Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s SXSW, will open this year’s Little Rock Film Festival with screenings on both sides of the river. The film, about a supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers, will screen at 6:30 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock and 7:30 p.m. at The Rep. Bonnie Montgomery will open the Rep show with a solo performance and perform a full band show after the screening as part of a new music/film program White Water Tavern and the LRFF are collaborating on.
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Here’s more on the film from the LRFF:
The 7th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is pleased to announce the SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winner and The SXSW Audience Award Winner, Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, as its Opening Night Film. Destin Daniel Cretton and break out star Keith Stanfield to attend.
This is Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton’s second time at the Little Rock Film Festival. His previous film ‘I am not a Hipster’ was an LRFF Official Selection in 2012.
“Short Term 12” is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge — and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr). But Grace’s own difficult past — and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself — throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth — and humor — in unexpected places.