United States
This is a short documentary about an emerging scene which is on the verge of becoming mainstream - the queer hip-hop scene. In addition to documenting the scene, we also wanted to challenge the assumption that the 'queer hip hop' movement is progressing solely because the US is more open to homosexuality compared to 10 years ago. The ethnographic/interview approach uncovered a plethora of other variables that can be attributed to the increased visibility and success of gay hip-hop artists and the broader movement.
“Harvey Pekar’s Teo Macero,” Directed by Daragh McCarthy
Documentary - Ireland
Filmed in 2008 in a hotel room in the Lower East Side NYC and using original artwork by Joe Sacco, Harvey Pekar reads from his comic American Splendor telling the story of unknown jazz legend... Teo Macero, producer of Miles, Monk and Mingus.
Kaleidoscope Special Sneak Preview
“hopefulROMANTIC,” Directed by Benjamin Pollack
Musical/Romance/LGBT - United States
hopefulROMANTIC is an original musical film about one man's (Matt Zarley) emotional journey through love, heartbreak, and healing. It's a universal story about loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there's somebody for everybody. The nearly dialogue-free narrative is articulated solely through Matt Zarley and Andy Zulla's soulful pop score...introducing a fresh new format in musical storytelling. George Takei co-stars.
“Slice The Musical,” Directed by Brandon Baer
Musical - United States
What happens when a girl falls hopelessly in love with her pizza delivery guy?
**SPECIAL ADVANCED SCREENING**
“So Glad I Found You,” Directed by John Harrison
Documentary - United States
Hipster artists, old timers, and the one and only Daddy Treetops give us their unique perspectives on small town living, set against the musical backdrop of Johnny Shines' tune, So Glad I Found You.
“tone deaf,” DIRECTED BY You Na Kang & Manuel Zapata
Student - Animation/Musical/Parody - United States
Tone Deaf is a fairy tale musical parody featuring a fat unicorn and a princess with an awful voice.
“Valor Cat,” Directed by Benjamin Reicher
Animation/Musical - United States
Valor Cat (secretly mayor Mark Bristle) is the hero of Valor City. John Sci is Valor Cat's best friend and the man who gave him his powers. Burmac is a robot that Valor Cat thought he killed. He has recently repaired himself and is planning to take down Valor Cat with the only thing that could possibly stop him. This is the story of Burmac's revenge. A story so theatrical and over the top that it can only be expressed… in song…
“Wentzell,” Directed by Amanda Macchia
Documentary - Canada
Wentzell: A Short Documentary captures the work of Barrie Wentzell, a photographer who casually took a job at Britain's Melody Maker magazine in the 1960s after a chance encounter with Diana Ross and The Supremes, and ended up creating timeless portraits of legendary musicians from Hendrix to Clapton and the Beatles to the Stones for ten years.
“Wild Oates,” Directed by Joshua J. Provost
Student - Comedy/Parody - United States
John Oates (Hall & Oates) is pushed to the limit during a tedious music video shoot in this retro musical parody.
Little Rock 'n' Rollers - A Night of Musical Shorts is part of the Film Society of Little Rock Monthly Short Film Series, a film series dedicated to the love of short films!
Upcoming FSLR Monthly Short Series:
- Made in Arkansas (August 26) - In August we will take a break from short films and present a special feature length film “Made in Arkansas”. Details coming soon!
- Fresh Flix - A Student Short Film Festival (September 16) - Featuring student film from Arkansas, the United States, and all around the world!
- FANTASTICALLY HORRIFYING SHORTS! PRESENTED BY FANTASTIC CINEMA (October 28) - A special Halloween themed night of short films + a special screening of REEFER MADNESS in conjunction with The Studio Theatre!
- Sporty Shorts (November 11) - Take a break from the cold and warm up to our special night of sports themed short films.
- HOLIDAY SPIRITS - A NIGHT OF HOLIDAY SHORTS (December 16) - ’Tis the Season for some holiday shorts.
Film Society of Little Rock is proud to host the inaugural year of Kaleidoscope - The Little Rock LGBT Film Festival on July 30 to August 2. PASSES ARE NOW ON SALE!! Check out the festival’s website for more information: www.kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.
The Film Society of Little Rock is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed by a small group of filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We are focused on expansion of the creative community in Arkansas by providing year round opportunities to educate, entertain, and exhibit local, national, and international filmmakers and their works.